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Heat hold off Bobcats 101-97 MIAMI -- The Charlotte Bobcats have never won a playoff game. On Wednesday, their best player, forward Al Jefferson, was playing on one healthy leg, and the Bobcats were...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:19
(Updated: CHANGES to .429 for Molina hitting streak in Game Notebook) Mets 3, Cardinals 2: Jonathon Niese was strong through 6 2/3 innings and host New York took advantage of Michael Wacha's wildness...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:19
Blackhawks 4, Blues 3 (OT): Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the contest 11:17 into overtime as host Chicago evened its Western Conference first-round series with St. Louis at two games apiece...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:19
Bourn helps Indians to 5-3 win over Royals CLEVELAND -- Center fielder Michael Bourn was late getting to the party, but he is back in the lineup and Wednesday night he was a key contributor in the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:18
By Teresa Carson EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples challenging Oregon's prohibition on gay marriage appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday to argue their case, even...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A nursing Southern California mother stopped from taking breast milk through airport security has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Transportation Security...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:17
MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana has never faced Cincinnati, but a lack of familiarity isn't likely to be a problem when the Braves open a three-game series...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:17
Dodgers 5, Phillies 2: Zack Greinke struck out 11 over seven-plus innings and Hanley Ramirez homered as host Los Angeles snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak. Yasiel Puig added two hits...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:17
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said on Thursday that its ship, the "Baosteel Emotion" 226,434 deadweight-ton ore carrier, is ready to leave a Chinese port soon after...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:17
NFL Team Report - New Orleans Saints - INSIDE SLANT Even though they weren't flush with salary cap dollars in early March, the New Orleans Saints have done about as well as can be expected through...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:16
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members are considering sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties, envoys said on Wednesday, after U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:15
Nats beat Angels with four in bottom of ninth WASHINGTON -- Pulling out come-from-behind victories is nothing new for the Washington Nationals this season, but this one might be the best thus far....
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:15
SEOUL (Reuters) - A member of crew of a South Korean ferry that sank last week said on Thursday she and her colleagues were "under command" to abandon ship. The Sewol, weighing almost 7,000 tons,...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:15
By Toni Clarke (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed measures on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to consumers younger than 18, but would not restrict flavored...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:15
NFL Team Report - Dallas Cowboys - INSIDE SLANT Rather than make headlines with high-profile signings to kick off free agency Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was instead discussing the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:14
NFL Team Report - Tennessee Titans - INSIDE SLANT The Tennessee Titans, at least on paper, believe they have addressed most of their offseason issues. Certainly, that remains to be seen since the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:13
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border on Thursday in response to a spate of attacks around the country, the army said, in the first...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:13
Surprising Simon stymies Pirates in Reds win PITTSBURGH -- Cincinnati Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon has been one of the baseball's biggest surprises during the first month of the season. Simon...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:13
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the United States and Japan have agreed to cooperate on a broad range of security and defense issues, adding that U.S. President...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:13
By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Shares in tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook held hefty after-hours gains on Thursday as their results handily outpaced Wall Street expectations, though Asian...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:13
By Byron Kaye and Sonali Paul PERTH/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:12
NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - INSIDE SLANT The Indianapolis Colts went into the 2014 offseason with a lot of money to spend and several holes that needed to be filled. General manager Ryan...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:12
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he will continue to explain his visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead to gain understanding from...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:12
MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Blocking out distractions is a necessity for players such as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. But it was hard to ignore the hoopla and...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:11
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned petitioners from taking their grievances directly to higher levels of government without first going through local authorities, state media reported on Thursday,...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:11
By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:10
Twins 6, Rays 4 (12): Chris Colabello singled home a pair of runs in the top of the 12th inning and belted a two-run homer as visiting Minnesota outlasted Tampa Bay to even the series at a game...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:10
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has ordered officials to buy discount airfares for business trips, as part of Beijing's campaign to crack down on wasteful government spending. The new rules ban officials...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:09
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT Everyone knew that this would be a key offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars. When a team has plenty of cap space available and a number of...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:09
(Reuters) - Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been slapped with a seven-game suspension for using his knee to injure Colorado's Tyson Barrie, the NHL announced on Wednesday. The incident occurred...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that additional sanctions were "teed up" against Russia if it does not deliver on promises in an agreement in Geneva last week to ease...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:08
Brewers 5, Padres 2: Jean Segura and Khris Davis homered and Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings as host Milwaukee claimed the rubber match of a three-game series with San Diego.Segura, Davis and...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:08
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH ATLANTA -- The Marlins definitely appear to have found their leadoff hitter. Left fielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 17 games on...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:07
NFL Team Report - Arizona Cardinals - INSIDE SLANT The Arizona Cardinals filled their most immediate needs in free agency, giving themselves flexibility in the draft. The priority was finding a left...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:07
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:06
By James Pearson and Kahyun Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that an overloaded ferry with hundreds of children on board was sinking has been found...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:06
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to continue bilateral talks on an Asia-Pacific regional free trade pact at the ministerial level, Japanese...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:06
NFL Team Report - St. Louis Rams - INSIDE SLANT Rams need to hit on two first-round picks When Jeff Fisher was hired as head coach and Les Snead as general manager of the St. Louis Rams two years ago...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:05
BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release of a ship seized by China over a dispute that dates back to the 1930s war between the countries, China...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:05
NFL Team Report - Houston Texans - INSIDE SLANT Of the 13 veterans who have signed with other teams, the only players the Houston Texans made an offer to keep were defensive end Antonio Smith and...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:04
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH CHICAGO -- Maybe it was a change of identity that helped the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks wore uniforms of the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:04
NFL Team Report - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - INSIDE SLANT Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith took one look at the 4-12 team he inherited and knew he had to make changes. Sweeping, gut-everything-to-...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:03
