• Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political crisis. Al-Maliki has for weeks been resisting growing pressure for him to step aside, including from former Shiite political allies and from Iraq's top Shiite spiritual authority. His critics see the Shiite prime minister as too divisive to form a government that can win support from the Sunni minority against the militant-led Sunni insurgency that has seized control of a large swath of the country.

  • Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results came out, signaling that they could hit a record high when the stock market opens on Thursday. Investors who bought — and held on to — Facebook stock during the company's initial public offering two years ago are now close to doubling their money. Facebook Inc. (FB) said Wednesday that it earned $788 million, or 30 cents per share, in the April-June period. That's up from $331 million, or 13 cents per share, in the

  • Austria: Israeli club's match disrupted by protest

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — A football match in Austria between Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille OSC has been disrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters. Salzburg police said the pre-season friendly in the town of Bischofshofen was interrupted shortly before the end when protesters waving Palestinian flags stormed the pitch. Police said nobody was injured. The referee broke off the game after the incident.

  • UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special meeting of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip. Only the United States voted against the resolution championed by Arab nations. Another 17 of the Human Rights Council's 47 member-states abstained.

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels fought to hang onto territory and shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. The bold new attack showed the separatists are not shying away from shooting at the skies despite international outrage and grief at the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Delta and Apple are big market movers

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Delta Air Lines Inc., up $1.47 to $39.15 The airline's second-quarter earnings topped analysts' expectations, as passengers flew more miles at higher average fares and fuel spending declined. GlaxoSmithKline Plc., down $3.18 to $50.04 The drug developer cut its full-year earnings forcast after reporting a decline in quarterly profit, partly on lower sales. Puma Biotechnology Inc., up $174.40 to $223.43 The biotechnology company reported positive results from a key late-stage study of a potential breast-cancer treatment. Nasdaq Apple Inc., up $2

  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, made Jan. 1 that expanded the field to enter income. Many applicants unnecessarily entered a decimal point and cents that the system ignored. The error led to students being declared eligible for aid when they are not — and ineligible when they are. The Education Department says fewer than 200,000 applicants have been declared eligible when they are not.

  • Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country. The main evidence cited in the 57-page document obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday was footage produced by the journalists that included voices critical of the government and showed the turmoil in Egypt after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer, as well as interviews with families of those killed in the crackdown on Morsi supporters.

  • Foursquare Checks Out of the Check-in Game, Reveals New Logo

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Foursquare's attempt to transform itself from a check-in app into Yelp continues with a new app and a new logo, according to Mashable.com. Back in May, Foursquare announced that it was taking the check-in out of the main app and wrapping it into Swarm, a new distinct app. When Swarm was released, users who didn't download the app could continue to use Foursquare to check-in to their favorite locations. Starting Thursday, that will no longer be the case. If you want to check-in, you'll need to install and use Swarm. The official Foursquare app will have check-ins removed and focus primarily on local discovery and recommendations.

  • $148 million metal research center set for Detroit

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was announced Wednesday. The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military. President Barack Obama had announced in February the creation of the hub and one in Chicago that would concentrate on high-tech digital manufacturing and design. The eventual goal of the Pentagon-led institutes is creating jobs that have been lost to foreign competition. Two dozen people will work at the facility in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

  • Bloomberg lands in Israel in show of support

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed Wednesday in Israel in spite of a U.S. flight ban amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, offering the country support amid growing international frustration over the violence. Bloomberg arrived at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport on Israel's national carrier El Al, where he was met by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Federal Aviation Administration renewed a flight ban to Israel on Wednesday, following decisions by U.S. and European airlines to suspend flights there Tuesday over fears about incoming Hamas rocket fire on Israel. The FAA decision, however, does not apply to El Al as a foreign carrier.

  • Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities. Nickolay Mladenov called on all U.N. member states to cooperate in enforcing sanctions against the al-Qaida splinter group and bring to justice "the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these horrific terrorist acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity." He told the council by videoconference from Baghdad that the Islamic State group has taken control of about one-third of Iraq since late June and has become "a complex threat to peace and security in Iraq, the entire region and beyond.

  • Defiant Hamas leader calls for opening of Gaza borders, world to push for end of Israeli siege

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defiant Hamas leader calls for opening of Gaza borders, world to push for end of Israeli siege.

  • Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest. With banners featuring slogans such as "Boycott Israel" and "Israel Murderer," demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow freedom of expression while containing violence — and hate speech against France's Jews. Jewish leaders say vocal anti-Semitic chants in previous demonstrations and several attacks on synagogues reflect rising anti-Semitism in Europe. France has Western Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim populations, and the Middle East conflict often means rocketing tension

  • Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices. But in a number of cases, Amazon's technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas. — Beyond the apps. On iPhones and Android devices, each icon takes you to a different app. The Fire and Windows phones break away from that and offer direct links to content as well. In Amazon's case, that's a book you just read or a video you just watched. Windows icons also give you a preview of new messages and notifications, so you can decide whether the app's worth opening. The Fire does better in letting you interact with the message and see more of it

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Markets were steady Wednesday as the focus turned toward U.S. corporate earnings and as tensions between Russia and the West over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine eased. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 closed flat at 6,798.15 while Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 9,753.56. France's CAC 40 also advanced 0.2 percent to 4,376.32. In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.1 percent at 17,101 while the broader S&P 500 index rose 0.3 percent to 1,989. Markets have been volatile over the past week, partly because of heightened tensions between Russia and the West after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists.

  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. "We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he met for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done," Kerry said. He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders. He flew to Israel on an Air Force jet — one day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport because of a Hamas ro

  • Fact sheet: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid BASE PRICE: $39,780. PRICE AS TESTED: $40,570. TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, plug-in, gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, inline, Atkinson-cycle four cylinder with i-VTEC mated to 41-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. MILEAGE: 115 mpg-equivalent on all-electric power, 46 mpg combined city/highway on gasoline engine. TOP SPEED: NA. LENGTH: 193.5 inches. WHEELBASE: 109.3 inches. CURB WEIGHT: 3,799 pounds. BUILT AT: Japan. OPTIONS: None. DESTINATION CHARGE: $790. .

  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet, reports CBS Minnesota. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially.

  • The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular!

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Earlier this month, it was announced that the guys behind the Seinfeld2000 Twitter and Instagram accounts developed a new set of emoji inspired by the show, says the Huffinton Post, and now they're here and available for a free download on iTunes. Technically these aren't traditional emoji since they're currently available through an app rather than your iPhone’s keyboard; however, you can still write out the message you want, save it and then post to social media or text