Uruguay takes step toward full pot legalization

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s unprecedented plan to put the government at the center of a legal marijuana industry has made it halfway through congress, giving President Jose Mujica a long-sought victory in his effort to explore alternatives…

Obama invites lawmakers to discuss NSA concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is welcoming a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House Thursday to discuss their concerns about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, a day after his national security team acknowledged for…

US, Pakistan to resume high-level negotiations

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting Thursday with top Pakistani leaders, hoping the U.S. can open a new chapter in Washington’s often testy relationship with Islamabad. Islamic extremism, the war in neighboring Afghanistan…

State Dept. was ‘horrified’ by WikiLeaks releases

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — Prosecutors of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning were expected to focus on the damage done by his release through WikiLeaks of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables as his sentencing hearing continued Thursday.…

Oil pushes toward $106 as US growth improves

BANGKOK (AP) — Faster economic growth in the U.S. and tightening crude supplies helped push up oil prices Thursday. Benchmark oil for September delivery was up 50 cents to $105.53 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic…

Taiwan orders more human vaccine as rabies returns

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has ordered tens of thousands of vaccine doses to protect people against the island’s first rabies outbreak in more than 50 years. Health officials have struggled to contain the Taiwan outbreak since July…

Markets buoyed by US data ahead of payrolls report

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave no indication it was preparing to wind down a massive bond-buying program that has propelled investors into stocks. The Fed wrapped up a two-day policy…

Gay couples get hitched in Minnesota, Rhode Island

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of gay couples began tying the knot early Thursday morning at Minneapolis City Hall as Minnesota became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage. The law allowed weddings to begin just after midnight Wednesday,…

Restraint urged after protest deaths in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 150 protesters and a dozen security forces have been killed during street demonstrations in Bangladesh over the past six months, a rights group said Thursday in urging both sides to show restraint…

ECB ‘s Draghi holds door open for lower rates

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The recession in the euro area could be ending — and that means the European Central Bank likely won’t cut interest rates Thursday. Economists say the bank’s 23-member governing council will probably leave the…

Chinese professor injured in crash sues Asiana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Chinese professor who was seriously injured in the Asiana Airlines crash has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the carrier in San Francisco federal court. Zhengheng Xie, whose lawsuit was filed Monday, is…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2013. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1913, the Joyce Kilmer poem “Trees” was first published in “Poetry: A Magazine…

‘Parks and Rec’ loses 2 cast members

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is losing two of its cast members. Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will leave the series after the 13th episode of the upcoming sixth season. They play characters Chris Traeger…

Taiwan orders more human vaccine as rabies returns

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has ordered tens of thousands of vaccine doses to protect people against the island’s first rabies outbreak in more than 50 years. Health officials have struggled to contain the Taiwan outbreak since July…

Funeral for male rights activist killed in stunt

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A funeral has been held for an activist for men’s rights who died after jumping in South Korea’s Han River in a publicity stunt gone awry. Sung Jae-gi’s funeral ended Thursday. Rescuers on…
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Cyclospora parasite outbreak

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