• Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

    Associated Press - 3 minutes 39 seconds ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. More »Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

  • Attorneys give arguments in Coast Guard killings

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused in a double homicide at a Coast Guard communications station in Alaska is the only possible killer in a circumstantial case, federal prosecutors said Thursday, countering defense arguments that the government failed to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a case built on speculation. More »Attorneys give arguments in Coast Guard killings

  • Senna had so much to offer, says sister

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    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It’s funny, it doesn’t seem like it was 20 years ago," hissister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as Brazil’s most popular sport. More »Senna had so much to offer, says sister

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

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    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season took another hit Friday as more Sherpa mountain guides packed and left the base camp for their village homes a week after the deadliest disaster on the world's highest mountain. More »Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

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    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul. The tragedy has consumed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the lead-up to Obama's visit and could distract from the security and economic agenda she had been expected to highlight during her meetings with the U.S. president. More »Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

  • Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky County has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the country's most competitive Senate races. More »Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

  • Tesla's Musk paid $70,000 in 2013

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    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was paid just under $70,000 in 2013. But he could be in line for much, much more. According to a Tesla filing with regulators Thursday, Musk made a base salary of $33,280 in ... More »Tesla's Musk paid $70,000 in 2013

  • 11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said. More »11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

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    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. More »South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

  • Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

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    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The two Minnesota cousins killed by a man who claimed he was defending himself after they broke into his home were each shot multiple times, a medical examiner testified Thursday, and while the initial gunshots caused serious injury, they did not immediately incapacitate the teens. More »Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

  • Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter

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    HONG KONG (AP) — A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. More »Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter

  • Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers. More »Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

  • Phelps beaten in first comeback final

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    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with. Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, Phelps won his morning heat in the 100 meters butterfly then finished runner-up to Lochte in a close final. Lochte, a five-time Olympic gold medalist who beat Phelps to win the 400m individual medley at London, touched the wall first in 51.93 seconds with Phelps just behind in 52.13. Phelps' time was well outside the world record of 49.82 he set at the 2009 world championships but still safely under the qualifying standard for the U.S. national championships in August, which double as the selection event for next year's world titles in Russia. More »Phelps beaten in first comeback final

  • NBA: First-round playoff results

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    Results from Thursday's first-round NBA playoff games (all series best-of-seven): More »NBA: First-round playoff results

  • Martin shoots course record 62, leads by two in New Orleans

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Ben Martin fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the $6.8 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. Martin made light of gusting afternoon winds to reel off 10 birdies, capped off by a chip-in from 55 feet at the 17th hole at the TPC Louisiana. He leads by two shots from fellow American Andrew Svoboda and holds a three-shot edge over Swede Peter Hanson and South Korean Noh Seung-yul. "Awesome way to start," Martin told the PGA Tour's website, PGATour.com. More »Martin shoots course record 62, leads by two in New Orleans

  • Martin opens Zurich Classic with a sizzling 62

    AFP News - 37 minutes ago

    Ben Martin fired a course-record 10-under 62 to seize a two-shot lead in the opening round of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic. More »Martin opens Zurich Classic with a sizzling 62

  • Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    AFP News - 39 minutes ago

    Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. Rio, which will stage seven matches including the July 13 final, was the scene Tuesday of angry protests and clashes between residents of a slum district a short walk from the popular Copacabana Beach and police. "I have received several messages asking me if there is a civil war in Brazil and I have replied no," added Valcke, speaking in the northern city of Fortaleza. He winds up his latest check on Brazil's World Cup preparations in Rio on Friday. More »Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

  • United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

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    State lawmakers gave final legislative approval Thursday to a $400 million tax credit deal with United Technologies Corp., but not without some concerns that Connecticut has to "play defense" ... More »United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

  • Swim star Phelps beaten in first final of comeback

    AFP News - 43 minutes ago

    Swimming superstar Michael Phelps finished second to old foe Ryan Lochte in the 100m butterfly in his first final since returning to the sport after 20 months out. Lochte led at the 50m mark and held on to win in 51.93sec -- second-fastest in the world this year -- while fellow American Phelps was second in 52.13, matching the fourth-fastest time of 2014. Phelps had made it look easy in posting the fastest time of the heats at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona, although he said his first race in nearly two years felt "strange." The 28-year-old, whose career has spanned four Olympics and included an astonishing 18 Olympic gold medals, looked dialed-in as he took to the blocks for the final, without the smile for the sell-out crowd of 1,200 at Skyline Aquatic Center that he had in the morning. More »Swim star Phelps beaten in first final of comeback

  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 43 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul. The tragedy has consumed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the lead-up to Obama's visit and could distract from the security and economic agenda she had been expected to highlight during her meetings with the U.S. president. More »Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

  • Blatter wants to revive 6+5 proposal

    Reuters - 57 minutes ago

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to revive his so-called 6+5 proposal which would force clubs to field at least six players from their own country. The idea won the backing of the FIFA Congress in 2008 but was ditched after it fell foul of European Union laws on the freedom of movement. "Unfortunately the idea foundered on EU Employment Law – the right to work in the country of choice and individual freedom of movement," said Blatter in his column in FIFA's weekly magazine. An Institute for European Affairs (INEA) expert opinion concludes that a “quota agreement” along the lines of the “6 + 5 rule” is compatible with the law. More »Blatter wants to revive 6+5 proposal

  • The day Senna grabbed F1's attention

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    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - While Formula One remembers Ayrton Senna on the 20th anniversary of his death at Imola, happier memories of another race 10 years earlier highlight just why the great Brazilian is still so sorely missed. The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, held in pouring rain, was when even the sleepiest followers of the sport woke up to just what a talent they had in their midst. Senna, starting in 13th place in the first street race of his rookie season and in a car that he had failed to qualify two races earlier at Imola, finished second to McLaren's Alain Prost - his future team mate and rival - for his first F1 podium. Pat Symonds, now technical head at Williams after working with Michael Schumacher at Benetton and Fernando Alonso at Renault, was Senna's race engineer that day at the unheralded Toleman team and looks back on it as an almost surreal experience. More »The day Senna grabbed F1's attention

  • Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

    Reuters - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ayrton Senna is as discreet in death as he was lively in life. The last resting place of Brazil's most charismatic Formula One champion is marked by a brass plaque on a circular lawn, surrounded by almost identical plaques laid into the ground. "I come here every week or so," said Joao Antonio Castro, a car mechanic and salesman. But comparatively few visitors make a pilgrimage to see singer Elis Regina, fashion icon and TV star Clodovil, or singer-songwriter Wilson Simonal. More »Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

  • Brewer vetoes controversial Uber bill

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    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have exempted Uber and other rideshare companies from insurance regulations imposed on traditional taxi and livery companies. Saying the ... More »Brewer vetoes controversial Uber bill

  • Ayrton Senna's Formula One career

    Reuters - 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - May 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Brazil's triple Formula One champion Ayrton Senna in the San Marino Grand Prix at Italy's Imola circuit. The following details the main points of his career: - - - - * Born Ayrton Senna da Silva in Sao Paulo on March 21, 1960. He also won the Macau F3 Grand Prix. * After testing with Williams, McLaren, Brabham and Toleman, Senna signed for the latter team and made his Formula One debut in Brazil in March 1984. More »Ayrton Senna's Formula One career

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