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At least one killed in ride incident at Ohio State Fair

At least one person was killed when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said Wednesday, according to the Columbus Dispatch and CNN affiliate WCMH. Wednesday was the first day of the fair.

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Lawmakers say they lobbied White House on gender confirmation medical costs. Trump went further.

Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday to reinstitute a ban on transgender people serving in the military after conservatives who lobbied the White House say they were pushing only to prevent the Pentagon from paying for medical costs associated with gender confirmation -- not an outright ban.

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Messaging startup Slack is raising $250 million amid venture investment boom

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software startup Slack Technologies Inc is raising $250 million in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, boosting the company's valuation as Silicon Valley companies enjoy a surge in venture capital investments.

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One dead, five critically hurt after thrown from ride at Ohio fair

(Reuters) - One person was killed and five others critically injured on Wednesday when they were thrown from their seats on a ride that hoists and spins people on the first day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, local TV news station WCMH reported.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

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Messaging startup Slack is raising $250 mln amid venture investment boom

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters) - Software startup Slack Technologies Inc is raising $250 million in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, boosting the company's valuation as Silicon Valley companies enjoy a surge in venture capital investments.

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China's Baidu enters strategic partnership with Paypal to tap Chinese tourists

BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) - Baidu Inc said on Friday that it has entered a strategic agreement with PayPal Holdings Inc to tap overseas merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships.

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Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor, to Be Nominated as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

In its announcement, the White House said that Mr. Brownback “worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries.”

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Shares in Hon Hai Precision open 2.16 percent higher

TAIPEI, July 27 (Reuters) - Shares in Hon Hai Precision , the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and major Apple supplier, opened 2.16 pct higher in early morning trade on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Western Energy Services reports Q2 loss per share $0.23

* Western Energy Services Corp. releases second quarter 2017 financial and operating results

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Singapore slings? Taking on Alibaba, Amazon launches Prime Now in the city state

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's push into populous Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with its Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding.

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Southern Copper second-quarter profit rises 35.1 pct yr/yr

LIMA, July 26 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Wednesday that its second-quarter net profit rose 35.1 percent from the same period a year earlier amid a double-digit surge in global copper prices.

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Trump ignores question on ban

President Donald Trump banned transgender people from the US military in three tweets, after pledging support for the LGBTQ community on the campaign trail. CNN's Anderson Cooper is keeping them honest.

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White House Aides Think Trump Will Let Sessions Stay, for Now

Among those urging Mr. Trump to spare the attorney general have been Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, and Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist.

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Lord: Viagra not a necessity in US Military

CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he thinks the federal government should stop funding Viagra in the US Military, which costs an estimated $46 million per year.

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UPDATE 1-Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit, ups capital budget

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday due to stronger crude oil prices and increased production from some upstream assets and refining operations.

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Senate Soundly Rejects Repeal-Only Health Bill

Seven Republicans joined Democrats to vote down a measure that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act without a replacement

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RPT-Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.

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Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

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Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

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Trump to nominate Kansas Governor Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said on Wednesday.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate vote on Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday that paves the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said, despite the objections of President Donald Trump's administration.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY, July 27 (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

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WRAPUP 6-U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials, one killed in anti-Maduro strike

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela, July 26 (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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Nintendo shares up more than four percent after reporting strong Switch sales

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd shares rose more than four percent in Thursday morning trade after the console maker reported strong first-quarter sales for its new Switch device.

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Masters champion Garcia to play Australian PGA

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia will play in Australia for the first time in seven years at the Australian PGA championship on the Gold Coast later this year, organizers said on Thursday.

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On Washington: Lisa Murkowski, a Swing Vote on Health Care, Isn’t Swayed

The president has chosen to pick on someone who is unlikely to be rattled by his attacks, or by accusations that she has deserted her fellow Republicans.

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BRIEF-Intellipharmaceutics says committees expressed desire to review additional safety data for Rexista

* Intellipharmaceutics provides update on FDA advisory committees meeting for Rexistaâ„¢ (oxycodone hydrochloride extended release), an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic for the treatment of moderate to severe pain

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Opinion: Trump's tweets are an affront to the military

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump's decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service.

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Former Fiat Chrysler executive charged in U.S. in payoff scheme

WASHINGTON July 26 (Reuters) - A former Fiat Chrysler vice president was indicted on Wednesday for making $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, authorities said.

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Elliott wins more time to beat Berkshire Hathaway's Oncor deal

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave Elliott Management Corp 11 more days to formalize its plans to bid on Oncor Electric Delivery Co before the court approves the $9 billion offer for the utility from Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday as a result of stronger crude oil prices and increased production from its upstream assets and refining operations.

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Samsung Electronics expects continued chip boom after record second-quarter profit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it expected the memory chip boom to continue in the current quarter, after reporting a record operating profit for the three months through June.

