• Australian Rugby, Notre Dame to exchanging training data

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — GPS helped the Australian Rugby Union team get to Notre Dame — and it has nothing to do with the Wallabies having difficulty finding the Golden Dome. The squad from Down Under has been training on the campus in South Bend since Aug. 29 and plans to return after playing the USA Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday as they continue to prepare for the Rugby World Cup. Strength and training coaches from Notre Dame and the Australian team plan to meet next while the Wallabies are on campus to share training information.

  • Mickelson needing big week for chance at 21st straight team

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over. Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among the top 10 players who automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That leaves him one important week to at least make an impression as a captain's pick. "I would love to be on the team," Mickelson said Thursday after his pro-am round at the TPC Boston. "If I can play well this week, hopefully I'll have a chance to be a pick. And if I do, then I'll keep playing to try to stay sharp. If I don't play well this week and I'm not a pick, then I'm not sure what I'll do hereafter.

  • 2nd man charged in death of ex-officer's girlfriend in Texas

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — A man authorities say conspired with a former Texas police officer to kill the patrolman's pregnant girlfriend has been charged with capital murder, according to court records and law enforcement officials. That announcement came hours after the former Austin officer, VonTrey Clark, was brought back from Indonesia by federal agents and charged with capital murder in the February death of 29-year-old Samantha Dean. Clark also faces a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Authorities contend that Clark and longtime friend Kevin L. Watson, the second man charged, conspired with others to orchestrate the killing. Bastrop County officials said Thursday that the 31-year-old Watson is being held in

  • McIlroy says schedule more about mental than physical

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The European Tour went to great lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. McIlroy has played only nine European Tour events, missing out on three events (Scottish Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational) while recovering from injuries to the tendons in his left ankle. "I have spent the last two weeks examining every angle and every possible solution and I have spoken with Rory and his team, as well as independent medical advisers and some prominent players," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said.

  • Boat carrying migrant workers capsizes off Malaysia; 14 dead

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said. The boat was believed to be carrying 70 people, said First Adm. Mohamad Aliyas Hamdan, district chief of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Fishermen had earlier estimated that 100 people were on board. He said 13 women and one man were confirmed dead, and 19 people had been rescued. Agency official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup said the boat sank in bad sea conditions not far from the coast, and several vessels and an aircraft were searching for survivors near the coastal town of Sabak Bernam in central Selango

  • Image of Asia: Wildfires in Indonesia spread haze

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    In this photo by Joshua Paul, a construction worker lights a cigarette against the hazy skyline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing on Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze into neighboring countries, and several locations in western Malaysia registered unhealthy air quality Thursday. Last year, the Indonesian Parliament ratified an agreement with other Southeast Asian countries to more actively fight forest fires and haze. The country banned open burning in 1999 after the haze caused disputes with its neighbors, but enforcement is often lax.

  • 2018 World Cup qualifier: Australia 5, Bangladesh 0

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia scored four times in the opening half hour before going on to beat Bangladesh 5-0 on Thursday in an Asian confederation qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. The Asian Cup champions were never troubled against the world's No. 173-ranked side, opening the scoring after six minutes. A simple cutback from Massimo Luongo found Mathew Leckie in the box, and he swept the ball under the outstretched glove of Bangladesh goalkeeper Sahidul Alam. Midfielder Tom Rogic added the next two goals in the eighth and 20th. Nathan Burns provided the fourth goal just before the half-hour mark, and Aaron Mooy made it 5-0 in the 61st minute with a long-range shot. Australia's second consecutive win move

  • Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the merino ram dubbed Chris, said she hoped to register the 40.45 kilogram (89 pound, 3 ounce) fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing is 28.9 kilograms (63 pounds, 11 ounces) taken from a wild New Zealand merino dubbed Big Ben in January last year, the G

  • Australian police won't charge Mel Gibson over tirade claim

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police do not intend to charge Mel Gibson over an allegation that the Oscar-winning director shoved and abused a newspaper photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend in Sydney last month, officials said Thursday. The Daily Telegraph staff photographer Kristi Miller complained to police about the Aug. 23 altercation with Gibson, 59, after he and Rosalind Ross, 24, were photographed leaving an Israeli Film Festival screening of "Matti Caspi - Confession" at the Palace Verona Cinemas in inner-suburban Paddington. State police said in a statement that "the matter was ... investigated thoroughly." "At this stage, based on the evidence gathered, no formal action will be taken," New South

  • Afghanistan hosts regional economic forum

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in the Afghan capital Thursday for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war. They met against a backdrop of tightened security, with road closures, blast walls and checkpoints illustrating the country's lingering instability despite a 14-year NATO intervention and billions of dollars in foreign aid. Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai opened the two-day Regional Economic Cooperation Conference, at which delegates were to discuss policy priorities, inter-regional trade, harmonization of customs and border routines, and market expansion.

