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Ken Starr reportedly fired as Baylor president; university declines comment
Baylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world's largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school. Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close to the Board of Regents. In March, a former student at Baylor brought a negligence lawsuit in federal court against the school, claiming it acted callously and indifferently after she was raped by a Baylor football player.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:26 -0400
Moore, An and Fitzpatrick earn U.S. Open exemptions
(Reuters) - Former U.S. amateur champions Ryan Moore, An Byeong-hun and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among 27 players who have earned full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont, the United States Golf Association said on Tuesday. All 27 exemptions were awarded to golfers ranked in the world's top 60 this week, and those additions lift the number of fully exempt players to 78 for the year's second major. American Moore, who won the U.S. amateur in 2004, is ranked 49th, South Korean An, U.S. amateur champion in 2009, is 26th and Englishman Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 U.S. amateur, is 44th.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:54:41 -0400
Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of Economics on women in conflict
By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday. The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which was launched last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary, William Hague. "It is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:14:45 -0400
Warriors\' Green escapes ban, is fined for flagrant foul 2
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a possible one-game suspension on Monday when he was fined by the National Basketball Association for a flagrant foul that was upgraded from category 1 to 2. Green faced the chance of being banned for Tuesday's Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City after he had kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's Game Three. "After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine," Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 20:01:07 -0400
Physics, engineering professors back Tom Brady \'Deflategate\' appeal
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Ivory Tower has thrown its weight behind Tom Brady. A group of 21 physics and engineering professors on Tuesday urged a U.S. federal appeals court to reconsider its 2-1 decision to reinstate the New England Patriots quarterback's four-game National Football League suspension in the "Deflategate" case. In a brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, the professors said there is "no scientific proof" Brady did anything wrong in using underinflated footballs, which can be easier to grip, during the Patriots' 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts in the January 2015 AFC championship game.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 16:12:50 -0400
Golf-Willett is keeping an eye on Zika before the Olympics
Danny Willett became the latest golfer to suggest he may skip this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as he evaluates the threat the Zika virus might pose. Earlier this week, world number three Rory McIlroy said he would have to "monitor" the situation with the virus in Brazil, hinting he might decide against competing. Englishman Willett feels much the same.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 15:17:28 -0400
Major League Baseball to probe Padres gay choir fiasco
Major League Baseball will investigate a blunder that prevented an all-male gay singing group from performing the national anthem before last weekend's game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, officials said Monday. Padres chief executive Mike Dee said the team fully supported an investigation into the controversial incident, which overshadowed Saturday's game. "We are pleased that MLB will look into this matter and the Padres will cooperate fully," he said in a post on his Twitter account.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:46:59 -0400
Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavaliers to tie NBA series
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series with a 105-99 victory. Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play. The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the opening two games of the series heavily to trail 2-0.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:25:38 -0400
Cleveland guard Jones suspended one game for groin hit
(Reuters) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for Game Four of the Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced on Sunday. Jones struck Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final seconds of Game Three in Toronto on Saturday, an incident that left Biyombo on the floor in apparent pain.
