Gay Talese won't promote new book amid credibility questions
Musician Paul Simon doesn't let on if he's the retiring type
Officials: Boy, 8, critical after found in cruise ship poolBAYONNE, N.J. (AP) ? The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition.
Polls point to cliffhanger on Australian election eve
Australia's leaders made last-gasp pitches Friday to wow voters on the eve of elections as polls pointed to a cliffhanger and the media swung behind "reformer" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Liberal Turnbull and Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten both campaigned in Sydney on their final day on the hustings as a poll in The Sydney Morning Herald showed them locked in a dead heat on a two-party basis. Turnbull, who has capitalised on the instability sparked by Britain's decision to exit the European Union, said the uncertainty of a hung parliament would be a disaster as he appealed for voters not to go down that road.
NBA rejects North Carolina's revised transgender bathroom law
The National Basketball Association and the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday rejected revisions to North Carolina's gender bathroom law, which critics say discriminates against transgender people. "We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature," a joint statement released by the NBA said. The pro basketball league is using a strong lever to pressure the state to repeal the controversial measure, known as House Bill 2, or HB2: a threat to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, scheduled to take place in Charlotte in February.
Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence
Japan was clobbered with a one-two punch Friday as weak data and a lacklustre business confidence report underscored the slowdown dragging on the world's number three economy. The poor readings will heap pressure on policymakers to unveil more stimulus, after the yen surged again in the wake of Britain's shock vote last week to quit the European Union, threatening Japan Inc's profits. Friday's data come ahead of parliamentary elections next week seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's faltering plan to kickstart the economy, dubbed Abenomics.
Durant meets with Thunder to kick off free agency tourOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Kevin Durant started his free agency tour in a familiar place.
AP NewsAlertJACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? US judge blocks Mississippi law on religious objections to gay marriage.
El Nino brings sharks, other marine life to California coast
Shark encounters and sightings along California's coast are at their highest level in decades, scientists say, warning that warmer waters mean beachgoers will have to be on the lookout for the predators all summer. The latest near-deadly encounter came in late May when a 52-year-old woman was mauled by a shark near Los Angeles, prompting beach closures for several days. Chris Lowe, director of California State University's Long Beach Shark Lab, said there have been more sightings of great white sharks this year than in the previous 30, and that even hammerheads have been spotted along the coast.
Asian factories struggle, Brexit throws up new threats
By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's vast factory sector flatlined in June as exports shrank and jobs were cut, a worrying trend evident across Asia that argues for yet more policy stimulus as doubts gather over the potency of measures taken so far. The hard times signaled by a range of surveys was not what the world needed a week after Britain's vote to leave the European Union condemned that bloc to months, if not years, of political and economic instability. Most of the responses from manufacturers also preceded the Brexit vote, suggesting July could be even tougher.