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RICHMOND, Va. - Reynolds American Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell more than 28 per cent as the company sold fewer cigarettes and spent more on expanding its electronic cigarette brand and legal...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:47
BRUSSELS - Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday. Additional help...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:47
FRANKFURT - A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:47
TORONTO - The Toronto stock market looked set to start the session Wednesday lower amid another heavy slate of earnings news to consider along with signs of weakening Chinese growth. The Canadian...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:47
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo avoided a trip to the disabled list Tuesday when an MRI revealed a sprained ankle but not...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:29
OF Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. Perez was on the Giants' Opening Day roster and went 0-for-8 in eight games, one start, before being optioned April 16 when LHP Jeremy Affeldt came...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:28
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper dominated the conversation heading into this week’s three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and host Washington Nationals, which concludes Wednesday, but Albert...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:28
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH LOS ANGELES -- Maybe it's the beard. That's what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly jokingly surmised Tuesday when asked about slumping shortstop...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:26
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including what appeared to be the first case in...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:25
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH One of the Indians' biggest decisions in the offseason was deciding to let two veteran starting pitchers, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and left-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:22
The Pittsburgh Pirates should be relieved they won’t be facing right-hander Johnny Cueto when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday in the third game of their four-game series. Cueto came within...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:22
The San Diego Padres have bounced back from a 2-6 start to move within two games of first-place Los Angeles in the National League West heading into Wednesday’s series finale against the host...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:21
(Reuters) - The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:21
LHP Mike Minor (shoulder tendinitis) will throw a side session on Wednesday and make a final rehab start on Friday for Double-A Mississippi. His is 2-1 with a 3.54 in four minor league rehab stars....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:20
MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH MILWAUKEE -- San Diego Padres right-hander Nick Vincent saw his streak of consecutive batters retired come to an end Tuesday. Taking over in the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:18
By Stian Reklev BEIJING (Reuters) - China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:18
3B Anthony Rendon hit cleanup for the first time in his big league career Tuesday. He continued to hit the ball hard, but lined out three times and drew a walk as his average fell to .293. 1B Tyler...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:17
BEIJING (Reuters) - The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:16
By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - The euro zone's private sector has started the second quarter on its strongest footing in nearly three years, but burgeoning new orders were again mainly buoyed...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:14
By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt needs to find at least $5 billion to invest in its dilapidated power grid, a government official told Reuters, highlighting a major challenge for the next...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:13
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH MILWAUKEE -- Major League Baseball slapped Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez with a three-game suspension Tuesday for his role in a bench-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:13
RHP Jake Arrieta will likely get one more rehab start before returning to the Cubs. Arrieta hasn't pitched in the majors this season because of right shoulder tightness, and had his fourth rehab...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:13
After an impressive closing run in a Game 1 victory, the San Antonio Spurs look to ride the momentum into Game 2 of their best-of-seven playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at home....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:12
By Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - When a group of pro-Kiev activists decided to hold a rally in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk, they found that no shops stocked ribbons in blue...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:12
BEIJING/OSLO (Reuters) - China warned again on Wednesday that it was resolutely opposed to a visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Norway, saying if he really was a religious...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11
RHP Steve Cishek earned his fourth save and has now converted 33 straight, a streak that began June 8, 2013. Cishek retired the Braves in order in the ninth inning. He has not allowed a run in 12...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11
James Loney shook off a slow start and is starting to swing like the clutch, productive hitter he was in his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. Loney looks to extend his streak of multi-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11
3B Cody Asche didn't start for the second game in a row. Asche was replaced Tuesday by Jayson Nix. Asche was hitting .196 with a home run and three RBIs in 46 at-bats. RHP A.J. Burnett had a solid...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11
VIENNA (Reuters) - Additional sanctions against Russia would inflame tensions between Moscow and Kiev, Austria's chancellor said on Wednesday, urging de-escalation of the conflict instead. "I would...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11
MLB Team Report - Oakland Athletics - INSIDE PITCH OAKLAND, Calif. -- Holding onto leads has become a problem for the Oakland A's. For the second straight game Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers came...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:09
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH Devin Mesoarco is the hottest hitter in baseball but the catcher won't be moving up in the Reds' batting order. At least, not yet. Mesoraco has a hit...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:09
RHP Matt Harvey marked the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery in a pair of interesting fashions Tuesday. Harvey threw 20 pitches on flat ground a few hours after he deleted his Twitter...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:09
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:08
PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Unidentified material washed up on the Australian coastline is being investigated for possible links to a Malaysian jetliner that disappeared more than seven weeks ago...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:05
Facing the prospect of seeing his team pushed to the brink of elimination, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville elected to reunite captain Jonathan Toews with Patrick Kane on the same line....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:05
By John Ruwitch SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese labor activist has been missing for more than 24 hours and his wife suspects he was detained by state security agents after trying to help...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:05
TALLINN (Reuters) - The European Central Bank must keep an eye on the euro exchange rate to assess whether it poses a risk to the medium-term inflation outlook, ECB Governing Council member Ardo...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:04
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economic recovery is gaining momentum but Bank of England policymakers held different views about the amount of slack in the economy and the medium-term inflation outlook...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:04
BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece is set to obtain more debt relief from its international lenders after European officials confirmed on Wednesday that Athens had topped its fiscal targets and...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:04
MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH Impressive outing for McHugh SEATTLE -- Collin McHugh's first start of the 2014 season opened with a bang. The 26-year-old Astros right-hander struck...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:02
MLB Team Report - Detroit Tigers - INSIDE PITCH Cabrera heats up after cool start DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera's feats in recent years have sometimes made him seem superhuman. During the first month of...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:02
PARIS (Reuters) - The European Commission does not foresee energy talks on Thursday in Bratislava, a spokeswoman said, following comments from Ukraine such a meeting could take place. "It is not...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:02
LHP Martin Perez (3-0), coming off the first complete game and shutout of his career, make his fifth start of the season Wednesday against the A's. Perez allowed just three hits Friday in a 12-0...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:02
By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Primark, the fast-growing clothing chain owned by Associated British Foods <ABF.L>, is to enter the United States, it said on Wednesday, becoming the latest...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01
RHP Sonny Gray will make his fifth start of the season Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series against Texas. Gray (3-0) has won his past three starts and has a six-game winning...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01
By Nishant Kumar HONG KONG (Reuters) - At least four mid-level executives are leaving Goldman Sachs Group's <GS.N> Asia prime brokerage unit to join rival banks, people familiar with the matter...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01
Sharks back Kings into corner LOS ANGELES -- A blend of youth and experience powered the San Jose Sharks to the brink of a sweep of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Los...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:00
MADRID (Reuters) - Higher than expected tax receipts and falling financing costs will allow Spain to sharply cut net debt issuance for 2014 from an estimated 65 billion euros ($90 billion), Economy...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:59
LF Dustin Ackley hasn't fared well since moving into the No. 2 spot in the Mariners' batting order. Through the sixth inning of Tuesday's game, he had gone 0-for-6 with six strikeouts in that slot....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:59
By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:59
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:59
TALLINN (Reuters) - Quantitative easing, or printing money to buy assets, would be operationally complex for the European Central Bank, ECB policymaker Ardo Hansson said on Wednesday, adding that he...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:58
2B Jose Altuve was in the leadoff spot for the second game in a row Tuesday. He went 0-for-4 with a walk, but Houston's offense has really come alive since he was moved back to the top of the order...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:57
The New York Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract during the offseason, and still are waiting to get any sort of return on their investment. Granderson carries a .116...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:57
By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - Quantitative easing would be operationally complex for the European Central Bank, policymaker Ardo Hansson said, casting doubt on whether the bank could...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:57
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until early May to defend herself against...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:56
By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When Nkululeko Simelane was born on April 27, 1994, her parents did not have to think twice about her name. Her birth coincided with South Africa's first multi-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:55
LHP Matt Moore underwent successful ligament replacement Tommy John surgery performed Tuesday by Rays medical director Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola. Moore is expected to return to the Rays...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:55
RHP Alfredo Simon (2-1, 0.86) will make his first career start against the Pirates on Wednesday night. He went 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in nine games against them as a reliever. Simon had pitched...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:55
MLB Team Report - Pittsburgh Pirates - INSIDE PITCH So far, the Pirates like Ike. First baseman Ike Davis has started each of the first four games since being acquired from the New York Mets last...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:54
By Jonathan Cable and Kevin Yao LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April but private businesses across the euro zone enjoyed their best month...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:54
MILAN (Reuters) - U.S. investment fund BlackRock <BLK.N> has lowered its stake in Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena <BMPS.MI> to 3.23 pct from 5.75 percent, according to a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:54
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union called on Russia on Wednesday to use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to kidnappings and killings in eastern Ukraine. The EU voiced concern over the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
3B Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth and extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. It was Arenado's fourth homer of the season and...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
Cole Hamels makes his season debut Wednesday when the visiting Philadelphia Phillies aim for their fourth straight win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are struggling offensively after a strong...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
