AstraZeneca sells part of antibiotics unit to Pfizer
British drugs giant AstraZeneca on Wednesday agreed to sell part of its antibiotics business to US giant Pfizer for up to $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros). The deal for the company's small-molecule antibiotics, or those developed using traditional chemistry, is expected to complete in the fourth quarter, AstraZeneca said in a statement. The news comes days after Pfizer bought San Francisco-based biotech firm Medivation, which specialises in cancer treatments, for $14 billion.
08/24/2016 - 04:32 AM
The Latest: Turkish tanks enter Syria in anti-IS operation
The Latest developments in the civil war in Syria (all times local): 11:30 Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish tanks have crossed into Syria as part of a military operation to free a border town ...
08/24/2016 - 04:32 AM
One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing
A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns. The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces battered by a long-running and shadowy rebellion against the Buddhist-majority state. "So far there is one killed and more than 30 injured," Major General Thanongsak Wangsupa, Pattani provincial police commander, told AFP Wednesday.
08/24/2016 - 04:28 AM
Turkish tanks enter Syrian territory to fight IS
Karkamis (Turkey) (AFP) - A dozen Turkish tanks on Wednesday entered Syrian territory to take part in the battle to push Islamic State (IS) jihadists out of the town of Jarabulus, an AFP photographer reported.
08/24/2016 - 04:25 AM
Major earthquakes in Italy since start of 20th century
ROME (Reuters) - A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets. A preliminary count hours after the quake struck put the death toll at more than 10. Here is a list of major earthquakes in Italy since the start of the 20th century: - Dec 28, 1908 - More than 82,000 people are killed in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which reduces Sicily's second largest city Messina to rubble and damages the city of Reggio Calabria across the straits on the mainland. ...
08/24/2016 - 04:25 AM
Pope, saddened by earthquake, cancels speech to pray for victims
Pope Francis, saddened by an earthquake that struck central Italy overnight, on Wednesday canceled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors. "Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists and hearing that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened," he told tens of thousands of people who had gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience. Amatrice was one of the mountain towns hit by the quake.
08/24/2016 - 04:24 AM
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead and many more unaccounted for. Deaths were reported in three villages in a mountainous area straddling the regions of Lazio and Marche: Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. At least 10 people died in Pescara, a hamlet that is part of the bigger village of Arquata del Tronto, according to civil protection officers cited by the ANSA news agency.
08/24/2016 - 04:21 AM
UK court says SABMiller shareholders can be split into two classes
By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - SABMiller shareholders can be treated as two separate groups when they vote on the brewer's 79 billion pound takeover by Anheuser Busch InBev, a court in London ruled on Tuesday, granting a request from SAB aimed at making the vote as fair as possible. The marriage of the world's largest beer makers was agreed last year with an offer of 44 pounds per share in cash for general shareholders and a discounted cash-and-stock offer aimed at the largest two - Altria Group and Bevco - to help them avoid large tax bills. AB InBev sweetened its offer in July after several shareholders, including activist hedge funds, pressured SABMiller to seek a new deal.
08/24/2016 - 04:20 AM
Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and a private Turkish TV station reported that a small number of Turkish special forces had crossed into Syria as part of the operation.
08/24/2016 - 04:12 AM
APNewsBreak: Ohio literary peace award to Marilynne Robinson
CINCINNATI (AP) — Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
08/24/2016 - 04:11 AM
Strong quake rattles central Italy, at least 11 dead
A strong earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 11 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig ...
08/24/2016 - 04:09 AM
State-by-state look at ACT test-takers and composite score
UNDATED (AP) — A state-by-state look at the percent of high school graduates taking the ACT exam and the average composite score, according to the testing company's annual report released Wednesday.
08/24/2016 - 04:07 AM
Commodities group Glencore trims loss in first half of 2016
Swiss commodities producer Glencore says it narrowed its net loss in the first half of 2016, after paring down billions of dollars' worth of assets to slash debt amid a difficult market for raw materials. ...
08/24/2016 - 04:04 AM
Trump aides covertly fought freeing of Ukraine prisoner
WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country's then-president. He said the work was sometimes harder than expected.
08/24/2016 - 04:03 AM
Foundation donors who met, talked with Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton met or talked by phone with at least 154 people from private interests, such as corporations, during her time as secretary of the state. More than half those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to specific programs through the charity's international arm.
08/24/2016 - 04:01 AM
Syrian Kurdish leader says Turkey has entered Syrian 'quagmire,' faces defeat
Saleh Muslim, head of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that Turkey was entering a "quagmire" in Syria and faced defeat there like Islamic State after its forces hit targets in northern Syria. Turkey, supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition, struck Islamic State along its border on Wednesday.
08/24/2016 - 04:01 AM
Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. ...
08/24/2016 - 03:59 AM
Stanford judge reignites debate after leaving other sex case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Northern California judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has reignited debate about his ability to serve on the bench after removing himself from a separate sex-crimes case.
08/24/2016 - 03:59 AM
South Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for treatment, Sudan says
South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, a Sudanese minister told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday, after he left the country to escape government forces. President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from his post as vice president after renewed fighting in South Sudan's capital Juba last month between forces loyal to the long-time rivals. Machar withdrew to the bush during the fighting in Juba and was picked up this month by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo with a leg injury.
