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U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:46:24 -0400
Catcher swap: Dodgers send Carlos Ruiz to Phillies for Ellis
LOS ANGELES (AP) The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have swapped catchers with Philadelphia, getting Carlos Ruiz and trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:43:23 -0400
Swimmer Lochte charged over false robbery claim
2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home, their vehicle gone
Correction: Giants-Mara story
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) In a story Aug. 24 about New York Giants owner John Mara commenting on placekicker Josh Brown's one-game suspension, The Associated Press erroneously reported some of the details of the allegations made against Brown and details of the NFL's personal conduct policy. According to the NFL, Brown allegedly grabbed his ex-wife by her wrist, not her throat, and the ex-wife's allegations of 20 abusive incidents were contained in a court filing, not made to the media. Additionally, the NFL's personal conduct policy doesn't mandate a six-game suspension. It calls for a baseline suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, with consideration given to possible mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:41:03 -0400
UN agency: No confirmed Zika cases linked to Rio Olympics
GENEVA (AP) The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:39:14 -0400
Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism
The list price of the drug will remain the same, but the company said it would increase the maximum copay assistance program to $300 from $100 for patients who pay for the 2-pak in cash or who are covered by a commercial health insurer. The price of EpiPen has skyrocketed to $600 from $100 since it was acquired by Mylan in 2007. Mylan also said it is doubling the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:39:07 -0400
Blatter fights FIFA ban in marathon final appeal
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter fought to overturn his ban from football in a marathon, 14-hour appeal hearing on Thursday, in a long-shot bid at redemption after his career ended in disgrace. Blatter mounted his defence against the six-year FIFA suspension imposed over ethics violations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which typically has the final word in major sport disputes. Engulfed by corruption scandals since May of last year and the target of a criminal investigation in his native Switzerland, the 80-year-old Blatter appeared upbeat after emerging from the courthouse well into the night.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:37:48 -0400
The Latest: Kaine says Trump can't be trusted on immigration
Housing aid theft: Probation for bounce artist Big Freedia
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Bounce entertainer Big Freedia was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $35,000 by a federal judge Thursday after admitting to bilking the federal government out of housing aid. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:30:51 -0400