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USA Basketball announce Rio squad lacking LeBron

LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State WarriorsLeBron James, who cemented his status as an NBA great in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship this month, won't play for the USA at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. USA Basketball named a 12-man squad for the Games on Monday that didn't include James, confirming last week's reports that he had withdrawn from consideration for the team. Cleveland star guard Kyrie Irving, who played a key role alongside James in bringing the first sports title to Cleveland since 1964 with the Cavs' seven-game NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors, is on the 12-man squad that will try to bring a third straight Olympic gold home to the United States.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:20 -0400

Golfer Grace pulls out of Olympics due to Zika

PGA: U.S. Open - Final Round(Reuters) - South African Branden Grace joined a growing list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Rio Olympics on Friday due to concerns about the Zika virus. The world number 11, who is South Africa's top ranked golfer, joins compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in pulling out of the August Games, which will see the sport return for the first time in 112 years. "After serious consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to withdraw myself from the Olympic competition due to the risk posed by the Zika virus," the 28-year-old, who is engaged to Nieke Coetzee, said in a statement.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:48:26 -0400

Rahm, Hurley share Quicken Loans lead

PGA: Quicken Loans National - Second Round(Reuters) - Spain's Jon Rahm kept up his impressive professional debut by posting a four-under-par 67 to share a three-shot, second-round lead with local favorite Billy Hurley III at the Quicken Loans National on Friday. Overnight leader Rahm, the former Arizona State golfer who was the low amateur at last week's U.S. Open at Oakmont, held sole possession of the lead before missing a four-foot par putt at the last in Bethesda, Maryland. Hurley, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who calls nearby Annapolis his home, fired a six-under 65 to join playing partner Rahm on 11-under-par 131 at Congressional.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:03:26 -0400

Trump plays down post-Brexit market turmoil on Aberdeen visit

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with his workers after he landed on the golf course at his Trump International Golf Links in AberdeenU.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump played down market turmoil in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union on a visit to his Trump International golf course in Aberdeen on Saturday. Wearing an open-necked shirt, a suit and a white baseball cap with his slogan "Make America great again", Trump was asked if he was worried about the volatility in financial markets following Britain's vote to leave the EU on Thursday. Trump, whose mother was Scottish, was greeted by around a dozen protesters at the course waving Mexican flags, rainbow flags for Gay Pride day and signs that read "Donald stop the hating" and "Shame on you for ruining a beautiful landscape." Trump last year proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States as a response to Islamist attacks in Paris and California, causing a furor in Europe.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:10:50 -0400

Viva Shaq! Obama names hoops legend as Cuba envoy

US President Barack Obama named former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, pictured on April 3, 2016, sports envoy to Cuba after the US and Cuba restored ties this yearBasketball fanatic Barack Obama named legendary center Shaquille O'Neal as sports envoy to Cuba on Friday, in a new sign of thawing ties between Washington and Havana. When the imposing seven-foot one-inch player was dominating courts for the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat in Florida he was just a short hop from the island state. The United States and Cuba finally restored ties last year and officials from both countries are gingerly negotiating a new relationship, even as parts of the embargo fall away.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:47:50 -0400

Irving, Barnes to complete US Olympic basketball team: report

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, CaliforniaWashington (AFP) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes have agreed to play for the United States at the Rio Olympics, completing the American roster, ESPN reported Saturday.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:55:31 -0400

Tiger says he might not play again this year

Tiger Woods looks on after the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MarylandTiger Woods said Sunday he might not return to competitive golf this year following back surgery nine months ago, but he's counting on the wait being worthwhile by producing impressive form. The 14-time major champion updated his recovery status after Sunday's final round of the US PGA National at Congressional Country Club, which benefits his charity foundation. "I'm trying to get back as fast as I can," Woods said.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:31:43 -0400

