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Obama: 'New chapter' begins as U.S., Cuba to open embassies

President Obama: 'New Chapter' Begins as US, Cuba Will Open EmbassiesPresident Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years. "More than 54 years ago at the height of the cold war, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with the republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries," the president said in the Rose Garden today.




What could happen if Greece leaves European Union?

Greece: What Could Happen If Country Leaves the European UnionIf Greece and its 11 million people left the European Union, it would be an unprecedented move within the monetary system that gave birth to the currency known as the euro.A referendum, which has already been criticized as confusing and illegal, scheduled on Sunday will help determine whether a "Grexit" -- Greek exit -- from the 19-nation currency bloc could become a reality. Earlier this week, the government issued a maximum cash withdrawal for Greek residents at 60 euros. But due to the shortage of 20-euro banknotes, people mostly have access to 50-euro banknotes. ...




Trump loses business deals over comments about Mexicans, but gains in polls

Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants may be costing him a growing of number of business relationships, but they appear to have given him a bump in the polls.




Clinton raises record $45 million since campaign launch

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinnerMore than 90 percent of the donations in Clinton's fundraising haul were for amounts of $100 or less, her campaign said.




U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

Obama and Biden depart after announcing the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba in the Rose Garden at the White House in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, the deal fulfills a pledge the former Cold War enemies made six months ago.




Markets rally on report Greece accepts creditor terms

Protesters wave Greek and EU flags during a pro-Euro rally in front of the parliament building, in AthensLONDON (Reuters) - Eurozone stocks and peripheral bonds rallied on Wednesday, extending gains after a report that Greece was ready to accept most conditions from its international creditors in order to reach a deal over its debt crisis.




Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 50

Islamic militant attack military checkpoints in North Sinai, EgyptIslamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.




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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson: sourceA church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night.




Baltimore to put cameras in police vans, review riot gear

Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreCameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters. The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time.





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Brazil once had an All-Star economy. Now America is the stud
The Brazilian and U.S. economies are the hemisphere's two biggest.

Why isn't the middle class earning $156,000 a year?
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Chris Christie's problem: New Jersey's economy isn't doing well
Governor Christie is now in the 2016 election race. He promises to tell it like it is, but

University of Phoenix lays off 900 after student exodus
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The 5 hottest stocks of 2015
Netflix blew away the rest of the stock market during the first half of the year. Here's a look at the other top stocks of 2015.

The Greek crisis...in 2 minutes
Will Greece leave the Eurozone? Will there be a last-minute save? Here are the latest developments on a fast-moving story.

Greece defaults on $1.7 billion IMF payment
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Is PBR still cool? America's hipster beer is slowing down
Pabst Blue Ribbon had become wildly popular with hipsters in recent years. But it's losing its cache, experts say.

Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy
Puerto Rico's governor called on Washington to change federal bankruptcy laws to help the island get out from its debts.

Why Puerto Rico's economy is in a 'death spiral'
Puerto Rico's economy is spiraling out of control, heading towards a default. Here's what you need to know.


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Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed

Authors of study on memory seen in undated handoutBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in the brain. Researchers said on Wednesday a study involving people with electrodes implanted in their brains has shown that individual neurons in a region called the medial temporal lobe play a central role in swiftly forming these memories. The devices also enabled the researchers to pinpoint individual neurons that encoded memories.




I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously

AMNH handout shows a partially fossilized jaw from an adult Smilodon fatalis saber-toothed catBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. "If you think about it, Smilodon fatalis likely left their paw prints on what is today Hollywood Boulevard long before Marilyn Monroe left her hand prints at the Chinese Theater," said paleontologist Z. Jack Tseng of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Scientists on Wednesday offered unique insight into the big cat's most famous feature: its dagger-like upper canine teeth.




Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in an image made by the Rosetta space probeBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has massive sinkholes in its surface that are nearly wide enough to swallow Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, research published on Wednesday shows. Scientists suspect the pits formed when material on the comet’s surface collapsed, similar to sinkholes on Earth, a study published in the journal Nature said. The cavities on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which Rosetta has been orbiting since August, are enormous, stretching some 656 feet (200 meters) in diameter and 590 feet (180 meters) in depth.




Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous

Handout photograph of archaeologists working on unearthed skeletons in the Farringdon area of LondonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries. Yersinia pestis caused two of the deadliest pandemics in human history: the 6th century Justinian Plague, named for the Byzantine emperor who was sickened but survived, and the 14th century Black Death. The addition of the gene long ago transformed Yersinia pestis from a pathogen that caused a mild gastrointestinal infection to one that caused the fatal respiratory disease called pneumonic plague.




Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building
Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows. 3D printing, which uses a printer to make three-dimensional objects from a digital design, is taking off in manufacturing industries around the world but has so far been used little in construction. Dubai's one-storey prototype building, with about 2,000 square feet (185 square meters) of floor space, will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall printer, Mohamed Al Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, said on Tuesday.

Recycled Dormitory Water: The Next Big Thing On Campus? (Video)
The idea was dreamed up by Jim Englehardt, professor of environmental engineering at the University of Miami, and brought to life with support from NSF. Englehardt wanted to create a closed-loop water re-use system to treat wastewater and recycle it back to be used — all in one place. Using the Miami on-campus apartment as his guinea pig, Englehardt gave the net-zero water system of his dreams the old college try.

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It's a Tricky Equation
Naomi Eide is a master's student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Denny Gulick began playing piano at age 4. When Gulick was 5, his father gave him math multiplication tables that extended up to 16, and taught him pi to 15 decimal places, something Gulick has never forgotten.

What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)

What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)While Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the Affordable Care Act is good news for millions of Americans who receive subsidies from the program's health care exchanges, the vast majority of Americans with hearing loss will still be left with difficult choices. Hearing aids , which amplify sounds, are widely considered the gold standard and first line treatment for hearing loss — yet fewer than one in three adults age 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids has ever used one. Part of the reason for the treatment gap is that Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older, does not cover any of the costs associated with hearing aids, routine hearing exams or fittings for hearing aids.




Russian Cargo Spacecraft Will Launch to Space Station Early Friday

Russian Cargo Spacecraft Will Launch to Space Station Early FridayA robotic Russian cargo vessel will try to buck a negative recent trend when it launches toward the International Space Station early Friday morning (July 3).




Want to Find Life on Mars? Start in Antarctica (Podcast)

Want to Find Life on Mars? Start in Antarctica (Podcast)Charlie Heck, multimedia news editor at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. One of the coldest, driest deserts on the planet, Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys may look like a frozen wasteland, but compelling new evidence shows that beneath the surface lies a salty aquifer that may support life. The environment is a possible analog for conditions beneath the surface of Mars, and other desolate locales in the solar system.





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In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Warren Strobel and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line. The emails reveal how, even as Obama ran a highly formalized Afghan policy review of near-endless meetings and position papers, Hillary Clinton was receptive to outsiders' sometimes off-the-cuff views delivered through back-channels.




U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

Obama and Biden depart after announcing the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba in the Rose Garden at the White House in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, the deal fulfills a pledge the former Cold War enemies made six months ago.




Republican senators demand liquidation plan for U.S. Ex-Im Bank

U.S. Senator Rubio questions Assistant Secretary of State Jacobson on U.S.-Cuba relations during hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven conservative Republican senators demanded on Wednesday that the U.S. Export-Import Bank disclose plans to begin liquidating its assets after the government trade lender's charter expired amid congressional inaction. Ex-Im can no longer seek or process new applications for loans, loan guarantees and trade insurance, but it has said it will stay open to continue servicing $112 billion in existing obligations. The suspension of Ex-Im's new business operations on Wednesday marked a partial victory for conservatives campaigning to close the bank, which they say promotes "crony capitalism" and interferes in free markets by subsidizing large, politically connected companies.




New York City reviewing contracts with Donald Trump, mayor says

Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to supporters during a back-yard reception in BedfordNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is reviewing its contracts with Donald Trump following comments by the developer and U.S. presidential candidate insulting Mexicans, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. "Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers," the mayor said in a statement. (Editing By Ellen Wulfhorst)




As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it

Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag Outside SC Statehouse Grow In Wake Of Race-Fueled Charleston Church ShootingEven if it is taken down at the South Carolina statehouse, the Confederate battle flag is still deeply entrenched in parts of the American South.




South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag
In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Haley's address and was joined for discussion by Morris Dees, co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center and Jon Ward, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent.

Uniquely Nasty: Original documents and White House recordings

Uniquely Nasty PromoThe memos and audio used in the reporting of the Yahoo News documentary "Uniquely Nasty."




Uniquely Nasty: The blockbuster novel that haunted gay Washington

Advise and Consent - IsikoffAllen Drury's "Advise and Consent" was the reason many DC insiders stayed in the closet for as long as they did.




Uniquely Nasty: Washington power broker Robert Gray’s ‘double life’

Robert Gray IsikoffDespite being one of the most powerful men in DC, Gray confided that there was a time early in his career when he lived in mortal fear that J. Edgar Hoover would discover his biggest secret: that he was gay.




Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face LifeAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.





