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Mitt Romney tries to steer around Olympics controversy in London meetings

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LONDON - Thursday was supposed to be the easy day, when Mitt Romney would audition as a world leader here by talking about his shared values with the heads of the United States' friendliest ally.
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ECB's Draghi warms risk appetite, lifts shares

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By Chikako Mogi | TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose and the euro held steady on Friday after the European Central Bank signalled its resolve to defend the euro zone, raising expectations it will move quickly to tackle skyrocketing borrowing costs in ...
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Key Sandusky victim plans to sue Penn State: law firm

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A man whose 2001 sexual assault by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a locker room shower lay at the heart of the scandal that engulfed the university is suing it for contributing to the abuse, ...
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Lady Gaga defends Kristen Stewart

New York Daily News -
London, July 27 - Singer Lady Gaga has defended Kristen Stewart for cheating on Robert Pattinson with married director Rupert Sanders, telling people to leave them alone.
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Can Google Fiber TV compete?

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Google has blown the pants off the competition when it comes to offering broadband service, but can its new Google Fiber TV service gain traction when the company still lacks popular content?
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Facebook's Earnings Disappoint Investors

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SAN FRANCISCO —Unhappy with Facebook's first financial report as a public company Thursday, investors fled the stock in droves even as Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, extolled its growth prospects to industry analysts.
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Wife of Chinese Leader Charged in Murder

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By JEREMY PAGE Chinese officials have indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai, on the charge of intentional homicide, state media reported on Thursday.
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Syrian rebels on verge of showdown with Assad army in Aleppo

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BEIRUT - Rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital, say they are preparing to make a stand against the military of dictator Bashar Assad, whose tanks and soldiers have been gathering for days outside the city.
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Fake doctor charged in buttocks injection death

Houston Chronicle -
KELLI KENNEDY, AP MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida woman posing as a doctor has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say she pumped unknown substances into a patient's buttocks during enhancement surgery.
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Nationwide Raids on Designer Drugs

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By DEVLIN BARRETT Federal drug agents said they carried out the first nationwide crackdown on designer drugs, with charges to be filed against 91 people who allegedly made, distributed or sold popular new synthetic substances such as K2 and bath salts.
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Severe storms hit Ohio, Pa., NY; possible tornado reported

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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY Severe thunderstorms that spawned at least one possible tornado raked Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York this afternoon before rolling across other Mid-Atlantic and New England states.
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Romney, the quieter American

New York Daily News -
A generation ago, it was the three I's. A presidential challenger's obligatory foreign trip meant Ireland, Italy and Israel.
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At Zynga, Business Game Is Tough

Wall Street Journal -
By JOHN LETZING And DREW FITZGERALD Zynga Inc.'s startling second-quarter stumble is prompting new questions about the company's prospects, including whether social-network games are a sustainable business or a fad.
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Starbucks cuts view, US slows; shares sink

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By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) cut its outlook for the current quarter, citing global economic weakness and a recent slowdown in visits in the United States, its biggest market for sales and profits, sending shares tumbling more ...
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USOC, IOC ban pro-Obama ad from using Opening Ceremony footage to attack Mitt ...

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AP | Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:10 am | (0) Comments LONDON - Both the International and United States Olympic Committees moved swiftly Thursday against a pro-President Obama Super-Political Action Committee that had created an advertisement ...
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Boehner says he'd meet with Dems 'tomorrow' to work out differences on tax rates

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House Speaker John Boehner, in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, said he'd sit down with Democratic leaders "tomorrow" to end the standoff that is risking an income tax hike for all Americans in January.
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Bloomberg Endorses Republican in Heated Massachusetts Senate Race

New York Times -
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the most outspoken defenders of Wall Street, has sided against one of the financial industry's biggest critics in a hotly contested Senate race in his native Massachusetts.
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Twitter blames two-hour failure on dual data-center crashes

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By Stephen Lawson IDG News Service - A Twitter outage on Thursday that lasted as long as two hours for some users was caused by separate data centers failing at nearly the same time, the company said in an apologetic blog post.
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Why Mountain Lion Just Became the Ultimate Cord-Cutting OS

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By Roberto Baldwin The TV show Eureka on a MacBook and a big-screen TV. Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired Mountain Lion, the latest version of Apple's OS X desktop operating system, went public Wednesday to the delight of Mac users everywhere.
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Robin Roberts: Leaving Good Morning America During Treatment for Blood Disease

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Robin Roberts is going to need to have her mornings to herself for a little while. The Good Morning America cohost will be taking a leave of absence late next month while she undergoes a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndromes, ...
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Katherine Jackson says she was on short vacation

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New York, July 27 - Late singer Michael Jackson's mother Katherine caused a stir after it was reported that she was missing. However, she has now emerged and says she wasn't missing but was on a short vacation.
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Lady Gaga To Make Acting Debut In 'Machete Kills'

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'Filming was insane,' Gaga tweets about her role as Lady Chameleon in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming flick, also starring Charlie Sheen.
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'The Watch,' With Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn

New York Times -
In the cheerfully pious voice-over that begins “The Watch,” a ramshackle science-fiction comedy desperate for laughs, the movie's narrator, Evan (Ben Stiller), proclaims his hometown, Glenview, Ohio, the most wonderful place in the universe.
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William and Kate welcome Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace

The Guardian -
The Olympic torch received a royal welcome as it made its way to Buckingham Palace on the penultimate day of its epic journey around Britain.
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Greek athlete tests positive for Johnson drug

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By John Mehaffey | LONDON (Reuters) - Greece's world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis withdrew from the London Olympics on Thursday after testing positive for the drug Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used before the 1988 Seoul Games.
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EXCLUSIVE-Olympics-Athletics-"No worries" as Bolt blocks out bad starts

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By Gene Cherry | LONDON July 26 (Reuters) - A laid back Usain Bolt has decided the best way to improve his not-so-perfect start is not to worry about it, the Jamaican world record holder said on Thursday.
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Celtics, Heat play opening night

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NBA schedule released with Celtics-Heat and Mavericks-Lakers highlighting opening night and Knicks-Nets face off on November 1st. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will renew their battle for Eastern Conference supremacy on opening night of the 2012-13 ...
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How summer thunderstorms could be punching new holes in the ozone layer

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Christian Science Monitor -
A study looking at conditions in the lower stratosphere, where the ozone layer resides, suggests a link between climate change and the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching Earth's surface.
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Termites' crystal backpacks help them go out with bang

BBC News -
By Nick Crumpton BBC News A species of termite has been found to inflict more damage on its enemies as it ages. When defending their colony, some termites "explode", releasing chemicals that injure intruders.
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Shift work link to 'increased risk of heart problems'

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Shift workers are slightly more at risk of having a heart attack or stroke than day workers, research suggests. An analysis of studies involving more than 2m workers in the British Medical Journal said shift work can disrupt the body clock and have an ...
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Now, a cancer drug to flush out dormant HIV

Times of India -
WASHINGTON: A drug used to treat certain types of cancer is able to dislodge hidden virus in patients receiving treatment for HIV, researchers have claimed.

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