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3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The meeting focused on measures to encourage Russian companies to pull their assets back from offshore. The United States and the European Union on Tuesday announced a raft of new sanctions against Russian companies and banks over Moscow’s support for separatists in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:36:41 -0400 - Yahoo News - Top Stories
Twitter's surge revives valuation debate

Twitter logo is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeThe surge in Twitter Inc's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook Inc , its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter. If Facebook was trading at Twitter's valuation, it would be worth nearly $1 trillion.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:37:13 -0400 - Yahoo News - Top Stories
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Police assist 'Woman in Black' after crowd surrounds her in Virginia
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman dressed in all black who has been spotted strolling along highways in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest needed police assistance after she was surrounded by a group of about 50 curious people in Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday. Police in Winchester, Virginia took the person who wears flowing robes and has been dubbed the "Woman in Black" on social media to an undisclosed location and fed her after the incident on Tuesday evening, police said in a statement. "She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes," said the Winchester Police Department, adding that she intends to stay in the community. Police did not release her name but she is thought to be Elizabeth Poles, 56, who used to live in Georgia and is originally from Alabama. -- read full article
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:24 -0400 - U.S. News Headlines - Yahoo! News
VIDEO: Bus driver caught using iPad while driving

VIDEO: Bus driver caught using iPad while drivingA passenger on the tour bus caught the driver scrolling through his iPad behind the wheel.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:13:17 -0400 - U.S. News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola

A picture taken on July 24, 2014 shows a staff member of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse as he treats the premises outside the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital MonroviaLiberia announced Wednesday it was shutting all schools and placing "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa. "All schools are ordered closed following further directives from the ministry of education," President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a televised address to the nation. She said Liberia, where the death toll stands at 129 from 249 cases, would be contributing $5.0 million (3.7 million euros) as an "initial contribution" to the regional fight against Ebola.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:34:47 -0400 - World News Headlines - Yahoo News
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors' key witness takes stand at corruption trial for former Virginia governor, wife. -- read full article
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:35:50 -0400 - World News Headlines - Yahoo News
Politics | view all politics news
Car bombs kill 15 in Shiite Baghdad districts

Iraqi onlookers gather on July 16, 2014 at the scene of an explosion in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority districtsCar bombs killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 40 Wednesday on the main streets of two Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad, police and medical sources said. One explosion ripped through a petrol station in the large northern neighbourhood of Sadr City at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT), as cars were queueing to fill up, witnesses said. "I was on my way to having my mobile fixed at the shop when the car exploded on the other side of the street," irrigation ministry employee Ali Dakhel said. At least nine people were killed, according to hospital and police sources.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:27:30 -0400 - Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
US urges China to release Uighur academic

Uighur academic Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing, on June 12, 2010The United States called on China to free a Uighur academic who was charged with separatism on Wednesday by prosecutors in far western Xinjiang after being detained earlier this year. "We are concerned about reports that China has indicted prominent economics professor Ilham Tohti," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, adding "we call on Chinese authorities to release" Tohti and six students held with him. The United States was "particularly concerned about the lack of transparency concerning his welfare and access to legal representation," Harf added. Chinese authorities should also guarantee Tohti and his students the "protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China's international human rights commitments."

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:27:55 -0400 - Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student Success

Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student SuccessToday's college students are mobile. Whether in class, relaxing in their living group, exercising in the gym, studying in the library, shopping in town, traveling to sporting events, or even sleeping in their dorms, they are always connected. This represents both an opportunity and a challenge. The challenge is to provide an always-on...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:36 -0400 - Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Rule-of-Law and Property-Rights Crisis in Houston?

Rule-of-Law and Property-Rights Crisis in Houston?Houston has developed a reputation as the entrepreneurial capital of Texas, if not the United States. It is the fourth-largest city in the nation and is poised to supplant Chicago as number three by next year. It is a magnet for enterprises ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. It is, in fact, second only to New York when it comes to...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:08:07 -0400 - Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next year

Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next yearThat list of “exciting new product categories” Apple CEO Tim Cook loves teasing at every opportunity keeps getting smaller and smaller — and now it looks like one of Apple’s most interesting new products that was rumored to be slated for a 2014 debut will not launch until sometime next year. TV isn’t exactly a “new product category” for Apple, but the company is widely expected to relaunch Apple TV as a hub for content streaming, video games and other third-party apps. This massive update was expected to debut sometime this fall, but now it appears as though a fall release isn’t in the cards. According to a new report from The Information, which has a solid track record when

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:05:10 -0400 - Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Why is Comcast's customer service so bad, and what can they do about it?

