An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Air Algerie plane crashes

ALGIERS - An Air Algerie flight crashed en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.  Full Article 

U.S. jobless claims lowest since early 2006; new home sales tumble 10:52am EDT

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction.

GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund 12:21pm EDT

DETROIT - General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. | Video

U.S. airlines focus on investor returns as industry profits 12:38pm EDT

- Major U.S. airlines posted earnings gains on Thursday, aided by higher airfares and summer demand, and the two largest carriers announced moves to return more cash to investors.

A Palestinian man holds a girl, whom medics said was injured in an Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Fifteen dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said, killing at least 15 people.  Full Article 

Ukrainian troops are pictured in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

EU may target state-owned Russia banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals the EU governments are considering.  Full Article 

A barbed wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village in northeastern Poland, in this August 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

CIA ran secret jail in Poland

WARSAW - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining al Qaeda suspects.  Full Article 

The gold colored version of the new iPhone 5S is seen after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

In China, Apple's focus pays off

BEIJING - The 4G wireless network roll-out in China has been touted as a booster for smartphone makers, but it's Apple taking a big slice of the pie.  Full Article 

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections. REUTERS/Arizona Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

Two-hour execution sparks calls for inquiry

PHOENIX - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new arguments for the United States to abandon the death penalty.  Full Article | Video