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Buster Posey goes 5 for 5 in six innings of work

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey went 5 for 5 in six innings for the San Francisco Giants on Friday night against Milwaukee, then sat down for the night.

Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:06

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.

Sharapova survives as upsets rock US Open

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:54

World number two Simona Halep and two-time champion Venus Williams tumbled out of the US Open, but Maria Sharapova bucked the upset trend that rocked the women's draw. Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a former phenom now a 32-year-old veteran who had to fight through qualifying, shocked second-seeded Halep, the French Open runner-up, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. "It's incredible, amazing, I feel goofy," said Lucic-Baroni, who reached a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time since making it to the 1999 Wimbledon semi-finals as a 17-year-old. The reward for the 121st-ranked Lucic-Baroni is a fourth-round meeting with 13th-seeded Italian Sara Errani, who thwarted Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (7/5).

Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:23

NEW YORK (AP) — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:18

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:07

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city.

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:04

CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids.

Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.

After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a "cooling tunnel" and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.

Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:52
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:44
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Ebola hits 5th WAfrican state as Senegal confirms first case

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:05

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. The case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes a day after the World Health Organization warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly. On Friday, scientists writing in the journal Nature said 18 lab monkeys given high doses of the Ebola virus fully recovered after being given the prototype drug ZMapp, which reversed bleeding in the animals. ZMapp has been given to a handful of frontline health workers who have contracted Ebola, two of whom have recovered, and two of whom have died.

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:00

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.

Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:00

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections.

NY police probed for 2nd restraint-related death

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:58
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department said Friday it's under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training.

PAX Prime gaming convention kicks off in Seattle

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:23

SEATTLE (AP) — The Penny Arcade Expo is in full swing in downtown Seattle.

UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:19

Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million. British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters there was "no doubt in my mind" that jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria had their sights set on targets in Europe. Despite the move, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Washington had no plans to follow suit, but US national security officials had been in close contact with London on the issue. US President Barack Obama has admitted that he has no immediate strategy to tackle advancing IS jihadists.

Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:13

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

US OPEN SCENE: Fognini perfects art of outbursts

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:42

NEW YORK (AP) — Fabio Fognini is perfecting the art of the outburst at Grand Slam tournaments.