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  • July 24- Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

  • LONDON, July 25- The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar scientists. One such storm erupted from the surface of the Sun two years ago, on July 23, 2012.

  • Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

  • HONG KONG, July 25- McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it had imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned company at the center of a food safety scare in China.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Less than a week before Argentina could default on its sovereign bonds, the government and holdout creditors have yet to meet face-to-face despite an urgent plea from the U.S. court-appointed mediator on Thursday that they start direct talks.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery was down 6 cents at $102.01 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling $1.05 lower. *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 considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • July 24- A Chicago federal judge has refused to overturn the conviction of Eric Bloom, the former chief executive of money management firm Sentinel Management Group Inc, for defrauding customers out of more than $500 million. District Judge Ronald Guzmán said the jury "clearly" had enough evidence to find that Bloom intended to cheat customers.

  • SAO PAULO, July 24- General Motors Co wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union said on Thursday, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy. General Motors put 940 workers at the same factory on paid leave in 2012, and the union said 598 of them were later fired.

  • U.S. Senate panel to consider 'too big to fail' report Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- A U.S. Senate panel will meet next Thursday to discuss results of a much anticipated government study that looked at whether the biggest banks can borrow at lower interest rates because investors think they would be bailed out in a crisis.

  • The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest the TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and give up the licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of stations Sinclair already owns.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Jade and rubies from Myanmar will remain banned from the United States unless the Asian nation moves to end a provision in its constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president, a senior U.S. senator said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals.

  • July 24- Pandora Media Inc forecast current quarter adjusted profit below analysts' estimates as it plans to plow money back into the business. Pandora forecast adjusted profit of 5- 8 cents per share on revenue of $235- $240 million for the third quarter ending September.

  • Final Glance: Aerospace companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Boeing fell $2.31 or 1.8 percent, to $124.40. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $1.87 or 1.1 percent, to $169.97. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose $1.31 or 1.0 percent, to $127.92.

  • Final Glance: Department Store Retail companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Kohl's Corp. rose$. 28 or. 5 percent, to $52.10. Macy's Inc. rose$. 44 or. 8 percent, to $57.92. Nordstrom rose $1.00 or 1.5 percent, to $68.76.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 04 or 1.4 percent, to $2.91. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $40.74. Peabody Energy rose$. 18 or 1.2 percent, to $15.15.

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were mixed at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. fell$. 38 or 1.1 percent, to $35.50. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 14 or. 3 percent, to $51.05.

  • Final Glance: Machinery companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Caterpillar fell $3.34 or 3.1 percent, to $105.04. Deere& Co. fell$. 47 or. 5 percent, to $86.98. Terex fell $3.06 or 7.6 percent, to $37.42.

  • Final Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $96.75. Humana Inc. fell$. 16 or. 1 percent, to $132.90. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 26 or. 3 percent, to $85.68.