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Montgomerie retains Senior PGA title by four shots

Montgomerie of Scotland tees off during the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa(Reuters) - Colin Montgomerie of Scotland retained his Senior PGA Championship crown by a commanding four shots on Sunday at French Lick, Indiana as he earned his third major title in the over-50 ranks. Three ahead overnight, Montgomerie rebounded from a bogey on the opening hole with a superb display on the challenging Pete Dye course at the French Lick Resort, piling up six birdies and just two more bogeys on the way to a three-under-par 69. Montgomerie became the first player since American Hale Irwin (1996-1998) to successfully defend the Senior PGA Championship.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 May 2015 19:07:52 -0400

Warriors into Finals after 40 year wait

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors shook off their bumps and bruises and advanced to their first NBA Finals in 40 years after defeating the Houston Rockets 104-90 to clinch their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday. Stephen Curry scored 26 points one game after a terrifying fall while Klay Thompson added 20 despite a laceration to his right ear for the top-seeded Warriors. Golden State, who won 67 games during the regular season with rookie coach Steve Kerr, won the best-of-seven series 4-1.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 00:50:07 -0400

IOC emerge as clear winners in SportAccord battle

The moon is pictured through a sculpture in front of the IOC headquarters in LausanneBy Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has emerged as the clear winner in a battle for influence over international sports federations as rival organization SportAccord has been left in tatters. A rare public confrontation that began last month with a scathing attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the IOC has essentially ended with the complete isolation of SportAccord, an umbrella organization for some 100 sports federations. Dozens of them, including most Olympic federations, have either withdrawn their membership of SportAccord or made their opposition to Vizer's comments public, siding with the IOC.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 05:25:25 -0400

Bears release McDonald amid domestic violence arrest

NFL: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers(Reuters) - The Chicago Bears have released Ray McDonald after the defensive tackle was arrested on Monday for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges. The 30-year-old McDonald, who has been involved in a string of domestic assault incidents, was arrested in Northern California for physically assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to a Santa Clara police statement. McDonald left the residence before police arrived but was later located and arrested in San Jose.



Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 17:09:31 -0400

Ice cool Kirk wins by one shot at Colonial

PGA: The Players Championship-Final Round(Reuters) - American Chris Kirk coolly got up and down from off the green at the 18th to salvage par and clinch his fourth PGA Tour title by one shot on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. After watching playing partner Brandt Snedeker narrowly miss a 12-footer for birdie at the last to draw level at the top, Kirk sank a clutch seven-foot par putt to seal victory with a closing four-under 66 at a rain-saturated Colonial Country Club. Snedeker signed off with a 67 to share second place at 11 under with fellow Americans Jason Bohn, who fired a best-of-the-day 63, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth (65).



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 May 2015 18:39:00 -0400

Baltimore Orioles to play in Cuba amid US thaw

Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles throws to a Houston Astros batter in the first inning, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 25, 2015The Baltimore Orioles will become the first US big league team to play in baseball-crazed Cuba since a diplomatic thaw, playing Havana's national team, a Cuban official said. In December, US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro announced a historic change of course after more than five decades of Cold War bad blood. "A clash with the Orioles is planned," the director of Cuba's National Institute of Sport, Antonio Becali said on Tuesday, quoted by Radio Habana Cuba.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 21:41:15 -0400

Governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen in Texas area

An intersection is flooded near the headwaters of the San Marcos River that flooded in San Marcos TexasBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 19:36:13 -0400

Misfiring McIlroy faces missing cut for second week running

BMW PGA ChampionshipBy Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy faces missing the cut for a second week in succession after posting a nine-over-par 80 in the opening round at his home event, the Irish Open, on Thursday. On a day of strong winds and intermittent showers, McIlroy failed to record a single birdie in a nightmare round at the par 71 Royal County Down course. "So, nothing went right and I was trying hard to birdie the last to try and break 80, but it just didn?t quite happen." Fellow PGA Championship and U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer did only marginally better with an eight over par 79.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 09:56:35 -0400

Byeong-hun An urges Asian golfers to try Europe

South Korea's Byeong-hun An celebrates with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south-west of London, on May 24, 2015South Korea's Byeong-hun An has urged Asian players to try their luck on the European Tour after his breakthrough win at Wentworth on Sunday. The 23-year old, who won the US Amateur aged 17 in 2009, is in his first year on the full circuit after spending three seasons on the second-tier Challenge Tour. "My friends, who live in Asia or play the Asian Tour, I'm always telling them The European Tour is great," An told reporters.



