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Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.

Obama: We can’t control how Mr. Putin thinks

President Obama called his Russian counterpart Friday to express “deep concerns” with what the White House says is Russia’s increased support of separatists in Ukraine.

House moves toward vote on border bill

House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

How the Dow Jones average fared Friday

U.S. stocks declined for a second day Friday, with the S&P 500 closing out its worst week in two years. Investors found little reason to move money into a stock market, with growing geopolitical concerns in Israel and Ukraine and concerns about U.S. corporate earnings, particularly in the energy sector.

Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.

Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones

It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.

Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.

Sudanese family 'very tired,' thankful for freedom

The husband of a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence said Friday the family is healthy but "very tired" and grateful for the global efforts to free his wife.

Lab who walked 30 miles back home adopted

An aging black Labrador retriever who walked 30 miles back to a Kansas family who didn't want her took a private jet to her new home with a Florida heiress.

Plans to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields

The National Park Service has tentatively approved a plan that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees.

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters — especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama — to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November.

China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico's vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction.

US stocks have their worst week in two years

The U.S. stock market is closing out its worst week in two years.

Prosecutor: Foster father high in hot car death

A Kansas foster father was high on marijuana when he left a 10-month-old girl in a hot car, where she died, prosecutors said Friday.

2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital.

UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor

The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday.

Report disputes mom's claim in school altercation

A report commissioned by school officials disputes a Northern California mom's claim that she did not put her hands on a boy she accused of bullying her daughter, a newspaper reported.

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on Iraq and Afghanistan was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 24-28. It is based on online interviews of 1,044 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

Obama: US takes Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously

President Barack Obama says he is taking the Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously. He says the United States is taking precautions for next week's U.S.-African summit in the nation's capital.

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