Associated-Press

  • US spacecraft Maven enters Mars orbit, India probe next 23-09-2014 10:22 PM

    Cape Canaveral (US):NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile (710 million-kilometer) journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet on late Sunday night. "I think my heart's...
  • Gilles Simon loses in first round of Shenzhen Open 23-09-2014 10:03 PM

    Shenzhen: Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France lost in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday, falling to Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4, 6-2. Sixth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia managed to advance, beating Chinese qualifier Bowen Ouyang 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while No. 7 Vasek Pospisil of Canada beat Teymuraz...
  • Neymar's leg injury not serious, back to training 23-09-2014 05:57 PM

    Barcelona: Neymar has trained with Barcelona two days after hurting his left ankle during a 5-0 rout at Levante in the Spanish league. Neymar carried out an individual workout on Monday, and was back with his teammates on Tuesday. The Brazil striker was substituted after scoring during Sunday's match at...
  • Talko messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones 23-09-2014 05:25 PM

    San Francisco: Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other. "When you see nothing...
  • FIFA to adopt three-minute break for concussion 23-09-2014 05:21 PM

    FIFA wants to improve football's concussion protocol by stopping matches for three minutes while team doctors assess players with head injuries. After high-profile incidents of injured players staying on the field at the World Cup, FIFA said Tuesday its executive committee will confirm a proposal that gives referees new powers...
  • Roma midfielder De Rossi out for a month 23-09-2014 05:20 PM

    Rome: Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi will likely be out for a month due to a first-degree tear of his left calf muscle. Medical tests on Tuesday revealed the extent of the problem after De Rossi was injured late in a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the weekend....
  • Jolla's Sailfish OS review: Saves time once you get used to the gestures 23-09-2014 04:46 PM

    Sailfish is based on the Linux operating system and comes from the Finnish company Jolla (pronounced "yolla"). Former Nokia employees created Jolla after that struggling cellphone maker abandoned an in-house operating system in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone. There's only one phone out so far, the homonymous Jolla, which was...
  • Serena Williams out in second round at Wuhan Open 23-09-2014 03:53 PM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams lost in the second round of the Wuhan Open, retiring after 11 games on Tuesday and dropping a third match to Alize Cornet this year. Williams, who won the US Open just over two weeks ago, was leading 6-5 when she asked for treatment beside the court....
  • Nadal's coach criticises female Davis Cup captain 23-09-2014 03:52 PM

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal's coach has criticized the appointment of a woman as the captain of Spain's Davis Cup team. Toni Nadal, Rafael's coach and uncle, tells Onda Cero radio "it is preferable that (the Davis Cup captain) is someone with a background in the world of men's tennis." He says...
  • Simona Halep loses to Garbine Muguruza at Wuhan Open 23-09-2014 02:21 PM

    Garbine Muguruza knocked second-seeded Simona Halep out of the Wuhan Open on Tuesday, coming back for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the second round. Muguruza, who beat top-ranked Serena Williams in the second round at the last French Open, dropped the first set in 35 minutes but won the...
  • Afghan President-elect seeks favour in Washington 23-09-2014 02:11 PM

    Washington: Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States months ago. Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three different Washington public relations and lobbying firms since May. Required Justice Department filings say that, at times, his campaign has spent USD 180,000...
  • UN to bind nations on new foreign terrorist rules 23-09-2014 11:29 AM

    Washington: The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a US-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from...
  • Dog that went missing four months ago found 2000 miles away from home, heading back from Oregon to Pennsylvania 23-09-2014 08:59 AM

    Portland, Ore.: Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania. A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State. A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal...
  • Police bust a phony VIP taxi service that used bank accounts of homeless to collect deposits from cab drivers 23-09-2014 08:54 AM

    Athens, Greece: Police have busted a phony VIP taxi service in Greece that was using the bank accounts of homeless people to collect deposits from cab drivers. Police spokesman Christos Parthenis said Monday that seven people have been arrested. They are accused of taking more than 110,000 euros ($141,300) in...
  • Alaska TV reporter curses, quits on air after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business 23-09-2014 08:49 AM

