Southern California schools cope with heat from gusty winds
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) ? Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren to sweat it out in aging classrooms.
Wall Street dips as telecoms slump; AmEx surges
The sector was also pressured late in the session as AT&T extended earlier losses after a report the company had discussed the idea of a merger with Time Warner during recent meetings. AT&T shares ended down 1.9 percent while Time Warner advanced 4.7 percent. Despite the big gain in AmEx shares, the financial sector closed down slightly, off 0.02 percent as property and casualty insurer Travelers dropped 6.1 percent after reporting a steep drop in profit.
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Iraq forces make gains against IS near Mosul
Elite Iraqi forces retook a town on the eastern edge of Mosul on Thursday while Kurdish peshmerga fighters opened a new front in the offensive to wrest back the jihadists' last bastion in Iraq. France and Iraq were co-chairing the meeting on the future of Mosul, which observers have warned could raise even greater humanitarian and interconfessional challenges than the massive military operation to retake it. In some areas, the Iraqi advance was met by a trickle of civilians fleeing both the fighting and the jihadists who ruled them for two years, but the feared mass exodus from Mosul had yet to materialise.
Cloud rise helps Microsoft top earnings expectations
US software colossus Microsoft on Thursday reported a slip in quarterly profit but still topped expectations due to rising demand for offerings in the internet cloud. Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.7 billion, down four percent from a year earlier, on revenue that remained essentially flat at $20.5 billion. Microsoft shares jumped more than five percent to $60.46 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.
UK to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws
LONDON (AP) ? Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.
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Palestinians give glimpse of Jericho mosaic
The Palestinians on Thursday gave a rare glimpse of one of the Middle East's finest mosaic floors near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, AFP journalists said. It is made up of 38 panels bearing delicate floral and geometric designs and is one of the oldest and largest in the region to have never been moved, senior Palestinian Authority conservation official Ihab Daoud told AFP. Hisham's Palace was built during the Umayyad dynasty, which lasted from 660 to 750 AD.
Pogba purrs as Man United trounce Fenerbahce
Paul Pogba struck twice as Manchester United invigorated their Europa League campaign with a classy 4-1 home victory over Turkish giants Fenerbahce on Thursday. France midfielder Pogba scored a penalty and curled in from distance to take his tally to three goals since his world-record 89 million pounds ($109.1 million, 100 million euros) return from Juventus. Anthony Martial, with another penalty, and Jesse Lingard were also on target as Jose Mourinho's team secured a win that left them level on six points with Feyenoord at the top of Group A.