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Obama teases Patriots over \'deflategate\'

US President Barack Obama (C) poses with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (L) and owner Robert Kraft (R) during an event honoring the Super Bowl champions on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DCNFL champions the New England Patriots got a barbed welcome to the White House on Thursday, with President Barack Obama teasing the team about the "deflategate" scandal. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a thrilling Super Bowl 49 in February to capture their fourth National Football League crown. "I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat," Obama joked. The jibe prompted groans from the players and a light-hearted thumbs-down from coach Bill Belichick.



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:07:53 -0400

Bjorn shares lead in Indonesian Masters

This handout picture taken and released by the Asian Tour on April 23, 2015 shows Thomas Bjorn of Denmark playing a shot during the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters golf tournament in JakartaDenmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a six-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday, while former world number one Lee Westwood of England was in joint seventh place after a disappointing start. Bjorn, who is seeking his first win in Asia, overcame hot and humid conditions by trading seven birdies against one bogey to tie for the lead in his debut appearance in the $750,000 Asian Tour event. Sharing the lead at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club was Taiwan?s Chan Shih-chang, who showed his class and composure in his first start on the Asian Tour this year. Bjorn boasts 21 professional victories worldwide including 15 on the European Tour, and was optimistic about landing his first victory in Asia.



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:18:02 -0400

FootGolf kicks new life into struggling U.S. golf courses

Patrick Wooten holds the flag as his son Thomas misses his putt on the second half of the FootGolf course at Largo Golf Course in Largo, FloridaMike Woods laughed out loud the first time he saw a FootGolf video. "Yet that's the absolute target market for soccer." FootGolf, played by kicking a soccer ball over fairways and bunkers and into oversized holes by the rough, has been embraced by a U.S. golf industry that has seen hundreds of courses shuttered in recent years. "FootGolf is to the golf industry what snowboarding was to the ski industry," said Laura Balestrini, president of the American FootGolf League, founded in 2011, saying it has created a new audience for expensive-to-maintain golf facilities. For an investment of as little as $5,000 to buy the FootGolf setup as well as soccer balls, golf courses are realizing tens of thousands of dollars in new revenue, managers and experts said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:10:53 -0400

Weekley sets early pace in New Orleans
(Reuters) - Boo Weekley, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of rain-softened conditions to charge into an early one-shot lead in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. With a few family members spurring him on, the 41-year-old American birdied four of his last eight holes to card an eight-under-par 64 at the TPC Louisiana, finishing a stroke in front of Canada's David Hearn. Americans Daniel Berger, Mark Hubbard and Erik Compton, and England's Brian Davis, were a further shot back after opening with 66s while Australian world number six Jason Day was among a group of players bunched on 67.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:52 -0400

Hawks announce sale, then hold off Nets for playoff win

Thaddeus Young (R) of the Brooklyn Nets defends against Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2015 in Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Atlanta Hawks defeated Brooklyn 96-91 to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series, just hours after announcing the club's sale to a group headed by US business tycoon Tony Ressler. Paul Millsap paced the Hawks attack by scoring 19 points as the Eastern Conference regular-season champions held onto home court advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series. The Hawks got a big boost from their perimetre shooters Wednesday. They drained 12-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc, while fighting off a late rally from the Nets to become the sixth NBA team during this postseason to claim a 2-0 lead in the first round of the postseason.



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:28:59 -0400

Golf-Frenchmen Quesne and Levy move ahead in China
Frenchman Julien Quesne fired a five-under-par 67 to grab the halfway lead at the China Open on Friday after his compatriot and defending champion Alexander Levy faltered over the closing stages of his second round. The 34-year-old Quesne made six birdies in Shanghai to put himself in sight of his third European Tour title and first since 2013. Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who won last week's European Tour title in Shenzhen, moved into contention for another victory after firing a 68 early on Friday to move into a tie for fourth.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:03:24 -0400

Swafford one ahead in weather-hit New Orleans

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans-Second Round(Reuters) - American Hudson Swafford, who has benefited from a change to his putting stroke over the past month, surged into a one-shot clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans second round on Friday. The 27-year-old, bidding for his first victory on the PGA Tour after competing as a rookie last season, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana as he fired a flawless six-under-par 66. Swafford recorded three birdies on each nine to post an 11-under total of 133, finishing a stroke in front of compatriot Cameron Tringale (65) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (70). American Boo Weekley, co-leader overnight with de Jonge after opening with a 64, was at 11 under with three holes remaining when play was suspended for the day due to the threat of approaching thunderstorms.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:18:49 -0400