Hurley rises from tragedy to take emotional first PGA triumph

Billy Hurley III poses with wife Heather, and children Will, Jacob, and Madison after winning the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, on June 26, 2016Billy Hurley rose from a family tragedy to complete a shocking triumph by capturing the National for his first PGA title, a tribute to his late father Willard. Hometown hero Hurley, whose golf-teacher father died last August of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was on Sunday part of a tearful family celebration at Congressional Country Club in suburban Washington after some support from playing partner Ernie Els, a four-time major winner from South Africa. "Ernie said to me after I holed the last putt, 'I think your dad is looking down and is really proud of you,'" Hurley said.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:19:52 -0400

Deadly California wildfire destroys 150 homes, more threatened

A firefighter sprays a smoldering home as the Erskine Fire burns near WeldonBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150 homes in ruins and damaged another 75, officials said on Saturday, warning that more residents may be forced to flee the advancing flames. The so-called Erskine fire, which broke out on Thursday some 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Bakersfield in Kern County, has already claimed at least two lives, sent three firefighters to the hospital and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. More than 1,100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze, which has blackened some 35,700 acres and was zero percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:54:39 -0400

West Virginia\'s worst flooding in a century kills 24

A destroyed car rests in front of a house after flooding in ClendeninWest Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs. Obama spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Saturday afternoon to give his condolences and make sure the governor has the federal resources he needs, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:04:30 -0400

Golf-Hurley lands first PGA Tour win at Congressional
* Hurley seals emotional win with a 69 * Veteran Singh finishes second (Adds detail, quotes) June 26 (Reuters) - Local favourite Billy Hurley III, helped by a stunning chip-in on 15 and a monster putt at the 16th, clinched his first PGA Tour victory by three shots on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland. The 34-year-old American, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who calls nearby Annapolis home, never relinquished his overnight lead in the final round at Congressional as he closed with a two-under-par 69 in the event hosted by Tiger Woods. One stroke in front with four holes to play, Hurley chipped in from 35 yards to birdie the par-four 15th, and then sank a 27-footer at the par-five 16th to forge three ahead on the way to a 17-under total of 267.
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:29:34 -0400

Jaguars\' Skuta charged with battery

The Jacksonville Jaguars said they are "gathering more information" about the arrest of Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta (L), pictured on December 27, 2015, who is charged with misdemeanor battery over an alleged altercation with a woman in FloridaThe NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars said Monday they were looking into the arrest of team member Dan Skuta, who was charged with misdemeanor battery over an alleged altercation with a woman in Florida. "The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving linebacker Dan Skuta and are currently gathering more information," the National Football League team said in a statement. "The team has been in constant communication with Dan through this process in its entirety.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:42:40 -0400

Uehara has two shot lead at Arkansas Championship

Ayako Uehara of Japan is hoping that 2016 will be a breakout year for her as she is playing some of the best golf of her career having made the cut in five of her last six tournamentsAyako Uehara tied the tournament scoring record by carding a bogey-free nine-under 62 for a two shot lead after the opening round of the USLPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship. Japan's Uehara matched the tournament record set by Jane Park and Angela Park eight years ago. Uehara is hoping that 2016 will be a breakout year for her as she is playing some of the best golf of her career having made the cut in five of her last six tournaments.



Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:26:02 -0400

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
June 26 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 3134208 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1991851 3. (3) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1621352 4. (4) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 1533154 5. (5) Chris Wood (Britain) 1524960 6. (7) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 1448095 7. (6) Branden Grace (South Africa) 1268293 8. (8) Lee Westwood (Britain) 1102624 9. (9) Shane Lowry (Ireland) 913844 10. (14) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 845820 11. (10) Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 841844 12. (11) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 805900 13. (12) Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 785662 14. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:04:45 -0400

Two dead, homes burned by massive California wildfire

Flames from the Erskine Fire engulf a trailer near Weldon, California(Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Saturday to contain a massive wildfire that has killed two people and burned at least 100 homes while ravaging lakeside communities in central California. The so-called Erskine Fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, has exploded to char more than 30,000 acres, making it one of the worst in an already intense fire season in drought-stricken California. The National Weather Service issued a "red-flag warning" for the area at least into Saturday morning, forecasting high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds that could whip up the blaze's intensity as it cuts through the bone-dry brush and grass.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:15:45 -0400