  • Tamil becomes opposition leader in Sri Lanka's Parliament

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward postwar reconciliation with the minority community. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, was the official opposition leader. It is the second time an ethnic Tamil has been opposition leader. Appapillai Amirthalingam became opposition leader in 1977 but resigned five years later after refusing to swear that he would not promote a separate state for Tamils. A separatist civil war broke out soon after and continued until it was crushed by the island nation's military

  • Australian leader causes offense by comparing IS with Nazis

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister angered some Jewish leaders on Thursday by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II. It is the third time this year that gaffe-prone Prime Minister Tony Abbott has riled Jewish Australians with Nazi analogies. Abbott used an interview with Sydney Radio 2GB on Thursday to credit Nazis with a sense of shame for atrocities they committed. "The Nazis did terrible evil, but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it," Abbott said. "These people boast about their evil, this is the extraordinary thing," Abbot said of Islamic State fighters.

  • Bangladesh indicts owners for deadly 2012 factory fire

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh's capital has indicted two owners of a garment factory and 11 others for homicide over a 2012 fire that killed 112 workers. Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, the owners of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd., pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were read by District Judge S.M. Kuddus Zaman in Dhaka on Thursday. Prosecutor Mizanur Rahman says the judge also indicted 11 others in the case involving the factory that produced clothing for big retailers including WalMart. Three of the accused are at large. The trial will begin Oct. 1. Bangladesh earns about $25 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the United States and Europe.

  • Indonesia extradites ex-police officer sought in US murder

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Austin, Texas, police officer has been charged with capital murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, according to a federal affidavit unsealed Wednesday. VonTrey Jamal Clark was extradited from Indonesia to the United States. He arrived at an Austin airport late Wednesday night, the Austin American-Statesman reported, and records show he was booked into the Bastrop County jail. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office scheduled a news conference Thursday to discuss the case against him in the death of Samantha Dean, whose body was found in February behind a vacant shopping center. A federal arrest affidavit says a Bastrop County judge had sworn out a state arrest warrant July 21 chargin

  • Bangkok security looks more serious in deadly bombing's wake

    Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok's laid-back, anything-goes vibe has toughened a bit in the aftermath of last month's deadly bombing in the heart of the city. Security appears tighter, with a more conspicuous contingent of police, soldiers and plainclothes officers patrolling and guarding tourist areas and public places that attract crowds. Private security has changed as well. Mall entrances have long had guards and metal detectors, but at some of them, shoppers routinely set off alarms without even needing to slow their stride. Now, security officers are actually checking bags. Most upscale hotels are using mirrors on sticks to check underneath cars. One lesson learned from the Aug.

  • Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram dubbed Chris, said Thursday she hoped to register the fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization was not immediately available for comment. The fleece originally weighed in at 42 kilograms (93 pounds), but that included the weight of the wool bag.

  • Slipper to lead Australia in rugby test vs United States

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — James Slipper will fill in as captain for Stephen Moore in Australia's rugby union test against the United States in Chicago this weekend, becoming the first prop to lead the Wallabies in almost four decades. Slipper, who has played 67 test matches, was elevated to the captaincy when Moore, regular vice-captains Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper and seasoned veterans David Pocock and Will Genia were rested from the starting lineup for Saturday's match at Soldier Field. Two-time World Cup winner Australia won the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship title this season with victories over South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina, but enters the one-off test against the U.S. Eagles following a heavy loss to

  • Hewitt, in final US Open, not relishing match vs countryman

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt cheered from the stands Tuesday night as one young Australian took the court in the U.S. Open. On Thursday, the two-time major champion will be across the net from another. The 34-year-old Hewitt has served as a mentor to his country's up-and-coming players as his career nears its end, so he cringes to see them pop up in his draw. "Just awkward," Hewitt said about facing 22-year-old Bernard Tomic in the second round. "That's the only thing to summarize that. I get along great with Bernie. Helped him out a lot. Hit with him this week." Hewitt, the 2001 U.S. Open champ, is playing the tournament for the last time.

  • Wing, Berry in tight battle for Steelers punter

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the final game of the regular season with only one real starting spot up for grabs. Punters Brad Wing and Jordan Berry have been in a heated competition for the job over the last six months, with no clear favorite heading into Thursday night's exhibition against Carolina. Berry has a slightly better average through four games, though Wing has been more consistent. The fellow Australians have been working side by side since the offseason and both say they're not sure which way the coaching staff will decide. Wing was solid if not spectacular as a rookie, but experience often doesn't count. The Steelers have used eight different punters since 2006. ___ AP NFL w

  • Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in Pakistan has regional and even global implications. The country has long been a destination for aspiring global jihadis to receive training, some of whom are sent back abroad to conduct attacks. Foreign governments, particularly neighboring Afghanistan, have frequently accused elements of the Pakistani government of sheltering Islamic militant groups that frequent the porous and lawless triba




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