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  • Golf-Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68). More »Golf-Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

  • Obama urges expansion of 'take child to work' day

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building. More »Obama urges expansion of 'take child to work' day

  • Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week's Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year's first major. Woods' name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday. Should Woods decide to tee it up at the Masters, which starts on April 9, he would do so after not competing for 63 days. A four-time Masters champion whose ranking has plummeted to 96th, Woods has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour and said he would not return until his game was "tournament-ready". More »Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency's drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. "The great leaps forward in evidence-based medicine of the last 50 years have come in large part as a result of the high standards for product approval that Congress put in place after a series of disasters involving unsafe and ineffective medical products," said Hamburg, 59, said on Friday at a National Press Club lunch in Washington, D.C. Her comments come amid a push by some lawmakers for faster approvals of experimental drugs. A provision in a draft House of Representatives bill known as 21st Century Cures, for example, would allow the FDA to approve drugs designated as "breakthrough therapies" based on preliminary clinical data. "Breakthrough therapy" designation is currently given when early data shows a product may confer substantial improvement over an existing therapy. More »In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

  • Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker took advantage of greatly improved weather conditions at his home tournament to seize an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open in sunny San Antonio on Friday. The 36-year-old fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 on a challenging layout at the TPC San Antonio with three consecutive birdies in his last four holes. Walker, who clinched his fourth PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in January, picked up shots at the sixth, seventh and eighth before ending his round with a comfortable par at the ninth to post a six-under total of 138. Australian Aaron Baddeley (71) and American Charley Hoffman (72) were tied at five under, a stroke better than world number six Jordan Spieth (69) and fellow American Kevin Na (68). More »Walker surges one ahead in San Antonio

  • Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom." Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. "Apple is open for everyone. More »Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law

  • Conflicting portraits of NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling emerge as trial ends

    Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, calling him a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but a mean-spirited "con artist" and bigot toward others. V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and her relatives during her 2-1/2 years as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children. Stiviano took the witness stand for a second day in Los Angeles Superior Court during the trial of a lawsuit brought by Sterling's wife seeking return of community marital assets she claims her husband gave Stiviano without her consent. Shelly Sterling's lawyers asked the judge to grant her title to a $1.8 million house her husband had bought for Stiviano, plus more than $1 million in cash they said he lavished on Stiviano for living expenses, credit-card purchases and three luxury cars. More »Conflicting portraits of NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling emerge as trial ends

  • May 7 'the social justice election'

    Press Association - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The general election will be the "social justice election", former prime minister Gordon Brown said as he announced Labour would boost NHS spending in Scotland. More »May 7 'the social justice election'

  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. More »Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

  • Primordial sea creature with spiky claws unearthed in Canada

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossil site in the Canadian Rockies that provides a wondrous peek into life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has offered up the remains of an intriguing sea creature, a four-eyed arthropod predator that wielded a pair of spiky claws. Scientists said on Friday they unearthed nicely preserved fossils in British Columbia of the 508 million-year-old animal, named Yawunik kootenayi, that looked like a big shrimp with a bad attitude and was one of the largest predators of its time. The fossil beds in Kootenay National Park where it was found were in a previously unexplored area of the Burgess Shale rock formation that for more than a century has yielded exceptional remains from the Cambrian Period, when many of the major animal groups first appeared. Yawunik, whose name honors a mythical sea monster in the native Ktunaxa people's creation story, was a primitive arthropod, the highly successful group that includes shrimps, lobsters, crabs, insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes. More »Primordial sea creature with spiky claws unearthed in Canada

  • Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

    Associated Press - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans on Friday vowed to reopen a charged debate over a fetus' legal rights after prosecutors said they could not file homicide charges against a woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly. More »Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

  • NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    March 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma City Thunder forward and reigning league MVP Kevin Durant will undergo surgery on his ailing right foot and is expected to be sidelined four to six months, the team announced Friday. Durant, 26, missed the first 17 games of the season after undergoing surgery in October to repair a fracture in the foot and now will miss the rest of the season and any possible playoff games. Durant, who underwent a small procedure last month to help alleviate pain in the foot, averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 27 games this season. ... More »NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

  • Golf-Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes March 27 (Reuters) - As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week's Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year's first major. Woods' name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday. Should Woods decide to tee it up at the Masters, which starts on April 9, he would do so after not competing for 63 days. A four-time Masters champion whose ranking has plummeted to 96th, Woods has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour and said he would not return until his game was "tournament-ready". More »Golf-Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

