Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million. British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters there was "no doubt in my mind" that jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria had their sights set on targets in Europe. Despite the move, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Washington had no plans to follow suit, but US national security officials had been in close contact with London on the issue. US President Barack Obama has admitted that he has no immediate strategy to tackle advancing IS jihadists.
Ryan Palmer rolled in nine birdies en route to a 63 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Palmer's American compatriot Keegan Bradley is in sole possession of second after firing a bogey-free 65 at the TPC Boston. Day is tied with Americans Webb Simpson and Chesson Hadley.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect monthly sales of about 1.5 million new vehicles when automakers report them on Wednesday, with a seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate of 16.6 million. Auto sales are a closely watched indicator of consumer demand, particularly for big-ticket items, and the industry accounts for roughly one-fifth of all U.S. Industry research firm Kelley Blue Book said incentives, including rebates and cash-back offers, were on track to end the month between $2,700 to $3,000 per vehicle. The biggest discounts were on mid-size sedans, which are staying on dealer lots more than 80 days before being sold, compared to 47 days for small crossover sport utility vehicles, Kelley Blue Book said.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be in third-round action on center court as the U.S. Each will face an unseeded American opponent, with Serbian Djokovic up against Sam Querrey, before Williams takes the big stage against Varvara Lepchenko. Djokovic was hardly tested in his first two matches, winning both in straight sets, and the 2011 champion will be highly fancied again against unseeded Querrey, the world number 57. Querrey will be looking to continue the form he displayed when he eliminated 28th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the second round.
Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises. "There has been a certain cynical genius to what some of these folks have done," Obama said at the second of three fundraisers he attended. "What they’ve realized is, if we don’t get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody," he said in Purchase, New York. "And since they don’t believe in government, that’s a pretty good thing." Many polls show Republicans regaining control of the Senate in November's elections. In Purchase, Obama spoke to approximately 250 supporters at the home of Robert and Carol Wolf.