Crews on the scene of a fire at a dry cleaning business in Philadelphia's Roxborough section Monday morning.
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Police say a driver was injured when his car overturned on Lincoln Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Southwest Philadelphia late Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.
TOKYO (AP) — A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
ERIE, Colo. (AP) — All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.
A look at key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel:
NEW YORK (AP) — Caribbean culture is set to get its annual spotlight in New York City, where the West Indian Day Parade is one of the year's biggest outdoor events — and political see-and-be-seen spots.
Police say a man was found shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia.
The measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. "Plaintiffs will be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing their efforts to obtain privileges," Federal Judge John deGravelles wrote in the decision. Abortion rights activists applauded the decision, the latest in a string of rulings against similar measures, saying it would give doctors more time to seek hospital privileges. "Today’s ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights," said Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued to block the law on behalf of three of the state's five clinics.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.
Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.
The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.
(Reuters) - Seven people were arrested on Sunday at the Made in America music festival in downtown Los Angeles, following an opening day that left more than two dozen people in handcuffs, police said. During Sunday's show at Grand Park there were four felony arrests, including one for battery and the rest for possession of narcotics, besides three misdemeanor arrests, including one charge of public drunkenness, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Another 23 people were given alcohol citations, an LAPD police spokeswoman said. So far about 27,000 tickets have been scanned for Sunday's full day of events, including top-billed stars John Mayer and Kanye West later in the evening.
Made in America ended in perfect tune even after concert goers were briefly evacuated Sunday due to severe thunderstorms moving through the area.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The father of a woman whose June rampage with her husband left two Las Vegas police officers and a good Samaritan dead visited the restaurant and store where the three were gunned down, saying he was still in disbelief and thinks about the victims' families every day.
Three Council Rock High School South students have been identified as those killed in a SUV crash in the Poconos.
The 'Made In America' concert rocked Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.
An Iowan woman named Lillian Weber sews a dress a day for charity. She hopes to finish her 1,000th dress by her 100th birthday
Severe thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach. Open in Queens, New York, interrupted the Made In America outdoor concert in Philadelphia and shut down the Electric Zoo electronic music festival on Randalls Island in New York, which ended early for a second year in a row. "We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern," Electric Zoo organizers said in a Tweet explaining why the three-day festival was cut short by "extreme weather." Thousands of concertgoers were told to leave.
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LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.
HONG KONG (AP) — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both Islamist fighters and Iraqi government forces have killed civilians and committed atrocities in three months of fighting, senior U.N. officials said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. There was "strong evidence" that fighters from Islamic State and linked groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, sexual abuse and torture, U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri told the session. Iraqi police have executed detainees while Iraqi soldiers have shelled towns and carried out air strikes killing and injuring many civilians, Pansieri said, opening the meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pansieri voiced deep concern at persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Shia, Turkmen and other ethnic groups by Islamic State forces that have swept through western and northern Iraq since June, driving 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation. "The two prime ministers reaffirmed the importance of defense relations between Japan and India in their strategic partnership and decided to upgrade and strengthen them," Abe and Modi said in a statement after a summit in Tokyo. Modi, on his first major foreign visit since a landslide election win in May, arrived on Saturday for a five-day trip aimed at capitalizing on a personal affinity with Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China.
MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.
Rosny-sous-Bois (France) (AFP) - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to seven on Monday, with rescue workers scrambling against time to find one last man still missing. Local prefect Philippe Galli said a woman in her 80s who lived on the first floor was buried under the rubble after the four-storey residential block in the Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois collapsed on Sunday morning. Rescue workers are now combing the site with sniffer dogs and mechanical diggers in a bid to find one more person unaccounted-for, a man in his 50s who lived on the ground floor. "Time is not on our side," said Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for Paris firefighters.
GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
Splits in France's ruling Socialist Party, which sparked an emergency government reshuffle last week, continue to widen as members on the left flank snipe at a prime minister they see as attempting a "Tony Blair"-style lurch to the right. President Francois Hollande's party, meeting this weekend to plot their strategy for the coming year, is embroiled in a crisis that mirrors that of France as a whole, weighed down by stagnant growth, record-high unemployment and a deeply unpopular leader. Around 40 rebel MPs, known as the "frondeurs", have gathered around former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg to criticise the government's economic policy and what they see as a shift to the centre ground of French politics. Prime Minister Manuel Valls prompted widespread anger among the rebel MPs this week when he received a standing ovation from business leaders after declaring his "love" for companies in a speech seen as too right-wing for a Socialist leader.
Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The New York-based group, citing reports from local Kurdish officials and photographic evidence, said IS fighters had used cluster bombs on July 12 and August 14. The group said it was believed to be the first time IS had used cluster bombs, and it was unclear how it had acquired them. Cluster munitions contain dozens or hundreds of small bomblets and can be fired in rockets or dropped from the air.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said.
Brett King, 51, and his wife Naghemeh King, 45, were arrested at the weekend in southern Spain on a European arrest warrant after they removed their son Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, from a southern England hospital barely a week after he had undergone surgery.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine's crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Europe captain Paul McGinley will make his three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, with five players seemingly in contention for a late call-up.
By Baz Ratner EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels erupted on Monday on the Golan Heights, where the militants have wrested control of a key frontier crossing which had been operated by the United Nations. It was not clear whether the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had managed to retake control of the Quneitra crossing from the rebels of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. At least one tank belonging to the Syrian army was also involved and some rebels could be seen a few meters (yards) away from the frontier fence. A large Syrian flag that had been flying for days between the Quneitra crossing and the abandoned town was taken down and a United Nations position in the area, thought to be unmanned, was pounded with mortar shells.
By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev's Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armoured columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.
Violence in Iraq left at least 1,420 people dead in August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations said on Monday. It said the figures did not include Anbar province, west of Baghdad, and that there were difficulties in verifying incidents in areas where there was fighting or which were outside government control. Kurdish fighters with US air support have managed to claw back some of the lost ground in the north, and there has also been heavy fighting northeast of Baghdad.
Prime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws on Monday to try to stop radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq launching attacks on British soil, after a video purportedly showed a London-accented man beheading a U.S. The announcement, expected around 1030 ET, comes after Cameron raised Britain's terrorism alert to its second-highest level last week saying Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. Ministers from Cameron's Conservative party say the new laws are needed to beef up Britain's defenses against the threat that those who have been radicalized and fought alongside Islamic extremists could return home with violent intent. Hours before its announcement, the package of measures had yet to be finalised, with the junior partner in Britain's two-party coalition government wary of bringing in new laws that could limit civil liberties.
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.
By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Clashes broke out early on Monday and the state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters. A PTV source told Reuters the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment.
By Clare Jim and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee set the stage for a political showdown on Sunday when it rejected democrats' demands for the right to freely choose Hong Kong's next leader in 2017, leading scores of protesters to take to the streets. Scuffles broke out on Monday during a tense stand-off at the entrance to a center where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision, prompting police to use pepper spray amid chaotic scenes inside and outside the venue. Activists from a movement called Occupy Central have threatened to lock down Hong Kong's financial district on an unspecified date unless Beijing grants full democracy.
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By Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Polish manufacturing activity shrank for a second straight month in August and Czech expansion slowed more than expected, adding to signs weaker euro zone economies and crisis in Ukraine are cooling growth in the EU's east. Economies in central Europe have rebounded strongly from a sharp slowdown or even contraction in the past year but are starting to slow, and analysts expect that to continue for the rest of the year even while a longer-term recovery stays on track. Hungary's seasonally-adjusted PMI, calculated using a different methodology, dropped to 51 from 56.6. Central Europe's economies, which share trade links with Russia, are only just beginning to feel the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and Russia over pro-Moscow separatists fighting in Ukraine.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble renewed a call for a core group of European Union countries to move ahead faster with economic and political integration, 20 years after his ground-breaking proposal fell on deaf ears in key partner France. In an article published in the Financial Times on Monday, Schaeuble proposed creating an EU commissioner with the power to reject national budgets that breach the bloc's fiscal rules, and establishing an inner-core parliament for the euro zone. "In order to make progress in all of these areas, we should keep using the approach that proved its mettle back in 1994: to establish cores of co-operation within the EU that enable smaller, willing groups of member states to forge ahead," Schaeuble wrote in the article, co-authored by fellow German Christian Democrat Karl Lamers. They acknowledged that many EU countries remain reticent about closer political union that would involve transferring more sovereignty to Europe.