Stenson survives wobble to claim German golf open

Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays a tee shot on the 10th hole during the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 17, 2016 in Oakmont, PennsylvaniaHenrik Stenson sealed a second BMW International Open title in Germany on Sunday, after recovering from a mid-round wobble to win by three shots. The Swede went into the final round with a one-stroke lead from Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, and he finished strongly to reach 17 under par and hold off the chasing pack. It is a 10th European Tour title for a player who is regarded by many peers and pundits as one of the best to have never won a major crown, and a first since his second World Tour Championship win two seasons ago in Dubai.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:45:10 -0400

Woods not ready to return to action, will \'do it right\'

PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round(Reuters) - Tiger Woods on Sunday gave the strongest indication yet that he might not return to competition this year, saying that he needed to be patient during his recovery from back surgeries. The former world number one has not played on the PGA Tour since undergoing microdiscectomy back surgery last September and, at the age of 40, has decided not to rush his comeback. "I am playing, just I need more time," tournament host Woods told CBS Sports during Sunday's final round of the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:02:38 -0400

Golf-Muirfield to hold second vote on female membership
Muirfield will hold a second vote to admit female members, the golf club confirmed, after last month's initial ballot rejected the lifting of a ban on women, leading to the historic course losing hosting rights for the British Open. The decision drew criticism from several top golfers, including four-times major winner Rory McIlroy, and Muirfield was removed from the list of courses that host Britain's Open championship by tournament organisers, the Royal and Ancient. With 64 percent of members voting in favour of admitting women in the first ballot, club captain Henry Fairweather felt a second vote would be a step towards restoring their damaged reputation.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:15:06 -0400

Sizzling Ko seizes share of LPGA lead in Arkansas

Lydia Ko of New Zealand jokes while she walks up the fairway on the 18th hole during the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, ArkansasNew Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko fired a record-equalling second-round 62 on Saturday to seize a share of the lead with Morgan Pressel at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship. Pressel posted her low round of the year with a bogey-free eight-under par 63 on the Friday at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. The two go into the final round of the 54-hole event with a two-stroke lead over China's Yan Jing, and Canadian Alena Sharp, who carded 65s,and Taiwan's Candie Kung, who signed for a 66.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:13:09 -0400

Deadly California wildfire has destroyed 150 homes, more threatened

A firefighter sprays a smoldering home as the Erskine Fire burns near WeldonBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150 homes in ruins and damaged another 75, officials said on Saturday, warning that more residents may be forced to flee the advancing flames. The so-called Erskine fire, which broke out on Thursday some 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Bakersfield in Kern County, has already claimed two lives, sent three firefighters to the hospital and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. More than 1,100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze, which has blackened some 35,700 acres and was zero percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:50:26 -0400

Hurley moves two ahead at Congressional, Els lurks

PGA: Quicken Loans National - Third Round(Reuters) - Local favorite Billy Hurley III moved one step closer to a first PGA Tour victory as he seized a two-shot lead after Saturday's third round of the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland. PGA Tour veteran Ernie Els, seeking a 20th win on the U.S. circuit but his first in four years, was alone in second after shooting a bogey-free 65 with joint second-round leader Jon Rahm of Spain (70) a further stroke back at 12 under. South African Els, whose most recent PGA Tour victory came at the 2012 British Open, holed out from 157 yards to eagle the par-four 12th, then sank a 24-foot birdie putt at the par-four 14th to surge up the leaderboard.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:47:02 -0400

Rangers wrap up win at 2:44 a.m., outlast rain, Yankees

A groundskeeper removes the tarp from the field after a lengthy rain delay during a Monday, June 27, 2016, baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The game is planned to resume early hours of Tuesday. (EDT). (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) ? By the time Adrian Beltre stepped to the plate with the bases loaded well past midnight, Yankee Stadium was nearly deserted. So could he hear his 9-year-old son cheering for him to get a hit?



