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July 31, 2013

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MANNING-WIKILEAKS

FORT MEADE, Maryland — U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is acquitted of the most serious charge against him — aiding the enemy — but his convictions on espionage, theft and other charges in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history could put him in prison for up to 136 years. Sentencing begins Wednesday in a case where the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst has been called both an important whistleblower and a traitor for giving more than 700,000 battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: MANNING-WIKILEAKS-REACTION; MANNING-WIKILEAKS-NEWS GUIDE; MANNING-WIKILEAKS-THE FALLOUT .

MANNING-WIKILEAKS-LEGAL

WASHINGTON — The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Legal scholars say they expect the government’s case against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to be similar to the Manning prosecution, although it would take place in a federal trial court, not a military court-martial. By Mark Sherman. AP Photo.

US-MIDEAST

WASHINGTON— Pressing ahead in a new U.S.-backed push for Middle East peace, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agree to meet again within two weeks to start substantive talks in hopes of reaching a long-elusive settlement within nine months. By AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. AP Photos. AP Video.

With: OBAMA-MIDEAST TALKS.

NSA SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON — The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Legal scholars say they expect the government’s case against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to be similar to the Manning prosecution, although it would take place in a federal trial court, not a military court-martial. By Mark Sherman. AP Photo.

US-AFGHANISTAN

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says that “substantial” long-term military support will be needed to ensure that Afghans can hold off the Taliban insurgency after the U.S. combat mission ends in December 2014.

US-EGYPT-SENATORS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked them to travel to Egypt next week to urge the military to move ahead on new elections. By Donna Cassata. AP Photos.

DEFENSE CUTS

WASHINGTON — Impending budget cuts could hamper efforts to deter North Korea from taking hostile action and stymie plans to upgrade America’s nuclear arsenal, top U.S. military officers tell senators. By Lolita C. Baldor.

MEXICO-VOLCANO WATCHING

MEXICO CITY — In a hushed room in the capital, cameras, computer screens and scrawling needles track the symptoms of a special patient, as they have every second of every day for two decades. The monitors indicate “Don Goyo” is breathing normally, even as he spews hot rock, steam and ash. That kind of activity isn’t unusual for the 15,000-foot Popocatepetl volcano, but it’s in the middle of two metro areas and every spurt can put 20 million people on edge. By E. Eduardo Castillo. AP Photos.

NAZIS-DEPORTATION LIMBO

MINNEAPOLIS — At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals ordered deported by the United States never left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data — and four are living in the United States today. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in one case even beyond. By Amy Forliti and Randy Herschaft. AP Photos.

CUBA-COLOMBIA-US SOLDIER

HAVANA — Colombia’s largest guerrilla army reiterates its willingness to free a former U.S. Marine it has been holding captive for more than a month, but insists that the government send a high-level delegation to retrieve him. By Andrea Rodriguez. AP Photo.

SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING-ANNIVERSARY

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin — Twelve months ago, a white supremacist walked into a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple and opened fire on worshippers he didn’t know, killing six people, injuring five others and devastating a community whose religion is based on peace and forgiveness. With the tragedy’s anniversary coming up Monday, temple members say they’re drawing strength from their religion’s tenets. By Dinesh Rambe. AP Photos.

TRINIDAD-JACK WARNER

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Former international soccer official Jack Warner has made a political comeback in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago a few months after a regional sports group’s ethics panel accused him of enriching himself through fraud. By Tony Fraser.

UN-SUDAN-DARFUR

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday demanded an end to escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur region and more robust action by peacekeepers to protect civilians, ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid and deter threats against peacekeeping troops. By Edith M. Lederer.

CHILE-UN-MAPUCHE DISPUTE

SANTIAGO, Chile — A United Nations investigator calls on Chile’s government to stop using an anti-terrorism law against Mapuche Indians who are fighting to recover their ancestral land. By Eva Vergara.

SUSPECT FORGOTTEN

SAN DIEGO — A 25-year old college student reached a $4.1 million settlement with the U.S. government after he was abandoned in a windowless cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys say. By Elliot Spagat and Alicia A. Caldwell. AP Photo.

CUBA-US-AMERICAN EXPRESS

HAVANA — Cuba criticizes recent U.S. government sanctions against American Express Co. and an Italian bank for apparent violations of the 51-year-old economic and financial embargo against the island. By Peter Orsi.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL-VANDALISM

WASHINGTON — A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying a soda can containing green paint when she was arrested, and she has been linked to at least four other incidents of vandalism, including at the Lincoln Memorial, according to prosecutors and court documents. Bu Eric Tucker. AP Photos.

