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Djokovic beats scare, Nadal eases at revamped US Open

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 01:01

Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame an arm injury scare and long-time rival Rafael Nadal shone in 33-degree heat as the US Open showcased its $650 million upgrade. World number one Djokovic, also the 2011 winner in New York and chasing his third major of the year, defeated Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion and seeded to face Djokovic in the semi-finals, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 01:01

Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer. Forecasters expected ...

Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:56

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.

Djokovic's right arm troubles him at US Open; Keys wins

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:54

NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.

The Latest: Keys rallies for late-night win at US Open

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:51

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

Explosion at China's Kyrgyzstan embassy a suicide car bomb attack: Xinhua

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:46
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion near China's embassy in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday was a "suicide car bombing attack", state news agency Xinhua said, citing a Kyrgyz security official. The driver of the vehicle tried to ram the embassy's gate, the official was reported as saying. The healthcare ministry earlier said the driver of the vehicle was killed and three people were injured. (Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Cubs rally for 8-7 win against Pirates in 13 innings

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:30

CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Montero hit a game-ending RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a wild 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

500 cows rustled from New Zealand farm in unusual case

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:26

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — How do you steal 500 cows?

Brazil's Rousseff urges vote against 'coup' in trial

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:25

Declaring her innocence and recalling how she was tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship in the 1970s, Rousseff warned that Latin America's biggest country was on the verge of losing its democracy. "Vote against impeachment, vote for democracy.... Do not accept a coup," the 68-year-old leftist leader said as she defended herself before senators who are widely expected to remove her from office by Wednesday. About 2,000 supporters rallied in her support near the Senate building in the capital Brasilia, waving flags -- a fraction of the crowds her Workers' Party has drawn in the past.

One dead, three wounded in blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:07
BISHKEK (Reuters) - A car exploded near the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, killing its driver and wounding three people, the healthcare ministry said. The GKNB state security service said it was investigating the blast but provided no other details. The interior ministry could not be reached for comment. Kyrgyz news website reported that the car appeared to have rammed the embassy's gate before exploding. (Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Internet star sings of Gaza cat and 'My Trousers'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:58

Mobbed by fans wherever he goes, Adel Meshoukhi is the kind of singer that perhaps only Gaza could produce: an internet sensation who depends on a modest stipend from Hamas. Very few people in Gaza, the small Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas, haven't heard of the young and disenchanted Meshoukhi.

Nevada congressman hospitalized after heart attack

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:44
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A spokesman says U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy of Nevada is recovering after suffering a heart attack.

Australian batsman Marsh leaves Sri Lanka with broken finger

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:40

Top-order batsman Shaun Marsh is returning home from Australia's tour of Sri Lanka with a broken little finger. "Shaun suffered an injury to his left little finger whilst fielding," physiotherapist David Beakley said after Australia took a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series on Sunday. Cricket Australia selectors confirmed Usman Khawaja would replace Marsh in the squad for the two T20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

Cespedes homers in 10th, Mets top Marlins 2-1 in opener

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:39

NEW YORK (AP) — When the New York Mets need a big hit, Yoenis Cespedes is their man.

Ex-aide poised to replace convicted Pennsylvania prosecutor

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:32

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to replace the state's convicted ex-attorney general with her former top deputy.

Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallying Christians in Boston

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:31

BOSTON (AP) — The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham is holding a mass prayer rally in Boston as part of a 50-state tour to urge evangelicals to vote.

There they are: 52 Miss America contestants in Atlantic City

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:08
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There they are: the 52 Miss America contestants, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Serena's US Open begins with tough matchup vs Makarova

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams hadn't played much coming into the Grand Slam tournament. An injury hampered her preparation, and she served miserably in the match.

Brazil's president proclaims innocence at impeachment trial

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:43

In a 14-hour session that was less electric than expected, Brazil's suspended president proclaimed her innocence at her impeachment trial Monday, branding her vice president a "usurper," calling ...

Asian stocks mostly rise on hopes for higher US rates

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:40

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday as hopes continued for a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this year.