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:24:53 -0400

LEADING OFF: Giolito debuts, Indians go for 11th straight

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall (8) and Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers, left, follow the flight of a three-run home run in the fourthinning of a baseball game Monday, June 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:36:44 -0400

California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power

FILE - This Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach, Calif. California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday, June 28, 2016, whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:08:35 -0400

UK health secretary considering bid to replace Cameron as PM

Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves Number 10 Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting in LondonBritish Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday he was seriously considering entering the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Hunt, who backed the campaign to stay in the European Union, told ITV's Good Morning Britain programme he was weighing up whether to put his name forward before nominations for the next Conservative party leader close on Thursday. "I am seriously considering it," he said "What I want to do is to make the argument as to the kind of Britain that we need to be outside the EU.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:02:59 -0400

How Clinton\'s and Trump\'s economic prescriptions clash

FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she speaks during a rally in Raleigh, N.C. Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech outlining his trade policies on June 28, a speech that is sure to underscore the stark differences between his approach and that of Clinton when it comes to handling the economy. Trump favors big tax cuts that mainly would help the rich. Clinton wants to boost taxes on high earners. Clinton wants to raise the minimum wage nationwide. Trump favors leaving it to the states (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech outlining his trade policies on Tuesday ? a talk that is sure to underscore the stark differences between his approach and that of likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to handling the economy.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:48:46 -0400

Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives

File photo of a driver displaying Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs on his car windscreen in Santa MonicaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:26:40 -0400

Congo says aims to vaccinate 11.6 mln against yellow fever

Handout of staff of the Teaching Hospital receive the first vaccination treatment for yellow fever in El Geneina, West Darfur(Reuters) - A campaign to vaccinate 11.6 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo against yellow fever will start on July 20, the health minister said on Monday. Health Minister Felix Kabange said the aim was to cover everyone in the capital Kinshasa and the provinces of Kwango, Lualaba and Kasai, except children under 9 months. (Reporting by Amedee Mwarabu Kiboko and; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Hugh Lawson)



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:54:34 -0400

AP FACT CHECK: Some debatable Warren claims at Clinton stop

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., arrives to speak at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Clinton and liberal stalwart Elizabeth Warren campaigned together Monday in Ohio, symbolizing the coming together of the Democratic Party for Clinton's presidential campaign. A sampling of their statements and how they compare with the facts:



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:28:38 -0400

Justice quest goes on after \'Freedom Summer\' court cases end

FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photograph, flowers top the memorial marker for Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, civil rights workers who were killed in the "Mississippi Burning" case of 1964, outside the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Miss., following a commemorative service in their honor. With additional criminal charges ruled out in the 1964 killings of the three civil rights workers, the community and state are left with harder ways to pursue justice in the case. Relatives of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner said their deaths should prompt reflection about racism across Mississippi and the United States. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? The search for courtroom justice in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi's Neshoba County is over, more than a half century after they died, but some Mississippians and the relatives of the slain men say the search for another kind of justice still is still ongoing.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:49:23 -0400

Trump\'s Muslim ban: From simple clarity to plain confusion

FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York. From the start, Trump?s call ?for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States? has been a signature of the Republican?s campaign for president. Yet from that first moment, the White House candidate has evaded questions when pressed for details. Now, faced with sliding poll numbers, his spokeswoman says he?s no longer seeking the ban at all. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) ? From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:16:09 -0400

Rescuers must try again to free entangled blue whale
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) ? Rescuers in Southern California failed to free a blue whale from a life-threatening tangle of fishing line but they'll keep trying ? if they can find it again.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:04:52 -0400

Scandal-hit Takata shares jump as boss hints at resignation

Japan's Takata Corp President Shigehisa Takada speaks at a press conference in Tokyo, in 2015Takata shares jumped on Tuesday after the airbag supplier's boss reportedly said he would resign once the company recovers from a scandal linked to at least 13 deaths and scores of injuries globally. The Tokyo-listed stock soared as much as 10 percent in early afternoon trade after chief executive Shigehisa Takada told the annual shareholder meeting that he would step down from his family company, before trimming those gains.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:16:55 -0400

Cameron faces EU leaders after shock Brexit vote

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that Britain's planned departure from the European Union is "not an amicable divorce"Shell-shocked European leaders will on Tuesday put the screws on Prime Minister David Cameron to expedite Britain's EU exit after its decision to leave rocked global markets and shook the very foundations of the bloc. Piling on the pressure, Standard & Poor's stripped Britain late Monday of its top-notch debt rating following Thursday's Brexit referendum. Cameron, who had fought to remain in the European Union and has said he will step down, told parliament on Monday that he will not yet start the two-year countdown on leaving the EU by invoking the so-called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:17:14 -0400

Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage

In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, a Palestinian man checks the water tank on the roof of his home after water supply was cut in the village of Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced shortages of water in the summer months. But this year, as they fast dawn-to-dusk amid scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many villagers in the north of the territory say Israel has intentionally cut the water flow to their taps. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)SALEM, West Bank (AP) ? As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:26:48 -0400

Discount airline to land at Newark with opening up of slots
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? Allegiant Air has been given final approval to begin offering service at Newark Liberty International Airport, making it the first discount carrier to operate there since a federal lawsuit charged United, Newark's dominant airline, with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots and keeping competitors out.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:11:42 -0400

Deadly railroad crossing was eyed for safety improvements

Workers from BNSF railway and fire department personnel from Fisher's Peak Fire Department work to clear track following a fatal accident involving a vehicle and this westbound AmTrack train at a crossing located about 3 mi east of Trinidad, Colo., Sunday, June 26, 2016. A Southwest Chief train headed from Chicago to Los Angeles hit a van as it drove across the tracks Sunday a railroad crossing with a history of problems near Trinidad. A 4-year-old girl is the sole survivor of the crash between a minivan and an Amtrak train that killed her parents and three sisters. (Eric John Monson/The Chronicle News via AP)TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) ? A railroad crossing in southern Colorado where five family members, including three young girls, were killed when an Amtrak train slammed into their minivan had been targeted for safety improvements for years.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:02:46 -0400

South Korea antitrust regulator says investigating Apple on \'some matters\'

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration takenSouth Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc , the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details. Speaking at the hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator's investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker. Apple didn't immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:01:00 -0400

Osborne says taxes will rise, spending will be cut after Brexit

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne prepares to speak at a news conference in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said on Tuesday that Britain would have to raise taxes and cut spending to deal with the economic challenge posed after Britons voted to leave the European Union. "We are absolutely going to have to provide fiscal security to people, we are going to have to show the country and the world that the government can live within its means," he told BBC radio. Asked if that meant tax rises and spending cuts, he said: "Yes, absolutely." (Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by David Milliken)



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:04:29 -0400

Brexit casts doubt over new EU and NATO defense strategy

U.S. NATO and Britain flags fly at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels during a NATO ambassadors meeting on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea regionBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's departure from the European Union risks undermining Europe's new defense strategy, days before NATO and EU governments sign a landmark pact to confront a range of threats from Russia to the Mediterranean, officials say. The European Union and the United States plan to use two separate EU and NATO summits in the coming days to push reforms of the West's two main security pillars, aimed at reducing Europe's reliance on Washington in its own neighborhood.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:09:45 -0400

Girl, 4, is sole survivor of van-train crash in Colorado

Workers from BNSF railway and fire department personnel from Fisher's Peak Fire Department work to clear track following a fatal accident involving a vehicle and this westbound AmTrack train at a crossing located about 3 mi east of Trinidad, Colo., Sunday, June 26, 2016. A Southwest Chief train headed from Chicago to Los Angeles hit a van as it drove across the tracks Sunday a railroad crossing with a history of problems near Trinidad. A 4-year-old girl is the sole survivor of the crash between a minivan and an Amtrak train that killed her parents and three sisters. (Eric John Monson/The Chronicle News via AP)TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) ? A 4-year-old girl was the only member of her family to survive after their minivan was hit by an Amtrak train at a crossing with a history of problems in southern Colorado.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:41:08 -0400

The Latest: Dutch EU presidency presses Britain to hurry up

Two police officers stand in front of EU flags prior to an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. EU heads of state and government meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, throwing British and European politics into disarray. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) ? The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:20:53 -0400

London Mayor Khan demands more autonomy for London after Brexit vote
London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday called for the city to be given more autonomy to allow it to ride out the economic uncertainty unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union. While Briton voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the bloc last week, London was the only region in England to back remaining. Since then, more than 175,000 people have signed an online petition calling for London to become an independent city state.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:19:58 -0400

