December 18, 2014

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Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport

This file image shows an artist's impression of the Qatar Foundation Stadium . The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is shaping up as a unique experience. (AP Photo/Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, File)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame. Never in sporting history has a country invested so massively, quickly, broadly, internationally and ostentatiously as the small oil-and-gas rich Gulf emirate that is using the world’s thirst for energy and for sporting Read More…

Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’

In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man I do not know.” In a statement issued Monday, Camille Cosby dismissed accusations that date back as far as the late Read More…

Chicago thieves adopt ‘crash-and-grab’ tactics

Yellow tape surrounds the scene where a van can be seen inside the glass entrance of a store on South Western Avenue, in Chicago. At least a dozen "crash-and-grab" burglaries, in which gangs drive stolen cars directly into retail businesses, has shop owners nervous and police stumped in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson)

CHICAGO (AP) — All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out,grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Then the thieves dash out over the broken glass to a waiting getaway Read More…

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats made it harder for Republicans to derail Obama’s nominations by weakening the Senate’s Read More…

AP was there: Romania’s Revolution in 1989

In this file photo dated Dec. 23, 1989, people stand on a armored carrier in the suburbs of Timisoara, Romania, during clashes between the army and pro-Ceausescu forces, as over 5000 people are reported killed in Timisoara during this week. Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. One of the near victims of the revolt that toppled Ceausescu and communism in Romania was AP correspondent John Daniszewski — now a senior managing editor at the news agency — who, Read More…

Search intensifies for Pa. gunman who killed 6

Bradley William Stone

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Schools closed and hospitals and other public places tightened security as police in two suburban Philadelphia counties hunted on Tuesday for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives. Residents remained on alert even as officials lifted a shelter-in-place order for parts of Bucks County, where Read More…

Ruble slides again despite Central Bank rate hike

Signs advertising currencies are illuminated next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency. It's the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, the year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — A massive interest rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank on Tuesday failed to stem the selling pressure on the ruble, which slid another 14 percent Tuesday to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a Read More…

‘Deluded’ hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

Man Haron Monis

SYDNEY (AP) — He wrote letters to grieving families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan that likened them to “Hitler’s soldiers.” He was accused of assisting a woman kill his ex-wife, whose body was found stabbed and set on fire. But the social media postings of 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, the man who was killed Read More…

Australian leader mourns for siege victims

A woman cries after laying a flower at a makeshift memorial in Sydney, Australia Tuesday near where three people died in a siege. An Iranian-born gunman took 17 people hostage at a central city cafe Monday before police stormed the cafe early Tuesday. The gunman and two hostages were killed. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

SYDNEY (AP) — Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where two of 17 hostages were killed Tuesday when police swooped into a cafe to rescue them from a gunman — an Iranian-born self-styled cleric described by the prime minister as a deeply disturbed person carrying out a “sick fantasy.” The 16-hour siege that ended Read More…

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman expected to be named University of Houston coach

Tom Herman

HOUSTON — Houston is negotiating with Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to be its new head coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn’t been completed. Houston fired coach Tony Levine last week. Fox Sports first reported Herman was Read More…