Category Archives: sports

Keystone XL bill passes in Senate, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to approve the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite the White House saying earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would veto the measure. The Republican-led Senate passed the bill that would approve TransCanada Corp’s project to carry 800,000 barrels per day of heavy Canadian crude to Nebraska on the way to Gulf Coast refineries and ports Continue reading

Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

By DEB RIECHMANN WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal Continue reading

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

By GILLIAN FLACCUS LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public. Continue reading

Three American contractors killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan soldier at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday. “It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason,” the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to give statements to the media. “An investigation has been opened.” The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening. Continue reading

Feds seize $19.5 million in counterfeit items ahead of Super Bowl

Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; The Super Bowl logo sits outside the Phoenix Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Continue reading

U.S. activists keep domestic violence in Super Bowl spotlight

Denver Broncos fans react to a turnover as they watch their team’s NFL Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at LoDo’s Bar and Grill in Denver, Colorado in this February 2, 2014 file photo. Credit: NEWS.GNOM.ES/Marc Piscotty/Files (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, billboard trucks are expected to travel around Phoenix with messages reminding revelers of what critics see as an inadequate NFL response to domestic violence involving star NFL players Continue reading

Reed targets majors, and a top-10 habit

U.S. Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed chips onto the second green during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles September 28, 2014. Credit: NEWS.GNOM.ES/Toby Melville (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – Already established as one of the best players in the game, American Patrick Reed has set his sights on making a bigger splash at the majors this year while also improving his consistency week-by-week. Continue reading

McIlroy shoots 66 despite Dubai driving radar being off

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the third hole during the Dubai Desert Classic January 29, 2015. Credit: NEWS.GNOM.ES/Ahmed Jadallah Jan 29 (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – Rory McIlroy’s driving radar malfunctioned early in his opening round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday but he showed why he is the world’s number one golfer by recovering to shoot a 66. Continue reading

Video shows ex-NFLer preparing before 2013 murder, prosecutors say

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez attends a pre-trial hearing in Fall River, Massachusetts December 22, 2014. Credit: NEWS.GNOM.ES/Brian Snyder (NEWS.GNOM.ES) – Security footage shows former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and two friends in a flurry of preparation hours before the death of an acquaintance he is charged with murdering, prosecutors said on Thursday as they opened their case against the one-time NFL star. Hernandez, 25, was a rising star in the league with a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with the execution-style killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home in June 2013. Continue reading

Lindsey Graham to test 2016 Republican presidential waters

By Steve Holland By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday formed a political organization to explore a potential run for his party’s presidential nomination, the latest high-profile politician to test the 2016 waters. Graham would figure to use his South Carolina home base to his advantage for any potential run, since the Southern state is typically the third to hold a nominating contest in presidential election years, after Iowa and New Hampshire. Graham is a hawk on defense and foreign policy, generally aligned with Senator John McCain, one of his best friends Continue reading