A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans. "Naturally, developments between Russia and the Ukraine will be in the cross sights. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned at the weekend that a "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued to advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels and U.S. Moscow appeared in no mood to back down however.
By Jonathan Cable LONDON, (Reuters) - Euro zone manufacturing growth slowed slightly more than initially thought last month as new orders dwindled and factories suffered amid rising tensions in Ukraine, a business survey showed on Monday. Factories barely increased prices last month, and manufacturing activity in France fell at the fastest pace in 15 months, in disappointing news for the European Central Bank before Thursday's monetary policy-setting meeting. Markit's final August manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 50.7, the lowest in over a year and below both July's 51.8 and an earlier flash estimate of 50.8. "Although some growth is better than no growth at all, the braking effect of rising economic and geopolitical uncertainties on manufacturers is becoming more visible," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit.
While the BOJ is likely to stick to its assessment that the economy is recovering moderately, pessimists on the board may propose offering a bleaker view on components such as factory output, say sources familiar with the bank's thinking. "It's pretty clear from data out so far that the economy is undershooting the BOJ's forecast," said Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute. "The rebound in July-September may prove to be much weaker than expected." The BOJ cut its assessment on exports earlier this month to say they were "weakening" but left intact its view that factory output, while also weakening, continues to "rise as a trend". Household spending fell more than expected in July and analysts expect bad weather and lasting effects from the tax hike to weigh on consumption in coming months, casting doubt on the BOJ's view that domestic demand remains firm.
By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector slackened in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, stoking speculation that further policy easing would be needed to prevent the economy from stumbling once more. The surveys of purchasing managers (PMI) from across Asia told a tale of underwhelming new orders and faltering exports, overshadowing brighter spots such as India and Taiwan.
By Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector cooled in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, two surveys showed on Monday, spurring new calls for more policy easing to prevent the economy from stumbling once more. A purchasing managers' index (PMI) published by the National Bureau of Statistics fell from a 27-month high to 51.1 in August, slightly less than forecast as factories shed jobs for at least the 24th consecutive month. The declines in both PMIs prompted some analysts to re-state their support for more policy action to lift the fading growth momentum in the world's second-biggest economy. He said the central bank could cut interest rates or reduce the amount of reserves that banks must hold as deposits to re-stoke the economy.
Barclays is selling its Spanish retail and corporate banking operations to Caixabank, the two companies said on Sunday, as the British bank starts shrinking its struggling European divisions as part of a major overhaul. Caixabank, Spain's third-biggest lender and one of the most acquisitive banks during the recent financial crisis, said it would pay 800 million euros ($1.05 billion) for the Barclays businesses. The sale marks one of the first big steps in Barclays' bid to exit most of its European retail banking businesses, after Chief Executive Antony Jenkins embarked on a turnaround plan earlier this year to try and lift profitability. Barclays will make thousands of job cuts in the next three years as part of the restructuring and has said it wants to refocus on its British and African businesses, credit cards and investment banking in Britain and the United States.
By Akane Otani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Beaten-down U.S. The crisis in eastern Ukraine has emboldened Europe and the United States to impose broad sanctions on Russia.
For the past few years, whenever I meet a new startup, I treat them like a rock band. Not only because I believe startups are rock stars, but because I have learned -- from my experience as the owner of an indie record label and as an early-stage investor -- that there are a lot of similarities between the two.BandmatesEvery band has to have a...
