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Froome crashes out on bumpy 5th Tour stage

Britain’s Christopher Froome gets into his team car as he abandons the race following a third consecutive crash in two days during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg,...
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Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Since the Gaza offensive began Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 400 sites in Gaza, killing at least 32 people in a military...
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Pro-Kiev Ukrainians face intimidation in the east

Maria Oleinik, 70, speaks to The Associated Press in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Since April, when pro-Russia rebels took over her city, Oleinik hasn’t slept in the same house for more than one night running. Fearing abduction at the...

MetroCast Sells Miss., Ala. Systems

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Block Communications Inc. has acquired MetroCast Mississippi, a rural cable system that provides cable television, telephone and Internet services to more than 45,000 residential and business customers in 16 Mississippi counties. Toldeo, Ohio-based BCI also...
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Cleanup from deadly storm starts in Eastern states

People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night’s storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed. (AP Photo/Mike...
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Stocks creep up after 2 days of losses

Trader Greg Mulligan, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Stocks inched higher in early trading Wednesday, reversing a two-day decline, as the quarterly earnings season got underway with some positive news from the giant aluminum...

Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity...

US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

HAVANA (AP) — U.S. and Cuban government officials were meeting in Washington on Wednesday for the latest round of migration talks, a rare chance for dialogue between two countries that have not had full diplomatic relations for more than five decades. Held every six...

Theme Park CEO Says Job Is About Making Memories

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The head of one of the nation’s biggest amusement park chains says roller coasters that go higher and faster aren’t the only ways to keep crowds coming back. Cedar Fair Entertainment’s Matt Ouimet (WEE’-meht) has spent his first two...

Ohio Man Fights Murder Extradition To Albania

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who is fighting extradition to Albania to face prison on a murder conviction says authorities have got the wrong guy. An attorney for 41-year-old Altin Hasani, who lives in the Columbus suburb of Groveport, is arguing that his client is not the...