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 21:20:17 -0400
Cavs loss puts LeBron\'s Finals streak in jeopardy
By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - LeBron James has had a standing reservation with the NBA Finals for five consecutive years but the best player of his generation is suddenly in jeopardy of seeing his remarkable streak come to an end. James has been playing some of the best basketball of his career during the 2016 playoffs but was unable to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory on Monday that would have all but punched their ticket to the championship round. Instead, the Cavaliers fell 105-99 to the Toronto Raptors, who tied up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 2-2 with a second consecutive home victory.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:21:33 -0400
Warriors NBA star Green escapes ban for Adams kick
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but will escape a suspension for his kick on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, the NBA said Monday. Green left the Warriors sweating on the prospect of a possible ban after kicking Adams in the groin during Golden State's rout to the Thunder in Game Three on Sunday. Golden State's management and Green had insisted the incident in the first half -- which left Adams doubled over in pain -- was accidental.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 21:00:31 -0400
Baseball star Tony Gwynn\'s family sues tobacco companies over death
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:38:23 -0400
Westwood keen to build on Masters showing in Ryder Cup year
(Reuters) - Former world number one Lee Westwood hopes his strong finish at last month's U.S. Masters proves to be the catalyst for the Briton to get back to his best, adding that poor form had led him to question his ability to compete at the top level. The Briton only just qualified for the season's first major by virtue of a top-50 ranking but his two-under total at Augusta was good enough to tie for second alongside Jordan Spieth, three shots behind compatriot Danny Willet. It was a welcome return to form for Westwood, who is still searching for a first win since recording a third Indonesian Masters triumph in April 2015, with his poor results leaving him as low as 67th in the world rankings earlier this year.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:41:46 -0400
Brady to contest \'Deflategate\' suspension
New York (AFP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady filed an appeal against his four-game suspension on Monday in a last-ditch bid to overturn his punishment for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:11:52 -0400
Royals\' Gordon out with broken bone in wrist
(Reuters) - Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right wrist, the Royals said on Monday. Gordon sustained the injury when he collided with team mate Mike Moustakas in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Royals manager Ned Yost said Gordon was expected to miss 3-4 weeks but would be reevaluated in 10 days.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 22:48:41 -0400
Raptors hold off Cavs, even East finals at 2-2
(The Sports Xchange) - Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each. In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 23:41:38 -0400
McIlroy may opt to skip Rio Games over Zika fears
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games. First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 03:43:15 -0400
Rangers OF Hamilton to have season-ending surgery
(The Sports Xchange) - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery next month that is expected to sideline him the rest of the season, the Rangers Radio Network reported Monday. Hamilton made his decision after receiving a second opinion, the network said, with the operation scheduled for June 8. Hamilton, 35, underwent two procedures on his knee in 2015 when he played in just 50 games.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:36:33 -0400
NFL: Replay officials empowered to help referees avoid mistakes
(Reuters) - The National Football League on Tuesday broadened replay powers to allow the league office and replay officials in New York to help referees avoid mistakes on the field during games. NFL owners passed an amendment regarding overrules of "game administrative" elements including penalty enforcement, proper down, spot of a foul and status of the game clock. The changes include measures Commissioner Roger Goodell installed for the playoffs this past season.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:29 -0400
Japan\'s Darvish expected to return to pitching duty Saturday
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has not thrown in Major League Baseball since the 2014 season, will make his return on Saturday, the team said on its website. The 29-year-old Japanese right-hander is completing his recovery from "Tommy John" elbow tendon replacement and reconstruction surgery that he underwent in March, 2015. Darvish reached the career 500-strikeout mark faster than any pitcher in major league history in 2014.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:28:06 -0400
Thunder demolish Warriors, grab 2-1 series lead
(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Golden State Warriors 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 in the Western Conference finals. Durant scored 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Westbrook tallied 30 points and 12 assists, and he was two rebounds away from his first triple-double of the postseason.
Publ.Date : Sun, 22 May 2016 23:03:28 -0400
NFL tried to improperly influence brain injury study - lawmakers
The National Football League attempted to improperly influence a major study into links between the sport and brain disease, a report by US lawmakers found on Monday. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce ruled in a 91-page report that the NFL and several of the organization's top health officials had waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to try and affect the outcome of the research study. The claims first came to light in a story by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:54:57 -0400
Los Angeles lands 2021 NFL Super Bowl
Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:22 -0400
Golf-McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success
World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lacklustre start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 08:56:09 -0400
NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium
(Reuters) - The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season. The National Football League also announced the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls would be played in Atlanta and South Florida, respectively, returning to those areas for its championship game, one of the most-watched television events of the year. The Super Bowl's move back to Los Angeles will also give the 'City of Angels' a welcome boost as it bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 17:59:53 -0400