Jake Jacobs has been curious about why some organizations work and others don't since he began his consulting practice nearly 30 years ago. His pioneering work and lessons learned in the field of Large Group Interventions are captured in his classic book, "Real Time Strategic Change: How to Involve an Entire Organization in Fast and...
Just in the last few years, there's been Hurricane Sandy thundering up the East Coast and causing more than $8 billion in damage to businesses just in New Jersey alone. On the other coast in California, the drought this year has racked up more than $2 billion in losses and cost thousands of job.
The above photo was taken near Sangin in Afghanistan's Helmand Valley in 2008. The author is on the far left.Six years ago in Afghanistan my sniper team ran a three day mission to observe a tier-1 IED site (military-speak for a place with a high likelihood of having a roadside bomb emplaced at it). The hope was to take out the Taliban insurgent...
There is no question that the world is in turmoil. Every day we are bombarded with depressing news that ranges from disturbing to shocking. This endless repetition in the headlines is reminiscent of the movie "Groundhog Day." The amazing thing we learn from history is that there are no rules.
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In business, politics and philanthropy, being data-driven has become a point of pride.Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they "have the numbers" to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king.But any software engineer can tell you that...
Here's something to celebrate this Labor Day weekend: The continued growth of clean energy jobs in America.Environmental Entrepreneurs' (E2's) just-released quarterly jobs report shows that the number of new clean energy and clean transportation jobs announced in the second quarter of this year doubled from the previous quarter.More than 12,500...
The tide of the battle that has been playing out for nearly two centuries between the economy and politics, between market forces and democracy, between capitalism and the state, is now turning decisively in favor of the market.
When it comes to addressing veteran unemployment, I have experienced both sides of the coin. I know what it is like to trade the structure and familiarity of the military lifestyle for the uncertainty of the civilian workforce. I also know what it is like to recruit, hire, and train new employees -- a transition process with its own challenges...
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As my mailbox becomes inundated with flyers advertising extravagant Labor Day sales, I can't help but think about all of the people who became unemployed in the recession. How have their lives transformed over the last six years? Where are they now? Meet Scott Benner. He has a striking resemblance to Santa. His curly white beard and level of...
For some insane reason, many people believe that entrepreneurs have life all figured out. That we are happy go lucky all of the time and our business is full of rainbows that pop out magical Skittles. They seem to think that we don't know what it's like to doubt ourselves. They believe we don't understand that feeling of not knowing which...
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Work practices, culture, well-being programs and relationships within workplaces are key determinants, not only of whether people feel valued and supported in their work roles, but also of individual health, well-being, productivity and most importantly to the bottom line of any companies profits. Well-designed and well-managed workplaces can...
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Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson take centre stage on Tuesday when they both name their three wildcard picks to complete their lineups for Gleneagles. McGinley in particular is facing a tough choice with two former world number ones, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, along with the Ryder Cup hero of two years ago Ian Poulter all failing to make it into the nine automatic qualifying slots. Normally they would all be clearcut picks for the Irishman, but complicating the situation is the good form of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who narrowly missed out on supplanting Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final qualifying spot by finishing third on Sunday at the Italian Open. McGinley, who played and missed the cut in Turin, was on hand to see how hard Gallacher battled to make the team and he was full of praise for the 39-year-old who lives just 35 miles from Gleneagles and knows the course better than anyone else among the Ryder Cup hopefuls.
In a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a baseball game in Japan dragged on for four days with two high school teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slug-fest on Thursday in the semi-final of Japan's high school rubber-ball baseball championship in Akashi, western Japan. It wasn't until Sunday morning that Chukyo's captain broke the deadlock, walloping a double in the record-breaking 50th inning. It also landed Taiga Matsui, the team's ace pitcher, with a truly impressive set of figures, having been hit just 26 times off a whopping 709 balls.
