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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012, file photo, a worker stands in the early-morning sunlight on a home construction project in Newtown, Pa. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in June later Thursday July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

US new-home sales plummet in June

Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May ...

Atlanta Traffic from the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Major Interstate Incidents: Cobb Co.: Construction...I-285/nb (Inner Loop) before Paces Ferry Rd.Off to the right. herokee Co.: Stall ....I-575/nb north of Bells Ferry Rd Fulton Co.: Stall... Inner Loop I-285/nb at I-20. Affecting the right lane.  DeKalb Co.: Crash.... Outer Loop I-285/nb past Flat Shoals Pkwy blocking the right lane. ...

United Airlines posts 2Q profit, reversing 1Q loss

United Airlines is making money after a slow start to the year. The airline's net income in the second quarter hit $789 million, topping Wall Street expectations and marking a turnaround from the first quarter when United was the only major U.S. carrier to report a loss. The company also ...

Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, disembarks with her children Maya, in her arms, and Martin, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. An Italian diplomat who accompanied the family from Sudan said Italy leveraged its historic ties within the Horn of Africa region to help win her release.  (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their ...

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Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government. The 76-year-old Fouad Massoum, one of the ...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Alexander Litvinenko points to damage inflicted where a missile hit, two days before, leaving a gaping hole in the wall of his ninth-floor apartment, in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels on Monday, according to the mayor’s office. Residents in the rebel-held city are blaming Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has promised to stamp out the uprising in the eastern part of the country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were ...

In this framegrab made from a video provided by press service of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic and icorpus.ru,  pro-Russians collect parts of the burning debris of a Ukrainian military fighter jet, shot down at Savur Mogila, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Two Ukrainian military Sukhoi-25 fighters have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. (AP Photo/icorpus.ru, Press Service of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic)

Planes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine

Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight ...

GA Lottery

These Georgia lotteries were drawn Thursday: All or Nothing Morning 03-04-05-07-08-10-11-12-17-18-21-24 (three, four, five, seven, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-four) Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $67 million Powerball Estimated jackpot: $50 million

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

The winning numbers in Thursday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were: 03-04-05-07-08-10-11-12-17-18-21-24 (three, four, five, seven, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, seventeen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-four)

Deliberations in Ventura trial enter Day 3

A jury in St. Paul has reconvened for a third day to deliberate whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir. Ventura says Chris Kyle made up a story in his best-seller "American Sniper" about decking him ...

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, in this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. World shares were rattled Thursday July 24, 2014 by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.  .(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

US stocks rise as investors weigh earnings

Stocks mostly rose in early trading Thursday as several big companies across industries reported second-quarter earnings, including Facebook, Ford and equipment maker Caterpillar. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose five points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,091 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index ...

17-year-old Indian teen Ashik Gavai has his teeth out during the surgery at a hospital in Mumbai, India, July 22, 2014. During the surgery 232 teeth had been removed from the boy's mouth.

Doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth

The tooth fairy is scoring a lot of loot from one 17-year-old in India. Doctors have just extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a teenager, according to a BBC report.  The operation took about 7 hours. Dr. Sunanda Dhiware tells the BBC that Ashik Gavai had been suffering from ...

Afghan medical workers move the dead body of a foreign female aid worker who was employed by the International Assistance Mission, in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Officials said two Finnish women were riding in a taxi when they were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists. The two women were riding in a ...

Witnesses to plane crash give differing accounts

A new report says witnesses have differing accounts of the moments before a small plane crashed in west Georgia, killing two people on board. The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says three witnesses reported that the engine of the amateur-built plane continued to run normally until it ...

FILE - In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va.   Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing subsidies, and heating ...

In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 photo, a street is closed off in front of the an oil field supply company facility in Williston, N.D. that was hit by a fire. Officials say the fire started about midnight Monday and burned most of Tuesday. At its height, the blaze sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air. No one was injured or killed. A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when the facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. No one was injured or killed in ...

Palestinians take shelter inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Pools of blood soiled the school courtyard, amid scattered books and belongings. There was ...

South African race track lives on; Porsche buys

South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension. The South African unit of sports car maker Porsche bought the Kyalami race track for $19.5 million at an auction Thursday, easing concerns among racing enthusiasts that the winning bidder would tear up the track and build office or ...

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Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture. The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights marked ...

Passers-by walk past the Air Algerie company office on the Opera Avenue in Paris on July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie has disappeared from radar while traveling from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Algiers.

Reports: Missing Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers has crashed

An Air Algerie flight carrying at least 110 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Reuters is reporing that an unnamed Algerian official has confirmed ...

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