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DAKAR (Reuters) - West African airline Asky has suspended flights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia amid increasing concern at the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region, its said on its Web site. The Togo-based airline also said it would no longer take on food in Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March, and that medical teams would be deployed to screen passengers in transit through its Lome hub.

7/29/2014 8:33:37 AM

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2004 file photo, Bloomington High School running back Adrian Arrington tries to clear a pile of Providence Catholic defenders during the Class 6A championship football game in Champaign, Ill. Arrington, who later went on to play at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action head injury lawsuit working its way through federal court in Chicago. The NCAA and the plaintiffs announced a settlement on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.


7/29/2014 8:32:04 AM

The New York Times logo on the headquarters building in New York City on April 21, 2011The New York Times Co. on Tuesday reported a sharp drop in profits as lower advertising revenues offset gains in digital subscriptions. Digital advertising revenues were up 3.4 percent but that failed to offset a 6.6 percent drop in print advertising revenue. "We saw continued growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues during the quarter," said Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer. The NYT Now app is designed for mobile device users, and Times Premier is a premium news and information service that adds to the cost of a regular subscription.


7/29/2014 8:28:21 AM

A vacant home is shown in North Las VegasHomeownership in the United States hit a 19-year low in the second quarter as financially squeezed Americans opted to rent, pointing to a sluggish housing market recovery. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 64.8 percent, the lowest level since the second quarter of 1995, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.


7/29/2014 8:26:52 AM

In this June 4, 2014 photo, Carry Johnson, left, shows dresses to her daughters Zoey, 3, center, and Payton while they shop at a Costco in Plano, Texas. The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for July on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years.


7/29/2014 8:25:27 AM

In this June 6, 2014 photo, packs of Camel cigarettes, a Reynolds American brand, are displayed at the Bi-Rite market in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Reynolds American Inc. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 said that its profit rose by 6.7 percent in its second quarter as higher cigarette and smokeless tobacco prices helped to offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Reynolds American Inc. said Tuesday that its profit rose by 6.7 percent in its second quarter as higher cigarette and smokeless tobacco prices helped to offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.


7/29/2014 8:25:01 AM

PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.

7/29/2014 8:19:25 AM

FILE - In this May 9, 2012 file photo, a Visa credit card is tendered at the opening of the Superdry store in New York's Times Square. More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday, July 29, 2014, by the Urban Institute. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.


7/29/2014 8:19:05 AM

In this photo taken on Monday, July 28, 2014, people hang out in a street under a banner which warns people to be cautious about Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia. Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the virus and are being treated there. U.S. health officials said Monday that the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.


7/29/2014 8:16:59 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.

7/29/2014 8:16:35 AM

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, center, talks to the media representatives after Eid al-Fitr prayer at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 28, 2014. Eid al-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of this year.


7/29/2014 8:15:58 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.

7/29/2014 8:14:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

7/29/2014 8:13:59 AM

People wait in line to enter the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Rick Harrison, owner of the pawn shop and one of the stars of the reality television series Pawn Stars, has proposed building a shopping plaza on land nearby. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.


7/29/2014 8:13:56 AM

In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into the former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.


7/29/2014 8:13:41 AM

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