Publ.Date : Sun, 24 May 2015 20:42:36 -0400

Golf-Harrington backs European Tour\'s Russian move
By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland, May 26 (Reuters) - Triple major champion Padraig Harrington has backed the European Tour's decision to start the qualifying process for next year's Ryder Cup in Russia. "It's a good thing not only for the European Tour but golf in general," Harrington told Reuters in an interview ahead of this week's Irish Open. "The tour needs to move east big time and I mean not only east as in terms of already being out in Asia but we need to embrace eastern Europe more.
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 13:30:54 -0400

Todd eyes elite company, and stormy weather

PGA: The Players Championship-Third Round(Reuters) - Brendon Todd would join Hall of Fame company with a successful title defense at this week's Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, but he is keeping one eye on the severe weather that has already battered the state. At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma from storms during the Memorial Day weekend that caused record floods and destroyed hundreds of homes, and further flash floods are expected in Texas through this week. There is at least a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms for the next four days at the already water-logged TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas where Todd expects power hitters to flourish.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 16:02:23 -0400

Poulter and Jimenez among 25 players exempt for U.S. Open

BMW PGA Championship(Reuters) - England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month's U.S. Open via this week's world rankings. The quartet are fully exempt for the year's second major championship, to be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State from June 18-21, after earning spots in the world's top 60, the United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday. ...



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 13:14:13 -0400

Masters champ Spieth eyes Texas title

Jordan Spieth hits a shot on the 2nd tee during the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club on May 24, 2015 in Fort Worth, TexasMasters champion Jordan Spieth will get another chance to give home fans the victory they're longing to see when he tees it up at the Byron Nelson Championship this week. The 21-year-old from Dallas finished tied for second on Sunday at Colonial in nearby Fort Worth. Spieth entered the final round five shots behind leader Kevin Na, but stormed into contention with four birdies in his first six holes before settling for his share of second behind Chris Kirk.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 18:44:36 -0400

LeBron leads Cavs sweep of Hawks to reach NBA Finals

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers(Reuters) - LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. James scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, where they will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 00:41:28 -0400

Clarke sticks to McGinley\'s winning format for 2016 Ryder Cup

BMW PGA ChampionshipBy Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition. Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke?s 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and three wildcard picks.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 13:04:51 -0400

Obama offers federal support to Texas in wake of floods
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he had spoken with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and assured him he could count on help from the federal government as the state recovers from deadly floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 Texas counties affected by flash flooding that left at least six people dead. Obama made the remarks to reporters in the Oval Office. (Reporting By Julia Edwards and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 12:09:42 -0400

Former Bears tackle McDonald arrested in California for violating restraining order

NFL: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers(Reuters) - Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald, released by the National Football League (NFL) franchise after his arrest this week in Northern California, was arrested again on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order, police said. The 30-year-old McDonald, who has been involved in a string of domestic assault incidents, was arrested on Monday in Santa Clara for physically assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to Santa Clara police. In Wednesday's incident, Santa Clara police learned McDonald violated a restraining order - issued as a result of Monday's arrest - by being at a residence from which he was barred in Santa Clara in the afternoon, police said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 22:17:44 -0400

Golf-Poulter and Jimenez among 25 players exempt for U.S. Open
England's Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson are among 25 players who have booked their places at next month's U.S. Open via this week's world rankings. The quartet are fully exempt for the year's second major championship, to be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State from June 18-21, after earning spots in the world's top 60, the United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday. Among those also sealing berths for the Open are South Korean An Byeong-hun, who won the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, Italy's Francesco Molinari, India's Anirban Lahiri, Thai Thongchai Jaidee and American J.B. Holmes.
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 13:07:58 -0400

Hobbled LeBron James helps push Hawks to brink of elimination

Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks goes up against LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals, on May 24, 2015 in Cleveland, OhioLeBron James played through a myriad of injuries as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James recorded his first triple double of the playoffs, finishing with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as Cleveland pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination in the best-of-seven series. "No matter how I am feeling I have got to try and make some plays," James said.



Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 01:49:35 -0400

Golf-Clarke sticks to McGinley\'s winning format for 2016 Ryder Cup
(Changes venue to Hazeltine in para six, adds byline) By Bernie McGuire NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland, May 26 (Reuters) - Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition. Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke's 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and three wildcard picks.
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 12:55:16 -0400

Cavs sweep Hawks to punch ticket to NBA finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play against the Atlanta Hawks, during Game Four of their NBA Eastern Conference finals, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, 2015LeBron James advanced to his fifth straight NBA finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-88 rout of the Atlanta Hawks and a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals. Once again James carried the Cavaliers on his back, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and then sitting on the bench and playing cheerleader for much of the final quarter of Tuesday's contest. "We worked our tails off all season to get to this point," James said.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 04:27:33 -0400

Golf-Levy heads 11 qualifiers from Walton Heath for U.S. Open
Frenchman Alexander Levy earned a debut appearance at the U.S. Open next month after finishing top at the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday. Levy fired a six-under-par 66 on the Old Course in the morning and a five-under 67 on the New Course in the afternoon to lead 11 players who booked berths at the year's second major. Also advancing were India's Shiv Kapur, England's John Parry and Jason Palmer, Swede Alex Noren, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, Germany's Marcel Siem, South Africans Garth Mulroy, Tjaart van der Walt and Thomas Aiken and Australian Marcus Fraser.
Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 16:13:59 -0400

Orioles pitcher appeals eight-game suspension

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Oriolesis is ejected from the game for having a foreign substance on his arm during the twelfth inning against the Miami Marlins on May 23, 2015Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz will appeal an eight-game ban imposed Monday by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a loss to Miami. The 28-year-old US left-hander was ejected in the 12th inning of a 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was suspended for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in Atlanta in a game on Thursday.



Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 14:12:20 -0400

NBA\'s Harden leads Rockets win, Curry OK after scary fall

James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center on May 25, 2015A playoff career-high 45 points by James Harden sparked the Houston Rockets to a 128-115 must-win victory over the Golden State Warriors, denying the Warriors an easy path to the NBA Finals. The Warriors had a scare and then breathed a sigh of relief after NBA Player of the Year Stephen Curry suffered a bruise to the back of his head after a bad fall in the second quarter but then returned to the game. Houston got their first win in the series, pulling to 3-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals and forcing a fifth game Wednesday in Oakland.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 01:49:10 -0400

Another historic homer for A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during their game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on May 27, 2015 in New York CityDrug-tainted New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez belted another milestone home run on Wednesday, becoming the American League's all-time leader in runs batted in. Rodriguez's three-run shot off Chris Young helped the Yankees to a 4-2 victory over Kansas City and took his career RBI total to 1,995 -- two more than Yankees legend Lou Gehrig and alone in third place on Major League Baseball's all-time list. Rodriguez had already moved past Babe Ruth, who is credited with 1,992 career runs-batted-in, a tally that is somewhat short since the stat wasn't officially kept until 1920 -- six years after Ruth started playing.



Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 19:36:35 -0400

Golf-Todd eyes elite company, and stormy weather
Brendon Todd would join Hall of Fame company with a successful title defence at this week's Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, but he is keeping one eye on the severe weather that has already battered the state. At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma from storms during the Memorial Day weekend that caused record floods and destroyed hundreds of homes, and further flash floods are expected in Texas through this week. There is at least a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms for the next four days at the already water-logged TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas where Todd expects power hitters to flourish.
Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 15:35:01 -0400

Westwood, Poulter added to US Open field

Lee Westwood of England plays a shot on the first day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, southwest of London, on May 21, 2015Newark (United States) (AFP) - Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez highlight the field of 25 players who earned exemptions on Tuesday to next month's 2015 US Open Championship.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 18:59:52 -0400

Business at the high end is grand for Trump

Real estate magnate Trump plays golf during the opening of his Trump International Golf Links golf course near Aberdeen, northeast ScotlandBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warning bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand. Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus. People are thrilled," the businessman told Reuters from behind his massive desk on the top floor of Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.



Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 17:31:07 -0400

Curry suffers injury scare as Rockets avoid sweep

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors survived a major injury scare to NBA MVP Stephen Curry but still lost the game as a James Harden-inspired Houston Rockets staved off playoff elimination with a 128-115 victory on Monday. Curry went down in the second quarter of Game Four in the Western Conference Finals, falling hard on his upper back and neck after flipping over Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, silencing a previously raucous Houston home crowd.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 01:43:20 -0400

Clarke happy with Ryder Cup process

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke watches his drive from the 2nd tee on the second day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, south west of London, England, on May 22, 2015European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke has stuck to a winning formula in announcing no changes to the 2016 European Team qualifying process. Clarke confirmed he will stick with the victorious arrangement adopted by fellow Irishman Paul McGinley who steered Europe to a five point triumph last year at Gleneagles, Scotland. It means the make-up of Clarke‚ s Oakland Hills 12-man team will come from the same two categories with four players again qualifying off a European points table, five from a World Points table and leaving Clarke with three wildcard picks.



Publ.Date : Tue, 26 May 2015 12:51:00 -0400

Chobani CEO pledges to donate most of wealth

This April 30, 2015 photo provided by Chobani LLC shows company founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya at the Chobani Soho cafe in New York. Ulukaya says he will join some of the world?s richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, which has been estimated at $1.41 billion. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Chobani, LLC)NEW YORK (AP) ? Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he will join some of the world's richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, which has been estimated at $1.41 billion.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:50:09 -0400

Five Republicans neck and neck in 2016 race: poll

Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio has 10 percent support in the nomination race, according to a pollFive White House hopefuls are tied atop the Republican nomination race, a national poll released Thursday showed, making it anyone's guess who will battle Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. The leading quintet, who include former Florida governor Jeb Bush -- who has yet to declare his candidacy -- and Senator Marco Rubio, were clustered at 10 percent support each, with none beating the early frontrunner Clinton in head-to-head matchups. Libertarian-leaning Senator Rand Paul trailed with seven percent, while Senator Ted Cruz claimed six percent and business magnate Donald Trump five percent.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:23:06 -0400

Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, attorney Jonathan Turley talks with reporters in Salt Lake City. Obama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Obama administration attorneys urged a skeptical federal judge on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:26:45 -0400

Latest on flooding: More rain for soaked southern Plains

Alaena Tate, a member of a search and rescue team, looks through debris for people who were still missing after heavy flooding Wednesday, May 27, 2015, around Umphery Ranch located between Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas. The search went on for about a dozen people, including a group that disappeared after a vacation home was swept down a river and slammed into a bridge. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT10:40 a.m. (CDT)



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:43:04 -0400

China detains artist who posted humorous photo of president
BEIJING (AP) ? Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping online, his wife said Thursday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:04:25 -0400

Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:55:51 -0400

AP NewsBreak: FBI carefully probing Ohio Wal-Mart shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) ? The new head of the FBI's Cincinnati division says agents are conducting a thorough review of last year's fatal police shooting of a black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:38:49 -0400

Williams avoids early upset, Nadal advances with ease

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki runs to return the ball to Germany's Julia Goerges during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Paris. Georges won 6-4, 7-6. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) ? Top-ranked Serena Williams avoided an early upset when she rallied from one set down to beat unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:30:25 -0400

Ex-governor Pataki joins Republican race for White House

Former New York Governor George Pataki has long flirted with the idea of contesting the presidencyGeorge Pataki, the former governor who led New York during the September 11, 2001 attacks, on Thursday threw his hat into the crowded ring of Republicans running for the White House. The son of a postman, Pataki studied at Yale University and Columbia Law School.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:49:02 -0400

Top finance officials debate what\'s needed for global growth

Pier Carlo Padoan, Finance Minister of Italy, Michel Sapin, Finance Minister of France, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, IWF, Jens Weidmann, president of the German Central Bank, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Jacob J. Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, Joe Oliver, Finance Minister of Canada, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, first row from left to right, Ignazio Visco, Governor of the Banca d?Italia, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada, Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Steve B. Kamin, director of the Division of International Finance, Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Bank of England's Governor Mark Carney, Christian Noyer, Governor of the Banque de France, and Jose Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General, second row from left to right, pose for a group photo during the G7 Finance Ministers meeting at the Dresden Castle in Dresden, eastern Germany, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The G7 Finance Ministers meeting is being held in Dresden from May 27 to May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) ? Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are debating ways to broaden and strengthen economic recoveries that aren't as robust as everyone would like.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:39:36 -0400

