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Bangkok bomb suspect uncooperative: Thai army chief

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:31

Thailand's army chief on Sunday told AFP the man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb blast was not cooperating, as police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang. The unnamed foreigner, who is being held in military custody at an undisclosed location, was seized during a Saturday morning raid on a flat on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok. "The interrogation is not making progress because the suspect is not really giving useful information," Thai army chief General Udomdej Sitabutr told AFP.

Taking on immigrants in US could be time-bomb for Trump

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:25

Billionaire Donald Trump has soared in opinion polls for the Republican presidential primary, but inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost him the crucial Latino vote in the 2016 White House race. "What Trump is doing is political suicide," says Patricio Zamorano, executive director of the consulting firm Since launching his campaign in June, "The Donald" has catapulted to the top of the Republican polls, ahead of 16 other candidates, and at 28 percent this week he is streaking away from his nearest rival by 16 points.

Missing hiker found alive after 9 days lost in Sierra Nevada

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:16
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days while suffering from some broken bones survived by using a water filter to drink from a creek, authorities said.

Thai junta broadcast unrelated suicide vest picture

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:10

Thailand's junta came under scrutiny Sunday after mistakenly showing an unrelated picture of a suicide vest during a nationally televised broadcast announcing the arrest of a foreign man in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok shrine bombing. It is the latest blunder to hit an investigation that has received criticism over how quickly investigators searched and cleared up the blast site, as well as confusing and sometimes contradictory statements from senior officers and junta officials. Police on Saturday charged a foreign man after a raid on an apartment in Bangkok's eastern outskirts.

Hauschka kicks 60-yard field goal to give Seahawks 16-15 win

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:48

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Facing a 60-yard field goal attempt on a steamy evening with 16 seconds left and his Seattle Seahawks trailing by two, Steven Hauschka's mindset was to just swing away.

ECB mulls policy response to market turmoil over China

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:40

The European Central Bank looks set to keep its monetary policy gunpowder dry when its decision-making governing council convenes next week, despite the recent turmoil that has engulfed global markets, analysts said. It has been a chaotic week for stock markets around the world, spooked by fears of economic slowdown in China. The ECB, for its part, is unlikely to be panicked into any knee-jerk policy moves, particularly since its radical asset purchase programme known as quantitative easing, or QE, finally appears to be bearing fruit, central bank watchers said.

Man charged with murder in ambush of Houston area deputy

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:16

HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities.

Mare Dibaba wins close women's marathon race at worlds

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:13

BEIJING (AP) — Mare Dibaba gets asked all the time if she's related to Ethiopian great Tirunesh Dibaba. She's not.

AP Source: LA strikes 2024 Olympic bid deal with USOC

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:12

Los Angeles and the U.S. Olympic Committee have struck a deal that will make the city America's 2024 Olympic bidder pending approval by the city council next week.

New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:54

New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake. New Orleans was plunged into a nightmarish scene of death and looting after Katrina barreled her way through and government help was painfully slow to come, something which still rankles in the city. "New Orleans will be unbowed and unbroken.

With RG3 out, Redskins use 2 QBs to beat Ravens 31-13

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:53

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jay Gruden intends to judge the health of Robert Griffin III before choosing his starting quarterback in the regular season.

Astros' Fiers follows no-no with another win, 4-1 over Twins

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:53

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Fiers didn't finish this start on the field. The Houston Astros didn't jump up and down after the final out. There was no podium for the post-game media coverage, just a handful of reporters in the corner of the clubhouse.

Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as protests spill into second day

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:39

By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thousands gathered for a second day of protests on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-million-dollar financial scandal, their spirits lifted by unexpected support from Malaysia's longest-serving leader. Hundreds slept out overnight in central Kuala Lumpur after the first day of a rally that has brought into the streets a political crisis triggered by reports of a mysterious transfer worth more than $600 million into an account under Najib's name. Najib, who denies wrongdoing, has weathered the storm and analysts say the two-day rally is unlikely to inspire broad public support for him to quit because it lacks a strong leader.

Families seek justice on 'lawless' Bangladesh-India border

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:36

As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world's most intractable border disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice. When the attack occurred, Khatun lived in what was then the enclave of Dahala-Khagrabari, a small island of Indian land locked inside Bangladesh. The case fell under India's jurisdiction.

Close shave for Dibaba in world marathon

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:25

Ethiopian Mare Dibaba lived up to her billing as the world's fastest marathon runner by winning the gruelling event at the world championships in a sprint finish on Sunday. Dibaba timed 2hr 27min 35sec to edge Kenya's Helah Kiprop by just one second after a sprint in the final 50 metres of the race held in overcast, relatively cool conditions. Kenyan-born Bahraini Eunice Kirwa claimed bronze in 2:27.39, while defending champion Edna Kiplagat could only finish fifth (2:28.18) behind Kenyan teammate Jemima Sumgong (2:27.42).

Austria death truck suspects tell court they are innocent

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:18

Kecskemét (Hungary) (AFP) - Four suspected human traffickers said they were innocent as they appeared in a Hungarian court over the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria, marking a sickening new low in Europe's migrant crisis. Europe is struggling to find a coherent approach as its governments face a record influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Police said the victims, believed to be mainly refugees fleeing the war in Syria, may have been dead for up to two days.

Falcons announce 5-year contract extension for Julio Jones

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:13

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.

Spa Stunner! American Pharoah loses in Travers to Keen Ice

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:08

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The day after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, trainer Bob Baffert already was leery of Saratoga in the summer.

Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 22:07

Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center later called off all coastal watches and warnings and said the storm had "dissipated" -- a relief for a dozen Caribbean island nations stalked in recent days by Erika. The storm dumped heavy rains on the Dominican Republic and Haiti in recent days, but its deadliest impact was on the tiny island nation of Dominica, which is still recovering from the assault and where the death toll could yet climb.

Montana stuns North Dakota State 38-35 on late TD

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 21:57

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Bob Stitt is off and running at the University of Montana — at four-time defending national champion North Dakota State's expense.