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American Russell Henley fired a six-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but four-time major winner Rory McIlroy appears poised to strike. The 25-year-old McIlroy stormed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 64 on Sunday to move into contention at the TPC Boston. "I am happy to have another chance for a win here in Boston," McIlroy said. McIlroy, the 2012 Deutsche Bank winner, vaulted into a share of third place with the day's best round to reach 10-under-par 203, two shots adrift of Henley.
Portland (AFP) - American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In-Kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.
(The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.
(The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland A's acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox received minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and unspecified cash considerations in exchange for Dunn. The A's will pay about half of the remaining $2.5 million owed to Dunn this season, according to ESPN. Dunn, 34, has 460 career home runs and is in the final year of his four-year, $56 million contract with Chicago. Dunn is batting .220 with a .340 on-base percentage, 20 home runs and 54 RBIs. ...
(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013, signed a long-term contract extension with the National Football League (NFL) team on Sunday. "It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here." Smith, 30, who joined the Chiefs in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in March last year, has gone 30-9-1 as a starter in the NFL since 2011.
(Reuters) - American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday. Henley dominated the par-threes to card a six-under-par 65 and jump to the front at 12-under 201 on a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at the TPC Boston. He edged one shot ahead of compatriot Billy Horschel (67), while world number one McIlroy made his presence felt with a sizzling 64 to join Australian Jason Day (69) and American Chris Kirk (64) in a tie for third at 10-under. Northern Irishman McIlroy, seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory in five starts, almost holed out at the 15th and 16th holes, tapping in from inside a foot both times.
Michael Sam, who is seeking to become the NFL's first openly gay player, was passed over by 31 teams Sunday just one day after being cut by St. Louis, USA Today reported. Sam was cut by St. Louis on Saturday as the Rams tried to get their roster down to 53 players for the first game of the season. Sam thanked the Rams on Saturday for the opportunity and said he would continue to try and land a position on an NFL team. "I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," said Sam.
(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) remained in limbo on Sunday after his exit interview with the St. Louis Rams. Both the Rams and national media reported Sam had gone unclaimed off waivers by other league teams before Sunday's 12 noon ET deadline passed. The former University of Missouri standout now waits to see if any team will sign him to their practice squad, the likeliest route left for Sam to perhaps work his way into the NFL. Sam, who had announced he was gay in February, failed to make the St. ...
United States and Spain both collected their second straight win at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sunday while Croatia fought off tough Argentina and Senegal picked up a historic victory. Kenneth Faried led five Americans in double figures with 22 points and Anthony Davis scored 19 as the reigning champions had a fight against Turkey before prevailing 98-77 in a rematch of the 2010 final. James Harden chipped in 14 points and seven assists for the mighty Americans in Group C.
San José (United States) (AFP) - National Football League veteran Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence. Law enforcement officials said the San Francisco 49er defensive end was booked in Santa Clara County jail for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant." McDonald was questioned and released after posting bail. The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that McDonald was involved in an altercation with his pregnant fiancee while having a birthday party at his home.
(Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher failed to win an automatic place in Europe's Ryder Cup team after finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday. The Scot fired a sparkling seven-under-par 65 in the final round in Turin to end three shots behind Hennie Otto of South Africa and one adrift of England's David Howell. Gallacher needed a top-two finish to climb above Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final Ryder Cup qualifying spot but he could still get a place in the team as one of captain Paul McGinley's wildcard selections. ...
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, was cut from the St. Louis Rams but said he's confident he'll have another shot at making a pro football roster this season. Sam was released Saturday by the Rams, as NFL teams make their final cuts before the season begins in a few days' time. All NFL teams had to reach the 53-man NFL limit by Saturday ahead of next week's season openers, and the 24-year-old defensive end's fate came down to the Rams having too much talent on the defensive line. "It was not a difficult decision," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.