Why is Comcast's customer service so bad, and what can they do about it?Comcast regularly comes in at the bottom of customer satisfaction rankings, and a recorded phone call with an especially frustrating customer service rep recently reinforced that impression. The Verge interviewed more than 100 current and former Comcast employees to find out why. We're publishing the results in a series called Comcast Confessions, and we also had a short conversation about it in the office today. Check out the video above.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:36 -0400 - Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Receivers Irvin, Carter named Pro Bowl captains

Cris Carter, former NFL player, and current ESPN analyst, talks with reporters during the ESPN media availablility in the Empire West Ballroom, at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center at the Sheraton New York Times Square on January 28, 2014 in New YorkRetired star receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin were named Wednesday as alumni captains for the 2015 National Football League Pro Bowl all-star game. The Pro Bowl will be staged January 25 at suburban Phoenix, Arizona, a week before the Super Bowl is played at the same site. Irvin and Carter each serve as television commentators on the NFL, Carter for ESPN and Irvin for the league-run NFL Network.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:46:04 -0400 - Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay RaysBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Rumors are rampant, with Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester becoming a prime figure in deadline scuttlebutt after last year's World Series winners scratched him from Wednesday night's scheduled start against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the struggling Red Sox (48-59) 12 games off the pace in the AL East and Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA) poised to become a free agent in the offseason, it was widely expected the southpaw would be dealt to a contending team. Another top-flight pitcher, David Price (11-7, 3.08 ERA entering Wednesday's games) of Tampa Bay, has loomed as a prominent candidate for a trade by the small-market Rays after a dismal start that left them 24-42 by June 10.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:06:26 -0400 - Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Entertainment | view all entertainment news
Figure in '80s payola probe faces NY gambling case
NEW YORK (AP) — He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook down borrowers in ritzy Beverly Hills. -- read full article
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:02:33 -0400 - Entertainment News Headlines — Yahoo! News
Chiefs' Murray says bro, 'Bachelorette' very happy

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray hands off the ball during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 28, 2014, on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs rookie Aaron Murray was tied up in meetings Monday night, at the same time millions of people were tuning into ABC to see whether his brother would be popping the question.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:03:21 -0400 - Entertainment News Headlines — Yahoo! News
Science | view all science news
Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness
The 17th century French philosopher René Descartes proposed the notion of "cogito ergo sum" ("I think, therefore I am"), the idea that the mere act of thinking about one's existence proves there is someone there to do the thinking. "The only thing you know is, 'I am conscious.' Any theory has to start with that," said Christof Koch, a neuroscientist and the chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Neuroscience in Seattle. In the last few decades, neuroscientists have begun to attack the problem of understanding consciousness from an evidence-based perspective. In fact, Koch and Francis Crick, the molecular biologist who famously helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA, had previously hypothesized that this region might integrate information across different parts of the brain, like the conductor of a symphony. -- read full article
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:15:12 -0400 - Science News Headlines - Yahoo News
How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape

How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape"What is the origin of that asymmetry?" study lead author Ian Garrick-Bethell, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said. The newborn moon was thus primed to be sculpted by Earth's gravity, and that's exactly what happened, researchers say. Indeed, scientists have posited for more than a century that tidal forces helped shape the molten moon, causing bulges that froze into place when Earth's natural satellite cooled down and solidified. For example, tidal forces pulled on the lunar crust, stretching it out and heating it up in places.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:08:28 -0400 - Science News Headlines - Yahoo News
Health | view all health news
The truth about your BMI

The truth about your BMIWhat does your body mass index really mean?The body mass index, or BMI, is an equation that uses your height and weight to create one solid number. Using this number, dieters and those looking to lose weight are supposedly able to see whether or not they are in good health. Some fitness experts are saying otherwise -- that the body mass index...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0400 - Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
Doctors deny cutting off Alabama man’s penis
(Reuters) - An Alabama man's claim that his penis was amputated recently in a circumcision gone wrong is entirely without merit, an attorney representing the doctors being sued said on Wednesday. Attorney Michael Florie said the plaintiff, 56-year-old Johnny Lee Banks Jr., has had both legs amputated due to severe diabetes, suffers from end-stage kidney failure and the hospital named in the lawsuit has labored to keep him alive. "Every allegation in the lawsuit is false," Florie said. It's an outrage." Florie, along with attorneys for Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where the operation allegedly took place, has moved to dismiss the case and sanction the plaintiff's lawyer for suing before seeing the medical records. -- read full article
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:20:40 -0400 - Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
Law | view all law news
Holloway disappearance hits cold case file
None of the three suspects in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway will be charged, the Aruban public prosecutor's office said today. Hans Mos, the island nation's chief public prosecutor, said there was not enough evidence to take the case to trial.
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Tue, 18 Dec 2007 18:16:59 EST - CNN.com - Law
Girl who shielded mom is a hero at school
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Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:42:28 EST - CNN.com - Law
Travel | view all travel news
Airbus A350XWB: On board the world's newest passenger jet
Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience.
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:35:31 EDT - CNN.com - Travel
And the world's best city is ...
Kyoto knocks Bangkok off its top perch in the 2014 installment of one magazine's annual ranking.
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:25:02 EDT - CNN.com - Travel
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