September 3, 2014

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Monfils finds way into U.S. Open men’s quarterfinals

NEW YORK — Gael Monfils follows his own rules. The guy does things on a tennis court no one else has — or can. Just search his name on YouTube and watch any of many video clips showcasing his speed and agility; start with the parallel-to-the-ground, a-few-feet-in-the-air dive at this year’s French Open. He sips Read More…

Home Depot investigates breach

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NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot is investigating a potential credit card data breach. The Atlanta home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it’s looking into “unusual activity” and that it’s working with both banks and law enforcement. The possible data breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cyber Read More…

Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

his image made from video released by Islamic State militants on Aug. 19 purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. On Tuesday, an Internet video purports to show the beheading of Sotloff by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/File)

BEIRUT (AP) — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year. The extremist group, which has claimed wide swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and declared itself a caliphate, said Sotloff’s killing was retribution Read More…

Court upholds death sentence for Cleveland killer

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man condemned to die for shooting a woman at a Cleveland laundry mat. The court’s 6-1 ruling came in the case of Jeremiah Jackson, convicted of killing Tracy Pickryl in 2009 at the end of a crime spree in Cleveland, Sandusky Read More…

Take my sweat, please: Tennis’ gross ritual

Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, hands a towel back to a ball person after wiping sweat from his face and arms during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NEW YORK (AP) — In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. It happens dozens of times in a long match and is in full glory on the courts at Flushing Meadows: Players call for a towel to be brought Read More…

Fla. town suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

Drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive.  (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)

WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it’s no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back Read More…

Top South America hackers rattle Peru’s Cabinet

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Their latest stunt may be their most consequential. Emails that the LulzSecPeru hackers stole from the Peruvian Council of Ministers’ Read More…

Surrogate offers clues into man with 16 babies

Police Col. Decha Promsuwan, an investigator in a surrogacy scandal involving a Japanese businessman, shows documents during an interview at Lumpini police station in Bangkok,Thailand. Wassana, a young Thai woman, answered an online ad offering $10,000 for surrogate mothers and is now embroiled in the case of a mysterious Japanese man, Mitsutoki Shigeta, who police say fathered at least 16 children through surrogates.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but couldn’t conceive. Wassana, a lifetime resident of the slums, viewed it as a nine-month solution to her family’s debt. She didn’t ask many questions. In Read More…

Marijuana’s hazy contribution to highway deaths

This  Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends. Beer, who was 17 in October 2012 when the crash occurred, Read More…

Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr raised eyebrows a year ago when he took the city into bankruptcy and predicted it would be out by the time his term expired in fall 2014. The city will take a major step toward that goal with a trial in federal bankruptcy court that starts Tuesday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’sbankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to Read More…