Hodgson pays price for sorry England mess

Gary Neville (L), England manager Roy Hodgson's assistant, has also stepped down after their Euro 2016 last of 16 match loss against IcelandIn presiding over England's humiliating Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson seemed to abandon the principles upon which he has constructed his entire career. Hodgson, 68, resigned as manager in the press conference room at Stade de Nice minutes after his side's 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 on Monday had brought his third major tournament to a dismal end. Despite building his reputation upon producing well-structured, defensively organised teams, his England side proved careless in defence and shapeless in attack, prompting withering criticism from pundits.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:49:30 -0400

Court decision complicates prosecutions of elected leaders

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. On Monday, June 27, 2016, The Supreme Court overturned the bribery conviction of McDonnell. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Legal experts say a Supreme Court opinion setting aside the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will make it harder for Justice Department prosecutors to bring similar cases in the future and brings welcome news to other elected officials investigated for or charged with corruption.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:16:46 -0400

Last words: language of China\'s emperors in peril

School teacher Shi Junguang points at characters that reads "Welcome to the Sanjiazi Manchu school" during a classIt was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. Traders and farmers from what are now the borders of China and Korea, the Manchus took advantage of a crumbling Ming state and swept south in the 1600s to establish their own Qing Dynasty. Now after centuries of decline followed by decades of repression, septuagenarian Ji is the youngest of some nine mother-tongue speakers left in Sanjiazi village, one of only two places in China where they can be found.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:54:55 -0400

Oakland council bans coal shipments, citing health risks

Stevie Johnson holds up a pair of signs during a protest outside City Hall before a scheduled vote, Monday, June 27, 2016, to decide whether to ban rail shipments of coal over concerns it would pose a public health or safety hazard in Oakland, Calif. A yes vote Monday by the Oakland City Council could scuttle the plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah coal heading to Asia. (AP Photo/Janie Har)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:47:28 -0400

Terror talk changes as Comey refuses to name gunman

FILE - In this May 19, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey, calls on a reporter during a news conference in Chicago. When Comey discussed on national television the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, he made an off-the-cuff policy decision not to speak the gunman?s name. The name Comey was refusing to say had already been known for nearly 24 hours: Omar Mateen. Forty-nine people were killed in the attack, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? When FBI Director James Comey discussed on national television the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, he made an off-the-cuff policy decision not to speak the gunman's name.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:30:35 -0400

Balkans fear Brexit will delay EU dream

Special edition postage stamps show Serbian and EU flags in BelgradeBy Giles Elgood BELGRADE (Reuters) - Balkan countries hoping to join the European Union fear their journey to membership of a club they see as offering prosperity and stability will face delays and uncertainty now that Britain has voted to leave. Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, which endured war and upheaval in the 1990s, are all at different stages in joining the 28-nation EU. The immediate reaction in Balkan capitals to Britain's referendum decision last Thursday was that EU membership efforts would continue undiminished.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:57:16 -0400

Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling

Lucy Ceballos, center, and Isabella Soto, left, members of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Texas' abortion restrictions in front of Whole Woman's Health Monday, June 27, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. Whole Woman's Health is a abortion provider that stayed open despite the restrictions as many other providers closed over the past two years. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that since 2013 have drastically reduced the number of providers statewide.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:16:29 -0400

In rain-soaked West Virginia, flood victim planning funerals

Volunteer Kelsi Shawver hands a cupcake to a young girl at a food line set up for flood victims, emergency responders and other volunteers Monday, June 27, 2016, in Rainelle, West Virginia. (AP Photo/John Raby)RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) ? Like other business operators along Main Street in the West Virginia town of Rainelle, Pamela Wallace Arnold is slowly cleaning up from state's worst flooding in decades. As a funeral planner, she's also helping to bury the dead.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:57:07 -0400

Osborne says crucial to provide fiscal stability

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne speaks at a news conference in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said it was key that Britain provided fiscal stability in the wake of the decision to exit the European Union which has seen sterling plunge and markets tumble. "We are in a prolonged period of economic adjustment in the UK, we are adjusting to life outside the EU and it will not be as economically rosy as life inside the EU," he told BBC Radio. "I think we can provide a clear plan." (Reporting by Michael Holden and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Kate Holton)



