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\'Concussion\' football movie altered to avoid angering NFL: NY Times
By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment executives altered the script of its forthcoming movie "Concussion," about football-related brain trauma, to avoid antagonizing the National Football League, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing emails between Sony studio executives that were leaked by hackers last year, the Times said marketing plans for the movie were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower, rather than a condemnation of the sport. Sony said on Wednesday that the New York Times story "contains many misleading references" and that nothing had been "softened" in the film to placate anyone.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:17:47 -0400
Dawning of a \'new\' Day in pursuit of number one
By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Jason Day had made a habit of getting close to the big victory, but now that the Australian is closing the deal on the golf course he has joined Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the top of the game. Day's massive six-stroke romp to victory at The Barclays on Sunday gave him three wins in his last four events, including the PGA Championship for his maiden major, and sent him to first place in the FedExCup playoff standings. The 27-year-old Day, who has battled illness and injuries over the seasons, felt a turning point at this year's British Open, where he finished one-shot short of a playoff at St. Andrews and has been unstoppable since.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:21:41 -0400
CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices
(Reuters) - CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable devices, expanding its services to the fast-growing Internet viewer base. Viewers will be able to stream games from the regular season and playoff of the National Football League on the CBS Sports website and on television via select connected TV, including Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku players, CBS said on its website. (http://cbsprt. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:29:03 -0400
Man charged in connection to 1994 theft of O.J. Simpson\'s Heisman Trophy
A man found in possession of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy, which disappeared from the University of Southern California in 1994, has been charged with receiving stolen property, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Lewis Eugene Sparks, 56, was not accused of stealing the famed trophy but had kept it for two decades since the theft. The Heisman, college football's top award, was given to Simpson in 1968 after he starred as a running back for USC and before his professional Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:35:23 -0400
Day wins FedExCup opener The Barclays by six shots
By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Red-hot PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia romped to victory at The Barclays on Sunday, winning the opening event of the lucrative FedExCup Series by a whopping six strokes. World number three Day reeled off eight birdies in a bogey-free final round 62 for a 19-under-par 261 total at Plainfield Country Club for his third victory in his last four starts. A distant second on 13-under was Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who posted a 66, while two-times Masters winner Bubba Watson (69) finished third, eight strokes off the pace.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:55:16 -0400
Nelson keeps it simple to rebound with win over Pirates
(The Sports Xchange) - Coming off one of his worst starts of the season, Jimmy Nelson's decision to stick to his usual routine paid off as the Milwaukee Brewers' right-hander dazzled in a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Nelson (11-10) could not get out of the fourth inning last Wednesday at Cleveland, when he allowed five runs on four hits on a season-high eight walks. The young pitcher did not walk anyone this time around, and he held the Pirates to a run on four hits while striking out six over seven innings at Miller Park.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:46:36 -0400
New Jersey high school football players put on probation for hazing
The seven Sayreville War Memorial High School players, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested in October and charged with the sexual abuse of four freshmen on the team, prosecutors in Middlesex County, New Jersey, said. The victims were held against their will while other team members touched them, the prosecutors said. Four of the players had pleaded guilty to the charges of hazing and endangering the welfare of team members and were put on probation for two years and ordered to serve 50 hours each of community service, the NYT reported Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey as saying in a statement released late on Monday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:07:38 -0400
\'Deflategate\' judge to rule soon after Brady, NFL talks fail
The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension despite weeks of talks, leaving a federal judge to resolve the issue in the coming days. Following a final round of unsuccessful private discussions, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said at a brief court hearing on Monday that he will likely decide whether to uphold or throw out the suspension within one or two days. The Patriots open their season on Sept. 10 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:38:01 -0400
Brilliant finish gives American Tamulis her first LPGA win
(Reuters) - Kris Tamulis emerged from obscurity for a surprise one-stroke victory at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sunday. The 10-year LPGA veteran edged fellow American Austin Ernst and Taiwan's Yani Tseng at the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama. Tamulis piled up 12 birdies and a bogey in her final 29 holes for her first career victory.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:51:50 -0400
Man charged in decades-old theft of Simpson trophy
A man is facing prison over the theft of an O.J. Simpson Heisman Trophy stolen in 1994, when the former gridiron hero faced charges of murdering his ex-wife and a friend. Los Angeles County prosecutors said that Lewis Eugene Starks would be arraigned on Wednesday on a charge of receiving stolen property after trying to sell the trophy and a plaque in December. The trophy was the University of Southern California's copy of the Heisman awarded to Simpson in 1968 as the country's outstanding collegiate football player.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:29:14 -0400
Judge expected to rule on Brady ban by Wednesday
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to federal court Monday but a hearing adjourned without a settlement or resolution to the "Deflate-gate" controversy, meaning a judge is expected to rule on the issue later this week. US District Judge Richard Berman had ordered the hearing for a status report on his request that sides make renewed efforts at a settlement. Goodell suspended Brady for four games over the controversy, which centered around footballs for the American Conference finals playoff game being found to be inflated below NFL minimum levels.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:43:49 -0400
McIlroy gets Final Series clearance
Rory McIlroy will be able to play in the European Tour's Final Series tournaments after being given special exemption due to his ankle injury. The injury, sustained in a football kickabout with friends in July, meant that the world number one was unable to meet the 13-event qualification standard in order to remain in the Race to Dubai even though he currently leads the rankings. "I have spent the last two weeks examining every angle and every possible solution and I have spoken with Rory and his team, as well as independent medical advisers and some prominent players.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:18:19 -0400
Golf-Daly on the mend after collapsing on course
Two-times major champion John Daly said on Sunday that he was "still very sore" after collapsing during a minor tournament in Mississippi. Daly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after collapsing as he walked off the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club north of Jackson on Saturday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:20:58 -0400
Fan at Fenway Park hurt trying for foul, leaves on stretcher
BOSTON (AP) ? A fan at Fenway Park has been taken away on a stretcher after flipping over backward trying to catch a foul ball.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:07:51 -0400
Tamulis rallies for first LPGA win
Kris Tamulis, a 10-year LPGA veteran, rallied from three shots back on Sunday to lift her first tour title at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. The American fired eight birdies in a seven-under par 65, her 17-under total of 271 giving her a one-stroke victory over former world number one Tseng Ya-ni and third-round leader Austin Ernst. "My swing felt really good," Tamulis said.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:46:54 -0400
Rockets\' Dwight Howard detained after gun found in carry-on bag
Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard was detained by authorities at a Texas airport after trying to board a flight with a handgun in his carry-on luggage, police said. Houston police spokesperson Kese Smith said the gun was discovered on Friday by Transportation Security Administration officials in Terminal E at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Howard was questioned and the gun was eventually seized by airport authorities before they allowed him to board a later flight.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:01:50 -0400
Studio denies \'Concussion\' film softened to appease NFL
Sony Pictures on Wednesday hit back at a New York Times report saying it had "softened" the upcoming Will Smith movie "Concussion" to avoid antagonizing the National Football League. The movie due for release in December tells the story of Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, played by Smith, and his diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased NFL players who suffered multiple concussions. Concussions have become a major injury concern for the league, which agreed to pay $765 million to retired players to settle concussion-related health claims after accusations it long ignored evidence that head injuries posed long-term risks to players.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:49:29 -0400
Investigators probe baseball fan\'s death from fall at Atlanta game
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A 60-year-old man who plummeted to his death from the upper deck of the Atlanta Braves' baseball stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma, a medical investigator said Monday, but the cause of his fall has not been determined. Gregory Murrey fell headfirst about 40 feet (12 meters) during a sell-out game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The Georgia man's death remains under investigation, and it could take six to eight weeks for a toxicology report to be completed, said Mark Ruffin, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:36:38 -0400
Ex-San Francisco 49er charged with murder in prison cellmate\'s death
By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former National Football League running back serving time in a California prison for domestic violence and vehicle theft has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his cellmate, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. If convicted, Lawrence Phillips, 40, could be sentenced to an additional term of 25 years to life, but he will not face the death penalty, according to Andrea Bridges, a deputy Kern County district attorney. Phillips, a two-time college football national champion at the University of Nebraska who became a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, was named four months ago as a suspect in the killing of 37-year-old Damion Soward.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:56:46 -0400
A\'s switch pitcher Venditte tops D-backs for 1st win
(The Sports Xchange) - Oakland's Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics' 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien's two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. "To get this first one was very special," Venditte said.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:02:35 -0400
Two Royals players sidelined with chicken pox
(Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals have been almost unstoppable this season but on Tuesday they faced a very different challenge with two of their players sidelined by chicken pox. Outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera have both succumbed to the highly contagious disease and are expected to be out for up to two weeks after being sent home and placed in quarantine, the team said. Manager Ned Yost told reporters before Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers that the rest of the clubhouse appeared to be fit.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:38:01 -0400
Kobe, Shaq bury hatchet over legendary feud
Former Los Angeles Lakers team-mates and one-time bitter rivals Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have buried the hatchet in an online podcast released on Monday where both men addressed their long-running feud. O'Neal and Bryant's tense relationship was a staple of NBA debate for years during the Lakers successful period of dominance in the early 2000s, when the team won three championships and lost a fourth. O'Neal eventually moved to the Miami Heat in 2004 while Bryant remained at the Lakers, where he continues to play as his career draws to a close.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:32:57 -0400
Two decades later, Ripken\'s record remains a testament to work ethic
Twenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr. insists the reason the feat remains one of baseball's most cherished moments is because it involved a trait the average person can understand: a strong work ethic. "So many people still share their own streak stories with me," Ripken said. "People clearly relate the record with the importance of showing up," said Ripken, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sept. 1 as part of a variety of events at Camden Yards to honor the 20th anniversary of the record.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:46:34 -0400
Griffin overlooked as starting quarterback for Redskins
(Reuters) - The Washington Redskins on Monday named Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback for the 2015 National Football League season, the latest signal that former standout Robert Griffin III could be on his way out. Griffin, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, has struggled for the Redskins since injuring his knee in a January 2013 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. There has been growing speculation that Griffin is no longer wanted by the Redskins front office but coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that the team still had belief in the quarterback.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:32:19 -0400
International teams to play six NBA preseason games
(Reuters) - Three top international teams from Turkey, Israel and Brazil will visit the United States for a combined six preseason games against six National Basketball Association teams this October, the league said on Tuesday. The games open with six-times Turkish League champion Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 5 before meeting former NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 9. Israeli club Maccabi Haifa will face NBA teams in the United States for the fifth time in six years, starting with an Oct. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:26:05 -0400
Blue Jays complete sweep of Tigers
(The Sports Xchange) - Russell Martin has been on postseason teams before but the Toronto Blue Jays catcher said after a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that this team might be on the way to doing something really big. "If this isn't the feel of a championship team, I don't know what is," said Martin, who hit a two-run homer. Encarnacion, who hit three home runs and equaled the club record with nine RBIs on Saturday, went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch on Sunday.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:41:01 -0400
Tomsula denies Hayne assured of San Francisco 49ers spot
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied reports that rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne had already booked his place on the NFL team's final 53-man roster for the upcoming season. Australian international Hayne has impressed the 49ers management during pre-season with a series of performances that have edged him closer to achieving his dream of a career in American football. "I don't know what the rules are in the media in Australia, but you might want to fact check," Tomsula told San Francisco's KNBR radio station.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:19:14 -0400
Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic scores
