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Oil turns higher, rallies to 2015 high on Yemen conflict | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices jumped to fresh 2015 peaks on Thursday, turning higher on news that a tribal group made up of former Al Qaeda militants took control of a major southern oil terminal in Yemen.<p>A worker looks on at the Bashneft-Ufimsky refinery plant (Bashneft - UNPZ) outside …

Trafficking gangs tip off Italian officials so that rescue services can pick up people-smuggling boats

Revelation from former British immigration official will raise fears that search and rescue services are 'helping' traffickers<p>Trafficking gangs dispatching migrants on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean are tipping off Italian officials in advance so that their boats can be picked up by …

Report: Cavaliers close to signing No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins

Move to sign top draft pick would freeze any trade for Kevin Love for 30 days.<p><b>More Offseason Analysis: Updating Free Agency news | Free Agent …

6 die in 2 plane crashes in northern Arizona

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two small planes went down in separate crashes in northern Arizona Sunday, leaving six people dead, authorities said.<p>The Yavapai …

2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.<p>Stuart Steinberg confirmed the death of his …

Washington wildfire continues to grow

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. — As cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, one man has died trying to save his home.<p>Rob Koczewski, 67, died of a heart attack as he and his wife fought to protect their Carlton home. According to the Okanogan …

Fighting intensifies in Libya

Fierce fighting raged on the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday as militias continued to battle for control of the airport in what's being called the worst fighting in Libya since the 2011 revolution.<p>Clashes were concentrated around the airport, the airport road and a number of residential areas where …

ACC's Swofford expects NCAA autonomy plan to pass

Speaking at the ACC Kickoff, John Swofford said the proposed plan to give the high-resource conferences more power is expected to pass on Aug. 7.<p><b>More</b> …

Slumping LA Sparks fire Carol Ross as coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Ross has been fired as coach of the slumping Los Angeles Sparks, and will be replaced by general manager Penny Toler for the …

Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal hits | Reuters

SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc and McDonald’s Corp are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.<p>McDonald’s and KFC parent Yum …

Sebastien Bourdais wins in Toronto

TORONTO -- IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy.<p>The series had planned to …

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