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Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground.

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Swiss central bank reports $17.7B half-year profit

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's central bank posted a profit Thursday of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.

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AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 1997 file photo, An adult male Florida panther growels as he leaves his shipping container to enter his new home at Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are loosing mo…

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AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

In this July 28, 2014 photo, ranch owner Liesa Priddy talks about loosing cattle to panthers attacks in Immokalee, Fla. A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are loosing more cattle to panther attacks. The study will help deter…

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AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

In this July 28, 2014 photo, a herd of Florida cracker cows and donkeys graze on a ranch on Immokalee, Fla. A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are loosing more cattle to panther attacks. The study will help determine how to …

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AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.

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China lets 1st foreigners into army news briefing

BEIJING (AP) — Not many years ago, foreign reporters in China trying to call the country's secretive military couldn't even get a connection because phone numbers assigned to the journalists were barred from reaching the Defense Ministry.

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Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.

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Immigration courts speed up children's cases

Immigration courts speed up children's cases

FILE - This June 18, 2014 file photo shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at a processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the ba…

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Immigration courts speed up children's cases

Immigration courts speed up children's cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

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Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turks living abroad have begun casting votes in Turkey's first direct presidential elections. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are casting votes in their countries of residence.

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Alcatel loss narrows in 2Q but revenue stagnates

PARIS (AP) — Telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says its net loss narrowed in the second quarter thanks to lower accounting charges, while revenue stagnated and restructuring charges mounted.

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Chicago-area man sentenced in child assault case

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 30-year-old suburban Chicago man to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

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World Cup adds froth to German beer sales

BERLIN (AP) — German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the year's first half, gaining froth from the beginning of the country's run to the soccer World Cup title.

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UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom there said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.

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Spain rail strike hits busy vacation period start

MADRID (AP) — Spanish train workers have begun a nationwide strike as one of the country's busiest holiday periods kicks off.

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Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon's Corp.'s plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.

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Police plan stepped up enforcement on I-94/90

LOWELL, Ind. (AP) — State police are stepping up enforcement along Interstates 94 and 90 in northern Indiana as part of an effort by 15 states to have no fatalities from Aug. 1-4 during what is being billed as the "I-90/94 Challenge."

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Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.

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New Indiana road map is free at State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — People attending this year's Indiana State Fair will be able to pick up a free copy of the state's newest road map.

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Music director fired over same-sex marriage plans

INVERNESS, Ill. (AP) — The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner.

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FFA chapter uses grant to fight local hunger

MADISON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana chapter of the FFA is raising produce, turkeys and hogs to combat local hunger.

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Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

A woman looks at a menu with words " everyday half-price " in front of a KFC fast food restaurant in Beijing, China Thursday, July 31, 2014. Global fast food chains are rushing to expand in China but even experienced operators face costly pitfalls in a fast-changing food supply industry plag…

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Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

A Chinese customer walks past a statue of Ronald McDonald on display outside a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, China Thursday, July 31, 2014. Global fast food chains are rushing to expand in China but even experienced operators face costly pitfalls in a fast-changing food supply industry p…

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Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

People dine at a McDonald's restaurant as a display board, top right, shows Filet-O-Fish burger available in Beijing, China Thursday, July 31, 2014. Global fast food chains are rushing to expand in China but even experienced operators face costly pitfalls in a fast-changing food supply indus…

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