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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Results, jobs data buoy Wall Street, S&P eyes 2,000

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 hit a record high for a third straight session on Thursday, lifted by jobs data and earnings, but a weak reading in new home sales kept other key stock indexes little changed. Stocks had opened higher on strong job market data in the United States and overseas factory readings, while Facebook shares rallied after results beat expectations. Jobless claims fell to the lowest since mid-February 2006, pointing to continued strength in the labor market, but new home sales fell 8.1 percent in June, the most in almost a year, and May's initial reading of a more than 18 percent gain was revised to just above 8 percent, putting a damper on sentiment as the housing market struggles.


Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

FILE - In this Feb. 14 2014 file photo, a girl holds a doughnut and a beverage at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday, July 24, 2014, that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to “upsell” to afternoon customers. It’s part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK (AP) — If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on.


Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

FILE - In this Feb. 14 2014 file photo, a girl holds a doughnut and a beverage at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday, July 24, 2014, that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to “upsell” to afternoon customers. It’s part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK (AP) — If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on.


Iraq prison convoy ambush kills 60 as UN chief visits

US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on July 24, 2014 An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left dozens dead Thursday, as visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Iraq's survival hinged on a more inclusive government. Explosions from the attack were heard in some neighbourhoods of Baghdad, where UN chief Ban Ki-moon landed Thursday on an unscheduled stop in his Middle East tour.


GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund

The Chevrolet logo and the U.S. flag are seen in Gaithersburg, Maryland By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. GM also reiterated that it expected a moderately improved operating profit this year and that its future recall costs would be slightly higher than historic rates. "We're on or ahead of the plan we shared in January," Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens told reporters. "Our expectation is that the second half of the year will be better than the first half." Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said strong vehicle pricing in North America "saves the quarter." GM earlier this year recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty ignition switches, which can cause engine stalls and stop power steering and power brakes from operating and air bags from deploying.


Top seed Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday.

Spanish judge requests EU help in Iraq death probe

A Spanish High Court judge has asked for assistance from the European Union in his investigation into the killing of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso by a U.S. tank shell in Iraq in 2003, court documents showed on Thursday. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian, was also killed by the shell that crashed into a Baghdad hotel. Judge Santiago Pedraz said in a court statement on Thursday it had been impossible to bring the soldiers to Spain to get them to declare in a Spanish court. Pedraz said he had therefore turned over details of the case to Genocide Network, a division of the EU's judicial co-operation unit Eurojust based in the Netherlands.

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament has sworn in Reuven Rivlin as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres whose term ends as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza.

Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

FILE - food trucks PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered when their food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month.


U.S. Jewish group wants its award back from Turkey's Erdogan

An association of Jewish Americans said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has become the world's "most virulent anti-Israeli leader" and demanded he return an award it gave him a decade ago, partly for his efforts to broker peace between Israel and Palestinians. The New York-based American Jewish Congress awarded Erdogan its "Profile of Courage" award in 2004 for what it said was his stance on fighting terrorism and working towards a peace. "Now, we want it back," the association's president, Jack Rosen, said in an open letter to Erdogan dated July 23 and made public on Thursday. He cited the Turkish leader's comments last weekend that Israel had "surpassed Hitler in barbarism" through its attacks on Gaza.

Nigeria FA boss dismissed for misuse of funds

Aminu Maigari, then Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chairman, pictured during an unveiling ceremony at the national stadium in Abuja on December 1, 2010 The executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday dismissed president Aminu Maigari after he was impeached for misuse of funds. Vice-president Mike Umeh will now step up to serve as acting president. A statement from the executive committee meeting said that "after thorough and exhaustive deliberations" on the secretive nature of the federation's financial dealings and a "failure to call a meeting of the executive committee for the past eight months" during which time many important decision were made, the board had passed a vote of no-confidence on Maigari. It therefore approved his immediate dismissal from the NFF executive committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.


Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.


Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop

FILE - In this June 6, 2011 file picture the logo of Swiss company Roche is photographed in Rotkreuz, Switzerland. Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday July 24, 2014 posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units. (AP Photo/Keystone,Urs Flueeler,File) GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units.


State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry.

Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'

Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."


Hermes names new womenswear designer

This undated photo provided by Hermes shows France's Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, who was named has named French luxury powerhouse Hermes' new womenswear designer, to replace outgoing Christophe Lemaire. She was previously women’s design director at Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s The Row, and has worked in important behind-the-scenes roles at Martin Margiela and Celine in Paris. (AP Photo/Inez et Vinoodh, Hermes) PARIS (AP) — French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as its new womenswear designer.


Italy backs more Russia sanctions, says foreign minister

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, a candidate to become the European Union's next foreign policy chief, reiterated on Thursday that she supports additional sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. EU foreign ministers met earlier this week and agreed to widen sanctions in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Fifteen dead as Israeli shell hits school sheltering Gazans

A Palestinian wounded in an Israeli strike on a UN school in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, arrives at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 24, 2014 Fifteen Palestinians were killed Thursday when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN-run school where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 777 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. The strike hit a school sheltering some of the 100,000 Palestinians driven out of their homes in search of a safe haven after weeks of deadly fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants. Gaza's emergency services said 15 people had been killed and more than 200 injured in the school strike, sending the Palestinian death toll from 17 days of fighting to 777. Meanwhile in Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to further regional efforts to broker an end to the bloodshed, reaching out to Turkey and Qatar, both allies of Hamas.


Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul

FILE - in this Thursday July 29, 2004, file photo, Fouad Massoum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq’s new president on Thursday, Massoum, 76, one of the founders of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, known as PUK, accepted the position after winning two-thirds of the votes, noting the “huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the government. (AP Photo/Mohammed Uraibi, File) BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah.


Morgan Stanley to pay $275 million penalty for misleading RMBS investors

The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley is pictured on a building in San Diego By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it had charged Morgan Stanley with misleading investors about two mortgage-backed securities it issued before the 2008 financial crisis, and that the bank would pay $275 million to settle the case, according to a press release. The SEC found Morgan Stanley had not given investors in the securities, which were called Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-NC4 and Morgan Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE7, the correct information about how many of the mortgages they contained were delinquent, the release said.


BNSF train carrying North Dakota oil derails in Seattle

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it left a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday, but there were no reports of a spill or injuries, BNSF said in a statement. Four railcars came off the tracks at around 2 a.m. PDT (0900 GMT), three of which were carrying crude oil, said BNSF, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles (129 km) north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Amid Gaza war, Israel swears in new President Reuven Rivlin, replacing Shimon Peres.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Amid Gaza war, Israel swears in new President Reuven Rivlin, replacing Shimon Peres.

ABC News: Fidel Castro's niece aboard plane missing in Africa

Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' Mariela Castro visited Philadelphia last year after an appearance at the U.N. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said "no trace" of the missing plane has been found.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

Southwest Airlines jets wait on the tarmac at Denver International Airport in Denver (Reuters) - A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read "RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard.


Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

Storm kills three, injures 20 at Virginia campground

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said. The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain. "So far the count is three," Brittney Eder, a spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Co, said of the death toll. State emergency officials said about 1,300 people were staying at the campground, which is about 100 miles south of Washington at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Storm kills three, injures 20 at Virginia campground

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said. The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain. "So far the count is three," Brittney Eder, a spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Co, said of the death toll. State emergency officials said about 1,300 people were staying at the campground, which is about 100 miles south of Washington at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

UN says aid to Syria being used as 'tactic of war'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.

UN says aid to Syria being used as 'tactic of war'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.

Hamilton hoping to extend Mercedes contract

(front row left to right) Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne of France, Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico, Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela, (back row left to right) Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico, Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson of Sweden, attend a press conference at the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Hungarian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton says he and Mercedes would like to extend his contract with the Formula One team beyond next year, although they have yet to hold formal talks about a new deal.


Macedonia court sentences 12 in antiquities theft

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian court has sentenced 12 people, including two senior heritage department officials, to prison terms of between 2 ½ and 7 ½ years for involvement in an antiquities smuggling gang.

Blast rocks bus station in north Nigerian city of Kano: witnesses

File photo shows a police station in the Sheka neighbourhood in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on January 25, 2012 A blast ripped through a bus station in Kano, northern Nigeria, on Thursday, as passengers boarded buses out of the city, witnesses said. Explosives, apparently concealed in a bag that was abandoned by two men disguised as travellers, went off at about 3:00 pm (1500 GMT) at the New Motor Park in the predominantly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood of the city. There was no immediate indication of the number of casualties, people at the bus station told AFP. Kano -- Nigeria's second city -- has been hit before by explosions, with blame attributed to Boko Haram militants, who have been waging a violent insurgency in the country's north since 2009.


NY woman accused of murder after neighbor's dismembered body found

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn woman faces murder charges in the killing of her neighbor whose dismembered body was discovered in New York near sites where other severed human limbs were found this month, police said on Thursday. Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Chinelle Browne, Suffolk County police said in a statement. She pleaded not guilty in Suffolk County District Court on Thursday and was being held without bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Health, agriculture key to Africa's development: Bill Gates

Bill Gates, co-cfounder of the Microsoft company and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leaves the Hotel Matignon after a meeting with the French Prime Minister in Paris, on June 27, 2014 Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia. "By getting things right in these two areas, the gains can be exceptional," Gates said, calling health and agriculture "enabling factors for all the other things that need to be done." "This Boko Haram disruption is the one real cloud on the horizon, where it means there are groups of children that we're not able to get to," he told reporters after receiving his award. Gates -- the world's richest man -- and his wife are the co-founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which tackles health and poverty in Africa.


Markets solid amid mixed US economic news

Men walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Asian shares were subdued Thursday despite an improvement in China’s manufacturing as a wait-and-see mood prevailed ahead of earnings reports from some of the region’s top companies. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) LONDON (AP) — Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.


Markets solid amid mixed US economic news

Men walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Asian shares were subdued Thursday despite an improvement in China’s manufacturing as a wait-and-see mood prevailed ahead of earnings reports from some of the region’s top companies. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) LONDON (AP) — Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

(Reuters) - A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read "RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard.
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