• Beijing bans smoking in public spaces

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    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has adopted a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces including workplaces and public transport. The official Xinhua News Agency reports the ban will go into effect on June 1 and carry a fine of up to 200 yuan or $32.50. The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed the draft regulation Friday. China is home to the most smokers of any country, with 300 million smoking and 740 million exposed to secondhand smoke every year. Xinhua says the number of smokers in Beijing alone exceeds 400,000 people. The new regulations also ban outdoor tobacco advertisements and as well on TV and in films and newspapers.

  • Snow possible in western Washington

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    SEATTLE (AP) — As temperatures dove from the mid-50s down to the lower 40s and upper 30s, the National Weather Service warned that some areas of northwest Washington could see 1 to 3 inches of lowland snow through Saturday, although most affected areas were expected to see less than 1 inch. The forecast for Seattle said the overnight snow accumulation into Saturday morning was likely to be less than a half inch. Flood warnings continued for several Western Washington rivers after heavy rainfall. In eastern Snohomish County, sheriff's officers on Friday night rescued a woman whose car stalled after she drove into 3-foot-deep water on an area road. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Friday that the Skagit River at Concre

  • T-Wolves beat Lakers after Kobe misses 3-pointer

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach LaVine grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan. The first time he saw them play at in person at Staples Center, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie outperformed everyone — including Kobe Bryant. LaVine scored 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second quarter, and Mo Williams had 25 points and 11 assists to lead the Timberwolves to a 120-119 victory on Friday night. It wasn't sealed until Bryant missed a 3-pointer as time expired. "It was really cool coming back here and being able to play here. I was even playing against my childhood idol out there," LaVine said. "I'm really surprised he missed that shot. That scared me at the end." LaVine, the 13th pick in the draft out of UCLA, played 25 minutes a

  • Group to provide mental health first aid training

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota group is set to present a free training session on mental health first aid. The Helpline Center Suicide and Crisis Support will be hosting the event in Sioux Falls. The training will focus on the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The organization says participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. Among the mental health issues that will be addressed are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders. The eight-hour

  • Prominent rights lawyer released in China

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    BEIJING (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer was released Saturday from six months in police custody in central China, according a Beijing-based social justice group. Chang Boyang has been campaigning for the rights of migrant workers, HIV patients and children poisoned in a 2008 tainted milk scandal. He was detained on May 27 in Zhengzhou on suspicion of gathering a crowd to disrupt public order. His detention was part of a string of prosecutions against artists, lawyers, scholars and journalists ahead of the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary. He was officially arrested on suspicion of illegal business operations. The group Beijing Yirenping said Chang was released Saturday.

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  • Missed chances cost Cavaliers at Virginia Tech

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — One of Virginia coach Mike London's favorite words is opportunities, and if the Cavaliers have done a better job of cashing in on some good ones on Friday night, they would be heading to a bowl game. The Cavaliers (5-7, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) twice had first downs inside the Virginia Tech 20 yard-line, including a first-and-goal from the 6, and they came away with all of six points. "It all boils down to execution," London said. "Some of our guys were overmatched out there a little bit." The Cavaliers' biggest failure came in the third quarter with them holding a 13-10 lead and facing a fourth-and-1 from the Hokies' 16.

  • Grizzlies snap Blazers' streak with 112-99 win

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Marc and Mike show is sweeping the West. Marc Gasol had 26 points and nine assists, while Mike Conley added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers 112-99 on Friday night to snap a nine-game Portland winning streak. Conley fell one assist short of a triple double and the Grizzles remained unbeaten in 10 games against Western Conference foes. Memphis has lost just two of 16 games this season for the NBA's best overall record (14-2). "We really know each other," Gasol said about Conley. "We've pretty much seen any kind of defense you can throw at us, so we pretty much have counters for everything. Once we make a couple of jumpers you have to totally chang

  • Moderate quake rattles Anchorage area

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moderate earthquake rattled south-central Alaska and was felt in Anchorage and other locations, but officials say there have been no reports of any problems. The U.S. Geological survey says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck at 7:14 p.m. Friday and was centered about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage and about 60 miles beneath the earth's surface. The Alaska Earthquake Center says that though it was widely felt, it had no immediate reports of damage. The USGS website recorded responses from scores of people in the region reporting that they felt the quake.

  • 15 arrested at demonstration in Ferguson

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    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and then marched in front of the Ferguson police department to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, "Stop shopping and join the movement," at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights a few miles south of Ferguson, Missouri, where Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was unarmed, in August.

  • A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Here's a look at the protests, which are turning their attention to disrupting commerce, and the latest in the case: ___ NATIONWIDE RALLIES Crowds of protesters prompted authorities to temporarily close three large shopping malls in suburban St. Louis, including the St. Louis Galleria, about 10 miles south of Ferguson, where at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, "Stop shopping and join the movement.