    Anchorage, Alaska: A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified...
  • Serie A favourites Juventus and Roma already in control 23-09-2014 08:29 AM

    Rome: Serie A is only three rounds old and title favorites Juventus and Roma already stand alone atop the table. Neither of the leaders have conceded a goal and both have also won their opening matches in the Champions League. Roma, who have scored one more goal than Juventus, visit...
  • Pink Floyd's new album 'The Endless River' out in November; first album in 20 years 23-09-2014 08:14 AM

    New York: Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about "The Endless River," the British rock `n' roll group's first new material in 20 years. The 18-song double album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died...
  • US, partner nations begin airstrikes in Syria: Pentagon 23-09-2014 07:41 AM

    Washington: The US and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time on Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region. The strikes were...
  • France to host Switzerland on clay in Davis Cup 22-09-2014 11:54 PM

    France will play the Davis Cup final against Switzerland on indoor clay in a bid to thwart Roger Federer's quest for a first win in the team competition. The final will be held at the 27,000-capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille from November 21-23, under a retractable roof. France is...
  • Caroline Garcia upsets Agnieszka Radwanska at Wuhan Open 22-09-2014 10:52 PM

    Caroline Garcia followed up her first-round win over Venus Williams with a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) upset win over fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday at the inaugural Wuhan Open. The 20-year-old Frenchwoman went for broke, continuing to hit big ground strokes despite piling up unforced errors as she tried...
  • Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy out for 3 months 22-09-2014 07:52 PM

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says defender Mathieu Debuchy will be out for about three months with an ankle injury. The France right back injured his left ankle this month in a Premier League match against Manchester City. Wenger says Debuchy's surgery "went well," and adds that offseason signing Calum...
  • Marine Corps veteran helps wife deliver their daughter on a California freeway 22-09-2014 03:49 PM

    Anaheim, Calif.: Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway. The Orange County Register reports that 29-year-old Sandra Vilchez of Riverside County was on the way to her mother's home early Saturday when she delivered...
  • Rafael Nadal withdraws from International Premier Tennis League 22-09-2014 02:10 PM

    Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League competition, citing health reasons. Veteran Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi posted on Twitter on Monday that Nadal had withdrawn before Team India was due to be announced in New Delhi. The IPTL later confirmed that the 28-year-old Spaniard wouldn't be...
  • Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus more durable than Samsung Galaxy S5: Tests 22-09-2014 09:53 AM

    New York: Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to...
  • Animal rights group PETA declares New York USA's most veganfriendly city, awards a trophy made of radishes! 22-09-2014 09:35 AM

    New York: Manhattan's skyline never looked so appetizing. The famed skyline was rendered in a vegetable sculpture Wednesday as part of an award given by an animal welfare group. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared New York the nation's most vegan-friendly city. Actor Alan Cumming was on...
  • Police say Pennsylvania man made 911 calls simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up 22-09-2014 09:26 AM

    Harrison City, Pa.: A Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 52-year-old Gregory Shaffer was jailed after his arraignment Wednesday on charges of making false reports to authorities....
  • Lewis Hamilton relieved to win after Singapore scares 22-09-2014 06:42 AM

    Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the Formula One standings with victory in Singapore on Sunday, yet the Briton was more relieved than delighted after his team mate suffered mechanical issues and the safety car was deployed midway through the race. Hamilton had arrived in Southeast Asia 22 points...
  • Palermo hold Inter Milan to 11 draw in Serie A 22-09-2014 05:49 AM

    Rome: Mateo Kovacic bailed Nemanja Vidic out of jail as Inter came from behind to draw 1-1 at Palermo on Sunday. A defensive error from Nemanja Vidic gifted Paulo Dybala a goal for Palermo just three minutes in and Mateo Kovacic equalised for Inter in the 42nd from the edge...
  • Goals galore as Barcelona blank Levante 50 22-09-2014 05:27 AM

    Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 rout at 10-man Levante on Sunday as they stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34th-minute opener before...
  • White House intruder identified as Army veteran 21-09-2014 11:37 PM

    Washington: The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said on Sunday. Authorities have identified the intruder from Friday night's shocking incident as Omar J...