HAITI-CELEBRITY CHEFS

KENSCOFF, Haiti — Two celebrity chefs from the U.S. get a cool reception in Haiti as the mayor of a town outside the capital blocks them from trying to tour a farmers market. By Trenton Daniel. AP Photos.

PARAGUAY-LAND KILLINGS

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Some 200 poor farmers temporarily reoccupy land where six police officers and 11 farmworkers were killed last year in a violent eviction that led to the ouster of President Fernando Lugo. By Pedro Servin.

ARMING TEACHERS CLARKSVILLE, Arkansas — When classes at Clarksville High School resume in August, assistant principle Cheyne Dougan will be among the more than 20 teachers, administrators and other employees in the school district carrying concealed weapons.

PERU-RITUAL FIGHTING-PHOTO GALLERY

LIMA, Peru — The brightly hued ski masks come off, and the punching and kicking begin. Only once a judge rules one of the combatants licked do they stop. The Andean fight known as Takanakuy to settle disputes predates Spanish colonial rule and happens twice a year. With AP Photos by Karel Navarro.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

FEDERAL RESERVE

WASHINGTON — Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled markets last month when he said the Federal Reserve might slow its bond purchases later this year if the economy strengthens. Economists expect the Fed will take a different approach Wednesday when it concludes its two-day policy meeting: Most expect policymakers will offer no major signals on interest-rate policies while stressing that any future changes hinge on the economy’s health, not a set timetable. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.

ECONOMY-GDP

WASHINGTON — A report Wednesday is expected to show the U.S. economy barely grew from April through June. But economists are hopeful that the weak second quarter is a temporary lull that gives way to stronger growth in the second half of the year. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.

EARNS-CHRYSLER

DETROIT— Chrysler is having some growing pains. America’s third-largest automaker says that its sales picked up in the second quarter thanks to strong U.S. demand for trucks and SUVs. But the company cut its target for full-year sales and profit, blaming persistent problems as it adds more shifts and ramps up production of vehicles like the Ram pickup and the Jeep Cherokee small SUV. By AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. AP Photos.

With: FIAT-CHRYSLER STOCK.

EARNS-PFIZER

Pfizer’s second-quarter net income more than quadrupled, helped by the sale of its animal health business and a gain from settling litigation. By AP Business Writer Linda A. Johnson.

With: PFIZER-DRUG SETTLEMENT; EARNS-MERCK; EARNS-AMGEN.

POWER PRICES-JP MORGAN

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. agrees to pay $410 million to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.

US-EUROPE-TRADE

WASHINGTON — The U.S. hopes negotiations for a free trade deal with the European Union will drive growth-oriented reforms in the EU economy, the top American trade official says. By Marjorie Olster.

US-CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

WASHINGTON — Americans’ confidence in the economy fell only slightly in July but stayed close to a 5 ½-year high, a sign that consumers should continue to help drive growth in the coming months. By AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger.

LAS VEGAS SANDS-LAWSUIT

LAS VEGAS — A Hong Kong businessman is one step closer to collecting a multibillion-dollar award from Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest U.S. casino company. A Nevada judge denies Sands’ request to throw out a jury verdict awarding former consultant Richard Suen $70 million in a breach-of-contract case. By Hannah Dreier.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-EILEEN BRENNAN

LOS ANGELES — Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as “Private Benjamin” and “Clue,” has died. She was 80. By AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.

TV-Q&A-JOEL McHALE

NEW YORK — There’s no stopping Joel McHale this summer. The 41-year-old actor is busy with his E! reality spoof “The Soup” and preparing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series “Community,” which starts shooting Aug. 20.He’s moving outside his comfort zone with a starring role in the upcoming supernatural thriller “Beware the Night.” He plays a New York City police officer in the film, and at the time of the interview, was shooting on location in the Bronx. By John Carucci. AP Photos.

REAL HOUSEWIVES-CHARGES

NEWARK, New Jersey — Two stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are released on $500,000 bond each after making initial court appearances on federal fraud charges. Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, were ordered to surrender their passports and to confine their travels to New Jersey and New York. Joe Giudice could be deported to Italy if convicted because he is not a U.S. citizen. By Katie Zezima. AP Photos.

MUSIC-IVETE SANGALO

NEW YORK — Ivete Sangalo can fill large venues in the United States, even while few Americans have ever heard of her or her brand of indefatigable Brazilian party music. That’s because Sangalo can count on legions of homesick Brazilians to turn out for her all-singing, all-dancing, high-energy extravaganzas that come as close to Brazil’s over-the-top Carnival celebrations as one can get without leaving the North American continent. By Michael Astor. AP Photo.

TV-MASTERS OF SEX

BEVERLY HILLS, California — There’s so much sex depicted on a new cable TV series about researchers Masters and Johnson that filming it became ho-hum for star Michael Sheen. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. AP Photos.

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