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Liverpool, City set for emotional showdown

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:31

Carried by a wave of raw emotion, leaders Liverpool will look to land a potentially decisive blow in the Premier League title race when they host Manchester City on Sunday. Tributes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster will frame the encounter and with Liverpool on course for a first title since 1990, Anfield is likely to be a cauldron of fervour and belief. As with every other game in England this weekend, kick-off will occur seven minutes later than scheduled as a mark of respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who died after a fatal crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium during an FA Cup semi-final in 1989. Former players from the two sides will exchange wreaths prior to the match, which will also be preceded by a rendition of the Liverpool anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and a minute's silence.

Samsung looks to life beyond the smartphone

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:21

After years of record profit growth, tech giant Samsung Electronics looks to be at a commercial crossroads as it searches for a new growth driver to counter slowing sales of its phenomenally successful smartphones. Alarm bells have been sounding for a while over Samsung's reliance on smartphone sales in increasingly mature markets such as Europe and the United States, and increasingly competitive emerging markets like China. Last week, Samsung said it was on track for a second consecutive quarter of year-on-year profit decline, and its stock price fell nearly 10 percent in 2013 -- the first annual drop in five years. Friday saw the global roll-out of the latest version of the flagship Galaxy series smartphone, the S5, whose performance will be closely watched.

Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:18

CHIMBOTE, Peru (AP) — One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political murder foretold by its victim. Their integrity was in doubt.

Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:10
Federal land managers confirmed Saturday that they released all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.

Tensions over money flows bode poorly for global economy

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:10

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For a bunch of people who just agreed the global economy is doing better, top officials from the world's rich and poor nations sound rather worried. For poor nations, the easy monetary policies in advanced economies are leading to big swings in capital flows that could destabilize emerging markets. For rich countries, the hoarding of currency by developing nations is blocking progress toward a more stable global economy. Those tensions, which have been brewing for years, seemed to be rising as finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 economies gathered last week in Washington, as evidenced by harsh words from Washington and Delhi.

Feds release all cows gathered during NV roundup

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:08
Federal land managers confirmed they released all 400 head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.

Verlander gets first 2 hits, Tigers top Padres 6-2

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sometime soon, a baseball will be getting a prominent spot among the trophies on Justin Verlander's mantle.

Hawks beat Heat to clinch playoff spot

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:34

The Atlanta Hawks clinched the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 98-85 win over the defending champion Miami Heat. Lou Williams scored 23 points for Atlanta who claimed the final playoff berth in their conference. Atlanta had a 25-21 record on February 4 but went into a 6-20 tailspin before winning six of its last eight National Basketball Association games.

NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:32

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

William fuels speculation of second royal baby

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:28

Dunedin (New Zealand) (AFP) - Royal watchers were scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour Sunday, after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way. The royals' eight-month-old son Prince George, third in line to the throne, has been the star of their New Zealand tour so far. But William suggested during a walkabout in the North Island town of Cambridge there may soon be another royal baby to share the spotlight. During a meeting with Cynthia Read, who knitted the merino wool shawl which was New Zealand's official gift when George was born, William said according to several reports: "You might have to make another one soon!"

Snowden the 'traitor' looms over Pulitzers

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:19

America is still polarized over Edward Snowden and whether the newspapers that exposed the extent of NSA's vast global spying network should be lauded or condemned. Ten months later, the question on journalists' lips is whether America's most prestigious journalism prize, the Pulitzers, will honor them when the annual awards are announced Monday. In arguably the most influential story of the decade, The Guardian and The Washington Post broke sensational new ground by exposing how the US government monitors the data of millions. Paul Janensch, professor emeritus at Quinnipiac University's School of Communications, predicted tension between journalists and more establishment members of the Pulitzer jury.

Zimmerman hurt in Nationals' 6-3 loss to Braves

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:18

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have lost their leadoff hitter for a week and a key bat in the middle of their lineup for much longer.

4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:10
CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.

Union wins NCAA title, beating Minnesota 7-4

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:09

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey.

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syria's war creeps closer

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:06

For three years, residents of Syria's Mediterranean provinces have watched from their coastal sanctuary as civil war raging further inland tore the country apart, killing tens of thousands of people and devastating historic cities. But a three-week-old offensive by rebel fighters in the north of Latakia province, a bastion of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority, has brought the battle ever closer and shattered that sense of relative security. Rebels are now fighting in the hills overlooking the sea, bringing the country's main port of Latakia within their range - rocket-fire killed eight people in one barrage on the city a month ago - and Syria's coast feels under real threat. "They can erase us, even those of us who support them," said a young Alawite woman as she drank coffee with her fiance in a Latakia cafe, 50 km (30 miles) south of where have rebels seized their first toehold on Syria's coast, by the Turkish border.

US warns Russia of 'additional consequences' over Ukraine

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:03

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia of "additional consequences" if it fails to pull its troops back from the Ukraine border, as Kiev accused Moscow of aggression in its restive east. During a telephone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry "made clear that if Russia did not take steps to de-escalate in eastern Ukraine and move its troops back from Ukraine's border, there would be additional consequences", a senior State Department official said. A first wave of US sanctions unveiled in March blacklisted officials and businesspeople close to Russian President Vladimir Putin to protest at Moscow's takeover of Crimea.

Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:50

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.

Truck in deadly California crash on fire before collision: witness

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:39

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A witness reported that a FedEx tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus in northern California on Thursday killing 10 people was on fire before impact, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday. The driver of a car that had passed the bus just before the crash said flames were coming from beneath the cab of the truck, board member Mark Rosekind told a Saturday evening news conference. The truck clipped the car and then hit the bus, Rosekind said. Among those killed were five teen-aged students en route to a college recruitment event, along with the drivers of the bus and truck.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:29

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season:

Hawks top Heat 98-85, get East's last playoff spot

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 22:22

ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague says he never doubted the Atlanta Hawks would be in the playoffs.