Wind wreaks havoc at Indonesian Masters golf

Unho Park of Australia in action during the second round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in Jakarta on April 24, 2015Gusty conditions saw just four players break par at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday, with Denmark's Thomas Bjorn losing his joint lead to Singapore-based Australian Unho Park. Park is chasing his first Asia Tour victory after shooting a one-over-par 73 on day two at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club, but faces stiff competition from seasoned players such as two-time tournament winner Lee Westwood of England and Bjorn, who both shot 74. Bjorn, who is seeking his first win in Asia, boasts 21 professional victories worldwide including 15 on the European Tour but has ground to gain.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:57:30 -0400

Golf-Park tames strong winds to lead in Indonesia
Australian Unho Park put himself in position to claim a first Asian Tour title after surviving the stiff winds in Jakarta on Friday to lead the Indonesian Masters by one shot at the halfway stage. The 40-year-old South Korean-born golfer fired a one-over-par round of 73 on Friday to sit at four-under for the $750,000 tournament, one of only a handful of players under par following a tough day at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club. One of those was former world number one Lee Westwood, who celebrated his 42nd birthday by shooting a 74 to sit seventh at one-under. Joint overnight leaders Thomas Bjorn and Chan Shih-chang had begun the day at six-under but they quickly fell down the leaderboard.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:38:46 -0400

Golf-Weekley, de Jonge set pace in New Orleans
* Four late birdies help Weekley into share of lead * Twelve players yet to finish opening round (Updates at end of day) April 23 (Reuters) - American Boo Weekley, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of rain-softened conditions to grab a share of the lead in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans opening round on Thursday. With a few family members spurring him on, the 41-year-old birdied four of his last eight holes to card an eight-under-par 64 at the TPC Louisiana, setting the early pace before being caught late in the day by burly Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge. Canada's David Hearn and American Sean O'Hair fired 65s to finish a stroke in front of Englishmen Brian Davis and Greg Owen and Americans Daniel Berger, Mark Hubbard and Erik Compton while Australian Jason Day was among a group bunched on 67.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:18:24 -0400

Lawyer in NFL concussion deal says an appeal would be \'selfish\'
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major architect of the landmark concussion settlement reached with the National Football League on behalf of 20,000 retired players said on Thursday it would be "selfish" for anyone to appeal the deal. Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL players, said if even one of the players involved in the settlement filed an appeal, benefits would probably be held up a year. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody on Wednesday approved the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the former players who accused the NFL of keeping secret the dangers of concussions. "Appeals, in my view, are just wasting the time of people who are very sick, like Kevin Turner," Seeger said of the former NFL fullback who suffers from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:38:27 -0400

Quesne, Levy lead French charge at China Open golf

Julien Quesne of France hits a shot during the second round of the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Shanghai on April 24, 2015Julien Quesne of France stormed to the top of the leaderboard half-way through the Volvo China Open Friday, with compatriot and defending champion Alexander Levy in second place. The score leaves him one stroke ahead of Levy and American Peter Uihlein overall at the par 72 Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Levy had birdied on six of the first 13 holes before crumbling on the 16th, driving into a bunker and then the water to record a double bogey. The pair are ahead of a group of six players on five under, including Chinese number one Li Haotong and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who tussled in a playoff at the Shenzhen International last Sunday.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:04:58 -0400

Woods commits to next month\'s Players Championship

Tiger Woods of the U.S. watches his shot off the 12th tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will make his next competitive start at next month's Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the former world number one said on Friday. For Woods, who returned to competitive golf earlier this month at the Masters after taking two months off to retool his game, it marks a return to a TPC Sawgrass course where he has won twice before, most recently in 2013. "Looking forward to going back to THE PLAYERS this year, hoping for a repeat of 2013," Woods said on Twitter. The Players Championship, which is the PGA Tour's flagship event and widely regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major, will be played May 7-10.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:19:58 -0400

NFL concussion settlement approved by US judge

A judge has approved of a revised settlement agreement between the NFL and thousands of ex-players who sued the league over concussionsAn American judge on Wednesday approved of a revised settlement agreement between the National Football League and thousands of ex-players who sued the league over concussions. In a 132-page document, US District Court Judge Anita Brody called the settlement "fair, reasonable, and adequate." The case began almost four years ago with a lawsuit in California and expanded to include thousands of former players and more than 300 suits. The fund established by the settlement provides cash rewards for players diagnosed with a qualifying disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.



Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:16:11 -0400

Ko back in the Swing of things, leads by one

LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Second Round(Reuters) - Lydia Ko fired an opening round five-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where she recorded her first win as a professional last year. World number one Ko, on the eve of her 18th birthday, made six birdies with just one bogey at the Lake Merced Golf Course in San Francisco. Hot on Ko?s heels are three players at four-under, including South Korean rookie Jang Ha-na and 54-year-old Juli Inkster, a winner of 31 LPGA tournaments and seven majors but who has not won in nine years. ...



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:41:12 -0400

Tigers lose closing pitcher Nathan for season

Joe Nathan of the Detroit Tigers celebrates the final out during the Opening Day game against the Minnesota Twins on April 6, 2015 in DetroitDetroit Tigers closing relief pitcher Joe Nathan will miss the remainder of the Major League Baseball season because of a right elbow injury that requires surgery, the team announced Thursday. The 40-year-old US right-hander earned 35 saves last year in his first season with the Tigers. He opened the season with a save against Minnesota but then went out of the lineup with a right elbow strain and was pulled from a planned Wednesday appearance after feeling pain in the elbow. Nathan underwent ligament replacement surgery and missed the entire 2010 season while with Minnesota.



Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:25:53 -0400

US court overturns baseball legend\'s conviction

Barry Bonds, former San Francisco Giants great, waves to the crowd along the parade route during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade on October 31, 2014 in San Francisco, CaliforniaA US appeals court overturned Wednesday baseball legend Barry Bonds' conviction for giving evasive testimony, in a long-sought judicial victory for the ex San Francisco Giants slugger. In 2011, a federal court convicted Bonds, now 50, of providing deceptive answers to questions regarding whether he used performance-enhancing drugs to a federal grand jury. On Wednesday the Ninth Circuit federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that "during a grand jury proceeding, defendant gave a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question.



Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:28:17 -0400

Golf-Bjorn shines in Jakarta, Howell on form in China
(Refiles to additional codes) JAKARTA, April 23 (Reuters) - European Tour Players Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn, who shunned his own circuit this week to play on the Asian Tour, shook off the jet lag to grab a share of the first round lead at the Indonesia Masters on Thursday. The Dane, 44, racked up seven birdies in his six-under-par 66 after some pin-point iron play at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club to join early pacesetter, Taiwan's Chan Shih-chang, at the top of the leaderboard. India's Abhijit Chadha was joint third on five-under, helped largely by a hole-in-one on the par three 15th at the $750,000 event. Former world number one Lee Westwood fired a 69 in difficult afternoon conditions where the breeze stiffened to sit in a tie for seventh.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:44:14 -0400

Golf-Ko back in the Swing of things, leads by one
(Adds quotes) * Inkster one shot off the pace * Ko looking refreshed after time off April 23 (Reuters) - Lydia Ko fired an opening round five-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where she recorded her first win as a professional last year. World number one Ko, on the eve of her 18th birthday, made six birdies with just one bogey at the Lake Merced Golf Course in San Francisco. "Holed some good putts and ended up with a 67 today," Ko told reporters. Hopefully I can continue hitting solid shots." Ko has already won twice this year but took some time off after finishing well out of the picture at the ANA Inspiration, the women's first major of the season.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:50:08 -0400

Cavs, Bulls, Warriors are one win away from series sweeps

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers lies on the ground after a foul by Evan Turner (2L) of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015 in Boston, MassachusettsJames finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds for the second seeded Cavaliers, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. In the other East game Thursday, Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points with eight assists and five rebounds and help the Chicago Bulls take a 3-0 lead with a 113-106 double-overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Golden State Warriors also took a 3-0 series lead as they overcame a 20 point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-119 in overtime.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:42:48 -0400

Software developers try on Apple watch, see more apps coming
Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging. Having the watch on hand will speed development, said Danielle Keita-Taguchi, marketing analyst at Y Media Labs, which has designed apps for companies like American Express, EMC and eBay. Tracking firm App Annie counted 3,061 total apps supporting Apple Watch on Friday. Productivity apps were 8 percent and lifestyle and health/fitness each accounted for 7 percent.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:18:53 -0400