08/24/2016 - 03:59 AM
Atta boy! Segedin homers, races to hospital for son's birth
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rob Segedin sprinted from the outfield to the dugout, got frenzied high-fives from teammates and flew down the stairs toward the clubhouse.
08/24/2016 - 03:58 AM
Turkey expects to eliminate Islamic State threat quickly: minister
Turkey expects to swiftly eliminate the threat from Islamic State after launching an operation with U.S.-led coalition forces to sweep militants out of the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Wednesday.
08/24/2016 - 03:55 AM
U.S. to provide air cover for Turkey's Jarablus operation: senior U.S. official
The United States will provide air cover for Turkey's operation against Islamic State in the northern Syrian town of Jarablus, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, adding that Washington was "in synch" with its NATO ally on plans. The official made the comment in a briefing to reporters who were traveling on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's plane en route to Turkey, where he is due to meet both President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria on Wednesday to wipe out Islamic State militants along the border with Turkey.
08/24/2016 - 03:54 AM
Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
08/24/2016 - 03:54 AM
Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.
08/24/2016 - 03:53 AM
In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.
08/24/2016 - 03:49 AM
WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.
08/24/2016 - 03:48 AM
Tourism to Paris slumps after attacks, strikes, floods
PARIS (AP) — Fewer foreign tourists are visiting the Paris region after deadly attacks last year and a season of strikes, violent labor action and exceptional floods.
08/24/2016 - 03:46 AM
3 Olympic weightlifting gold medalists fail doping retests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics.
08/24/2016 - 03:44 AM
Horrified by Trump, Democrats getting nostalgic about Romney
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama ran for re-election, Democrats made no secret of their disdain for Mitt Romney. That was all before Donald Trump.
08/24/2016 - 03:44 AM
Trump's evolving immigration plan compared to Clinton, Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's new line on immigration — "fair, but firm" — is leaving both Republicans and Democrats with the same question: Is the famously hard-line GOP nominee softening his approach?
08/24/2016 - 03:41 AM
Two Turkish jets are in air waiting to strike Islamic State: military sources
ANKARA (Reuters) - Two Turkish F16 jets are in the air above a border region waiting to strike upon determining Islamic State targets in Syria, military sources said on Wednesday. Turkish special forces units and jets supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria on Wednesday to wipe out Islamic State militants along the border with Turkey. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Daren Butler)
08/24/2016 - 03:40 AM
Australian carrier Qantas soars to record profits
Australian carrier Qantas Wednesday posted record annual profits and announced its first payout to shareholders in seven years, staging a turnaround after axing jobs and selling aircraft in an aggressive restructuring. The results were also boosted by the sharp fall in global oil prices and a less competitive domestic market that has given the firm a stable base of earnings. Qantas reported a net annual profit of Aus$1.42 billion (US$1.08 billion) in the year to June 30, an 80 percent increase from the previous corresponding period.
08/24/2016 - 03:38 AM
US judge sides with artist forced to prove painting is not his
A US District Court judge in Chicago decided that Peter Doig, a world-famous artist who insists he did not create a desert landscape painting, is telling the truth. The man who owns the disputed piece of art, a retired Canadian corrections officer by the name of Robert Fletcher, sued Doig for refusing to acknowledge that the painting is one of his works -- which means its value is significantly diminished. Judge Gary Feinerman ruled that there was "conclusive" evidence that Doig did not paint the disputed work, and that he had the right to say a painting was not his.
08/24/2016 - 03:36 AM
Quake devastates mountain towns in central Italy, at least 10 believed killed
By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - A strong earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns over a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents under hills of rubble, with at least 10 people believed killed and many missing. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning when most people were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of towns and villages some 170 km (105 miles) east of Rome. The emergency services released an aerial photograph showing swathes of the town of Amatrice flattened, while debris filled the streets of nearby Accumoli.
08/24/2016 - 03:34 AM
Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of this year's high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework.
08/24/2016 - 03:32 AM
LEADING OFF: Hill debuts with Dodgers, Tanaka vs Iwakuma
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
08/24/2016 - 03:31 AM
Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people to not jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.
08/24/2016 - 03:30 AM
Owen Smith says will block Brexit talks if no second vote
A leadership candidate for Britain's opposition Labour party, Owen Smith, said on Wednesday he would try to get parliament to block talks on leaving the European Union unless the government promises a second referendum or election. On June 23, 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU, but Smith has said some electors were duped into backing the Brexit campaign and may think twice due to signs that Britain's economy could slow since the vote. Prime Minister Theresa May will wait until next year to trigger Article 50, the formal clause by which a country leaves the European Union, but it is unclear if the process can be started without a parliamentary vote.
08/24/2016 - 03:29 AM
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games
The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio's sometimes shaky 2016 instalment. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carried the flag during a ceremony at Haneda airport after stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city, accompanied by a delegation who picked up a record 41 medals in Rio. "I feel the full weight of the responsibility that this (flag) brings," Koike told the crowd.
08/24/2016 - 03:27 AM
Blacks question Trump outreach delivered to white audiences
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities.
08/24/2016 - 03:21 AM
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