• Indonesia executes 4 people convicted of drug crimes

    Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death. One Indonesian and three Nigerians ...

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  • The Latest: Trump slams Clinton over 'radical Islam'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

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  • McIlroy, Johnson among sputtering stars as Walker leads PGA

    Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson were among the stars humbled by Baltusrol in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship, leaving unheralded Jimmy Walker to seize the lead. Walker, a 37-year-old American who missed the cut in three of his past four majors, fired a five-under-par 65 for a one-stroke lead over Britain's Ross Fisher, two-time major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. "All in all it was a great day," Walker said.

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  • IOC warned Rio on construction contracts 5 years ago: documents

    By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago that construction contracts they drew up could give developers incentives to cut corners, presaging problems with athletes' housing that drew complaints from several countries this week, documents showed. Rio's city government, responsible for the vast majority of infrastructure projects for the Games, has used public-private partnerships, or PPPs, to get private firms to cover the cost of building venues in return for permission to build real estate on the sites. Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, has taken pride in the fact that 57 percent of the nearly 40 billion reais ($12.3 billion) spent on the Olympics is private money, garnered by using PPPs on a scale never before seen at a Games.

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  • European stocks fall on weak earnings

    European stocks were under pressure Thursday following disappointing earnings reports, while Japanese stocks faltered ahead of a key central bank policy announcement.

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  • Patient Day proves practice overrated

    By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Jason Day, playing after just one day of practice at Baltusrol, kept it simple in Thursday's first round of the PGA Championship, hitting fairways and greens and sinking enough putts to join the hunt. World number one and defending champion Day, who found 17 greens in regulation, shot a two-under-par 68 and said the time away from the course might have been a blessing. "I'm glad I took Monday, Tuesday off, even though I'm a little bit under the weather," said Day, who sneezed his way through another hot day at Baltusrol.

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  • Formula One bosses vote against 'Halo' in 2017

    A meeting of the sport's Strategy Group held in Geneva agreed to delay plans for its use until further evaluation and testing had taken place, the FIA said in a statement. "While the Halo is currently the preferred option, as it provides the broadest solution to date, the consensus among the Strategy Group was that another year of development could result in an even more complete solution." The FIA also decided Thursday to relax the controversial ban on radio communication between teams and their drivers.

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  • Neville, Giggs unveil Manchester building plan

    Former football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on Thursday unveiled their plan for a multimillion-pound development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two skyscrapers and a synagogue. Neville, a former England full-back and Manchester United legend, said it would create 1,300 jobs and regenerate a historic part of the northwestern English city. "We will breathe new life into the area," Neville, 41, said at a presentation in Manchester Town Hall.

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  • Vettel calls for common sense over 'Halo'

    Sebastian Vettel made a dramatic and emotional plea for common sense and humanity to prevail on Thursday as Formula One drivers debated the introduction of a semi-enclosed safety cockpit. Speaking at a scheduled news conference ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, the four-time world champion Ferrari driver said he was surprised to hear that other drivers were unsure about supporting the introduction of the controversial 'halo' next season.

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  • Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

    Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced ...

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  • Radiohead are 'creeps' again on world tour

    Radiohead became rock anti-heroes with their first single "Creep" in 1992 and, after a tortured three-decade history with the song, the band is embracing it again. The English experimental rockers on Wednesday closed out the second of two nights at New York's Madison Square Garden with "Creep" to the delight and disbelief of the sold-out crowd. Could have fooled me," frontman Thom Yorke mumbled in the second encore, seemingly in acknowledgement of the applause.

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  • WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

    The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade. On the eve of the International Day of the Tiger, WWF said it was crucial for governments to identify and close so-called "tiger farms", which are distinct from zoos or breeding centres with a legitimate conservation mission. "Closure of these operations... would significantly boost efforts to save the world’s remaining wild tigers," WWF said in a statement.

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  • Turning off red-light cameras can be deadly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences.

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  • Halal vaccines will get higher Muslim buy-in, Islamic scholars say

    PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Amid debate on the necessity for vaccination, two Islamic scholars called today for more Muslims to venture into the pharmaceutical line to develop halal vaccines....

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  • To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

    LONDON (AP) — If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour.

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  • Rare Pottery Workshop Discovered in Galilee

    An ancient potters' workshop dating back to Roman times has been discovered in Galilee, in northern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that excavations in Shlomi, a town near the Lebanon border, have revealed a ceramic factory where storage jars and vessels for wine and oil would have been made 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists working at the site said this workshop is notable for its carefully constructed rock-cut kiln.

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  • Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero not Monspace Sky Airlines’ ambassador, rep says

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Hong Kong celebrity Maria Cordero is not acting as the ambassador of a purported new airline under probe by Malaysian authorities, a representative has confirmed....

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  • Indian flight diverted after passenger sits on food cart

    Indian budget airline IndiGo was forced to divert an international flight on Thursday after an unruly passenger sat on the plane's food cart before attacking another traveller, it said. The morning flight ...

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  • Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

    Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement. Officials say the decades-old, 15-pound lobster succumbed ...

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  • For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

    For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, ...

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