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Busch hoping to use big Brickyard weekend for momentum

Kyle Busch kisses his wife Samantha as he holds their son Brexton after wining the Brickyard 400 NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Rob Baker)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch used his first Brickyard 400 victory as a springboard to his first Sprint Cup title.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:08:04 -0400
Obama aide visits China after South China Sea ruling

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, left, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, right, shake hands as they pose for a photo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)BEIJING (AP) U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice held talks in Beijing on Monday with Chinese officials in the highest-level visit by a White House official since an international tribunal issued a ruling that invalidated China's expansive claims in the South China Sea.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:06:54 -0400
Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban: U.N.

Broken glass and debris are seen inside a resturant a day after a suicide attack in KabulBy Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, the United Nations reported on Monday, just days after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul. Overall at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016, the United Nations reported, as insurgent groups like the Taliban try to topple the government installed in Kabul after the 2001 U.S.-led military intervention. Anti-government groups, the largest of which is the Taliban, accounted for at least 60 percent of non-combatants killed and wounded.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:03:50 -0400
Brandi Chastain: On headers, concussions, soccer wages

FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, former U.S. women's national soccer team member Brandi Chastain arrives to view the U.S. men's team practice in Stanford, Calif., for the World Cup soccer tournament. These days, she's coaching youth, high school and college soccer in California. Chastain is keeping an eye on the current women's national teamwithout retired star Abby Wambachafter helping the U.S. win two golds and a silver in the Olympics during her career. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)NEW YORK (AP) Brandi Chastain likes U.S. soccer's prospects for defending gold in Rio, is advocating for fewer headers in youth games and tackling her son's diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:49 -0400
LEADING OFF: White Sox host Cubs, Arrieta; Giants head home

New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, left, completes a double play by tagging out San Francisco Giants' Mac Williamson at third base during the eighth inning of the baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, July 24, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:56:58 -0400
Rio scrambles to fix Olympic Village after Australia boycott

Athletes, including Brazilians, are staying in hotels rather than the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, because of problems such as blocked toilets and leaky pipesBritain's delegation said it, too, had encountered some "maintenance difficulties," but added it was staying in the Village as planned. Rio's Olympic organizers said such teething problems plagued all Olympic Games. The Olympic Games -- the first to be held in South America -- are to open on August 5, less than two weeks away.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:51:50 -0400
Bavarian official: Ansbach attack suggests Islamist motive

A special police officer leaves the area where an explosion occurred in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016. Bavaria's top security official says a man who blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival in the southern German city was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)ANSBACH, Germany (AP) Bavaria's top security official said Monday that he believes a failed asylum seeker who blew himself up and injured 12 people in the southern German town of Ansbach was driven by religious extremism.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:39:52 -0400
German bar attacker Syrian, had psychiatric problems

Police stand guard outside the home of a Syrian migrant in Ansbach on 25 June, 2016 after he set off an explosion at a bar in the German city, killing himselfA Syrian migrant set off an explosion at a bar in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others late Sunday, authorities said, the third attack to hit Bavaria in a week. The 27-year-old, who had spent a stint in a psychiatric facility, had intended to target a music festival in the city of Ansbach but was turned away because he did not have a ticket. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible new attack which will surely increase people's anxiety," regional interior minister Joachim Herrmann said, adding that investigators "have not ruled out" he had an Islamist motive.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:27:31 -0400
Bomb-carrying Syrian dies outside German music festival; 12 wounded

Video still of emergency workers following an explosion in AnsbachBy Thomas Krumenacker, Andrea Shalal and Andreas Burger BERLIN/ANSBACH, Germany (Reuters) - A 27-year-old Syrian man denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in Bavaria, the fourth violent attack in Germany in less than a week, a senior Bavarian state official said. Police said 12 people were wounded, including three seriously, in the attack in Ansbach, a small town of 40,000 people southwest of Nuremberg that is also home to a U.S. Army base. The incident will fuel growing public unease surrounding Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, under which more than a million migrants have entered Germany over the past year, many fleeing wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:27:05 -0400
Nintendo shares plunge on Pokemon Go warning

People are seen playing Nintendo's Pokemon Go at Akihabara shopping district in Tokyo, on July 22, 2016Shares in Nintendo plunged Monday after it warned that the Pokemon Go mania sweeping the world would not translate into bumper profits, taking the wind out of a dizzying rally that saw the firm's value more than double. Markets had cheered the app's global success as a great sign for Nintendo's nascent move into the mobile games market. Nintendo is the creator of the Pokemon franchise but the game, released on July 5, was developed by US-based Niantic.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:24:44 -0400
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