    TheJournal.ie - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Graham Dwyer trial, rent supplements and Daffodil Day… all in your evening new’s catchup. More »Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

  • Man indicted in incident involving noose on Univ. of Mississippi statue

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on civil rights charges accusing him of draping a noose and a Confederate flag around the neck of a statue of the school's first black student, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Graeme Phillip Harris conspired with others on Feb. 16, 2014, to hang a rope and an old version of the Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle symbol around the neck of the school's statue of James Meredith, prosecutors said. Meredith braved white segregationist mobs in 1962 to integrate the school in Oxford, Mississippi. In response to the 2014 incident, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity expelled from its ranks the three freshmen believed to be involved in the incident, provided their names to the university and later closed its chapter there, the fraternity's chief executive, Brian Warren, said in a statement. More »Man indicted in incident involving noose on Univ. of Mississippi statue

  • Montenegro-Russia match abandoned; Sweden, Austria win

    Associated Press - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned Friday after Russia's goalkeeper was hit by a flare and a 30-minute suspension of the game was followed by a brawl between players. More »Montenegro-Russia match abandoned; Sweden, Austria win

  • UPDATE 1-Soccer-Montenegro v Russia match abandoned after crowd trouble

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    * Euro qualifier suspended twice before being called off * Russia keeper hit on the head by flare in first minute * Players clash before match abandoned with score at 0-0 (Updates after match abandoned) PODGORICA, March 27 (Reuters) - Montenegro and Russia's Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned midway through the second half on Friday after two outbreaks of crowd trouble and a scuffle between the players. The game was first delayed by 33 minutes when Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit on the head by a flare thrown from the Montenegro section of the ground soon after kickoff. With the score at 0-0 in the Group G game, German referee Deniz Aytekin ordered the players back into the dressing room for the second time moments after Montenegro keeper Vukasin Poleksic saved a Roman Shirokov penalty. Montenegro and Russia supporters clashed at halftime, forcing riot police to move in to separate them. More »UPDATE 1-Soccer-Montenegro v Russia match abandoned after crowd trouble

  • Colorado urges U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss interstate pot lawsuit

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma which challenges the state's recreational marijuana laws. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said that while she shares concerns about illegal pot activity, her office is committed to defending the state's laws. The two states sued neighboring Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court late last year, complaining that weed is being smuggled across their borders and noting federal law still prohibits the drug, despite Colorado voters legalizing recreational pot use by adults at a landmark ballot in 2012. "At the same time, I share our border states' concerns regarding illegal marijuana activity, and my office, as well as our partner state and local law enforcement agencies, are committed to stopping marijuana diversion," Coffman said in a statement. More »Colorado urges U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss interstate pot lawsuit

  • Girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie

    Associated Press - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack. More »Girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie

  • Graham Dwyer: Secrets shrouded in the busy life of a father, husband and architect

    TheJournal.ie - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    We got glimpses into the man’s character and interests – both known and hidden. More »Graham Dwyer: Secrets shrouded in the busy life of a father, husband and architect

  • Amanda Knox: 'tremendously relieved' after her acquittal in Italy

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    American Amanda Knox said on Friday she was "tremendously relieved" after her acquittal by Italy's top court for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. "I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy," Knox, 27, said in a statement provided by her U.S.-based attorney in which she thanked her supporters. Your kindness has sustained me." Italy's Court of Cassation on Friday annulled the murder conviction and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge. The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict against Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for the lethal stabbing. More »Amanda Knox: 'tremendously relieved' after her acquittal in Italy

  • Montenegro-Russia qualifier abandoned; Kane scores on debut

    Associated Press - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A Russian player was hit by a flare after 20 seconds in Montenegro before a brawl between the two teams' players eventually resulted in the European Championship qualifier being abandoned on Friday. More »Montenegro-Russia qualifier abandoned; Kane scores on debut

  • “A case like no other”: 197 witnesses, 320 exhibits, 45 days

    TheJournal.ie - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Nothing was left unsaid – or unshown – at the Graham Dwyer trial for the murder of Elaine O’Hara More »“A case like no other”: 197 witnesses, 320 exhibits, 45 days

  • Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden - Al Arabiya TV

    Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CAIRO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country's human rights record. Sweden's foreign ministry could not confirm the news but said a Swedish envoy to Saudi Arabia had assured the Saudi King on Friday that recent comments from Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom were not meant to insult Saudi Arabia or Islam. Saudi Arabia withdrew its envoy earlier this month over Swedish criticism of the monarchy's treatment of women and dissidents. More »Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden - Al Arabiya TV

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