• Dragic, Tucker help Suns hold off worn-out Washington 106-98

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — When the Phoenix Suns' big lead was fading away fast in the fourth quarter, P.J. Tucker put a stop to the collapse. The Suns' forward, not usually a big part of the high-scoring team's offense, scored 10 of his 12 points and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds in the...

  • Your Top Plays for Today

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ WILLIAMS TO FACE SHARAPOVA IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to renew their testy rivalry in Australian Open final after both win semifinals in straight sets....

  • Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — He's been called the Evil Genius, and he's been fined for spying on an opponent. And now there are questions about deflated footballs. Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie — and a scowl. Many of his media duties are marked by terse...

  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar bird enthusiasts have counted 1,114 bird species including 20 undocumented species between 2010 and 2014 in Myanmar, seven of which are endemic to the country. One of the surveyors, Thet Zaw Naing, said the Great Frigate and the Pied Falconet are among...

  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December profit sank, with an improvement in its semiconductor business...

  • Chinese officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — For decades, most urban Chinese families could have only one child. Now, officials in China's biggest city are telling young couples: Please have more children. Fan Hua of Shanghai's family planning commission said this week that far fewer people than expected had taken...

  • Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees, a minister said, in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha...

  • Latest Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 17

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew...

  • Israel-Lebanon border calm day after escalation

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war. The Lebanese National News Agency says Israeli warplanes were flying low over border villages on Thursday. Israeli Defense...

  • Squatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze way to prosperity

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Chris Mathews' crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit's grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there. A...

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