Man who shot Reagan \'ready\' for life outside hospital: psychiatrist

John Hinckley, the attempted assassin of US President Ronald Reagan, in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981Staff treating the man who shot US president Ronald Reagan testified Friday that he was "ready" for life outside the mental hospital and is so extensively trailed by the Secret Service that the government can know where he is anytime. John Hinckley, 59, who attempted to kill Reagan in 1981, was committed to St Elizabeth's mental hospital in the US capital but already spends around half the month at his mother's house in southeast Virginia. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley shot Reagan, his press aide Jim Brady and two others outside a Washington hotel in an effort to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster with whom he said he was obsessed. "This is not a hearing for him to be out without conditions," Hinckley's lawyer Michelle Tupper Butler told AFP.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:47:39 -0400

Police admit Baltimore man needed urgent medical help

Demonstrators yell at police as they protest the death of Freddie Gray, an African American man who died of spinal cord injuries in police custody, in front of the Baltimore Police Department Western District in Baltimore, Maryland, April 23, 2015Police in Baltimore acknowledged Friday that an African-American man who died from injuries apparently sustained in custody should have received immediate medical help when he was arrested. Tensions are simmering in the blue-collar Mid-Atlantic port city of 620,000 after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died Sunday from a severe spinal cord injury, a week after he was apprehended for reasons that are still unknown. Protests have taken place nightly outside the city's Western District police station and organizers expect 10,000 people to join a march Saturday through downtown. In a press conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said three officers -- one on foot, the other on bicycles -- had given chase to Gray and another man over several blocks on April 12.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:50 -0400

Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich Classic leaderboard

Boo Weekley sinks a putt on the 13th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic PGA golf tournament, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)AVONDALE, La. (AP) ? Hudson Swafford didn't want to dwell on the pressure of the high-stakes weekend that awaits him.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:53 -0400

Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up

This photo from a sequence of images provided by NASA, taken from the Dawn spacecraft of Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA said the start of science observations was slightly delayed because of a communication glitch. The space agency said the delay won?t affect the overall mission. (NASA via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? NASA said Friday observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:03:13 -0400

Mexico opens probe after girl wrongly sent to US

Alondra Luna Nunez was mistakenly flown to Texas on April 16 after a judge in the western state of Michoacan ruled in favor of a Houston woman who believed she was her daughterMexican prosecutors opened an investigation Friday into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to the United States to be with a woman who thought she was her daughter. Alondra Luna Nunez was mistakenly flown to Texas on April 16 after a judge in the western state of Michoacan ruled in favor of a Houston woman who believed she was her daughter. The National Human Rights Commission has launched its own investigation, which its president Luis Raul Gonzalez said would seek to ensure that there is "no impunity" in the case. After landing home on Wednesday, Luna seemed to hold no grudge, saying she hoped the Texas woman, Dorotea Garcia, ended up finding her daughter.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:57 -0400

Former Yemen president calls for political dialogue to end war
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the United Nations in Geneva, he said. The Saudi-led coalition announced on Tuesday an end to its bombing campaign in Yemen but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthis as necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthis needed to stop fighting, which could lead to the end of Saudi air strikes and the opening of a political dialogue.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:42:12 -0400

Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a "massacre" would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:49:26 -0400

Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. ABC 's Diane Sawyer will interview the former Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian television clan in a two-hour interview airing on Friday, April 24. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman."



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:42:04 -0400

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Attorney General Eric Holder waves to Justice Department during a farewell gathering at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, April 24, 2015. Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder was addressing employees at an afternoon ceremony one day after his chosen successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:27:00 -0400

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
HONOLULU (AP) ? A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:22:19 -0400

Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)MCLEAN, Va. (AP) ? A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:28:41 -0400

Defiant Pellegrini defends City\'s progress in season to forget

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City are still heading in the right direction under his leadership despite surrendering the Premier League title without a fightManuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City are still heading in the right direction under his leadership despite surrendering the Premier League title without a fight. Pellegrini's side have limply allowed the English crown to slip from their grasp after falling 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with only five games remaining. City also struggled once again in the Champions League, barely making it out of the group stages before bowing out in tame fashion against Barcelona. After slumping down to fourth place, they must focus on securing enough points to hold off fifth placed Liverpool in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:03:45 -0400

