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Club pros get a taste of tour life at PGA Championship

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:53

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are at Baltusrol. So are 20 club pros, who for one week of the year get treated on equal ground as the best golfers in the world.


Credit Suisse turns 2Q profit, down sharply from a year ago

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:48
Credit Suisse says second-quarter net profit plunged 84 percent as the Swiss bank pressed on with a restructuring and revaluation of its investment banking portfolio. The bank, which is being restructured ...

Lady Gaga putting on invite-only Democratic convention show

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:47

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, will get some time in the Democratic convention spotlight Thursday with some help from Lady Gaga.


Obama passes torch to Clinton, warns election a test of democracy

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:46

President Barack Obama implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about politics, but the nature of US democracy. Speaking before a rapt Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Obama praised Clinton's caliber and readiness for the White House while painting her Republican rival as a know-nothing authoritarian.


Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:29

A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation. The order came from a judge in the northern state of Amazonas, saying Facebook was failing to meet its legal obligations. Facebook Brasil has "shown tremendous disregard for Brazilian institutions," prosecutors added.


Judge dismisses charges against former Utah attorney general

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:07

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge dismissed pay-to-play charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Wednesday, ending a high-profile case that landed soon after he wrapped up 12 years as the state's top lawman.


Actors, delegates protest on quiet Day 3 of Dem convention

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 00:01

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Actors and delegates took center stage in smaller and more subdued protests by Bernie Sanders supporters on a mostly quiet Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.


Indonesia rebuffs UN, EU appeals to halt looming executions

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:53
CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia quickly rebuffed appeals from the U.N. human rights chief and the European Union to abandon plans to execute 14 people for drug crimes as preparations intensified Thursday at the prison island where the death row inmates are held.

Obama urges Americans to get behind Clinton, slams Trump

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:52

By Jeff Mason and Alana Wise PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America's future and offered full-throated support for Hillary Clinton's bid to defeat Republican Donald Trump in a speech that electrified the Democratic National Convention. "There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill - nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States," Obama said to cheers at the Philadelphia convention on Wednesday night.


50 years later, Dylan's motorcycle crash remains mysterious

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:47

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Bob Dylan tumbled from a Triumph motorcycle on a sunny Friday morning here 50 years ago on July 29, 1966. The banged-up musician holed up in the mountains of upstate New York for months afterward, dramatically altering the rocket ride of his career.


Police protest Black Lives Matter banner at city hall

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:44
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are protesting a mayor's refusal to remove a Black Lives Matter banner that's hanging over city hall.

Takeaways: Obama vouches for Clinton, Kaine steps up

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:36

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama used what is likely his last high-profile speech as president to make a powerful case for Hillary Clinton's election, saying it wasn't even a close choice between her and Donald Trump, whom he described as a homegrown demagogue.


A new threat in fight against overdoses: Elephant sedative

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.


Turkey shakes up military as post-coup crackdown widens

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:27

Turkey's premier meets top military commanders on Thursday over one of the most radical shake-ups in the armed forces' history after a failed coup, which has already seen 149 generals dishonourably discharged. The hastily convened meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) in Ankara will bring together Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the land, sea and air force commanders, along with other top figures untarnished by the attempted power grab. The gathering comes a day after the government dramatically stepped up its post-coup crackdown, announcing mass military dismissals and closing down dozens of media outlets.


Police: Man faces charges for threatening to 'off some cops'

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:25
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man has been taken into custody after authorities say he made threats against police officers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

AP FACT CHECK: Warped claims in political hothouse

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hot out there, politically speaking, with Hillary Clinton's convention going full steam and Donald Trump refusing to stay quiet while Democrats put on their big show. Reality is sometimes getting warped in the process.


Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:20

Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges. It follows explosive allegations against the cardinal aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, which he strongly denied. "That's a matter that we investigated and still are investigating," Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said of the claims.


Obama boosts Clinton: Carry her like you carried me

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:18

His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the optimism that drives the nation’s democracy and warning against the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump. “America is already great. America is already strong,” he declared to cheering delegates Wednesday night at the Democratic convention.


Islamic state posts video of men it says were French church attackers

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:16

Islamic State's news agency on Wednesday posted a video of two men it said were those who attacked a church in France in which they pledged allegiance to the group's leader. The video was posted by Amaq news agency a day after two men burst into the Catholic church in Normandy during a service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat. The two men who identified themselves as Abu Omar and Abu Jalil el-Hanafy appeared in the one-minute video sitting on a staircase pledging loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's leader.


Congressman asks Obama to keep classified intel from Trump

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:13

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressman says he's asking President Barack Obama to withhold classified materials and briefings from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the interest of national security.