Former NFL star Smith had brain damage
Super Bowl-winning defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith was suffering from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death in 2011, a report revealed on Tuesday. Smith, who forged a successful acting career following his playing days, appearing in the hit "Police Academy" movies, is among 90 former NFL players found to have CTE, the Concussion Legacy Foundation reported on its website. Researchers at Boston University who studied Smith's brain said the player showed symptoms of suffering from Stage 3 (out of 4) CTE, a severe level of the condition.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:01 -0400
Pittsburgh man convicted in killings of Iowa lawmaker\'s sisters
Allen Darrell Wade was found guilty on all charges related to the deaths, including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of theft, Alleghany County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said. Wade, 45, was charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe. Mary Wolfe is a Democrat serving her third term in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 20:08:20 -0400
Thunder rout Warriors to grab edge in West final
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed defending NBA champion Golden State 133-105 to seize the lead in their playoff series. The Thunder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and captured momentum with the lopsided blowout, making Tuesday's fourth game at Oklahoma City crucial for both clubs. "We have got to keep the same intensity, same attack mode," Westbrook said.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 00:05:56 -0400
Wentworth still a great event despite no shows, Kaymer says
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Double major winner Martin Kaymer has hit back at suggestions that this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has lost some of its razzle-dazzle, calling it a first-class event with "a massive history". "There are better courses in England, that's for sure, but it's the home of the European Tour and it's a great event and we should see it for what it is," Kaymer said. "It's big prize money, a lot of world ranking points, with a massive history." The PGA Championship was first held in 1955, and the list of winners represents a roll-call of Europe's finest players - Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 08:25:43 -0400
Polycom to discuss PE offer in challenge to Mitel
(Reuters) - Video conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc said on Monday it received a revised proposal from a private equity firm that could be "superior" to Mitel Networks Corp's offer. Polycom's shares rose 4.2 percent to $11.56 in after-market trading. Polycom, which agreed to be bought by Canada's Mitel for about $1.96 billion in April, said it intends to engage in discussions with the private equity firm, identified as Sponsor 1.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 18:48:50 -0400
Raptors buoyed by Biyombo
(Reuters) - Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland. Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks in Toronto?s 105-99 home win over the Cavaliers on Monday, which tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was a gritty encore performance to his franchise playoff-record 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game Three triumph, and provided further evidence that the 23-year-old has found new life in Toronto.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 01:27:36 -0400
Westbrook\'s Thunder put Warriors on the brink
Russell Westbrook tallied a triple double and Kevin Durant finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City routed Golden State 118-94 to put the Warriors on the brink of elimination. Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder who can advance to the NBA finals with a victory in Thursday's game five on the road. "I am proud of the way the guys hung in there," said Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 01:46:55 -0400
Tom Brady appeals \'Deflategate\' ruling, extends fight with NFL
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its ruling reinstating his "Deflategate" four-game suspension, saying the decision runs contrary to federal labor law. "The panel decision will harm not just NFL players, but all unionized workers who have bargained for appeal rights as a protection," his lawyers said in a motion filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Brady, 38, was suspended after the National Football League (NFL) found underinflated footballs were used in the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015's AFC championship game.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 16:48:16 -0400
McIlroy hoping Irish Open win will spur summer success
(Reuters) - World number three Rory McIlroy has said he hoped his Irish Open victory would spur him to greater heights in the remaining three majors and the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, following a lackluster start to the year. The 27-year-old was in danger of losing a three-shot lead in the final round of the Irish Open, but a closing 69 secured a dramatic victory for the Northern Irish golfer, his first triumph since last November's DP World Tour championship in Dubai. "It means a lot for my summer," McIlroy told British media.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 09:01:08 -0400
Thunder one win from Finals after Game 4 blowout
Russell Westbrook collected 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City grabbed a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, thanks in large part to Westbrook's first triple-double of the postseason. Defending champions Golden State will attempt to stay alive on Thursday at home in Game 5. Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting to go with 11 rebounds.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 00:10:14 -0400
Korean golfer An aiming to overtake Olympian parents
South Korea's Byeong Hun An is aiming to go one better than his parents if he qualifies for August's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil. An?s father Ahn Jae-Hyung won a bronze medal in table tennis at the Seoul games in 1988 and his mother Jiao Zhimin won a silver in the same pursuit. An is back at Wentworth this week to defend the European PGA Championship title he won last season and give another boost to his Olympic ambitions.
Publ.Date : Tue, 24 May 2016 13:18:48 -0400
Wilting Warriors need to find quick fix for playoff problems
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league's most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination. After Oklahoma City pummeled the Warriors 118-94 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series on Tuesday, questions poured in like Thunder fast-break points. Is the team's talismanic MVP Stephen Curry healthy?
