WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.
DENVER (AP) — A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for M.I.A. says his client and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion dollar dispute over the Sri Lankan rapper's flash of the middle finger during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna.
By Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will "probably" have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee.
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By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. Scott, the Australian world number two, caught fire from the par-four fifth hole to post a 31 on the front nine and added two more birdies including a nice finishing touch at 18 to complete a 65 for eight-under 134 along with American Cameron Tringale. Scott was hitting the ball like a dream from tee to green, and reckoned he might have broken 60 if he had taken advantage of the par-fives and cashed in with his putter on a host of other scoring opportunities. So I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10-footers it felt like." Asked if a 59 might have been possible for him, Scott said: "Well, ifs and buts, but I played well enough if I had it really going on the green today to do that for sure." Tringale, who last week disqualified himself from the PGA Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard, shot a 68 to share a one-stroke lead with Scott on a jammed pack leaderboard.
The Washington Post newspaper's editorial board announced Friday it will no longer use the controversial nickname of the National Football League's Washington Redskins, supporting calls that the word is offensive. The newspaper's editorial page has championed a name change for many years, noting in 1992 the term Redskins "is really pretty offensive" to Native Americans, with the team's logo a profile of a Native American warrior's face. Team owner Daniel Snyder has disagreed and is fighting a court ruling that would strip the "Redskins" trademark from the team, likely pressuring the league to force a name change for financial reasons to avoid counterfeit products and lost revenues in an area where all league teams share income. The Post editorial board said the issue is no longer a question to its members.
South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon stretched her lead to five strokes after firing a six-under par 66 in the second round of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open. Ninth-ranked Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion whose only other LPGA title came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, opened by matching the London Hunt and Country Club course record with a 63 and followed up with another solid effort to stand on 15-under 129. "After I shot nine-under, six-under is not that great, but still it's a really great score and I made a lot of great putts," Ryu said on Friday. I aim for a bogey-free round all four days and I'm aiming for a really good win." South Korean Choi Na-Yeon, American Danielle Kang and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist shared second on 134 with American Cristie Kerr another stroke adrift.
Stephen Curry scored 20 points to lead the United States collection of NBA stars in a 112-86 romp over Puerto Rico in a Basketball World Cup warm-up match. The Americans also saw the return of Derrick Rose, who had sat out an exhibition victory two nights earlier over the Dominican Republic. A final US 12-man lineup must be settled by next Friday when the Americans try to defend their global crown at the Basketball World Cup in Spain starting August 30 against Finland. Puerto Rico stayed level with the Americans at 24-24 through the first quarter, but a 16-4 US run in the second half put the hosts in front to stay.
Defending champion Adam Scott made a run of four consecutive birdies and closed with a tap-in birdie to share the lead after Friday's second round of The Barclays PGA tournament. The Australian star, who captured his first major title last year at the Masters, fired a six-under par 65 to match American Cameron Tringale atop the leaderboard halfway into the first event of the season-ending PGA playoffs.
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