China regulator visits 581 firms, restaurants in food safety probe

Reuters: China’s food regulator says it has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors suspected of using expired meat from Shanghai Husi Food.

The Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration is investigating the fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands, including McDonald’s, Starbucks and KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc.

Photo: Employees work at a production line prior to a seizure conducted by officers from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, July 20, 2014. (Reuters)

Inmate takes 2 hours to die in Arizona execution

NBC News: An execution in Arizona took nearly two hours on Wednesday, and the inmate’s lawyers claimed he gasped and snorted for nearly an hour after it began.

Joseph Wood, who was condemned to death for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate took 25 minutes to die.

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Photo: An unidentified Arizona Corrections Officer adjust straps of gurney used for lethal injection at the Florence Death House at the Arizona State Prison. (Arizona Dept. of Corrections via AP File)

Indiana teen dies on round-the-world plane trip

ABC:Indiana teen Haris Suleman, 17, has died after his plane crashed off the coast of American Samoa during a round-the-world trip with his father, Babar Suleman. Babar is still missing.

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Photo: Babar Suleman, left, and son, Haris Suleman, right, sit inside their Beechcraft Bonanza plane. (Joe Saba/Courtesy Suleman family)

GM announces more safety recalls in the US

CNBC: General Motors on Wednesday announced six more safety recalls covering 717,950 recent model vehicles in the U.S.

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer’s

The Denver Post: Pat Bowlen, one of the most iconic owners in NFL history who helped guide the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two world championships in his 30 years as owner, is relinquishing control of the team as he acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Plane crash reported in Taiwan

A plane has crashed after failing to make an emergency landing in Taiwan, local media is reporting.

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Malaysia Airlines dead begin trip home

BBC News: A plane carrying the remains of those who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine has taken off from Kharkiv Airport en route to Eindhoven, Netherlands, as families prepare to lay them to rest.

Photo: Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 at Kharkiv airport July 23

StubHub victim of international cyber fraud ring, company say

Reuters: eBay’s online ticket resale service StubHub announced late Tuesday that it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring.

The company’s head of global communications said his firm had been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case, which authorities plan to disclose details of on Wednesday as they announce arrests.

FAA temporarily bans US flights to Tel Aviv

Wall Street Journal: The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours.

The decision comes after a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport. Earlier, several U.S. airlines said they were canceling flights until further notice.

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Key Obamacare subsidies in 36 states struck down in court ruling

Washington PostA federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that people in 36 states that use the federal insurance exchange cannot receive tax subsidies under Obamacare.

The ruling, if upheld, could prove a major setback for President Obama’s health care law. 

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Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters via Washington Post

US flags mysteriously replaced by white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Gothamist: The American flags that normally grace the top of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge were mysteriously replaced with white flags Tuesday morning. 

Police are investigating.

(Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist)

 

Malaysia flight remains now out of rebel hands

BBC News: The remains of those killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been moved into Ukrainian government territory, away from rebels who had held them since the crash, moving a step closer to repatriation and burial.

The remains will be transferred to refrigeration units supplied by the Dutch until they are ready to be flown to the Netherlands

Photo: A newly released satellite image shows the crash site in the middle of Grabove in eastern Ukraine (Reuters)

Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes from MH17

SBS News: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials.
   
They also announced at a press conference a ceasefire within a 10 kilometer radius around the crash site to allow international investigators to safely access the vast area where the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed.

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Boston Marathon suspect’s friend found guilty of obstruction

Boston GlobeA friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was found guilty Monday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice relating to the bombing investigation.

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Obama asks Russia to hold rebels accountable on MH17 crash site
AP: President Obama accused pro-Russian separatists on Monday of interfering with the MH17 crash site, in a speech at the White House.
"The burden now is on Russia to insist that separatists stop tampering with the crash site," Obama said.
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Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Obama asks Russia to hold rebels accountable on MH17 crash site

AP: President Obama accused pro-Russian separatists on Monday of interfering with the MH17 crash site, in a speech at the White House.

"The burden now is on Russia to insist that separatists stop tampering with the crash site," Obama said.

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Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin