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USA Basketball announce Rio squad lacking LeBron
LeBron 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named a 12-man squad for the Games on Monday that didn't include James, confirming last week's reports that he had withdrawn from consideration for the team.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
(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
(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
U.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
Basketball 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
Washington (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 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 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
By 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
West 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 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 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
(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 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\'
(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
New 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
By 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
(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
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
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:36:44 -0400
California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power
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
British 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
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
By 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
(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
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
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
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
Takata 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
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
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
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\'
South 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
LONDON (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
By 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
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:41:08 -0400
The Latest: Dutch EU presidency presses Britain to hurry up
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
In 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
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
It 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
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
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:30:35 -0400
Balkans fear Brexit will delay EU dream
By 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
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
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
LONDON (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
Australian 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
Egypt 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
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 02:38:32 -0400
IS gone but some Fallujans shun return to \'cursed city\'
Amriyat 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
Nigel 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
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
Several 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