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 02:36:53 -0400
Warriors worrying over Green after groin kick fells Adams
(Reuters) - Draymond Green helped motivate Golden State to a record-breaking 73-game winning season but the struggling Warriors will be hoping their emotional forward can avoid suspension after he picked up a flagrant foul on Sunday. Green kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin while attempting a shot in the second quarter of the 133-105 Western Conference finals Game Three loss as the defending NBA champions fell 2-1 behind to the Thunder in the best-of-seven series. The painful kick left Adams doubled over on the floor and earned the flagrant call after officials looked at the instant replay.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 01:03:23 -0400
California jury selection begins in murder trial of \'Shield\' actor
(Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the California murder case against actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer conflicted about his sexuality in the cable television drama "The Shield" and was accused of killing his wife in 2014. The jury seating process is expected to continue Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Jace has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his 40-year-old wife April on May 19, 2014 in their South Los Angeles home before calling authorities to report an emergency.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 19:33:41 -0400
McIlroy could snub Rio over Zika fears
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy revealed on Monday he could reject the chance to play at this year's Olympics because of the Zika virus in Brazil. Fiji's Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman have already decided not to participate in the Rio Games because of the virus, while Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have pulled out for what they say are scheduling reasons. World number three McIlroy is keeping tabs on the spread of Zika, which is linked to brain deformities in newborn babies, and the Northern Ireland star conceded it is possible he might join the growing list of absentees.
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 May 2016 15:22:02 -0400
TSA chief headed back to Capitol Hill to talk airport lines
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Transportation Security Administration chief Peter Neffenger is heading back to Capitol Hill to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:41:45 -0400
Suspect in Charleston church shooting faces highest penalty
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against the man charged in the killings.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:39:56 -0400
Baltimore police leader acknowledges flaws exposed by trial
BALTIMORE (AP) ? The trial of an officer cleared in the arrest of a young black man who died from injuries suffered in police custody has exposed deep systemic problems within the Baltimore Police Department: Officers are inadequately trained and routinely ignore rules and regulations designed to keep people safe.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:51:40 -0400
Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:43:36 -0400
Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:13:59 -0400
Afghan Taliban appoint new leader, Kabul urges peace
By Mirwais Harooni and Jibran Ahmad KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban named one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Haibatullah Akhunzada, a religious scholar who was named in a United Nations report last year as the Taliban's former chief justice, will lead the movement, it said in a statement. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a feared network blamed for many deadly bomb attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:41:04 -0400
Solar Impulse 2 leaves Ohio on fuel-free flight
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane piloted by Swiss national Bertrand Piccard, successfully flew out of Dayton, Ohio in the dark early Wednesday en route to Pennsylvania, according to a live online feed of the departure. The flight to the Lehigh Valley International Airport is expected to take 17 hours, organizers said. The gangly plane, which travels at an average speeds of only 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour, flew out of the Dayton International Airport on time at 4 am (0800 GMT).