Stars even series with Ducks DALLAS -- After dropping the first two games of their Western Conference first-round series with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, the Dallas Stars just wanted to...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:03
Mavericks finally defeat Spurs to even series SAN ANTONIO -- After San Antonio's Gregg Popovich received his third NBA Coach of the Year trophy on Tuesday, his counterpart with the Dallas Mavericks,...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:03
NFL Team Report - New York Jets - INSIDE SLANT Geno Smith is facing his critics head-on, namely himself. That's why the New York Jets' second-year quarterback went through the "painful" process of...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 03:02
By Jonathan Spicer and Emily Stephenson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former lawyer with the American Bankers Association is being considered by the White House as a possible nominee to the board...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:16
By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming. Phelps had entered...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:16
By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:16
EditorsNote: resend with headline D-backs bust out vs. Cubs CHICAGO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks saved their best for last as they busted out of a dreary slump Wednesday. Trailing 5-2 heading in the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
'Frozen' soundtrack notches biggest sales week, tops Billboard LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack for Disney's hit film "Frozen" notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
Seager's two HRs help Mariners halt eight-game skid SEATTLE -- Struggling Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needed 66 at-bats before hitting his first home run of the season in the seventh...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
By Naomi Tajitsu WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The New Zealand dollar hit a one-week high on Thursday, boosted after the country's central bank suggested that currency strength was not yet a deterrent to...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, whose album "Jama Ko" urged his countrymen to stand together just as Mali erupted in conflict, has won the Best Artist...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and Japan have made progress in round-the-clock trade talks ahead of a bilateral summit but continue to negotiate on car and agriculture market access, a U.S....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
(Reuters) - An explosion rocked a natural gas-processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday, causing no injuries but prompting the evacuation of the facility and a nearby town, a company...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:51
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Leading mobile chipmaker Qualcomm <QCOM.O> said on Wednesday it could face a civil action from U.S. authorities over alleged bribery of officials...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:50
By Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:50
By Ian Chua SYDNEY (Reuters) - The New Zealand dollar rallied on Thursday after the country's central bank lifted interest rates and signaled more hikes ahead, while caution ahead of a speech by the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:50
By Jack Stubbs and Belinda Goldsmith CARLISLE (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would rebalance the UK's economy and bring prosperity to northern England, Scottish leader Alex Salmond said on...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:50
LONDON (Reuters) - British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:49
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case was executed in Florida on Wednesday, a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:49
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack for Disney's hit film "Frozen" notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, earning its best sales week...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:49
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc <ZNGA.O> co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:49
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded on Wednesday that the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported to the body that...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:49
Giants 12, Rockies 10 (11): Hector Sanchez belted his second home run of the game, a tiebreaking grand slam in the top of the 11th inning, to finish with five RBIs as visiting San Francisco prevailed...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:48
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:48
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after joining baseball's exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone. Let the fans...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:47
Perez outduels Gray as Rangers top A's OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a battle Wednesday of undefeated aces, Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez outdueled Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray, pitching his...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:47
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana that they pilfered from their grandparents' supplies of legally purchased pot in...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:47
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:47
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack for Disney's hit film "Frozen" notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, earning its best sales week...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:46
By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 20:16
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Xilinx Inc <XLNX.O> forecast current-quarter revenue largely below analysts' average estimate, saying it expects sales from its aerospace, defense and wired telecom...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:28
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a "Hunger Games" battle-to-the-death, but in his latest film, the British...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:15
By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - A government peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels may help solve the mystery behind tens of thousands of Colombians who disappeared during 50 years of war, a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:14
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:14
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:13
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O> on Wednesday posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:13
BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:12
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Wednesday delayed a scheduled vote on whether to provide $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to World...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:12
(Reuters) - Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:12
By Scott Malone (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:11
A Minute With: Sam Claflin on horror, heroes and 'Hunger Games' LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a "Hunger Games" battle-to-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:10
By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as Pentagon chief would add "muscle and sinew" to...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:10
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's financial regulator said on Wednesday it will increase the proportion of liquid assets brokerages must hold starting in November, in a bid to reduce exposure to risk....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:10
By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:09
By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday to snap a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:59
By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - A senior police officer was killed near Cairo on Wednesday in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group, while security forces stormed a hideout used by another...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:58
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:57
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Oregon agriculture authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:54
By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former accounting manager for Nvidia Corp has settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations he leaked...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:53
By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A Southern California city has seen a spike in reported whooping cough cases so far this year, with the number of infections nearly tripling compared to all of last year...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:52
DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegalese police dispersed hundreds of supporters of former President Abdoulaye Wade who gathered at Dakar airport on Wednesday to welcome him back two years after losing power,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:52
By Dave Warner (Reuters) - A Miami-Dade Police Department internal affairs detective appeared in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on Wednesday to face charges of aiding a drug smuggling gang,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:51
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelorette" has died, the program's producers said on Wednesday. Eric Hill had been in a coma after...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:18
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N) chairman and chief executive Warren Buffett said Wednesday he would buy very few technology stocks at current levels and that the U.S. government...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:17
AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:13