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How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 05:07 PM

Major U.S. stock indexes ended roughly where they began Thursday, despite investors having to work through a busy day of corporate earnings and two economic reports.

On Thursday:

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 2.83 points, or 0.02 percent, to close at 17,083.80.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.97 of a point, or 0.05 percent, to 1,987.98.

The Nasdaq composite fell 1.59 points, or 0.04 percent, to 4,472.11.

For the week:

Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:57 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in 2012 by a district court that sided with several health and consumer organizations that sued the FDA after the agency decided against holding the hearings.

Canadian, German among Arizona plane crash victims

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:53 PM

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two teenage girls from outside the United States were among four people who died in a northern Arizona plane crash.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office identified them Thursday as 18-year-old Johanna Naber, of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, and 19-year-old Sabrina Giebelen, of Krefeld, Germany.

Also killed were 22-year-old Jonathan McGeary, of Flagstaff, and 23-year-old Levi Wallace, of Prescott.

Mellencamp son keeps bond after alcohol arrest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:53 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for rock star John Mellencamp's oldest son says her client will receive alcohol treatment and stay out of trouble following an underage drinking arrest.

Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams decided not to revoke the $5,000 jail bond for a pending battery charge against 20-year-old Hud Mellencamp after receiving the assurances Thursday from attorney Jennifer Lukemeyer.

False bomb threat phoned in to Los Angeles airport

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:45 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and their bomb-sniffing dogs responded to a phoned-in threat Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe says the response turned up no bomb and Tom Bradley International Terminal was cleared after about an hour.

Vehicle traffic was temporarily diverted from the terminal's upper-level road.

The threat came at noon, several hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to fly out of the airport.

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:38 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said lethal injection was a "dishonest" attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment.

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:36 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

Death-penalty opponents say an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes showed that executions using different drugs and dosages are a callous trial-and-error process. The result: Every few months, a prisoner gasps, chokes and takes an unusually long time to die.

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine say their study is the first to quantify how much groundwater people in the West are using during the region's current drought.

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming randomness of the tragedies, saying they can find no common themes. Nor do they think the events indicate that flying is suddenly becoming less safe.

US stocks end little changed after mixed news

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:26 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending little changed after a day of mixed signals on corporate earnings and the economy.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose less than one point, or 0.05 percent, to close at 1,897.98 Thursday, barely topping a record set the day before.

The other two major indexes fell. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped two points, or 0.02 percent, to 17,083.80. The Nasdaq eased one point, or 0.04 percent to 4,472.11.

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