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:11 -0400
Protesters throw rocks, bottles at police outside Trump rally in New Mexico
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers who responded with pepper spray outside a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump in Albuquerque, New Mexico, police said. Hundreds of protesters tried to storm the convention center in New Mexico's biggest city, knocking down barricades and throwing objects at a door and then hurling rocks and bottles at mounted police in riot gear, the Albuquerque Police Department said on Twitter on Tuesday and video posted online showed.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:30:47 -0400
Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests
An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday cancelled five-year prison terms handed to 47 people earlier this month for protesting a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said. A lower misdemeanours court had sentenced them to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($11,261.39) each on May 14 for demonstrating against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over Tiran and Sanafir islands. The appeals court voided the jail sentences but kept the fines.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:26:04 -0400
Scandal-hit Tokyo seeks crumbs of comfort from IOC
Beleaguered Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers will be hoping for some warm words of comfort from the International Olympic Committee when senior officials arrive for talks on Wednesday. Controversy has once again cast a shadow over Japan's preparations for the 2020 Games after French prosecutors launched an investigation into $2 million in payments allegedly paid to help Tokyo secure the Olympics. John Coates, chairman of the IOC's Tokyo 2020 coordination commission, attempted to deflect attention away from potentially sticky issues on previous visits, such as last year's row over the cost of the main stadium.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:48 -0400
Thousands of migrants saved in 23 rescue operations off Libya
Some 3,000 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast on Tuesday in 23 separate rescue missions, the Italian coastguard said in a statement. The coastguard said this meant more than 5,600 migrants had been rescued from various boats and dinghies in the southern Mediterranean in just two days, with every ship in the area being called on to help with the complex operation. Humanitarian organisations say the sea route between Libya and Italy is now the main route for asylum seekers heading for Europe, after a European Union deal on migrants with Turkey dramatically slowed the flow of people reaching Greece.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:05:22 -0400
Obama urges Vietnam youth to tackle climate change
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) ? Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:34:45 -0400
World leaders gather in Japan ahead of G7
World leaders began gathering in Japan Wednesday ahead of a Group of Seven summit set to be dominated by the lacklustre global economy. The leaders were to make their way to Ise Shima, a mountainous and sparsely populated area 300 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of Tokyo, whose mainly elderly residents rely chiefly on tourism and cultured pearls. Tokyo said it was taking no chances in the wake of terror attacks that struck Paris and Brussels in recent months.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:03:05 -0400
Military spouses struggle to find jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs of as much as $1 billion a year, according to a study.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:21:06 -0400
Kerry launches Vietnam\'s first private university
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday launched Vietnam's first privately funded university in what he said marked the next stage of an evolving relationship between the United States and Vietnam. The Harvard-affiliated Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City, the country's commercial center, will be the first independent, non-profit university in Vietnam, the White House said in a statement. The launch comes at the end of a three-day visit to Vietnam by U.S. President Barack Obama, part of his administration's "pivot" to Asia that emphasizes the importance of the fast-growing region to the United States.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:17:00 -0400
Kenya says its troops kill 21 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia
Kenya's military said on Wednesday it had killed 21 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia where its troops are trying to defeat the militant Islamist group that has often struck civilian targets inside Kenya. Kenyan troops, which are in Somalia as part of an African Union (AU) deployment, struck a group of al Shabaab fighters in the west of the country, near the Kenyan border, David Obonyo, spokesman for Kenya Defence Forces, said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:57:21 -0400
Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, demonstrators at a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades. Authorities labeled it a "riot."
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:45:45 -0400
Gov\'t report: Feds spend billions to run ancient technology
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy disks.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:58:57 -0400
Pardoned Russians on way to prisoner swap for jailed Ukrainian Savchenko
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine has pardoned the two jailed Russians to be swapped for imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, a source close to the prisoner exchange told Reuters. The two Russians are now flying to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Interfax news agency cited a source as saying. (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:33:20 -0400
Huawei files lawsuits accusing Samsung of violating patents
BEIJING (AP) ? Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:22:41 -0400
Toyota to expand in Malaysia with $488 million plant
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will build a second factory in Malaysia as part of expansion to meet rising local demand.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:23:42 -0400
Planners seek to transform border town into destination
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) ? Trucks race along a winding road in the arid New Mexico desert. As they travel through Santa Teresa, a border-crossing port of entry and unincorporated town, they pass millions of square feet of warehouses that store steel coil, wind turbine blades and specialty glass.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:21:30 -0400
Israel PM reaches deal for ultra-nationalist party to join govt
