Many happy returns for birthday girl Kerber at Australian Open
Defending champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a gritty win at the Australian Open on Wednesday -- and was rewarded by fans serenading her on centre court. The top seed beat 89th-ranked fellow German Carina Witthoeft but the round two win was far from gift-wrapped and Kerber had to overcome a second-set stutter before taking it 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2. As an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" rang out, Kerber, who will next play Czech Kristyna Pliskova, said she was still getting to grips with being world number one.
Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days
Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of ...
Business group: China preparing to retaliate on tradeBEIJING (AP) ? China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carries out promises to impose sanctions on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance by imposing unusually high duties in an anti-dumping case against a U.S.-made agricultural chemical, an American business group said Wednesday.
DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.
Nishikori eases into Australian Open third round
Japan's Kei Nishikori urged Asia's young tennis players to head to Europe or the United States to realise their potential after reaching the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The fifth seed, who toiled for over three-and-a-half hours in a first-round five-setter with Andrey Kuznetsov, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in just over two hours against 72nd-ranked Chardy. It was Nishikori's fourth straight victory over the Frenchman and earned him a place in the third round in Melbourne for the seventh year in a row.
Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico's tourism jewels
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) ? Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.
Harden's triple-double not enough for Rockets
The Miami Heat withstood Houston star James Harden's 40-point triple-double on Tuesday to upend the Rockets 109-103 and snap a four-game NBA losing streak. Harden, who had six turnovers, had added 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season. "At least it wasn't 60," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra quipped of Harden's gaudy points total.
Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting
The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election ...
William Hilliard, former Oregonian editor, dies at 89
William A. Hilliard, who became the first black reporter at The Oregonian newspaper and later its editor in a pioneering 42-year career, has died at age 89. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/96WEYx) ...
From field to factory: Vietnam's globalisation winners
Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan grew up on a small plot of land in rural Vietnam, with just enough food to eat, few new clothes and no disposable income. Today she works in a Ford factory assembling cars from Chinese, Thai, American and European parts, her children drink imported milk and Coca Cola and she holidays with her family -- winners of the globalisation lottery. "Before children didn't have a lot of clothes or food, but life improved after their parents got factory jobs," Loan, 36, told AFP at the Ford plant near Hanoi.