White House to host tribal youth gathering in July
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:38:51 -0400

Wynn Resorts shareholders: Elaine Wynn won\'t return to board

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Elaine Wynn attends Bloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary celebration at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Elaine Wynn failed Friday, April 24, 2015 to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd.,the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn - a development that ended a feud over the issue Shareholders who had to decide between re-electing Elaine Wynn or agreeing with a company recommendation to re-elect two other sitting board members ultimately sided with the company.(Photo by Stephen Chernin/Invision/AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd. ? the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn ? a development that ended a feud over the issue.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:08:12 -0400

Court: Iowa casino doesn\'t have to pay $41M jackpot error
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) ? When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:48:52 -0400

Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:58:36 -0400

Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy

File - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates, second from right, leaves his arraignment in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy, fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers. Attorneys for the man killed have released a report that says Bates didn?t receive special treatment for admittance into the advanced deputy program, but that he did receive special treatment once admitted. With Bates are his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, and an unidentified grandson, left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) ? Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released Friday by lawyers for the dead man's family.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:42:31 -0400

Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia

Convicted Australian drug smugglers Myuran Sukumaran (L) and Andrew Chan, pictured at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali, on August 17, 2010Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst. Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out and where nine foreign drug convicts have been taken. They include two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking gang. "I fear that Indonesia will seek to proceed with the execution of the two Australian citizens.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:16:20 -0400

Court: Family of teen shot across border can\'t sue in US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:42:22 -0400

Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, left; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, pose while visiting an exhibition commemorating Polish-German reconciliation, in Krzyzowa, Poland, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:11:34 -0400

Adam Sandler movie sparks debate over American Indian images

FILE - In this June 22, 2013 file photo, Johnny Depp attends the world premiere of "The Lone Ranger," with background images of him as Tonto, left, and Armie Hammer in the title role, at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. A group of American Indian actors walking off the set of an Adam Sandler movie has sparked a debate over why Native American stereotypes in media have endured. It also shows that more Native Americans are voicing their opinions. This week, eight Indian actors quit the northern New Mexico production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" over complaints about offensive names and religious scenes.(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? When a group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:04:56 -0400

Starbucks reports register outage in stores in US, Canada

A Starbucks store closes Friday, April 24, 2015, in Phoenix because of computer issues. Starbucks says a sales register computer glitch has disrupted sales at company-operated stores in the United States and Canada. The company apologized to customers for the inconvenience late Friday and said it was working to resolve the outage. Customers found some stores closed and others offering free coffee. (AP Photo/Traci Carl)SEATTLE (AP) ? Starbucks says a sales register computer glitch has disrupted sales at 8,000 company-operated stores in the United States and Canada.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:34:15 -0400

Time magazine longtime film critic Richard Corliss dies
NEW YORK (AP) ? Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:01:27 -0400

U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May

United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria de Mistura speaks to media during a news conference at the Palais des Nations in GenevaBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked de Mistura earlier this month to "focus much more to re-launch a political process" after his attempt to broker a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo failed to materialize. "There is nothing new telling us today that the political process will succeed or not," de Mistura told reporters.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:15 -0400

Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:37:33 -0400

\'Flash crash\' trader\'s ex-employer had no concerns about him
Futex, based in Woking, southwest of London, said that Navinder Singh Sarao worked at the company from early 2003 until early 2008, and there were "no incidents of any impropriety during his time with Futex," they said in a statement. Authorities allege his trading activity was a contributing factor to the May 6, 2010 flash crash, when about $1 trillion in market value was temporarily wiped out in a matter of minutes. "Navinder's method involved no use of algorithmic trading and as such was purely a 'point and click' style of trading whilst he was at Futex," the firm said.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:31:43 -0400

2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:12:21 -0400

Police: Gray should\'ve received medical care before ride

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts speaks about the investigation into Freddie Gray's death at a news conference, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) ? In the clearest acknowledgement of failure yet, Baltimore police said Friday that Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested ? before he was put inside a police van.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:45:59 -0400