US pending home sales hit nine-year high in April

April pending home sales were up 14.0 percent compared with a year agoUS pending home sales surged to a nine-year high in April in a strong start to the prime spring season, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Contracts signed for home purchases leaped a more-than-expected 3.4 percent from March, pushing the NAR pending home sales index to 112.4 the highest level since May 2006. All four major regions in the country saw increases last month, led by the northeast and the midwest, and price increases were accelerating in many markets, NAR said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:41:03 -0400

Amazon offers limited free shipping on same-day delivery orders

Kiva robots move inventory at an Amazon fulfilment center in Tracy, CaliforniaAmazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will offer limited free same-day delivery under its Prime shipping service as retailers try to outdo each other on delivery deals, and expanded the service to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99, plus 99 cents per unit. "We know same-day delivery volumes will grow dramatically now that we are making it free," he said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:52:29 -0400

IMF says Greece will lose funding access if payment missed

Greece will be cut off from additional IMF financing if it misses a loan payment, the IMF saysGreece will be cut off from additional International Monetary Fund financing if it misses a loan payment to the crisis lender, an IMF spokesman said Thursday. "Any country that doesn't meet its commitment with the Fund... is declared in arrears and they have no access to IMF funding," IMF spokesman William Murray said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:31:50 -0400

South Africa minister rules Zuma not liable for home upgrades

Zuma attends the summit of the SADC in HarareBy Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's police minister said on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma will not be liable to repay money spent on security upgrades to his rural home, which opposition parties have slammed as lavish and wasteful. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko ruled in a televised address that the upgrades, which have provoked a public outcry and included a swimming pool and animal enclosure, were legitimate security features. "The state president is therefore not liable to pay for any of these security features," he said.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:33:07 -0400

GoPro gets real ... virtually real
NEW YORK (AP) ? Shares of GoPro jumped to a five-month high Thursday after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:55:36 -0400

What business thinks about Britain\'s referendum on EU membership
(Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017. Following are the views of business leaders: Lloyd's of London Chief Executive Inga Beale: "We believe it (leaving) would be bad for business. Being part of the European energy market is unquestionably essential for the UK." Marks & Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland: "I feel that some of those (European) reforms can be done and should be done.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:01:07 -0400

Indians scramble for heat relief, but many still must work

Sheep cross a parched area of a dried-up pond on a hot summer day on the outskirts of New DelhiHYDERABAD, India (AP) ? Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:56:05 -0400

THE LATEST: Blatter returns to view amid FIFA firestorm

President of UEFA Michel Platini pulls a face as he listens to a question during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA board ahead of the FIFA congress in a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday in Zurich.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)ZURICH (AP) ? The Latest on FIFA developments:



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:19:36 -0400

Avago looks to grow with $37B deal for chipmaker Broadcom
NEW YORK (AP) ? Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion, vastly expanding its lineup of products for the rapidly growing wireless device market at a time when sales growth has otherwise been tough to come by for smaller chipmakers.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:26:54 -0400

Boston still has snow piles _ and they\'re filled with trash
BOSTON (AP) ? Lingering snow piles from the record-setting New England winter continue to plague the Boston area, even as the weather turns summer-like.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:41:40 -0400

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)LONDON (AP) ? Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:09:39 -0400

Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping

FILE- In this May 6, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. military leaders are looking for ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces, including options to better prepare Sunni tribes to join the fight, Carter said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)SINGAPORE (AP) ? U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi earlier this month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, highlighting the importance of training and equipping the Sunni tribal militias. It's an effort that has repeatedly failed to take hold amid sectarian tensions in Iraq.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:32:24 -0400

Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president

Former New York governor George Pataki speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)EXETER, N.H. (AP) ? The Republican presidential race has another contender.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:32:36 -0400

US gambling market saturated, yet casinos keep on coming
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ? The casino market in the northeastern United States is saturated, yet that's not stopping some states from approving gambling legislation and companies from building new gambling halls.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:36:39 -0400

Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

FBI agents bring out boxes after an operation inside the CONCACAF offices in Miami Beach, FloridaBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter rejected an emotional plea to resign from one of the world's soccer greats on Thursday as the corruption scandal engulfing the game's governing body drew warnings from sponsors and political leaders. As FIFA faced the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, the former French international who now heads UEFA, Europe's soccer confederation, said he had told Blatter to go but the 79-year-old had refused. "I said, I'm asking you to leave, FIFA's image is terrible.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:25:16 -0400

