- Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was the hero as Montpellier gained a shock 21-20 win at Clermont in the French Top 14 on Friday. Trinh-Duc kicked 18 of the visitors' 21 points with four penalties and two drop-goals. It was a thrilling comeback from Montpellier, last season's Top 14 semi-finalists, after they trailed by five points following a 10-minute period with 14 men following prop Nicolas Mas's sin-binning. Having lost their almost five-year-long unbeaten home record in the play-offs at the end of last season -- they fell 22-16 to Castres -- Clermont suffered a second home loss in quick succession.
The board of the International Monetary Fund reiterated its support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde Friday, after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a graft scandal. A Paris court placed Lagarde under formal investigation earlier this week for alleged "negligence" in a 2008 graft case dating back to when she was a French finance minister. In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and occurs when an examining magistrate decides there is a case to be answered. The judge may eventually decide to remove Lagarde from being under investigation, and she would not face prosecution.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for days after the shooting, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear. At a protest on Aug. 19, Ray Albers, a police officer in the neighboring community of St. Ann, pointed his rifle at a Ferguson protester during a heated verbal exchange, an episode that was captured on video and widely circulated on social media.
Grammy-winning US singer Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of giving a woman ecstasy before going back to her hotel, but insisted he was innocent. A judge sentenced Green to three years probation, 360 hours of community service, 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous classes and ordered him to register as a controlled substance offender. Green was accused of giving ecstasy to a 33-year-old woman without her knowledge while dining at a Los Angeles restaurant in July, 2012 before returning to the woman's hotel. Green changed his plea to no contest under a rule that lets him maintain his innocence but put the case behind him, said his lawyer Blair Berk.
Facebook on Friday said it is dabbling with letting members using smartphones or tablets search for past posts of friends at the leading online social network. Facebook is testing using keywords to find old posts, the California-based company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Search results remain true to sharing settings used when posts were made, meaning people are only shown content they are permitted to see, according to Facebook. Facebook early last year launched "Graph Search" that helps members using desktop computers or laptops better navigate the vast amount of information at the social network, which is not available on Web search engines such as Google.
The US military's bombing raids and other operations in Iraq cost about $7.5 million a day, the Pentagon said Friday. Since Islamic State (IS) militants seized territory in northern and western Iraq in June, President Barack Obama has deployed about 865 US troops to Iraq to bolster security for American diplomats and advise Baghdad government forces fighting the extremists. Both manned and unmanned US aircraft have flown surveillance flights to track IS jihadists and since August 8, American warplanes have carried out more than 100 air strikes against the militants -- most of them around the strategic Mosul dam in the north. The price tag of the US military mission dating back to mid-June has "averaged $7.5 million a day," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.