• L'Oreal profit, sales climb across divisions

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Global cosmetics leader L'Oreal says its 2015 profit grew 8.5 percent in the first half, driven by improvement among higher-end makeup and perfume lines including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Kiehl's. The French company said in its first-half earnings report...

  • Feds release updated strategy against AIDS in America

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths. The plan unveiled Thursday updates one issued five years ago. Developments since then include new diagnostic tests, a daily pill for...

  • Defense secretary calls for review of security policies

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is directing the military branches to review security policies — including adding armed personnel — in the wake of the July 16 attacks at a Chattanooga Navy-Marine reserve center that killed four Marines and a sailor. Carter says in a...

  • Aggressive cobra found at Houston high-rise apartments

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — An aggressive 2-foot-long cobra captured at a luxury high-rise apartment complex in Houston has been euthanized. Houston police were summoned to the complex after residents spotted an albino monocled cobra on the third floor over the weekend. Police used a broom to...

  • Skull discovered in El Paso construction site

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — A skull has been discovered at a construction site in El Paso County. The Colorado state archaeologist is on the scene Thursday to investigate. The remains were discovered July 19 at a subdivision construction site in Fountain. The Fountain police department...

  • Feds won't reverse denial of Baltimore riot disaster aid

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to reverse its denial of disaster aid to help Maryland and Baltimore recover millions of dollars in costs stemming from rioting in the city in April. Gov. Larry Hogan's office announced the decision Thursday. FEMA Administrator Craig...

  • 5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste. Five things to know about the...

  • AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro. An...

  • California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California says water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing governor's conservation target Data released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets. Gov. Jerry Brown...

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water...

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