Cole Hamels makes his season debut Wednesday when the visiting Philadelphia Phillies aim for their fourth straight win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are struggling offensively after a strong...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
RHP Donn Roach worked two scoreless innings Tuesday and earned his first career major league victory. After allowing three earned runs over 3 1/3 innings of work in his first two appearances, Roach...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:53
INF Dee Gordon celebrated his 26th birthday Tuesday by going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases, giving him 12 overall. Gordon is batting .369. He banged his head into Phillies 3B Jayson...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
BEIJING (Reuters) - A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese criticism....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
SS Jordy Mercer returned to the starting lineup Tuesday and was 0-for-3. He had been limited to pinch-hitting duty and one late-inning appearance in the previous three games because of a sore right...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
3B Manny Machado (left knee) is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment Friday at advanced-A Frederick. Machado, who is recovering from October surgery to repair a torn...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH Boston fans got their first look at Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night -- and the Japanese import continued his rookie-season dominance with another...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
RHP Kyle Gibson (3-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs on 10 hits in three-plus innings. In his first three starts over 19.1 innings combined, Gibson had...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:52
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese parliamentarians failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, with leading candidate Samir Geagea falling well short of the required two-thirds...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:51
By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Over 90 percent of Japanese banks have increased loans and investment in riskier assets in the past year, the Bank of Japan said on Wednesday, suggesting that the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:51
MLB Team Report - Kansas City Royals - INSIDE PITCH For most of this season, the Royals, surprisingly, have been offensively challenged. That wasn't the case Tuesday night, however, as they erupted...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:51
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH DENVER -- San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt could become the Giants' permanent No. 3 hitter. He excelled there in the second...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:50
3B Carlos Santana was 0-for-4 Tuesday as his early-season slump worsens. Santana is in a 2-for-43 (.047) slide. Manager Terry Francona gave Santana a day off on Monday, hoping it would allow Santana...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:50
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH DENVER -- Franklin Morales prefers to start rather than relieve for the Colorado Rockies. If he's in the bullpen, he gives them a third left-handed...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:50
Phillies capitalize on Dodgers' mistake in 10th LOS ANGELES -- A defensive miscue cost the Los Angeles Dodgers a victory on Tuesday night. Dominic Brown's RBI double in the 10th inning lifted the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:49
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would retaliate if its citizens' interests were threatened and its territory came under attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying, adding the United States...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:49
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:49
The Cleveland Indians desperately need Carlos Santana to snap out of his prolonged slump - and facing a left-handed pitcher may be just the thing to do it. Santana looks to break out of a 2-for-43...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:49
By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Wednesday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese securities firms are lining up to tap domestic equity markets, with one brokerage likely to post China's biggest initial public offering in four years if it receives...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will allow private investment in 80 projects spanning the energy, information and infrastructure sectors as part of reforms to increase privatization, Premier Li Keqiang...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, on Wednesday apologized for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the center...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Snohomish County was on Wednesday to consider a six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas countywide after a slide last month that killed 41 people, local media...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
(Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, plans to spend $300 million on global marketing in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "This year...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:48
2B Scooter Gennett went 2-for-6 and hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, a solo shot that tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning off San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy. Since last August,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
The status of center Al Jefferson is in limbo as the Charlotte Bobcats try to avoid digging themselves a deep hole against Miami when they visit the Heat in Wednesday’s Game 2 of the first-round...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which made a $47 billion unsolicited offer for competitor Allergan Inc. on Tuesday, said during an interview on CNBC that he was "...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
China on Wednesday expressed strong opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama's view that a group of islands at the heart of a fierce dispute with Japan falls under the scope of Washington's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday discussed the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula amid signs that North Korea is preparing to carry out a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
China on Wednesday expressed strong opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama's view that a group of islands at the heart of a fierce dispute with Japan falls under the scope of Washington's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
Japanese nuclear experts and Diet members will visit Taiwan this week to offer Japan's experience of dealing with nuclear energy, which is taking center stage in Taiwan politics. Vice...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
Japan and Laos will hold their first bilateral security talks Thursday in Vientiane, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Participants will include Kazuhide Ishikawa, director general of...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
A bill to revise the Ports and Harbors Law was passed into law Wednesday to enable the government to invest in the operators of hub container ports in the Tokyo and Osaka areas with the aim of...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46