• Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate final Indy 500 practice

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power ended the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 up front — exactly where he doesn't want to be for most of Sunday's race. Power posted the fastest lap in Friday's hour-long session, which was free of any incidents and dominated by the...

  • Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Sam has found a pro football job. In Canada. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. General manager Jim Popp considered Sam's sexuality a nonissue....

  • Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. He died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its...

  • Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least,...

  • Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore,...

  • Mexico reports large-scale firefight in cartel stronghold

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A large-scale firefight broke out Friday when federal forces came under fire in an area of western Mexico dominated by drug cartels, two Mexican officials said. One official said a convoy of federal police and soldiers were ambushed near the border of Michoacan and...

  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes target Shiite rebels in Yemen

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition on Friday launched heavy airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, targeting camps and weapons depots in the rebel-held capital, as a U.N. agency said some 234 children were killed in violence over the past two months. Residents of Sanaa...

  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former...

  • Series of knife attacks has Rio de Janeiro on edge

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners. The stabbings sparked calls for protest marches this weekend to demand...

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade....

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