U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. personnel working at an Army facility in Utah appeared to follow correctly all the outlined procedures to inactivate anthrax before they mistakenly shipped off live samples of the deadly bacteria, the Army's top general said on Thursday. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno said investigators were now reviewing the procedures themselves to determine why the bacteria was not rendered inactive. "The best I can tell there was not human error," Odierno told reporters, cautioning that his information was based solely on preliminary reports.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:29:43 -0400

Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) ? Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:30:28 -0400

Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Several Nobel Peace Prize winners have called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, describing it as "nothing less than genocide," and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:55:37 -0400

Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up

FILE- In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, a luxury rental building rises high above other residential buildings in the East Harlem section of New York. Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study released Thursday.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:47:33 -0400

AP Interview: Serb far-right leader to fight extradition

Serbian far right leader Vojislav Seselj speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Seselj says he will launch a legal battle before the Serbian courts to fight his pending extradition to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) ? Serbia's far-right leader Vojislav Seselj said Thursday he will launch a legal battle before the Serbian courts to fight any order to return to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:57:35 -0400

Sarkozy ex-ally acquitted of manipulating l\'Oreal heiress
PARIS (AP) ? A French court has acquitted a former ally of Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of swindling millions of euros from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her weak mental state.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:18:44 -0400

The Latest: Aches and pains bother Djokovic at French Open

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam in three sets 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) ? The Latest from the French Open:



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:30:16 -0400

Scary for Serena and Kvitova, but both survive

Serena Williams celebrates after winning her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam at Roland Garros on May 28, 2015Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova survived major scares at the French Open on Thursday, both needing to come back from a set down to reach the third round. Williams, 19 times a Grand Slam winner, survived an almighty fright before finally seeing off the challenge of world number 105 Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany. The Belrusian, who has beaten Williams in the past, is back in business after losing much of last year to a bout of depression and injuries.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:22:56 -0400

Twice-caught fugitive\'s clean life led to decades of freedom

This pair of photo shows shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, left, in a Feb. 26, 1959 Ohio State Reformatory photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service, and right, in a May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on May 4, 2015 by in Melbourne, Fla. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. Freshwaters initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Ohio State Reformatory and Brevard County Sheriff's Office)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:53:38 -0400

Former FIFA member Blazer\'s plea seems key to investigation

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Secretary General Chuck Blazer as he attends a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Blazer was one of four men who pleaded guilty in the Justice Department's corruption investigation into FIFA announced Wednesday May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer appears to have provided key information that has been central to the Justice Department's soccer corruption investigation, linking other officials in the Americas to a series of schemes.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:24:03 -0400

Automakers, gov\'t to reveal models in expanded Takata recall
DETROIT (AP) ? Automakers and governments are starting to announce the models covered by last week's massive expansion of a Takata air bag recall.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:26:20 -0400

Star managers battered by rocky ride in yields, currencies

U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker at a bank in WestminsterPimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in April, had been lagging its peer intermediate-term category and benchmark after going long German bunds and shorting euros against the dollar in recent months. Not every well-established bond manager is having a bad year.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:31:22 -0400

Apple loses bid to disqualify antitrust monitor: U.S. court

An illustration picture show sapplication icons are displayed on an Apple Ipad tablet held by a woman in BordeauxBy Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor who was appointed after the company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. While saying some allegations against the monitor Michael Bromwich "give pause," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion in rejecting Apple's bid to disqualify him. Bromwich was installed through a permanent injunction by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, after she ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice in July 2013 by finding that Apple had played a "central role" in conspiring to raise e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc .



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:34:27 -0400

Familiar faces among top 49 in National Spelling Bee semis

Dev Jaiswal, 13, of Jackson, Miss., gives two thumbs-up as his word, "bravura", is used in a sentence before he correctly spells it, during the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) ? The semifinals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee are underway, with 49 of the nation's top young spellers competing for more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:02:58 -0400

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.87 pct.

This Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo shows a house for sale in Culver City, Calif. Freddie Mac reports on average U.S. mortgage rates on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level so far this year as new data showed strength in the housing market.



Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 11:19:53 -0400

 

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