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  • Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Activists erupted in cheers after the court ruled the law "null and void,"...

  • In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly...

  • US stocks stabilize, helped by a pickup in hiring

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are stabilizing a day after a steep drop as investors were encouraged by the latest wave of hiring. Decent earnings reports from several major U.S. companies gave investors more reasons to pick up stocks. Procter & Gamble, Expedia and LinkedIn all rose after...

  • AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

    City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted soot-covered cars and motorcycles, ripped advertising signs. The site of underground gas explosions in Taiwan's second-largest...

  • 12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring...

  • 6 dead following earthquake in Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian officials say six people are dead and 420 injured following an earthquake that shook Algiers Friday morning. Algeria's health ministry says four of the victims died after jumping from windows in panic. Authorities say two more people died of heart attacks during...

  • GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

    As General Motors tackles a safety crisis, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls. The Detroit automaker has recalled nearly 30 million cars and trucks this year, including some models that...

  • Chennault receives $3.5M grant to update runway

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Chennault International Airport has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help rehabilitate its runway. Randy Robb, executive director of Chennault, tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) he was pleased to hear news of...

  • Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election. Jansa, leader of the opposition Slovene Democratic Party, has been serving a...

  • US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year. Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May...

  • Ford's US sales up 10 percent in July

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford's U.S. sales jumped 10 percent in July on strong demand for its SUVs. The company reported total July sales of 212,236, making it Ford's best July in eight years. Sales of the Escape small SUV were up 19 percent to 26,558, while the Explorer mid-size SUV rose 32 percent to...

  • Clorox 4Q profit beats Wall St. expectations

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Clorox's fiscal fourth-quarter profit declined 7 percent, as foreign currency fluctuations weighed on its sales overseas. Its adjusted profit topped analysts' estimates, while revenue fell a bit short. Shares of the consumer product maker climbed in Friday premarket...

  • Fiat shareholders vote in favor of Chrysler merger

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Fiat shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad. The shareholder approval Friday paves the way for a U.S. listing of the new company, to be called Fiat...

  • Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. On Aug. 1, 1944, thousands of poorly-armed young city residents...

  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister. The remarks by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, delivered by his spokesman,...



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