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Officials: Balloon hit power lines before crash

Nixon resident, Lisa Peralez reads a prayer at the site of Saturday's hot air balloon crash near Lockhart, Texas, Sunday, July 31, 2016. A hot air balloon made contact with high-tension power lines before crashing into a pasture in Central Texas, killing all on board, according to federal authorities who are investigating the worst such disaster in U.S. history. (Jessalyn Tamez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)The NTSB will look at several factors including reports of foggy weather, but is concentrating first on gathering evidence such as witness statements.

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July 31st, 2016

Walker wins PGA Championship in dramatic finish

Patience pays off at last for PGA champion Jimmy Walker. (AP)Jimmy Walker holds off defending champ Jason Day on the final hole at Baltusrol to secure his first major golf title.

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July 31st, 2016

Obama to cite progress on veterans’ issues in Monday speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a valedictory address to veterans during a presidential campaign in which their issues have been front and center, President Barack Obama will argue that getting ex-military members the health care and benefits they’ve earned is a national promise that “can’t be broken.” He’ll also tout administration progress on reducing homelessness among veterans. Read More..

July 31st, 2016

Zika will not be issue at Olympics: Rio health official

A truck sprays insecticide around Olympic media accomodations in Rio de JaneiroThe risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is low and has been overcome, health officials in Brazil said on Sunday, five days before South America's first Games are due to begin. Rio de Janeiro's health secretary, Daniel Soranz, said Zika should not deter travelers from coming to the Games, as cases of the virus had dipped significantly in recent months. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect among babies of pregnant mothers infected by Zika, and its discovery in Brazil last year led to concern over the Games, which are expected to attract some 500,000 visitors.

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July 31st, 2016

Olympics-Zika will not be issue at Olympics -Rio health official

The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is low and has been overcome, health officials in Brazil said on Sunday, five days before South America’s first Games are due to begin. Rio de Janeiro’s health secretary, Daniel Soranz, said Zika should not deter travelers from coming to the Games, as cases of the virus had dipped significantly in recent months. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect among babies of pregnant mothers infected by Zika, and its discovery in Brazil last year led to concern over the Games, which are expected to attract some 500,000 visitors. Read More..

July 31st, 2016
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