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  • Senate confirms Robert McDonald as Veterans Affairs secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. McDonald, 61, of...

  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday. The U.S. penalties follow tougher sanctions agreed to by European Union leaders earlier in the day. According to the Treasury Department, the U.S....

  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A leading virologist who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670...

  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou...

  • Leader of Hamas military wing rules of quick truce

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing says in an audiotape that his group will not cease fire until its demands are met. Mohammed Deif's remarks were broadcast late Tuesday on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of Hamas. Deif says "there is not going to be...

  • Wynn Resorts 2Q profit rises on Las Vegas strength

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s second-quarter earnings increased 57 percent, bolstered by a jump in gambling revenue and more hotel and restaurant spending during the typically slow Las Vegas summer. Officials with the Las Vegas-based casino company, which owns Wynn and Encore casinos...

  • McDonald's: Regulator says it's a 'joint employer'

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's Corp. says it has been notified by a labor regulator that it can be named a "joint employer" for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants. The decision by the National Labor Relations Board was being closely watched because it could potentially expose McDonald's...

  • Corning 2Q profit falls on weaker tablet demand

    CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — Corning Inc., which makes glass screens for electronics, said Tuesday that its second-quarter net income fell 74 percent from a year ago as demand for tablets weakened. Its shares fell nearly 10 percent after releasing its results. The company's Gorilla Glass is used in...

  • Hundreds evacuated, 3 dead in East Europe floods

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday. In Bulgaria, authorities said a 61-year-old woman died in the floods and another person was reported missing after torrential rains...

  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat...

  • Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could threaten the U.S. The findings are based on satellite photos of the west coast site of...

  • Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands

    DETROIT (AP) — Control of Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized by the United Nations and others for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, has been returned to the mayor's office. The move comes a week after the department said it...

  • Eugene City Council passes sick leave law

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene City Council has joined cities such as Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in approving a law requiring sick leave for workers. The ordinance passed Monday with a 5-3 vote requires employers to provide workers with an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours...

  • EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Shocked into action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S. The...

  • Task force set up after plane shot down

    MONTREAL (AP) — The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine. Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal on...



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