Aug 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic at the par-70 course on Sunday in Edison, New Jersey -19 Jason Day (Australia) 68 68 63 62 -13 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 66 67 66 -11 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 65 68 67 69 -10 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 69 65 67 69 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 69 68 67 66 -9 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 67 70 68 66 Bae Sang-Moon (Korea) 69 67 63 72 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 69 67 65 70 -8 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 70 70 67 65 Jason Bohn (U.S.) 71 64 72 65 -7 Bryce Molder (U.S.) 66 71 67 69 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 68 69 69 67 -6 Jim Herman (U.S. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:50:39 -0400
Day powers to victory in the Barclays
Jason Day romped to a six-stroke victory in the Barclays on Sunday, firing an eight-under par 62 to seize the lead in the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff chase. The Aussie, who ended a run of major heartbreak with his first Grand Slam title at the PGA Championship this month, backed up that triumph in style. Sweden's Henrik Stenson was a distant second after a 66 for 267.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:29 -0400
Playing in London \'match made in heaven\', says Jaguars owner
(Reuters) - Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, says he would like to work out a long-term deal for his National Football League team to continue playing in London, possibly right through to the 2030 season. The Jaguars have two years left on a four-year agreement to play one game per season at Wembley Stadium.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:16:38 -0400
Patriots owner calls Deflate-gate \'overblown\'
Speaking at a Patriots charity function on Tuesday night in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the 74-year-old Kraft said he had explained to Patriots players and staff how he thought they should proceed with preparations for the 2015 season in the face of the ongoing saga. "I spoke on behalf of the team and addressed the organization's position regarding, in my opinion, the most overblown story in recent NFL history," Kraft said. Brady, who is fighting a four-game suspension over the controversy, mentioned it publicly for just the second time since a league investigation found that he was probably "generally aware" that Patriots employees purposely deflated footballs below NFL minimum levels prior to the American Conference final playoff game.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:20:57 -0400
Drew switches roles to keep Yankees in pennant race
(The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Drew's bat is keeping the Yankees afloat after the second baseman, known more for his defensive play, delivered another big hit to help New York earn a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Drew delivered the go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning and is 6-for-8 with four runs and six RBIs in his past three games, including a 4-for-4 outing in a 20-6 win at Atlanta on Sunday. "It's been good, this past month," said Drew, who had his most productive August with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:25:30 -0400
Arrieta dodges Dodgers\' bats as Cubs ace no-hits LA
(Reuters) - Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter, finishing off the milestone in grand style by striking out the Los Angeles Dodgers in order in the ninth inning for a 2-0 win on Sunday. The right-hander also became the first 17-game winner in Major League Baseball this season by striking out Dodgers Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in a rousing finale. Arrieta (17-6) had 14 strikeouts and only two runners reached base as the Cubs improved to 74-55.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:41:21 -0400
Golf-FedEx Cup rankings
Aug 31 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (2) Jason Day (Australia) 4459 2. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 4169 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 3167 4. (41) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 2152 5. (11) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 2049 6. (7) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 2028 7. (4) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 2020 8. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 1956 9. (6) Robert Streb (U.S.) 1838 10. (10) Danny Lee (New Zealand) 1709 11. (18) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 1671 12. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1623 13. (17) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1614 14. (20) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1605 15. (9) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1567 16. (12) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 1544 17. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:39:41 -0400
Keuchel matches home win milestone in Astros victory
(The Sports Xchange) - Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Keuchel (16-6) leads the American League in wins after allowing one run on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings to maintain his place among the American League Cy Young Award candidates. "He doesn't have all the power in his stuff but he knows how to pitch," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Keuchel.
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:03:27 -0400
Arrieta no-hitter as Chicago Cubs blank LA Dodgers
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, the sixth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season. Arrieta's pitching masterclass -- the first Cubs no-hitter in seven years -- made the 29-year-old the major leagues leader in victories. It was the first Cubs no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano achieved the feat in 2008 against the Houston Astros.