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We’re so close to seeing Pluto it hurts

We’re so close to seeing Pluto it hurtsWatch Pluto slowly spin and increasingly come into focus while Charon, one of the dwarf planet's moons, dances in orbit. While you're staring, think about the nine-year-long journey through space that New Horizons — a spacecraft that's bringing us closer to Pluto than ever — has taken. Then, right at the moment where Pluto starts to fill the screen to the point where you think you can make out what it really looks like...




Google engineer apologizes after Photos app tags two black people as gorillas

Google engineer apologizes after Photos app tags two black people as gorillasGoogle came under fire this week after its new Photos app categorized photos in one of the most racist ways possible. On June 28th, computer programmer Jacky Alciné found that the feature kept tagging pictures of him and his girlfriend as "gorillas." He tweeted at Google asking what kind of sample images the company had used that would allow such a terrible mistake to happen. Google’s chief social architect Yonatan Zunger responded quickly, apologizing for the feature.




Former U.S. agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe

An illustration photo shows a Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former federal agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road, and to secretly soliciting payment from the operator of the online black market for information on its probe. In a San Francisco federal court, Force appeared in an orange jump suit and leg shackles and acknowledged a litany of criminal acts. Among them, Force said he agreed to a contract with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc last year to help make a movie about the Silk Road investigation, without the permission of his supervisors.




A couple gets engaged on the Eiffel Tower, and the Internet is asked, who are they?

A couple gets engaged on the Eiffel Tower, and the Internet is asked, who are they?Technically Incorrect: A California woman photographs a twosome at an intensely happy moment, then asks the Facebook world to find them -- because, well, love. Then come the second thoughts.




All Is Not Well (in the World of Big Data Analysis)
The "big data" revolution set out to give us the tools needed to exploit the endless growth of data, whether inside companies, government agencies, or in open source. With it came increasing demands for analysis and insights, begging IT departments to make good on the promises of the revolution. If there's one thing the last few years have...

Chorus takes issue with regulator over charges and backdating

Chorus takes issue with regulator over charges and backdatingNew Zealand's Commerce Commission releases a long-awaited revised draft determination of wholesale copper broadband prices.




Born in 1980? A mathematical surprise awaits you in 2025

Born in 1980? A mathematical surprise awaits you in 2025Finally, people born in 1980 have something amazing over those young'ins who came into the world in the year 2000 or on a Leap Day.




Facebook's Future: Mark Zuckerberg Envisions Telepathic Social Network

Facebook's Future: Mark Zuckerberg Envisions Telepathic Social NetworkWhen asked where he sees Facebook going in the future, Zuckerberg, 31, wrote on his Facebook page he believes telepathy could be another element of social networking. Zuckerberg also discussed another hot topic, artificial intelligence, explaining Facebook's goal is to build systems that are better than humans when it comes to primary senses.




Donald Trump's hotel collection under possible credit card breach: blog

The Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York(Reuters) - Real estate developer Donald Trump's string of luxury hotel properties, The Trump Hotel Collection, could be the latest victim of credit card breach, KrebsonSecurity reported, citing data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Sources at the U.S. banks traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the cyber crime and internet security blog said. Donald Trump is seeking the Republican nomination for president.




Docker bolsters network support for containers with its plugin architecture

Docker bolsters network support for containers with its plugin architectureNetwork support has been a pain point for container management -- until now. Docker has announced a plugin architecture that allows customers to bring their network management to containers.





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Greece's Tsipras digs in against bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions after an EU summit in Brussels, on June 26, 2015By Renee Maltezou and Alastair Macdonald ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with European Union partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe. Less than 24 hours after he wrote a conciliatory letter to creditors asking for a new bailout that would accept many of their terms, Tsipras abruptly switched back into combative mode in a television address. A day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund, long lines at cash machines provided a stark symbol of the pressure on Tsipras, who came to power in January vowing to end austerity and protect the poor.




Wall St. ends higher but energy stocks fall and Greece hopes waver

Trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bellThe benchmark S&P 500's energy sector was dragged down by the biggest slide in oil prices since April after traders were surprised by a report that showed U.S. crude stockpiles rose for the first time in more than two months. Investor hopes for a Greek debt deal, which earlier had helped drive a rally, ebbed during the day, according to Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S. Global Investors Inc in San Antonio.




Bullish U.S. jobs, factory data brighten growth picture

Auto assembly line robots weld on the frame of 2009 Dodge Ram pick-up trucks at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, MichiganThe brightening growth outlook was also bolstered by other data on Wednesday showing auto sales remained strong in June and construction spending rose in May to its highest level in just over 6-1/2 years. "The economy has shifted back into solid growth mode. A strong June jobs number would make it clear the economy can absorb a rate hike and the Fed can move at any time it wants," said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania. The ADP National Employment Report showed 237,000 private-sector jobs were created in June, beating the median expectation among economists surveyed by Reuters for a gain of 218,000 jobs.