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:04:29 -0400

Crown wins approval for Sydney casino aimed at Asian gamblers

An artist impression of how Australian mogul James Packer's towering six-star hotel and casino (tallest building in the image), will appear in the Sydney skyline once completedAustralian mogul James Packer won approval on Tuesday for a towering six-star hotel and casino complex on Sydney harbour aimed at Asian high-rollers, with work expected to begin shortly. The New South Wales state government legislated to site the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort on foreshore land previously earmarked as public open space in 2013. The casino, which will sit at Barangaroo on the northwestern edge of Sydney's central business district, was then awarded a 99-year gambling licence.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:16:41 -0400

Crashed EgyptAir flight data recorder successfully repaired: investigation committee

A flight recorder retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804Egypt investigators said on Monday that the flight data recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 had been successfully repaired, paving the way for investigators to analyse data that may explain why the jet plunged into the Mediterranean last month. The investigators added in a statement that the doomed plane's cockpit voice recorder would begin to be worked on "within hours" also.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:08:20 -0400

US first lady, daughters, promote girls\' learning in Morocco
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) ? U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was visiting Morocco to promote education for girls in the North African kingdom, where only 36 percent of girls continue school beyond the primary level.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:51:29 -0400

Rangers-Yankees game delayed in 9th by rain, teams wait

Texas Rangers batter Shin-Soo Choo (17) returns to the dugout as grounds crew workers pull the tarp over the field in the top of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) ? A rain delay in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium kept Texas and New York waiting past 2 a.m. before the game resumed.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:38:32 -0400

IS gone but some Fallujans shun return to \'cursed city\'

An Iraqi woman displaced from the city of Fallujah carries a child at a newly opened camp where hundreds of Iraqis are taking shelter in Amriyat al-Fallujah on June 27, 2016Amriyat al-Fallujah (Iraq) (AFP) - When her five-year-old son asked her to kill him because he was too hungry, Umm Issam knew she would never come back to Fallujah if she was able to leave. Iraqi forces on Sunday wrapped up operations in Fallujah and declared the area free of jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group after a month-long operation. After more than two years under the tyrannical rule of IS and months of a siege that starved the population, Umm Issam, 42, said she thought she could never be happy in Fallujah again.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:00:15 -0400

\'We won war, now win peace\': Farage seeks good Europe ties

Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage holds a placard as he launches his party's EU referendum tour bus in LondonNigel Farage, the head of Britain's UKIP, said on Tuesday he wanted to be good friends and trading partners with the remaining EU nations after Britain exits the bloc. Now we have to win the peace," Farage told journalists before a European Parliament session to discuss the British referendum. "We want to be good friends, good neighbours, good trading partners." Farage said Britain should leave as soon as possible, but that the process should be amicable, adding that the size of the British economy and its close links with the rest of the EU meant that it should be given a preferential deal.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:30:04 -0400

Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. President Barack Obama?s $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:23:01 -0400

U.S. interest in UK travel soars after Brexit

Tourists gather outside the National Gallery in LondonSeveral online travel sites have seen a jump in queries from Americans about travel to the United Kingdom since it voted to leave the European Union, a sign so-called "Brexit" and the resulting drop in the value of the pound currency may spur U.S. visits to Britain. One site found that more Britons were also asking about flights to the United States. Travel agents, hotel chains and airlines say it is too early to tell if the vote has impacted bookings.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:20:01 -0400

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai says has cancer of the colon
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader and President Robert Mugabe's chief rival for the last 17 years said on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with cancer of the colon and is undergoing treatment in neighbouring South Africa. Morgan Tsvangirai, 64, who was Zimbabwe's prime minister in an uneasy coalition government with the 92-year-old Mugabe from 2009 until 2013, said it was important for national leaders to disclose their health status. Mugabe routinely denies local media reports that he is suffering from prostate cancer and says his frequent trips to Singapore are for routine medical checks.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:18:29 -0400

 

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