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Timberwolves coach Saunders dies at age 60

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 11:06

"It is with extreme sadness that the Minnesota Timberwolves today learned that Phil "Flip" Saunders, who served as the team's President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, in addition to being a minority owner of the team, passed away today at age 60," the team said in a statement. Saunders, a veteran of 17 NBA seasons who posted a career record of 654-592, was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, in June.

Jaguars blow huge lead, then rally to get a thrilling win in London

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 08:55

So many of the NFL’s games in London have been uninteresting blowouts, and Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars looked like another one when the Jaguars went ahead 27-3.

Eleven children injured in Oklahoma crash, one toddler dead

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 07:21

By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton STILLWATER, Okla. (Reuters) - Eleven of the nearly four dozen people injured when a car careened into a crowd watching a Oklahoma State University homecoming parade this weekend were children, police said on Sunday, in addition to a toddler who died of his injuries. In total, four people were killed when a gray Hyundai Elantra with a suspected drunk driver plowed into the throng in Stillwater, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Oklahoma City. It was not immediately clear whether Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone were related, and Stillwater Police could not be reached immediately for further comment.

World would be better place if Saddam, Kadhafi still in power: Trump

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 07:07

The world would be a better place if dictators such as Saddam Hussein and Moamer Kadhafi were still in power, top Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday. The billionaire real estate tycoon also told CNN's "State of the Union" talk show that the Middle East "blew up" around US President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, his biggest Democratic rival in the race for the White House. "100 percent," Trump said when asked if the world would be better off with Hussein and Kadhafi still at the helm in Iraq and Libya.

New video purportedly shows US-Kurdish raid against IS group

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 06:48

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq released a video Sunday purportedly showing the joint raid of a prison by U.S. and Kurdish peshmerga forces in which they released 70 hostages held by the Islamic State group.

Trick or Trump: The Donald, Pizza Rat among top Halloween costumes

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 05:08
When a Donald Trump look-alike and a faux Caitlyn Jenner ring the doorbell on Halloween night, they may solicit a piece of candy but the treat they really seek is recognition. Pop culture experts say these "ripped from the headlines" costumes to celebrate the Oct. 31 holiday - such as "El Chapo" the fugitive Mexican cartel kingpin or "Left Shark" from pop star Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show - are a way for adults to connect in a world splintered by a myriad of choices for information and entertainment. While children typically dress up as witches and ghosts, the most popular costume this year among adults shopping on is The Optical Illusion Dress, the subject of an online debate that went viral over its color.

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans prefer an outsider candidate

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 04:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge majority of Republican voters prefer an outsider candidate to one with experience in Washington, and most see political rookies Donald Trump and Ben Carson as possible general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Tony Blair: Iraq war contributed to rise of IS, but was justified

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 04:00

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was partly responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State militant group in the Middle East. But he insisted that toppling dictator Saddam Hussein had been the right thing to do.

Sanders, Clinton set tone for leadoff presidential caucuses

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 01:39

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders sharpened the contrast with Hillary Rodham Clinton on a bevy of liberal causes on Saturday, casting himself as a principled progressive before thousands of Iowa Democrats in an appearance that could set the tone for the leadoff presidential caucuses in February.

4 dead, dozens injured in Oklahoma parade crash

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 21:15

A 25-year-old woman is arrested on a DUI charge in connection with the incident.

Car slams into crowd at Oklahoma parade; four killed

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 18:16

A car with a suspected drunk driver at the wheel barreled into crowds watching a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, killing four people and injuring more than 40 others, authorities said. Witnesses told of bodies being flung dozens of feet into the air as the gray Hyundai Elantra plowed into the throng at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue in Stillwater, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Oklahoma City, at the end of the parade. Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble and local police said the car crashed through barricades and struck an unmanned police motorcycle before carving through the mass of spectators.

Houston braces for floods as Texas deluged by rain in Patricia's wake

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 17:53

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Heavy rains fueled by the meeting of two strong storm systems, one the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, pounded southeastern Texas on Saturday, triggering flash floods and derailing a freight train as the heavy weather tracked toward Houston. Navarro County, about 50 miles (80 km) south of Dallas, was one of the hardest-hit areas, inundating the tiny town of Powell with 20 inches (50 cm) of rain over 30 hours, according to meteorologist Brett Rathbun of Accuweather. County authorities requested sandbags for homes being evacuated due to flooding and Interstate 45 was shut down in some spots in Navarro County due to rising waters, stranding drivers.

Obama encouraging limits on standardized student tests

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 15:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing one of education's most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.

Judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit over NSA surveillance - report

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 10:59

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of the U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs, the Baltimore Sun reported. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States. The case is one of a number of challenges made by privacy advocates against U.S. spying programs since 2013, when documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the long reach of secret government surveillance.

Police: 3 dead, 22 injured after homecoming parade crash

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 10:40

A vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said

Car plows into crowd at Oklahoma parade, killing at least three

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 10:22

At least three people were killed and nearly two dozen injured when a car traveling at high speed plowed into a crowd watching a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, police said on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle, Adacia Chambers, 25, was in custody, Captain Kyle Gibbs of the Stillwater Police said. The suspect does not appear to have been a student at Oklahoma State University, Gibbs said.

4 dead after car crashes into Okla. State parade

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 09:15

The driver of the car, a 25-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.