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Microsoft to lay off thousands in sales, marketing reshuffle

Microsoft to lay off thousandsMicrosoft plans to shed thousands of jobs in a major reboot to focus on its fast-growing cloud-computing business.

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners," Microsoft said in a statement to USA TODAY. "Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others."

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Scalise back in intensive care, condition listed as 'serious'

Scalise back in intensive careHouse majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, is back in intensive care after suffering bullet wounds during a shooting last month.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious," the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.

The hospital said that another update on Scalise's condition will be released Thursday.

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Hobby Lobby fined $3M for smuggling Iraq religious artifacts

Hobby Lobby stole Iraq artifactsHobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.

The Oklahoma City-based craft store chain's devout Christian owners have long shown an interest in the biblical Middle East and started to collect artifacts from the region in 2009, according to a civil complaint filed in New York on Wednesday. Hobby Lobby President Steve Green is the owner of one of the largest collections of religious artifacts in the world and is building a Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., due to open in the fall.

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Energy giants seek role in Qatar's gas expansion

Energy giants wamt share of Qatar gasThree of the West's biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in the Gulf dispute.

The chief executives of ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total all met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha before it announced a plan on Tuesday to raise output of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 30 percent.

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Tony Blair should be prosecuted over Iraq war, high court hears

Tony Blair accused of war crimesThe Chilcot inquiry’s conclusion that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations requires the prosecution of Tony Blair, the high court has heard.

In his opening argument calling for a war crimes trial in Britain, Michael Mansfield QC said that the offence of waging an aggressive war has effectively been assimilated into English law.

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Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

Venezuela Congress stormed by protestersDozens of government supporters have burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, injuring several lawmakers and journalists.

Witnesses said the fracas came after an assembly session to mark the country's Independence Day. The intruders brandished sticks and set off fireworks in the capitol building's gardens, AFP reported.

Footage from the scene showed two opposition lawmakers with blood running down their faces. Pro-opposition Venezuelan website La Patilla reported that several deputies had been attacked by a mob at the building in the capital, Caracas.

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Investigators explore if Russia colluded with pro-Trump sites during US election

Investigators probe pro Trump media sitesThe spread of Russian-made fake news stories aimed at discrediting Hillary Clinton on social media is emerging as an important line of inquiry in multiple investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Investigators are looking into whether Trump supporters and far-right websites coordinated with Moscow over the release of fake news, including stories implicating Clinton in murder or paedophilia, or paid to boost those stories on Facebook.

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Does This Photo Show Amelia Earhart After Her Plane Disappeared?

Amelia Earhart photoBuried in the National Archives for nearly 80 years, a newly rediscovered photo may hold the key to solving one of history’s all-time greatest mysteries.

On July 2, 1937, near the end of her pioneering flight around the world, Amelia Earhart vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Most experts, including the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, believe Earhart likely ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. But no trace of the aviator, navigator Fred Noonan or her twin-engine Lockheed Electra airplane were ever found, confounding historians and fueling conspiracy theories ever since.

Now, new evidence has surfaced in U.S. government archives suggesting Earhart might not have crashed into the Pacific at all, but crash-landed in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese military and died while being held prisoner on the island of Saipan.

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Burned police cars, wide no-protest zone presage G-20 summit

G-20 riotsPresident Donald Trump was met with thousands of protesters when he arrived at meetings in Brussels in May. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining him at the Group of 20 meetings in Germany this week, Trump is unlikely to be the only target for demonstrators.

Add India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders whose policies have sparked unrest to the cauldron that is Hamburg — the summit venue is a short walk from a notorious hotbed of left-wing protest — and the brew could prove explosive.

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