Starbucks \'gives away\' drinks after US system outage

Thousands of people flooded Twitter to boast that they paid nothing for their caffeine fix as Starbucks confirmed a "point-of-sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the US and Canada"There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but fear not because there was free coffee supposedly going at Starbucks in North America after a major computer glitch. Thousands of people flooded Twitter to boast that they paid nothing for their caffeine fix, while others complained that they had not been so lucky and had been asked to leave the store because it was closing early. The coffee giant said in a statement: "We are aware of the point-of-sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the US and Canada.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:41:24 -0400

Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

Haiden Day, 6, right, who has Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that his parents treat with medical marijuana, looks on as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, signs a bill Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., that overhauls Washington's medical marijuana market. The bill also creates a voluntary database of patients and cracks down on unregulated dispensary sales. Inslee has said the measure is needed now that the state's voter-approved recreational market is in place. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) ? Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:09:04 -0400

Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world

A man walks past the address where Nav Sarao Futures Limited is registered, in LondonThe U.S. has asked UK authorities to hand over Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, after his arrest this week on charges that he manipulated markets over several years in a fraudulent scheme that helped cause the stock market rout. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Sarao used souped-up, off-the-shelf software to trick other market participants into thinking massive sell orders were about to hit, causing the so-called E-mini S&P futures prices to drop so he could buy at cheaper levels. Linking Sarao to the flash crash "smacks of sensationalism," said Manoj Narang, founder of Tradeworx, a firm that supplies data for regulators. So far, at least 194 people have signed up to an online message saying "One man with a single broadband connection cannot bring down an entire market."  Sarao, who court documents show pushed around millions of dollars between banks in the Caribbean, Switzerland and the Middle East, has been granted bail in London on conditions including a 5 million-pound ($7.5 million) bond.  His lawyer, Joel Smith, declined to comment on whether Sarao had yet raised the bail and been released, but said he opposes extradition to the United States.     CANCEL IF CLOSE The view held by some in the market that Sarao is a scapegoat for the flash crash may not help his case much.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:54:14 -0400

Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award

File- This April 4, 2005, file photo shows pedestrian's walking past Playhouse Square in Cleveland. This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some 12 million people over 1,300 productions. Its alumni include Paul Newman, Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and "Wizard of Oz" wicked witch Margaret Hamilton. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:47:33 -0400

Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) ? Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:11:56 -0400

Chileans moved after dangerous volcanic mudflows detected

Plumes of smoke and ash billow from the Calbuco volcano as seen from Puerto Varas, Chile, Friday, April 24, 2015. The volcano, which had been dormant for more than four decades, erupted Wednesday. The head of the National Mining and Geology Service said Friday that the volcano's eruptive process could last weeks and even months. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)ENSENADA, Chile (AP) ? Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:03:23 -0400

LEADING OFF: Hudson at Coors Field, Strasburg faces Marlins

San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson works against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 19, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:21:53 -0400

US says new EU plan for GMO imports is no solution

Assistant US trade representative for Europe and the Middle East Dan Mullaney, pictured here in Brussels on July 18, 2014, said he hopes "the EU will move forward in a way that respects our decades-old rules on trade"The United States criticized Friday the new European Union plan to allow member states to block genetically modified imports, following a new round of talks on the transatlantic free-trade pact. "It is hard to square this proposal with either EU long-standing internal obligations or their aspiration for a seamless internal market," said Dan Mullaney, the assistant US trade representative for Europe and the Middle East. Mullaney was speaking at a news conference following the ninth round of US-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership held this week in New York. His remarks echoed US Trade Representative Michael Froman, who said the US was "very disappointed" by Wednesday's EU proposal to allow the 28 member states to individually decide whether to allow the import of genetically modified organisms or food, animal feed and other products made with them.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:05:11 -0400

Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights

Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox players fight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Chicago. The Royals won 3-2 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)CHICAGO (AP) ? Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not at fault for a string of fights. He blames the other teams.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:03:44 -0400

North America\'s largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico

Native American and indigenous dancers wait their turn to join the procession during the grand entrance at the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque N.M., on Friday, April 24, 2015. The three-day event is North America's largest powwow, attracting indigenous dancers, drummers and singers from across the U.S. and Canada. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:57:43 -0400

Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead

Brooke Henderson, of Canada, hits her approach shot from the fairway to the ninth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, April 24, 2015, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) ? Brooke Henderson has no photo on the LPGA Tour's website and has to rely on sponsor exemptions to get into tournaments after being denied an age waiver to even play at Q-school.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:24:54 -0400

 

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