  • UAE official visits Qatar in sign of mended ties

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    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A senior United Arab Emirates official has held talks with the Qatari emir in Doha in the highest level meeting between the two Gulf neighbors since a diplomatic spat erupted earlier this year. State news media in the two countries said Friday's meeting between Emirati Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani aimed to enhance ties. Sheikh Mohammed is crown prince of the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi. He plays an active role in the running of the country and is next in line to succeed his half-brother, Emirati President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is recovering from a stroke.

  • Hokies outlast Cavaliers, 24-20

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Michael Brewer kept getting knocked to the turf, kept getting up, and would not let Virginia Tech lose. The quarterback, maligned much of this season for inexplicable interceptions, threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges with 1:48 remaining Friday night and Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 11th year in a row, 24-20. "We knew that this would be a tough one, that we would have to kind of ride the waves to get through this," Brewer said after throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. "They were good defensively and they were able to get pressure on the passer.

  • Spieth among 3rd-round leaders at Australian Open

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    SYDNEY (AP) — American Jordan Spieth shot a 2-under 69 to move into a three-way share of the lead at the Australian Open after Saturday's third round. Adam Scott stayed close while defending champion Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in two holes and shot 76. Spieth, second-round leader Greg Chalmers (71) and fellow Australian Brett Rumford (69) had three-round totals of 5-under 208 on a tough Australian Golf Club course and its swirling, unpredictable winds. Only eight players were under par. Scott shot 69 and was tied for fourth, a stroke behind the leading trio, along with Australian veteran Rod Pampling (69). McIlroy, who had a triple bogey on the ninth hole and a double-bogey on 10, was six strokes from the l

  • Ellis scores 30 points, Mavs beat Raptors 106-102

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    TORONTO (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks needed every last bit of Monta Ellis' fourth-quarter heroics to get a win against the Raptors. Ellis scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth, Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating Toronto 106-102 on Friday night. Ellis accounted for 15 of Dallas' final 19 points, including 10 straight at one stretch, as the Mavericks opened a four-game road trip on a winning note. "That was big," Dallas forward Al-Farouq Aminu said of Ellis' clutch performance. "He stepped up and took those shots. It takes a lot of courage to take those kind of shots. That's what we trust him to do, that's why the ball is in his hands.

  • Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said. Some of the targeted buildings are near the popular Sixth Street entertainment district, where bars close at 2 a.m., about the same time the shootings began. Thousands of people are typically on the street at that time, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. "Many, many rounds were fired in downtown Austin," Acevedo said. "With all the people on the streets, we're very fortunate. I give thanks that no one but the suspect is injured or deceased." Investigators identified the shooter as 49-year-old Larry McQ

  • Tarasenko's OT winner lifts Blues over Oilers

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues care only about winning, not the process to get there. After the Blues tied the game twice in the third period, Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 4:20 of overtime to lift St. Louis over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night. "I'm happy to have two points right now," Tarasenko said of his third game-winning goal this season and second in overtime. Tarasenko's goal was his team-high 13th of the season. T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists for his first multipoint game of the season. Jake Allen made 13 saves. "Great comeback game for these guys," Oshie said. "Snake (Allen) was great again. So we'll take the two points.

  • Wild blow lead, rally to beat Stars 5-4 in OT

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    DALLAS (AP) — Thomas Vanek isn't sure how Minnesota keeps blowing three-goal leads. He's just happy to try to explain it after a win. Marco Scandella scored the winning goal 2:04 into overtime, after Vanek pulled the Wild even late in regulation, and they beat Dallas 5-4 on Friday night, handing the Stars their eighth straight OT loss at home. The Wild have twice failed to protect 3-0 leads in the third period this season, losing to the New York Rangers 5-4 on Oct. 27 and beating Winnipeg 4-3 in overtime earlier this month. "I don't know what is," said Vanek, who assisted on the first Minnesota goal and Scandella's winner. "I don't think we change our game, but I think it's something that we have to be smarter.

  • Gerbe's PP goal lifts Hurricanes over Penguins

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Road games haven't been much fun for the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Road games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of NHL's top teams in the league, have also proven difficult. That wasn't the case on Friday night. Nathan Gerbe's power-play goal broke a third-period tie, helping the Hurricanes to a rare road win, 4-2 over the Penguins. "We're striving to get some wins here," Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward said. "To be able to beat the Penguins in their own building is a huge confidence builder." Gerbe scored his third goal of the season at 3:10, and Jiri Tlusty pushed the lead to two in the closing seconds with a power-play tally into an empty net for his 10th goal.

  • Taiwan local elections test pro-China ruling party

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    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing. Voters on the island with a population of about 23 million will elect representatives to 11,130 local seats, including mayoral posts in major cities such as the capital, Taipei. A poor showing for the Nationalists would make it easier for the rival Democratic Progressive Party to win the presidency in early 2016, an outcome expected to disrupt negotiations with China on trade and investment deals that have lifted Taiwan's half-trillion-dollar economy while raising Beijing's hopes for polit