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Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania. Switzerland’s customs authority said Tuesday that the ivory — found during a security check on July 6 and packed in eight suitcases — had an estimated black market value of about 400,000 francs ($413,000) Continue reading

Pakistan hangs man that family says was convicted as a minor

Pakistani Kashmiri Abdul Majeed, center, sits in front of the lifeless body of his brother Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted of killing a 7-year-old boy, following his execution in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Pakistan has executed Tuesday Hussain, convicted of killing a 7-year-old boy in 2004, his family and lawyers said when he himself was 14 years old, officials at Karachi prison said. Continue reading

Royal Bank of Scotland sale raises $3.3 billion

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government said Tuesday it sold 5.4 percent of taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland for 2.1 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) as it begins to shed a majority stake acquired at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The Treasury sold the shares for 330 pence each, or 2.3 percent less than Monday’s closing price. Continue reading

Mormon church to release more documents from founder

FILE – This Sept. 3, 2014, file photo shows flowers blooming in front of the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. Continue reading

Asia stocks uneven as China data weigh on confidence

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were uneven Tuesday as weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on sentiment and investors looked ahead to a U.S. jobs report later this week that could cement expectations for a Fed interest rate hike. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.5 percent to 5,093.67 in early trading, while Germany’s DAX lost nearly 0.4 percent to 11,403.69. Continue reading

Last push begins to sentence Colorado shooter to death

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial will hear even more heart-wrenching testimony from those who lost loved ones in the attack, as prosecutors begin their final push to have James Holmes sentenced to death. After less than three hours of deliberation, jurors Monday rejected arguments that the former neuroscience graduate student’s mental illness means he should not die. Continue reading

Q&A: A look Obama’s climate change plan and impact on states

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. Continue reading

Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H Continue reading

Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes national library

By VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace. These are the original chronicles of Iraq’s rich and tumultuous history — and now librarians and academics in Baghdad are working feverishly to preserve what’s left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the U.S.-led invasion Continue reading

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Senate’s derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle. Within minutes of Monday’s Senate vote, abortion-rights groups were releasing TV ads attacking GOP supporters of the measure for stomping on women’s health care needs. Continue reading