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Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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BRIEF-MiMedx announces Q2 earnings per share $0.07

* MiMedx announces record results for the second quarter of 2017 and raises full year revenue guidance

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BRIEF-Suncor Energy reports Q2 FFO per share C$0.98

* Qtrly refining and marketing (R&M) crude throughput improved to 435,500 bbls/d from 400,200 bbls/d in prior year quarter

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Eerie photos capture amusement parks after the fun stops

As the lights go off and the gates are bolted shut, the once colorful facades of lively recreational hot spots take on an eerie new life. That's what Italian photographer Stefano Cerio says in his new book, "Night Games," filled with images of recreational sites around the world that were taken exclusively at night.

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BRIEF-Xenith Bankshares reports Q2 earnings per share $0.27 from continuing operations

* Xenith Bankshares, Inc. reports second quarter and first half 2017 results

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UK commissions EU migration impact study, promises no Brexit cliff-edge

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain commissioned an independent study on Thursday of what role European Union nationals play in the British economy, saying that Brexit would mean new immigration rules, but that there would be no sudden cut-off for workers or employers.

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G.O.P.’s Lisa Murkowski Shows No Fear in Disappointing Trump

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has been a contrarian when it comes to the Republican health plan, but she is not as beholden to the party as others are.

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Exclusive: Discovery in the lead to acquire Scripps Networks - sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Discovery Communications Inc is in the lead to acquire U.S. cable TV network owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal likely to top $12 billion.

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Some Chinese electric car makers mull alliance to save money, time

BEIJING (Reuters) - A handful of China's many electric vehicle (EV) start-ups are considering setting up an alliance to pool resources, develop joint technology and bring cars more quickly to the world's biggest autos market.

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BRIEF-Southern Lithium announces non-brokered private placement

* Southern Lithium Corp - Will issue 4.8 million units (each "unit") at a purchase price $0.25 per unit, for total gross proceeds of up to $1.2 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Astellas announces wind-down of Agensys research operations

* Astellas announces wind-down of Agensys research operations

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BRIEF-Sienna Biopharmaceuticals announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

* Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

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U.S. officials discussing withholding some aid to Egypt over NGO law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are discussing whether to withhold a portion of U.S. assistance to Egypt to protest Egyptian passage of a law that imposes restrictions on non-governmental organizations, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Galane Gold Ltd provides an update to its proposed acquisition of Vantage Goldfields Ltd

* Galane Gold Ltd. provides an update to its proposed acquisition of Vantage Goldfields Limited Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Reata Pharmaceuticals announces pricing of Class A common stock public offering

* Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces pricing of Class A common stock public offering

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BRIEF-Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate

* Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate

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Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Prompts Pushback

In a move that caught many in Washington by surprise, President Trump issued via Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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BRIEF-Public Storage reports Q2 earnings per share $1.59

* Public Storage reports results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Uni-Select reports improved performance in Canada

* Qtrly adjusted ebitdaof $32.5 million, representing 9.5% of sales

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Musk, Zuckerberg feud over future of AI

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appear to be at odds over the future of the artificial intelligence. CNN's Richard Quest discussed the feud with physics professor Michio Kaku.

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BRIEF-Zebra Technologies announces comprehensive debt restructuring

* Zebra technologies announces comprehensive debt restructuring

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Swimming in the train? Metro car turned into pool

Don't be alarmed if fellow passengers start stripping off aboard a metro train in Taipei.

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Jon Stewart to return to stand-up in HBO specials

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UK's Prince William steps down from ambulance job to become full-time royal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William will give up his day job on Thursday when he completes his last shift as an air ambulance pilot before focusing full-time on his royal duties.

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United Airlines sued by owners of giant rabbit found dead after flight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owners of a giant rabbit named Simon who died on a United Airlines flight while bound for the Iowa State Fair sued the carrier on Monday, claiming its employees were responsible for the hare's death.

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Robert Durst's wife cheated with blues rocker before vanishing, friend says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After the wife of real estate scion Robert Durst disappeared in 1982, his longtime friend told Durst she was dating a blues musician and might have run off with him, according to testimony on Wednesday.

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Facebook shares hit record high as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported steady and steep quarterly revenue growth on Wednesday, as the world's largest social network attracted more advertising dollars to its mobile empire, sending its shares to an all-time high.

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Police who killed man while serving warrant had wrong house, DA says

Authorities are investigating the death of a Mississippi man who was shot dead by police while they were serving a warrant for another individual in an apparent address mix-up.

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U.N.'s Guterres concerned about risk of escalating violence in Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is concerned about the risk of violence escalating in the Old City of Jerusalem, where recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have been the bloodiest in years.

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'Skinny repeal' could wreck the insurance market

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UPDATE 1-Canada's Goldcorp earnings beat analyst estimates, CFO to leave

VANCOUVER, July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported better-than-expected earnings on Wednesday and lowered its forecast for costs this year, while also announcing that its chief financial officer, Russell Ball, would leave the company.

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GE, Invenergy build wind farm in Oklahoma, biggest in the U.S.

July 26 (Reuters) - Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co on Wednesday announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region.

