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Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cards execs involved
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. watches his team during spring training baseball practice, in Jupiter, Fla. The federal hacking investigation of the Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros’ database, according to legal experts. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros' database, according to legal experts.

Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy
FILE - In this May 26, 2015,, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman, left, works the post that handles Time Warner Cable on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, after Charter Communications announced it is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. Companies around the world announced mergers and acquisitions worth $2.3 trillion, according to figures from data provider Dealogic, the second-best half-year total on record and the highest amount since 2007, when $2.6 trillion of deals were announced. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy.

Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar move up income ranks: World Bank
Kenyan workers pack clothes for export at the Alltex EPZ factory in Athi River KenyaThe World Bank has upgraded Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan to its lower middle income classification from least developed countries (LDCs) while South Sudan has fallen back into the low-income group. In a statement released late on Thursday, the World Bank said Gross National Income per capita (GNI) was continuing to improve in these countries, allowing them to join the group where annual incomes range from $1,046 to $4,125. Mongolia and Paraguay moved from lower middle-income status to upper middle-income, where income is $4,126 to $12,735 a year, the bank said, while South Sudan has fallen back into the bracket where per capita incomes are $1,045 or less.

Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth
In this photo taken Feb. 26, 2015, Monty Holmes gestures outside of his family-owned trophy shop, next door to another high-rise starting up, one of the few remaining enterprises from South Lake Union’s days as a blue-collar neighborhood in Seattle. Notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, Seattle is booming once again. But the boom has also brought handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich, overly dependent on the company behind it all: Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

China stocks extend rout; Greece weighs on Asia sentiment
FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks were little changed and Treasury prices rose Thursday, July 2, 2015, following a solid U.S. jobs report for June. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.

Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

Madagascar lawmakers to vote on whether to sack PM and government
Madagascar lawmakers will vote on Friday on whether to sack the prime minister and his government just six months after public frustration with power cuts, rampant unemployment and a stagnant economy forced out the previous administration. "The government does not meet the expectations and aspirations of the population," Jean Brunelle Razafitsiandraofa, the leader of the biggest party in parliament, Mapar, said. "Insecurity, inflation, the depreciation of the (local currency), social difficulties show that the government has failed," he said.

Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump
In this June 30, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party in Bedford, N.H. Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Trump, who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction
This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco and died at a hospital. Police arrested Sanchez about an hour after the shooting. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kathryn "Kate" Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a man who police said she didn't know.

Mauritius former technology minister sentenced over conflict
Mauritius' Finance Minister Jugnauth presents the budget for 2011 at the National Assembly in Port LouisA Mauritian court sentenced a former technology minister who is the premier's son to 12 months in prison on Thursday for conflict of interest under the state's anti-corruption act. Pravind Jugnauth, 53, the son of Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, said he would appeal against his conviction. He resigned his minister's post on Wednesday, when he was found guilty.     He was accused of taking part, when finance minister, in a decision to reallocate Ministry of Health funds to acquire a private hospital, Medpoint, in which his sister had stakes.

Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station
In this image taken from video, a Soyuz-U rocket blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 3, 2015. The unmanned cargo ship is heading to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. (NASA TV via AP)MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg 'Liar's Poker'
In this Thursday, June 25, 2015 photo, a pirated copy of the book "Liar's Poker" by Michael Lewis, hosted on and loaded from a website run by the Chinese Commerce Ministry, is displayed on a computer screen in Beijing. A complete bootlegged copy of Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)SHANGHAI (AP) — A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found.

Greek referendum question not factually, legally correct: EU's Dombrovskis
BERLIN (Reuters) - European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told German newspaper Die Welt that the question Greeks are due to vote on in a referendum planned for Sunday was neither factually nor legally correct.

Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges
Health workers collect the body of a suspected Ebola victim from a street in the town of KoiduBy Alphonso Toweh and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing. Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease "have a history of having had dog meat together." Dog meat is commonly eaten in Liberia. The first new Liberian sufferer, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia.

Macedonian central bank sees no new steps to protect banks from Greek impact
Macedonia's central bank has no plans for further preventive measure to limit the outflow of capital to Greece, its governor said on Friday. The situation is stable and we plan no further measures," Dimitar Bogov told Reuters. The Balkan country on Sunday ordered its banks to pull their money from Greek banks and took steps to limit the outflow of capital to Greece, which faces the risk of financial meltdown after the collapse of talks with its creditors.

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