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  • WASHINGTON, July 25- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in June, pointing to momentum in the economy heading into the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday durable goods orders increased 0.7 percent as demand increased from transportation to machinery and computers and electronic products.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • FACTBOX-Talisman Energy's operations around the world Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    Calgary- based Talisman operates in some of the world's most desirable petroleum areas, including the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shales in the United States and Western Canada's burgeoning Duvernay and Montney shale regions.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- 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. "The economy is doing better," said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

  • Delta Air Lines to resume Tel Aviv flights Thursday Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    July 24- Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it plans to resume service to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv two days after halting flights amid hostilities in the region. United Airlines earlier said that it was resuming flights to and from Tel Aviv.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. The Israeli military said its troops were fighting gunmen from Hamas, which runs Gaza, in the area and that it was investigating the incident.

  • AmerisourceBergen reports 3Q loss Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    CHESTERBROOK, Pa.— AmerisourceBergen Corp. on Thursday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss after posting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania- based company reported a loss of $12.8 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $168.4 million, or 71 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • Airgas 1Q profit rises 4.9 percent Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    RADNOR, Pa.— Airgas Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that rose by 4.9 percent in its fiscal first quarter. The Radnor, Pennsylvania- based company said profit increased to $88.9 million, or $1.18 per share, from $84.7 million, or $1.14 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750..

  • US airlines to resume flights to Israel Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    The FAA's ban, imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, became a hot button topic in both U.S.-Israeli diplomacy and Washington politics. Chicago- based United Airlines is set to resume service to Tel Aviv with a 4:45 p.m. eastern flight from Newark, New Jersey.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. The fewest people sought benefits since February 2006, almost two years before the start of the Great Recession.

  • Hershey 2Q profit climbs 5.4 percent Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    HERSHEY, Pa.— Hershey Co. on Thursday reported net income that rose by 5.4 percent in its second quarter. The Hershey, Pennsylvania- based company said net income increased to $168.2 million, or 75 cents per share, from $159.5 million, or 70 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • DARBY, Pa.— Prosecutor: 1 worker dead in suburban Philadelphia hospital shooting; 2 hurt, including gunman.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..