Hur Mi-Jung led a Korean assault on the leaderboard with a two-under 70 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic. Hur reached 11-under 205 after 54 holes on Saturday, making her the co-leader along with defending champ Suzann Pettersen (67) and Spain's Carlota Ciganda (70). Ryu So-Yeon also shot a 70 and is tied for fourth just one stroke back of Hur as three of the top six and five of the top 13 players are from South Korea. Second round leader Kim In-Kyung, of South Korea, and China's Lin Xi Yu (70) are tied with Ryu for fourth.
Former star linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement from the National Football League, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. Harrison, who won a pair of Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, made the announcement on his Facebook page. "I have made the difficult decision to retire," Harrison wrote. Harrison spent 10 years playing with the Steelers, who first signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2002.
Australia's Jason Day fired a three-under par 68 to match American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the US PGA Deutsche Bank Championship. Day and Palmer, who fired a par 71, stood on eight-under par 134 after 36 holes Saturday with Americans Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel on 135 and Americans Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Russell Henley and Keegan Bradley on 136. Only the 70 points leaders after this week's second event of the US tour's season-ending playoffs with advance to next week's BMW Championship in Denver, which will decide the 30 qualifiers for the Tour Championship in two weeks.
(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. Despite an unexpected bogey on his final hole, Day carded a three-under-par 68 in fluctuating afternoon winds while Palmer shot a 71 in the morning at the TPC Boston. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.
(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's dream of becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold on Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season. The 24-year-old, a standout with the University of Missouri who had announced he was gay in February, was one of 22 players cut in final roster moves by the Rams to reach the limit before the NFL's 4 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday. The journey continues." Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who spoke to Sam by phone before the final roster moves were announced, said it had simply been "a football decision" to cut the defensive end.
Seville (Spain) (AFP) - Defending champions United States and hosts Spain both breezed to comfortable victories on Saturday during the first day of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Ultra-talented American teenager Jordan Spieth is the latest big name to confirm participation in November's Australian Open in Sydney. Spieth, who has never previously travelled to Australia, will join World No.1 and defending champion, Rory McIlroy along with Australian and former Masters champion Adam Scott at the event taking place from November 27-30 at The Australian Club. The 21-year old Dallas-born golfer confirmed his participation in the event ahead of teeing up on day two of the second of the PGA Tour's Play-Off Series events in Boston. "I'm extremely excited to be going to Australia as I've always wanted to go given my instructor comes from Melbourne, plus there's a lot of Australian players on Tour saying how great their country is," said Spieth.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith apologized Saturday for actions that led to a nine-game suspension from the National Football League. A day after being hit with the ban, Smith released a statement through the NFL Players Association expressing regret for substance abuse and personal conduct policy violations. Smith has been one of the NFL's top pass rushers over the past three seasons, making 42 quarterback sacks in that span, the second-most of any player. In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and placed on three years of probation on weapons and drink driving charges from a 2013 incident.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher kept alive his hopes of automatic selection for the European Ryder Cup team by firing a 69 in the third round of the Italian Open in Turin on Saturday. Austria's Bernd Wiesberger is third on 13 under after following consecutive rounds of 66 with a 71, with English duo Lee Slattery and Ross Fisher sharing fourth on 11 under. The 39-year-old Gallacher arrived in Italy knowing that he needed to place first or second in the final qualifying tournament for the Ryder Cup, being held at Gleneagles near his home in late September, to dislodge Graeme McDowell from the ninth and final automatic spot in Paul McGinley's 12-strong team.
Hosts Spain and the rest of the field must believe they finally have a decent shot at knocking off the mighty United States as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off on Saturday. The United States were clearly the better team at the 2012 Olympics when LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and company knocked off Spain in the final in London.
South Korea's Kim In-Kyung fired a five-under 67 to stretch her lead to three shots after the second round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic. The last of Kim's three career wins on the USLPGA Tour came in the 2010 season. Carlota Ciganda and Hur Mi-Jung both fired seven-under 65s in the second round at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. She was joined there by Mina Harigae (69), China's Lin Xi Yu (68) and Paula Reto (69).
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.
The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.
LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation ruled Tuesday that Davis Cup matches will be moved out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries.
PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods' words instead of his actions.