THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods birdied two of his last three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and keep his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the World Challenge on Saturday.
By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - French soldiers were cheered by residents on Saturday as they began patrolling densely populated neighborhoods of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities. Attacks on civilians in Bangui continued for a third day, aid workers said. France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony, where at least 400 people have died in three days of violence between the Seleka rebel group that seized power in March and Christian self-defence militias, which has spilled over into religious violence in the capital and beyond. Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch's emergency director, said Seleka fighters burned houses in Bossangoa, about 300 km (190 miles) north of Bangui, after French jets flew overhead.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Atlanta has been diverted to Spokane International Airport after a 16-year-old boy died on board.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri guard Earnest Ross thinks it's "pretty cool" when he makes 3-pointers. His teammates agree, especially when they're dropping in big games.
CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (AP) — The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took began as early as 1 a.m. when he slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs.
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Skiing far more aggressively than in her season debut a day earlier, Lindsey Vonn was in an unofficial 10th place after the first 45 skiers in a World Cup downhill Saturday.
By Dave Graham, Adriana Barrera and Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican lawmakers unveiled a draft energy bill on Saturday that includes contracts ranging from profit-sharing and risk-sharing to licenses to lure private investment, in what would be the biggest opening in the world's No. 10 producer in decades. Approval of the bill would mark the end of the decades-long oil and gas monopoly held by state-run Pemex, which is struggling to reverse a sharp slide in oil output due to years of chronic under-investment. The bill, which would keep ownership of crude in state hands, is at the center of an economic reform drive that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will boost long-lagging growth in Latin America's second-largest economy. But it is a big step from the service contracts currently on offer, under which companies are paid a fee and are able to recover costs, and also goes well beyond the proposal made by Pena Nieto in August, which was limited to profit-sharing contracts.
A grieving South Africa started preparing Saturday to host a unique gathering of world leaders for Nelson Mandela's funeral, as his family expressed their profound sadness and loss at the anti-apartheid icon's death. Across the country, ordinary South Africans gathered in groups large and small, to both mourn and celebrate the life of the prisoner turned president who transformed their country and became a global symbol of hope and freedom. Presidents, religious leaders and cultural figureheads from all corners of the world are expected for the funeral, which will see a cortege with Mandela's coffin pass through the streets of Pretoria on three consecutive days. His family on Saturday compared the loss of their adored patriarch to the trauma of separation during his long incarceration in Robben Island.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Investigative journalist Juan Carlos Calderon received multiple death threats after launching something rare in the claustrophobic media climate of today's Ecuador, a digital magazine exposing high-level corruption.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Askia Booker brought Colorado fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory over No. 6 Kansas, marking the program's first victory over the Jayhawks in its last 20 tries.
By Jana Pruet DALLAS (Reuters) - Freezing weather gripped parts of the United States on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of people in Texas and Arkansas coping in the cold without power after a winter storm made roads impassable and caused severe flight delays. "What's happening across most of the country is we're getting a very early taste of winter," Mike Muscher, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said on Saturday. More than 3,300 travelers were forced to sleep on cots overnight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where workers had managed to thaw only two of its seven runways by Saturday morning. At the height of the storm, some 267,000 electricity outages were reported in Texas, according to utility provider Oncor, but that number was down to about 130,000 early on Saturday.
International creditors said on Saturday that they have delayed until January their next trip to Greece for talks on a deal key to unblocking one billion euros in bailout funds. Senior auditors from the so-called creditor troika -- the EU, IMF and European Central Bank -- had been expected to return to Athens on Monday to resume an evaluation of pledged Greek reforms. But late Saturday a spokesman for EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said full negotiating teams would not return to Athens until January "after the authorities have made further progress in implementation" of reforms demanded by Greece's creditors. Athens has been keen to wrap the talks before it assumes the rotating EU presidency in January.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Companies which enter Mexico's energy sector could be paid with a percentage of production obtained under production-sharing contracts, according to an energy reform draft obtained by Reuters on Saturday. Companies could report contracts agreed to and expected benefits for accounting purposes, but oil reserves under the ground will remain the property of Mexico, the draft says. The draft includes the option of contracts ranging from profit-sharing and risk-sharing to licenses, as well as service contracts like those currently allowed. ...
By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans. It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain. "For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers - including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today," Obama said in his weekly address. Attending memorial services in South Africa next week for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and then launching into holiday season will also allow for a change of subject from the healthcare controversy.