LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.
Russia's envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said on Wednesday that new sanctions imposed by the EU would lead nowhere and fail to help solve the Ukraine crisis, Russian news agency Interfax reported on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, the decision confirms our conclusion that the European Union can not or does not want yet to abandon a course of boosting pressure through sanctions, which in itself leads nowhere and, in any case, does not contribute to de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine and around it," Chizhov told Interfax.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.
Belarus will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE security and rights organisation on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko's office said on Wednesday. It did not say when the talks would take place but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Lukashenko to host them on Thursday and to focus on securing access to the site where a Malaysian airliner was brought down in east Ukraine. There was no indication pro-Russian separatists fighting Ukraine's army would attend the talks, although Lukashenko's office said "all interested sides" were invited.
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July 28 (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup points table on Monday: World points list 1. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 317.40 2. Justin Rose (England) 261.33 3. Martin Kaymer (Germany) 245.87 4. Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 193.77 5. Luke Donald (England) 162.44 European points list 1. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 3,051,298 2. Victor Dubuisson (France) 2,631,723 3. Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 2,398,824 4. ...
A US judge gave the go-ahead for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move. The ruling by California Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas on Monday came after a three-week trial pitting the 80-year-old Sterling -- barred from the National Basketball Association for life for making racist remarks -- against his estranged wife Shelly, who made the deal with Ballmer. Levanas said the sale could go forward immediately, even if Donald Sterling -- who had challenged his wife's authority to sell the NBA franchise -- appeals. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale on behalf of the family trust, after Donald Sterling's position as co-trustee was terminated when two medical experts declared the billionaire real estate mogul mentally incompetent to handle trust affairs.
(Reuters) - A man accused of murdering and robbing an Eastern Michigan University football player last October was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Monday. Ed Thomas, 21, was found not guilty in the murder of Demarius Reed, a 20-year-old wide receiver with the Eastern Michigan Eagles who had dreams of playing in the National Football League. During the three-day trial in Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Thomas' alleged accomplice Kristopher Pratt testified that he shot Reed twice in his off-campus apartment building last October while Thomas stole his smart phone and wallet.
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The record $2 billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer can proceed over the objections of co-owner Donald Sterling, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal, brokered by Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the NBA for racist remarks, chose to appeal. The ruling was a major victory for the NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers after having her 80-year-old husband removed when neurologists deemed him to have early Alzheimer's disease and was unable to handle business affairs.
July 28(Reuters) - Leading money winners on the 2014European Tour Race to Dubai on Monday: 1. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 2,634,933 euros 2. Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 1,621,367 3. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 1,571,776 4. Martin Kaymer (Germany) 1,533,128 5. Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 1,427,922 6. Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) 1,241,052 7. Justin Rose (England) 1,211,553 8. Victor Dubuisson (France) 1,209,642 9. Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 1,191,167 10. Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 1,096,713 11. Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 1,088,822 12. Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland) 1,072,771 13. ...
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