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BRIEF-FDA approves Eisai's Fycompa for use as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures

* FDA approves Eisai's Fycompa® (perampanel) for use as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures

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Boeing shares jumps nearly 10% to record high

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BRIEF-New gold announces Paula Myson CFO

* New Gold announces management appointments and addition of new director

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BRIEF-Archrock says board declared dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock

* Board of directors declared dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock, a rate of $0.48 per share on an annualized basis Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New Gold reports Q2 earnings per share $0.04

* New Gold announces 2017 second quarter results; Rainy River project schedule and cost remain in line with January 2017 plan

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Brazil meatpacker JBS calls meeting sought by shareholder BNDESpar

SAO PAULO, July 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's JBS SA has called a shareholder meeting on Sept 1 to address concerns over potential losses raised by BNDESpar, the investment arm of Brazilian state development bank and holder of 21 percent of the meatpacker, the company said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Packaging Corp of America reports Q2 sales $1.6 billion

* Packaging Corporation of America reports second quarter 2017 results

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Apple supplier Japan Display seeks $893 million to fund restructuring: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Liquid crystal display panels manufacturer Japan Display Inc is seeking about 100 billion yen ($893 million) from its main creditors to fund an ongoing restructuring, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.

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The GOP health care strategy: Pass bill first, fix it later

Congressional Republicans have a simple plan to get an Obamacare repeal and replace bill to President Donald Trump: Keep kicking the can down the road.

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Study links rising U.S. e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting

LONDON (Reuters) - A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers said on Wednesday.

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GOP Senator: This 'deserves more than a Twitter conversation'

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military "deserves more than a Twitter conversation."

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PayPal raises 2017 forecasts on growth in users, payment volumes

(Reuters) - Digital payments company PayPal Holdings Inc raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by growth in users and transaction volumes.

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Could Trump use recess appointment to replace Sessions?

Is President Donald Trump trying to force out Jeff Sessions as attorney general so he can "recess appoint" someone to the job who would fire Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

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Beatles' company wins lawsuit over Shea Stadium concert rights

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Corps, the company founded by members of The Beatles, on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking the rights to the master tapes of the band's celebrated 1965 concert at New York's Shea Stadium.

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Israel's Netanyahu threatens to shut Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city.

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Massachusetts immigrant ruling could guide other states: official

BOSTON (Reuters) - A ruling by Massachusetts' top court could influence other state courts to rule that police cannot detain illegal immigrants solely to give federal authorities time to take them into custody, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday.

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Trump announces Foxconn $10B investment in US

President Donald Trump announces Foxconn, one of Apple's top overseas suppliers, is investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a new manufacturing plant.

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Money for Illinois schools in limbo amid political bickering

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A special legislative session ordered by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner devolved into political bickering on Wednesday, leaving the state no closer to having a new school funding formula in place to ensure its more than 850 districts can begin classes on time.

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Meditation truck offers moment of zen in heart of New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Certified meditation teacher Kristin Westbrook offered guided meditation sessions inside of her converted RV truck on Wednesday in midtown Manhattan and encouraged frazzled passersby to join her for a 10-minute mental break.

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Republican Party, Russia, Venezuela: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Foxconn announces U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin

(Reuters) - Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin.

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Video of shark dragged by boat sparks outrage

Florida wildlife officials are investigating a video posted Monday that shows a shark being dragged behind a high-speed boat.

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Massachusetts inmate gets three years in prison for plot to kill Obama

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man who prosecutors said developed a detailed plan while in state custody to kill former U.S. President Barack Obama in a sniper-like attack and then flee was sentenced on Wednesday to 37 months in prison.

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For Transgender Service Members, a Mix of Sadness, Anger and Fear

President Trump’s announcement that the military would no longer allow transgender people to serve led to warnings about the return of an era of secrecy and shame.

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Apple supplier says it will invest $10 billion in Wisconsin

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BRIEF-Coeur reports Q2 loss per share $0.06

* Q2 revenue $173.4 million versus I/B/E/S view $174.7 million

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BRIEF-United States Lime & Minerals reports Q2 earnings per share $0.94

* United States Lime & Minerals Inc - Revenues in the Q2 2017 were $36.5 million, compared to $32.9 million in the comparable prior year quarter Source text: [http://bit.ly/2tKVo8w] Further company coverage:

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Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff

(Reuters) - One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation.

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BRIEF-Canfor reports Q2 adjusted earnings per share C$0.78

* Q2 earnings per share view C$0.54 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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UPDATE 1-Energy Future warns delay would kill Oncor sale to Buffett

WILMINGTON, Del., July 26 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc will walk away from its $9 billion acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Co if the deal is delayed, an attorney for the parent company of Texas' largest utility told a bankruptcy judge on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Acadian Timber Corp reports Q2 earnings per share C$0.24

* Acadian Timber Corp. reports second quarter results and changes to management team

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BRIEF-Barrick Gold sets quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share

* Sets quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

* Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

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UPDATE 1-Barrick says will start Tanzania talks next week as earnings beat

July 26 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said it would begin discussions with the government of Tanzania next week about an export ban.

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Goldcorp posts quarterly profit as costs fall; CFO to leave

July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported a quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by lower costs.