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U.S. grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

GM switch complaints began 17 years ago, long before Cobalt

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:51
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors car owners have been complaining to dealers about defective ignition switches since 1997, years before the automaker launched the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars with faulty switches linked to at least 13 deaths.






Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened: U.S.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday.






In Africa, a Cube and a Parachute test consumer demand

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:34
LONDON/ACCRA (Reuters) - Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa.






Hurricane Arthur makes landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:44
NAGS HEAD, N.C, (Reuters) - The first hurricane of the Atlantic season made landfall on the North Carolina coast Thursday night, a windy, wet party-pooper that forced thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.






Overpass collapses in World Cup city

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:20
BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays.






U.S. urges Argentina to find solution with holdout investors

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday urged Argentina to negotiate a solution with holdout investors after a string of U.S. court decisions that have pushed the country to the brink of default.






U.S. job growth surges, unemployment rate near six-year low

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the jobless rate closed in on a six-year low, decisive evidence the economy was growing briskly heading into the second half of the year.






Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened: U.S.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday.






College wins U.S. top court temporary exemption on Obamacare birth control

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court gave a Christian college in Illinois a temporary exemption from birth control coverage required by President Barack Obama's health reform law, days after ruling that for-profit employers can opt out for religious reasons.

North Carolina's outer banks to take full force of hurricane Arthur

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:49
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C, (Reuters) - The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as it spun toward the North Carolina coast on the verge of Category 2 status, forcing thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.






Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:21
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.






Overpass collapses in World Cup city, crushes vehicles

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:14
BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays.






Exclusive: Iran eases demands in Vienna nuclear talks - Western diplomats

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:17
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment program in talks with world powers although Western governments are urging Tehran to compromise further, Western diplomats said on Thursday.

One dead, three badly hurt in Texas school fireworks explosion

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:49
DALLAS (Reuters) - One person was killed and three others severely injured when a truck trailer carrying fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration at a central Texas high school exploded on Thursday as workers prepared the show, a fire official said.

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:21
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan decided on Thursday to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged that some of them were alive.

Hollande, Merkel urge Putin to broker Ukraine ceasefire

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:04
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday to encourage separatists in eastern Ukraine to reach an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities, the French president's office said.

Goalkeepers steal World Cup limelight despite goal flurry

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:06
BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Fans around the world have been enjoying a flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil but with the tournament now in its knockout phase it is goalkeepers not strikers that have been grabbing most of the headlines.






Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as 'Zero Hour' looms over capital

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:04
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts, according to senior Iraqi and U.S. security officials.

Fresh gains and new enemies for Islamic State in Syria

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:11
(Reuters) - Islamic State militants have taken control of most of eastern Syria as they build on the momentum of their advance through Sunni Muslim provinces of neighboring Iraq.