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U.S. consumer prices rise modestly in July

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices barely rose in July as declining energy costs partially offset increases in food and rents, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low for a while.

U.S. housing starts, permits surge in July

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. housing starts and building permits rebounded strongly in July, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track after stalling in the second half of last year.

West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:54
GENEVA (Reuters) - Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

U.S. clears AstraZeneca over heart drug trial

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:44
LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has cleared AstraZeneca Plc over a major clinical trial used to win marketing approval for its important new heart drug Brilinta, following an investigation which had cast a shadow over its prospects.

U.S. teen held after mother's body found in Bali tested for pregnancy

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:37
DENPASAR Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian police said on Tuesday they have tested a U.S. teen, detained after the discovery of her mother's battered body in a suitcase in Bali, to see if she is pregnant and are awaiting the result.

With Sterling saga over, Ballmer gets ovation from Clipper Nation

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With his trademark top-of-the-lungs, high-fiving, rambunctious enthusiasm, former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans on Monday, promising a new era for the NBA team after former owner Donald Sterling was banned for life over racist remarks.

Texas' Perry to fight indictment, casting shadow on possible 2016 run

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:37
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry will vigorously fight a two-count felony indictment returned by a state grand jury last week charging him with abuse of power, his lawyers said on Monday, calling the prosecution "outrageous."

Dollar General enters race for Family Dollar with $8.95 billion bid

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:27
(Reuters) - Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping a bid by Dollar Tree Inc and aiming to strengthen its dominance of a growing segment of retailers serving penny-pinching customers.

Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:15
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Community Health Systems Inc , one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.

Israel, Palestinians renew truce but see risk of more Gaza violence

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:38
GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in Egyptian-brokered talks.

Missouri governor lifts Ferguson curfew as National Guard called in

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:37
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday and began deploying National Guard troops to help quell days of rioting and looting spurred by the fatal shooting of a black unarmed teenager by a white policeman.

Dozens killed in attack on convoy, Ukraine says; rebels deny firing rocket

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:03
KIEV (Reuters) - Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed as they fled fighting in eastern Ukraine on Monday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said.

Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: officials

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:19
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of U.S. air strikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and U.S. officials said on Monday.

Renegade Libyan general claims air strikes on Tripoli

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:37
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

IAEA expects progress by deadline in Iran nuclear inquiry

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:08
VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday Iran had begun implementing transparency measures ahead of an Aug 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran.

Liberia hunts escaped Ebola victims as WHO calls for controls

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:44
MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Liberia struggled on Monday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled quarantine at the weekend, while the U.N. health agency urged affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid to contain the worst outbreak of the virus.

WikiLeaks' Assange hopes to exit London embassy if UK lets him

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:27
LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building "soon", but Britain signaled it would still arrest him if he tried.

Landmark Brazil poll contains good news for Rousseff

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:11
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Although a new poll shows Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff suddenly facing a tougher road to re-election, she also saw a sharp recovery in her approval ratings and resilient voter support through what will likely be the campaign's most emotional and volatile period.

German spying report angers Turkey, embarrasses Berlin

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:05
BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) - The German government faced an angry reaction from Turkey and accusations of hypocrisy from its own opposition on Monday after media reports that its intelligence agency spied on its NATO ally.

Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:57
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops on Monday demolished the homes of two Palestinians it suspects of the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the army said.