Publ.Date : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:33:35 -0400
Pujols hits 555th home run to tie Ramirez on all-time list
Oakland (United States) (AFP) - Albert Pujols blasted his 555th career home run to tie Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A's 9-4 at the O.co Coliseum.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:32:11 -0400
Daly on the mend after collapsing on course
(Reuters) - Two-times major champion John Daly said on Sunday that he was "still very sore" after collapsing during a minor tournament in Mississippi. Daly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after collapsing as he walked off the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club north of Jackson on Saturday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:27:50 -0400
Royals acquire Gomes from Braves
(Reuters) - The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Kansas City receives Gomes and cash from the Braves in exchange for 21-year-old minor league player Luis Valenzuela. Gomes, 34, has moved around throughout his career and will be joining his seventh Major League team in Kansas City. He is batting .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs through 83 games this season and the member of Boston's 2013 title team is expected to provide the Royals (80-50) with championship experience. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:16:26 -0400
Ex-NFL player charged with murder of prison cell-mate
A former NFL running back convicted of choking his ex-girlfriend into unconsciousness has been charged with murder in the strangling death of his cell-mate in a California prison. Lawrence Phillips will be arraigned on September 15 in the death of cell-mate Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, in April, the Kern County District Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday. After a stand-out career at the University of Nebraska Phillips was drafted sixth overall in 1996 by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:32:32 -0400
Judge refuses to drop charges against police in Gray death
BALTIMORE (AP) ? A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody. The judge also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:27:01 -0400
The Latest: Vigil held for officer killed in Illinois
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:49:21 -0400
Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis
Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's burgeoning refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:29:43 -0400
Pujols hits 35th home run as Angels take series from A\'s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? Albert Pujols has been saying for about 15 years now that he will reflect on the many milestones and special home runs once his career is through, and he still hopes that is many seasons down the road.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:07:33 -0400
13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN
More than 13 million children are being denied education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they can't return to classrooms. In a report on the effect of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the region, the United Nation's children fund UNICEF said more than 8,500 schools could no longer be used due to violence. It detailed cases of students and teachers coming under direct fire, classrooms used as makeshift bomb shelters and children having to cross active front lines just to take their exams.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:05:20 -0400
Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:00:25 -0400
Risk assets rebound but high volatility persists
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - The price of shares and other risk assets staged a tentative recovery in early Asian trade on Thursday though volatility remained high as investors fretted over global economic health. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, hovering about 2.8 percent above the three-year low hit last week, while Japan's Nikkei gained 1.4 percent. Also helping to boost the market, Apple , the world's largest company by market capitalization, jumped more than 4 percent, in anticipation of its Sept 9 media event where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:39:13 -0400
New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by mistrust between law enforcement and the community.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:33:38 -0400
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:01:53 -0400
Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," has died of Parkinson's disease. He was 84.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:54:55 -0400
California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:58:47 -0400
AP sources: GOP seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:53:46 -0400
Residents of eroding village welcome Obama\'s attention
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:14:34 -0400
Conservative legal group defends clerk\'s stand against gay marriage
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Kentucky county clerk who faces a contempt hearing in federal court on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is represented by a Florida-based legal group with a history of long-shot battles on behalf of conservative Christian causes. Founded in 1989, the nonprofit Liberty Counsel is run by Mathew Staver and his wife, Anita. Staver, who until last year was dean of the law school at Liberty University, founded by the late conservative Christian firebrand Jerry Falwell, has argued and lost two U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:54:33 -0400
Kentucky clerk unlikely star in fight against gay marriage
Fans of Kim Davis have rallied around the Kentucky clerk while foes have lined up in protest since she touted her religious beliefs in defiance of a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. From the overwhelmed florist in Morehead, Kentucky, delivering bouquets to her nearby office, to a fellow county clerk biking across the state to show solidarity, to a Republican presidential candidate calling hers a fight against tyranny, many are standing with her. This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant Davis a stay on a federal judge's injunction that would force her to issue marriage licenses to all comers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:05:42 -0400
UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) ? Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:10:17 -0400
Spain says EU must consider unemployment more when distributing refugees
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo criticized the weighting Brussels gives to criteria for distributing refugees in a German newspaper interview, saying unemployment and migration policy measures were not sufficiently considered. The European Commission has listed gross domestic product, population and unemployment as well as the number of asylum applications a country has received and resettlement places it has offered as factors to determine how to distribute refugees across the EU. In my opinion unemployment and migration policy measures are not sufficiently taken into consideration," Garcia-Margallo said in comments due to be published in German newspaper Die Welt on Thursday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:07:01 -0400
