• Laird takes a 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump. It certainly wasn't the most exciting moment on golf's most raucous hole. That belonged to Francesco Molinari, who made the first...

  • Louisville rallies from 18 down to beat UNC 78-68 in OT

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored No. 10 Louisville's first six points in overtime and the Cardinals erased an 18-point second-half deficit to beat No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 on Saturday. Rozier's sweeping layup 43 seconds into overtime gave Louisville (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic...

  • Vegas police investigating alleged corruption in Legislature

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of corruption in the Nevada Legislature involving an extortion attempt aimed at a Republican assemblyman who's drawn criticism from more conservative lawmakers. The metro police department's criminal...

  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with...

  • Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. The video posted on militant websites late Saturday Middle East time ended days of negotiations to save the...

  • Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said Djerrasi (jer-AH-see) died Friday of complications of cancer at his San Francisco home. He was 91. Djerassi was a professor...

  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe. Maria del Pilar Hurtado late Friday turned herself over to authorities in Panama, where she...

  • 3 men shot in Afghanistan worked for North Carolina firm

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based firm says it employed the three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan. Praetorian Standard Inc. of Fayetteville identified the men slain Thursday as Walter D. Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South...

  • Loyola (Md) clips Army, 77-71

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Eric Laster scored 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field to lead Loyola (Md) to a 77-71 victory over Army on Saturday. Franz Rassman finished with 18 points and Andre Walker added 12 points for Loyola (9-12, 5-5 Patriot League), which won for just the...

  • Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading

    Updated: 18 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage Sunday over a video purportedly from the Islamic State group that shows a militant beheading hostage Kenji Goto. "I feel indignation over this immoral and heinous act of terrorism," Abe told reporters after convening an...

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