U.S. probing whether airlines collude to keep airfares high

Customers of United wait in line to check in at Newark International airport in New JerseyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether U.S. airlines are working together to keep ticket prices high, spokeswoman Emily Pierce said on Wednesday.




U.S. sues to stop Electrolux acquiring GE's appliance business

Sears customer shops near General Electric appliances in SchaumburgBy Diane Bartz and Lewis Krauskopf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop Sweden's Electrolux AB , which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, from buying General Electric Co's appliance business, the Justice Department said in a statement. Whirlpool Corp , which bought Maytag in 2006, is the third. Electrolux shares traded in the U.S. on the OTC Pink market fell 9.3 percent, with more than 40,000 shares exchanged.




PayPal to buy digital money transfer provider Xoom

The PayPal logo is seen during an event at Terra Gallery in San FranciscoThe offer price of $25 per share in cash represents a premium of about 21 percent to Xoom's Wednesday closing price of $20.70. Xoom shares were trading around the offer price in extended trading. "Expanding into international money transfer and remittances aligns with our strategic vision to democratize the movement and management of money," PayPal President Dan Schulman said.




Strong truck, SUV demand helped Ford, GM raise prices in June

The front grill logo of a Ford F150 pick-up truck is shown in Carlsbad, CaliforniaDETROIT (Reuters) - Strong demand for sport utility vehicles and trucks in June helped General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co offset slowing demand for sedans by allowing them to raise prices on their trucks.




IMF's Lagarde says Greece must reform before debt relief

Lagarde sits for an interview at IMF headquarters in WashingtonBy Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund, the head of the international lender on Wednesday suggested Greece should move to reform its economy before its European creditors give it a break on its debt. In an interview with Reuters, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde avoided any pointed criticism of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras but still hinted at frustrations as she noted that Greece's economy had been on the road to recovery before the current left-wing Syriza party came to power. Lagarde was asked which should come first, commitments to reform by Athens or relief on its debts from euro zone governments.




Former U.S. agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe

An illustration photo shows a Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former federal agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road, and to secretly soliciting payment from the operator of the online black market for information on its probe. In a San Francisco federal court, Force appeared in an orange jump suit and leg shackles and acknowledged a litany of criminal acts. Among them, Force said he agreed to a contract with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc last year to help make a movie about the Silk Road investigation, without the permission of his supervisors.




Boeing raises jetliner list prices by 2.9 percent

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBoeing Co raised list prices for its jetliners by 2.9 percent on Wednesday, reflecting a range of costs that go into making the planes, the company said. The price of the company's forthcoming 777X, due for delivery by 2020, rose to $400 million in the new price list, which Boeing posted on its website on Wednesday. Airlines typically receive steep discounts from list prices, but the figures are used for valuing orders.





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Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show

A man walks past the Microsoft booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.




Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape

FILE - This Sunday, June 14, 2015 file booking photo provided by the Marion County Sheriff's office taken shows Deen Castronovo, drummer for rock band Journey, in Salem, Ore. Castronovo sat in jail Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after being indicted on a rape charge two weeks after his domestic violence arrest. (Marion County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing.




Jamaica officials, artists hold reggae conference
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Government officials, lawyers and artists participated in a conference Wednesday to hash over ways of giving Jamaica a competitive advantage from reggae, the homegrown music that long ago went global.

Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

US win draws best men's or women's World Cup semi audience

United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Morgan Brian after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television.




New York prison break featured on Investigation Discovery
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-three days of grabbing headlines has earned a television episode for two convicted killers who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison.

Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump

People hold signs in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Macy's became the latest company to end its relationship with presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants.




WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.

US customs officials recover idol looted from Indian temple
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. customs officials have recovered a bronze religious statue from the 11th or 12th century that they say was looted from a temple in India.

Russian scoops prestigious Tchaikovsky piano award

Russian Dmitry Masleyev won first prize for the piano at the prestigious Tchaikovsky international music competition in MoscowRussian Dmitry Masleyev on Wednesday won first prize for the piano at the prestigious Tchaikovsky international music competition in Moscow. Dubbed the "Olympic Games of music" by Russia's culture minister, the Tchaikovsky competition is held every four years in the Russian capital. Masleyev, a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, beat Lukas Geniusas, representing Russia and Lithuania, and American George Li into joint second place.





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