Movie-man Mayweather lashes critics
Floyd Mayweather said Wednesday that he is more likely to end up in movies than keep boxing, as he rounded on his critics ahead of what he insists will be his last fight. The unbeaten pound-for-pound king takes on massive underdog Andre Berto on September 12 in Las Vegas in a welterweight world title showdown that has so far failed to capture the public imagination. In a conference call with reporters, Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said there had been "signficant" entertainment possibilities for the champion for when he calls it quits -- including three "major" movie offers in the last week alone.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:56:08 -0400
IMF: China, tumbling commodity prices threaten world economy
WASHINGTON (AP) ? China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:07:28 -0400
Manhunt widens for suspects in Illinois policeman\'s death
Hundreds of police on Wednesday widened the search for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran policeman in northern Illinois, and mourners gathered in a vigil for the slain officer at a lake front park. Investigators have been chasing leads, canvassing the area, collecting video evidence and reviewing information and the crime scene in the slaying of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Lake County Major Crime Task Force Commander George Filenko told a news conference. An autopsy of Gliniewicz, 52, was conducted on Tuesday night, Filenko said, declining to offer details.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:04:22 -0400
Fan injured at Fenway Park expected to leave hospital
BOSTON (AP) ? The Boston Red Sox say a fan who was injured at Fenway Park trying to catch a foul ball is expected to be released from a hospital Wednesday night.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:12:13 -0400
Reporters face subpoenas in case over CIA head\'s resignation
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A couple suing over leaks in the federal investigation that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation intend to subpoena at least two journalists in an attempt to compel testimony about their sources, The Associated Press has learned.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:51:43 -0400
China marks Japan WWII defeat, shows rising power in parade
BEIJING (AP) ? China has launched a major military parade through Beijing to commemorate Japan's World War II defeat while underlining President Xi Jinping's determination to make his country Asia's pre-eminent power.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:16:42 -0400
Biden testing political waters in Florida
MIAMI (AP) ? Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that's left a lot Democrats wanting more choice.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:41:28 -0400
Latest on US Open: For 18-year-old Bencic, up-and-down moods
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:08:58 -0400
Stephen Colbert one-ups Jeb Bush raffle with 1 of his own
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:58:24 -0400
Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:30:37 -0400
Indian man injured by police testifies against officer
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) ? An Indian man left partially paralyzed when he was slammed to the ground during a police stop in Alabama testified Wednesday that he'd been in the state only about a week when he was confronted by officers investigating a call about a suspicious person.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:11:03 -0400
Feeling \'tight,\' Serena Williams moves forward in Slam bid
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:59:15 -0400
Impact of China slowdown larger than expected: IMF
China's economic slowdown is having a broader impact on the global economy than originally expected, especially on emerging markets, the International Monetary Fund said late on Wednesday. In a report for Group of 20 finance chiefs meeting this week in Ankara, the IMF said the turmoil in China and other factors like capital flow reversals were increasing the risks to economic growth around the world. It warned that advanced and emerging economies need to continue to support demand with reforms and investment to ensure that the turbulence in markets and China's troubles do not stall economic activity in the rest of the world.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:27:13 -0400
Baltimore judge orders individual trials for police in Gray case
A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams also rejected defense motions calling for charges to be dropped and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her office to recuse themselves from the Freddie Gray case. The death of Gray, 25, in April from a severe spinal injury suffered in the back of a police van drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and looting.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:47:50 -0400
Super PAC backing Scott Walker announces $9 million ad buy
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's run for the White House announced a $9.25 million ad buy Wednesday for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign that starts in Iowa next week.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:07:23 -0400
Obama: Alaska\'s warming climate is wake-up call to US, world
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:11:36 -0400
Sasquatch sighting! Maine police say Bigfoot artist nabbed
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:03:06 -0400
Dean Jones, \'The Love Bug\' star, Disney leading man, dies
US actor Dean Jones, star of "The Love Bug" and other offbeat Disney hits, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his publicist. Jones was best known for playing the role of driver Jim Douglas in 1968's "The Love Bug," cast alongside a white Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. The film was a hit for Disney and resulted in four sequels as well as other projects, some of which also featured Jones.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:03:49 -0400
Oldest survivor of San Francisco earthquake of 1906 dies
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:21:14 -0400
Obama\'s fish tale: salmon spawning on his shoes
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:37:05 -0400
Dickey throws 4-hitter, Jays beat Indians 5-1
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:00:07 -0400
Rousseff says Brazil will try to get out of first budget deficit
Brasília (AFP) - After presenting Brazil's first ever budget deficit, President Dilma Rousseff promised that her government will work hard to get back in the black. Rousseff made her vow to get her nation's budget under control as Brazil's Central Bank kept its key interest rate at 14.25 percent Wednesday, breaking with a string of seven consecutive hikes aimed at holding back soaring inflation. Brazil just last week acknowledged that its battered economy -- the world's seventh largest -- has slipped into recession, hard-hit by plummeting oil and commodity prices.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:45:13 -0400
Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old\'s parents
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) ? A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:42:59 -0400