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Israel calls for north Gaza evacuation after raid

Sunday, 2:04 AM

Israelis stand on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot, overlooking the Gaza Strip, as they watch smoke rising following an Israeli strike on Gaza, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and announced it would hit northern Gaza "with great force" to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. More than 150 Palestinians have been killed in five days of bombardment. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening campaign against militant rocket fire that's killed more than 160 Palestinians.


Sarkozy's war with judges risks hurting French establishment

Sunday, 2:02 AM

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his residence in ParisBy Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - In accusing magistrates of persecuting him, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is taking on an old enemy in a fight that could hurt both politicians and judges, fuelling a sense of public disenchantment with France's ruling elite. Sarkozy's hopes of winning back power suffered a heavy blow when, after 15 hours in police custody, he was placed under formal investigation on July 2, suspected of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign. Already the far-right National Front, which topped the polls in France at May's elections to the European Parliament, is seeking to capitalize on the Sarkozy affair as further evidence of something rotten at the heart of the political establishment. Its leader Marine Le Pen has described Sarkozy's conservative UMP party and President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists as "all corrupt." Eighty percent of Sarkozy supporters suspect political machinations in his latest case.


Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, 2:04 AM

This photo taken June 25, 2014, shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as he testifies at a Capitol Hill hearing examining the Financial Stability Oversight Council's annual report to Congress in Washington. Warren is quickly becoming a top Democrat fund-raising and campaigning powerhouse. Since March, she has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned in July for West Virginia and Michigan. It’s a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.


Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese to win Nobel Peace Prize

Sunday, 2:00 AM

Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifismCampaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home. By Friday, the group had amassed a support petition with more than 150,000 names, and organisers say Japan's 128-million residents are now among the possible candidates for the prestigious award. It was not possible to nominate Japan's pacifist constitution -- put in place after the end of World War II -- so activists moved to get the peace-loving population on the prize list instead. "The idea came to me when I was watching a TV report about the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union," she told AFP.


James signs two-year deal with Cavs: report

Saturday, 11:16 PM

Former Miami Heat player LeBron James during a game against the San Antonio Spurs in Texas on June 15, 2014LeBron James finalized a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers with an eye towards maximizing his future salary once new TV contracts push NBA payroll limits higher, ESPN reported. The Cavaliers confirmed the signing Saturday but refused to give any details about the contract's length or amount. On Friday, James announced he would leave the Miami Heat, whom he led to two NBA crowns and four trips to the NBA Finals, and return to Cleveland, the team he spurned four years ago to join Miami in search of a first-ever championship.


AP sources: Rockets sending Jeremy Lin to Lakers

Saturday, 10:32 PM

Jeremy Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston Rockets failed to land coveted forward Chris Bosh in free agency.

For 2nd day, lightning kills 1 in Colorado park

Sunday, 1:35 AM

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Heads up! Supermoon is here

Saturday, 11:44 PM

A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!


Charting a path to "normalization"

Sunday, 2:07 AM

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen smiles at the inaugural Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture in WashingtonBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Investors shift focus this coming week from trouble spots such as Portugal's biggest listed bank to a marathon testimony by the U.S. Fed chair that could help chart a global path towards post-crisis "normalization". Concerns about losses associated with the founding family of Banco Espirito Santo had threatened to rattle euro zone markets, but by Friday traders had decided that BES was unlikely to disrupt Portugal's financial system or revive broader worries about the bloc's weaker economies. In any case, Janet Yellen's two-day appearance in the U.S. Congress from Tuesday will dominate global markets, which want above all to know how long the Federal Reserve will leave interest rates low after an unprecedented period of cheap money since the financial crisis. While October is likely to mark the end of the central bank's money printing, investors are looking for hints of an interest rate hike early next year, which would signal a return to normality after the Great Recession and its aftermath.


American Airlines picks CFM for $2.6 billion engine deal

Sunday, 1:35 AM

A woman walks out from an American Airlines office in CaracasFARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) - CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Aviation and Safran of France, said on Sunday that it had been picked by American Airlines Group to provide engines for 100 Airbus A320neo jets the airline has on order. CFM said the order is worth $2.6 billion at list prices. The deal confirms what sources familiar with the matter told Reuters this month and marks a loss for United Technologies Corp's Pratt and Whitney unit, which makes the other engine offered on the Airbus A320neo. (Reporting by Mark Potter; Editing by David Goodman)


American Airlines picks CFM for $2.6 billion engine deal

Sunday, 1:35 AM

A woman walks out from an American Airlines office in CaracasFARNBOROUGH England (Reuters) - CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Aviation and Safran of France, said on Sunday that it had been picked by American Airlines Group to provide engines for 100 Airbus A320neo jets the airline has on order. CFM said the order is worth $2.6 billion at list prices. The deal confirms what sources familiar with the matter told Reuters this month and marks a loss for United Technologies Corp's Pratt and Whitney unit, which makes the other engine offered on the Airbus A320neo. (Reporting by Mark Potter; Editing by David Goodman)


After decades of disappointment, Berlin's economy looks up

Sunday, 1:06 AM

A worker is seen behind scaffoldings at a construction site near the Fernsehturm TV tower in BerlinBy Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - It has taken a quarter of a century longer than hoped but Berlin is now glimpsing the prosperity that was supposed to land in its lap after the Wall came down in 1989 and it was restored as the jubilant capital of Germany. Twenty five years after reunification, Berlin remains a work in progress: with higher unemployment and lower income than the likes of Frankfurt and Hamburg, it will take years to catch up. Berlin does not dominate decentralized, federal Germany the way London or Paris do in their own countries. "We won't be making cars like Stuttgart or Wolfsburg - but the bases of the technology," said the city's economy minister, Cornelia Yzer, referring to the headquarters of the German auto giants Daimler and Volkswagen.