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal with a hardline nationalist party to join his government, negotiators said Wednesday, forming what is being called the most right-wing government in the nation's history. Under the agreement, Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party will join Netanyahu's coalition, adding five lawmakers to his previously wafer-thin parliamentary majority. Lieberman, who has spoken of harsh measures against Palestinian "terrorists", is to take over the key role of defence minister.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:45:21 -0400
\'Star Trek\' at 50: Boldly going on... and on
It launched with a mission of just five years "to boldly go where no man has gone before" but half a century later "Star Trek" is a multi-billion-dollar cultural phenomenon adored by fans the world over. "To be talking about the 50th anniversary is insane. The original series starred William Shatner, now 85, as the suave Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy, who died last year at the age of 83, as his stilted sidekick -- a half-human, half-Vulcan science officer named Mr Spock.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:21:12 -0400
Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 11
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and UN official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:31:17 -0400
Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. Akhundzada is seen as a unifying figure in an increasingly fragmented militant movement, though it remains unclear whether he will follow Mansour in shunning peace negotiations with the Afghan government. "Haibatullah Akhundzada has been appointed as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) after a unanimous agreement in the shura (supreme council), and all the members of shura pledged allegiance to him," the insurgents said in a statement.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:41:49 -0400
Israeli official says deal reached to expand government
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal to expand his coalition government by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as the new defense minister, a government official said Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:48:22 -0400
No sign of EgyptAir plane technical problems before takeoff: sources
By Lin Noueihed and Tim Hepher CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - The EgyptAir jet that disappeared last week did not show technical problems before taking off from Paris, sources within the Egyptian investigation committee said late on Tuesday. The sources said the plane did not make contact with Egyptian air traffic control, but Egyptian air traffic controllers were able to see it on radar on a border area between Egyptian and Greek airspace known as KUMBI, 260 nautical miles from Cairo. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the plane disappeared without swerving off radar screens after less than a minute of it entering Egyptian airspace.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:28:20 -0400
Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The top American commander in Afghanistan is urging Congress to preserve a program that issues visas to Afghans who risked their lives working for the U.S.-led coalition.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:36:08 -0400
Obama to Asians worried about U.S. election: It\'s going to be OK
By Matt Spetalnick HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party's nominee. "I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess'," Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Obama made the comments just before ending a three-day trip to Vietnam, whose high point was an announcement that Washington's ban on sales of lethal weapons to the country - a vestige of the Vietnam War - would be completely lifted.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:54:11 -0400
Young map experts put on the spot at National Geographic Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Ten of the nation's top young experts on maps, borders, culture and history will be competing for the title of National Geographic Bee champion.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:21:30 -0400
Rights group: Israeli army probes of soldiers a fig leaf
JERUSALEM (AP) ? A leading Israeli rights group said Wednesday it will stop seeking investigations of Israeli soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians, arguing that internal military probes have failed to deliver justice and effectively help whitewash half a century of occupation.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:10:32 -0400
Mount Vernon exhibit looks at Washington as slaveholder
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) ? It is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:17:54 -0400
Obama uses light moment with rapper to espouse free speech
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:47:45 -0400
Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital
A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday in an attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility. The attack came on the same day the Taliban announced a new leader to succeed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack on staff from the judicial system was in response to the Afghan government's decision earlier this month to execute six Taliban prisoners on death row.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:54:51 -0400
Nigeria claws back oil output under the shadow of militant threats
By Libby George LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria was clawing back lost oil production this week after militant attacks on pipelines and an accident at an export terminal hobbled the country's crude exports. A spate of militant activity in Nigeria's oil-producing region slashed output by some 40 percent, to more than 22-year lows, and an ExxonMobil terminal accident forced it to cut output of Qua Iboe, the country's largest export stream. On Tuesday, Italy's ENI confirmed it issued a force majeure - suspension of deliveries because of events beyond its control - on Brass River crude, leaving at least four crude streams under force majeure on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:15:43 -0400
House GOP faces first vote on Puerto Rico bill
WASHINGTON (AP) ? House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:39:18 -0400
Strike-hit France smashes blockades as fuel runs dry
Douchy-les-Mines (France) (AFP) - French police fired water cannon Wednesday to disperse scores of activists blocking a northeastern oil depot, as pumps ran dry and unions stepped up strikes in a bitter battle over labour reforms. With a fifth of petrol stations in France running low, police moved in to break a blockade at the depot in Douchy-les-Mines near the Belgian border that had been in place since Thursday. The depot was unblocked without confrontation," said Willy Dans, a spokesman for the local branch of the SUD union.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:38:01 -0400
Trump says he\'s holding fundraisers only because GOP asked
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 03:29:10 -0400
AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications
SEATTLE (AP) ? Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence.
Publ.Date : Wed, 25 May 2016 04:39:08 -0400