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UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

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.


Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open

NEW YORK (AP) — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.


Federer improves to 24-1 at night in Ashe at Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer produced one particularly brilliant backhand lob that he celebrated by wagging a finger overhead during a straight-set second-round victory at the U.S. Open.


Tennis - Federer into US Open third round

- Second seed and five-time champion Roger Federer reached the US Open third round on Friday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over big-serving 104th-ranked Australian Sam Groth.


California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law. The bill, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session, was introduced after police near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family that he was in poor mental health and might become violent.     The bill passed the Assembly 47-25.     If Brown, who has steered a centrist course on gun control legislation, signs the bill, California would be the first U.S.

Democrats keep Obama at distance ahead of mid-term elections

Washington (AFP) - Barack Obama's Democrats are walking a tightrope 10 weeks before US congressional elections: do they solicit the unpopular president's support or shun him as they try to maintain their Senate majority?


Palmer leads at Deutsche Bank golf championship

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.


GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

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.


Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.


U.S. auto sales seen ending summer without a sizzle

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.


U.S. coal stocks could gain on Russia tension

By Akane Otani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Beaten-down U.S. The crisis in eastern Ukraine has emboldened Europe and the United States to impose broad sanctions on Russia.


Obama's tan suit buzzed around the world

NEW YORK (AP) — Quick! What exactly did President Barack Obama say from the White House briefing room about Syria, Iraq and Ukraine while dressed in the tan suit buzzed 'round the world?


Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."


Top seeds Djokovic, Serena in action on Saturday

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 unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'

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.


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