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  • Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

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    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled her court had jurisdiction over the case against Roman Seleznev and allowed it to move forward, even though his lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss. Another ruling confirming Seleznev's identity cleared the way for him to be sent to the state of Washington, where documents filed in federal court in Seattle allege he hacked into retailers' computers, installed malicious software and stole credit card numbers from 2009 to 2011.

  • Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

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    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.3 percent to 15,572.38 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 percent to 24,623.90. South Korea's Kospi was less than 0.1 percent lower at 2,074.01. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 tumbled 1.4 percent to 5,556.40. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.1 percent to 2,203.08. US SELL-OFF: Asian stocks are LOWER after U.S. markets had their worst day in months. Factors include weak corporate earnings from big companies such as Exxon Mobil as well as the approaching end of stimulus from the Federal

  • Royals' Hosmer (finger) to miss 3 to 6 weeks

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand. He aggravated a previous injury on a check swing in the fourth inning of a 6-3 victory Thursday night over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler hit for Hosmer in the sixth and X-ray's revealed the fracture. Hosmer was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester on July 20 at Boston and did not start six of the next seven games. "Very frustrating, bad timing," Hosmer said. Hosmer, who will go on the disabled list, had a 16-game hitting streak before Lester's pitch hit him.

  • Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message. Economists predict that the government will say employers added 225,000 jobs in July, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. That would follow June's big 288,000 increase. And it would mark the sixth straight month of gains above 200,000, the longest such stretch since 1997. The Labor Department will issue the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. This year's burst of hiring has lowered the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent from 6.7 percent at the start of the year. The rate is now the lowest it's been in six years. Economists think the rate wil

  • Phillies lose Lee, defeat Nationals 10-4

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee had reached the point where he wasn't thinking about the elbow injury that had sidelined him for two months this season. Now it's foremost on his mind. Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Thursday night despite Lee leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury. After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound and tapped his left arm with his glove hand. "It's pretty much the same thing as it was before," said Lee, who said he felt some discomfort throwing before the game and for the first few warm-up pitches each inning.

  • Berdych falls; Johnson, Raonic win at Citi Open

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vasek Pospisil got the best of Tomas Berdych — again. The Canadian improved to 2-0 against the fifth-ranked Berdych, beating the Czech star 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the Citi Open quarterfinals. Berdych was the top seed in the hardcourt event. Earlier, Steve Johnson knocked off another seeded, big-serving, NBA center-sized opponent, beating ninth-seeded Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7). The American will face seventh-ranked and second-seeded Milos Raonic, the Canadian who beat No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3). Berdych unofficially committed 21 unforced errors and had his serve broken four times, including the final game of each set.

  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. He has hesitated in the past because such a move would instantly put the Palestinians on a risky collision course with Israel. But with about 1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza, according to health officials, Abbas has signaled he might move ahead — cautiously. Palestinian officials said Thursday that Abbas asked all Palestinian political factions, including Hamas and the smaller group Islamic Jihad, to give their written consent to such a move.

  • Reds beat Marlins 3-1 with controversial replay

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    MIAMI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds got the pitching they needed at the start and the finish. Starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save as the Reds beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night. "Hopefully things will turn around," Cueto said as the Reds won for just the third time in their last 13 games. The Reds were the beneficiaries of a controversial call in the eighth inning and they took full advantage of the play. A long delay in the eighth inning resulted in a run scored by Zack Cozart to tie the game after he was initially ruled out by home plate umpire Mike Winters on a play at the plate.

  • Zunino's homer lifts Mariners past Indians, 6-5

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Seattle Mariners received good news on all fronts Thursday. Several hours after making two trades to help their run at an AL wild-card spot, the Mariners rallied for a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning. The win, along with the acquisitions of outfielders Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, resulted in a lot of smiles in the Mariners' clubhouse. "We've played well all year," said Dustin Ackley, who hit a two-run homer in the third. "We've put ourselves in a position to be in it at the end and to add a couple of good players will be big for us.

  • Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp

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    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch's holdout is over, ending one distraction so far for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch arrived at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility on Thursday afternoon following the team's morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch had reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week. Lynch was caught by television cameras talking on his phone out near the Seahawks practice fields wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and knit cap on an 85 degree day. He was later hanging out in the lobby of the facility. ESPN reported earlier Thursday that Lynch was expected to end his holdout. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after practice that he did not know if Lynch was on the verge of reporting

  • Pujols' RBI in 13th lifts Angels over Orioles 1-0

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Albert Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday night to avert a three-game series sweep. Tyler Skaggs and six relievers combined on a five-hitter, and David Freese matched a career high with four hits to help Los Angeles improve to 3-10 in one-run games on the road. Skaggs had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before leaving with left forearm tightness. He was replaced by Mike Morin, who immediately gave up a bloop single to Caleb Joseph. The Orioles didn't get another hit until Joseph singled leading off the eighth.

  • Reds beat Marlins 3-1 with controversial replay

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    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins were heated after Thursday night's game when a call from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate did not go their way. The Cincinnati Reds thought MLB got it just right. A long delay in the eighth inning resulted in what the Marlins thought was the third out turning into the tying run. Zack Cozart was initially ruled out by home plate umpire Mike Winters on the play at the plate. The review extended the inning and Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help give the Reds a 3-1 victory.

  • At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics. Nearly five decades after Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the athletic competition for those with disabilities, athletes from around the world stood as living testimony to how their lives had been shaped by a program that treated them as equals and worthy contenders. Under a ruby red hue illuminating the White House chandeliers, Obama paid tribute to what he said the Special Olympics have come to stand for: pride, teamwork, friendship and dignity.

  • Rose acknowledges tension with Bulls

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose acknowledged tension between members of his inner circle and team management. Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times in an article posted Thursday that he knows "it's been there." "I'm happy I didn't personally see it," Rose said. "I don't want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn't around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn't all right." There has been speculation in recent years of tension between the organization and Rose's camp.

  • Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic; storm warnings issued for Barbados, Dominica

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    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic; storm warnings issued for Barbados, Dominica.

  • Umpire Jerry Layne leaves Braves-Dodgers game

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Umpire Jerry Layne has removed himself from Wednesday night's Dodgers-Atlanta Braves game in the third inning because of an undisclosed reason. Layne was replaced at first base by Mike Estabrook, who started out at second.

  • US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. "The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning. He called Ebola "a tragic, dreadful and merciless virus." The purpose of the travel warning is to not only protect U.S. travelers, but limit their use of overburdened clinics and hospitals for injuries or other illnesses, he said.

  • Diamondbacks look to future with deadline trades

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    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping a pair of deadline-day trades will pay off down the road. Last-place Arizona parted with a couple of popular veterans Thursday, trading outfielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee and third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees. But the Diamondbacks received outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda in the deal with the Brewers, and got minor league catcher Peter O'Brien in the Prado deal. Arizona also saved money in the trades, which could provide for the rest of the season and over the winter. Prado was in the second season of a $40 million, four-year contract. "Projected revenue will be discussed next month," general manager Kevin Towers said before T

  • Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon. President Cristina Fernandez and her economy minister both insisted they were open to more discussions with holdout creditors, but also maintained an air of defiance and denied that the situation Argentina finds itself in really amounts to a default. Fernandez in a rousing and emotional speech dismissed the effects of the default, the country's second in 13 years. "In the first place, we are here on the 31st of July and the world continues and so does the Republic of Argentina, which we can all say is very good news," she to

  • Chekwa taking reps with Raiders while Hayden sits

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    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Chimdi Chekwa has dealt with so much in his first two NFL seasons that a matchup with wide receiver James Jones in practice seemed fairly easy in comparison for the Oakland cornerback. At least that's how Chekwa made it look Thursday. The former fourth-round draft pick dropped back into coverage, stopped, then made a quick break forward and got in front of Jones to knock away the pass thrown by quarterback Matt Schaub. Not intercepting the ball left Chekwa shaking his head as he jogged back to the huddle. "James does a great job of getting to the ball, regardless of where the ball's thrown," Chekwa said. "It's hard to pick off a ball that's going to James Jones but it should have been a pick.