Kerber, Cibulkova reach semi-finals
Germany?s Angelique Kerber continued her unbeaten run at the WTA Finals on Thursday, steamrolling rising American Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to charge into the semi-finals of the season-ending championship . Kerber was joined in the semis by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who claimed her first victory of the tournament by defeating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 7-6 (7-5), to finish as the group runner-up. Beaten in her first two matches, the 27-year-old Cibulkova needed to see off Halep in straight sets then rely on Kerber defeating Keys in straight sets to advance, but scraped through when everything she needed went to plan.
U.S. charges 61 over India-based impersonation scam
The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts. Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centers in India have been charged, the department said in a statement. The defendants, including 24 people across nine U.S. states, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trade; bond yields rise
U.S. stock indexes are mixed Thursday afternoon as industrial companies like defense contractor Raytheon fall and health care stocks including Bristol-Myers Squibb rise. Bond yields are climbing to their ...
AP source: Aldon Smith applies for reinstatement to NFLALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) ? Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith has applied to the NFL to be reinstated from his one-year suspension.
UPS 3Q profit up 1 percent as US revenue increases
Armed with faith: Gibson film shows WWII feats of medic
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? When Desmond Doss climbed up Hacksaw Ridge ? a 400-foot high escarpment on the island of Okinawa with a wall of dug-in Japanese soldiers at the top ? he carried his Bible, his combat medic supplies and the weight of his moral convictions, but no weapon.
Phelps secretly took plunge in June, marrying girlfriend
NJ eyes same casino expansion that has left AC struggling
Casino expansion throughout the northeastern U.S. has been blamed for much of Atlantic City's struggles, and New Jersey's first attempt to cash in on those same expansion benefits seems destined to fail. ...
Man shot dead after stabbing outside US embassy in Kenya
A man was shot and killed by Kenyan police outside the US embassy in the capital Nairobi on Thursday after stabbing an officer with a knife. "The man was shot after stabbing a GSU officer in the hand and left him with injuries," said local police chief Vitalis Otieno. The police officer involved in the shooting was a member of the paramilitary General Services Unit (GSU) deployed to guard the embassy.
Italy in 'miraculous' escape after new quake
Italy on Thursday vowed to rebuild every home destroyed after a powerful earthquake that forced thousands to flee in terror but "miraculously" did not cause any fatalities. Two months after tremors in the same area left nearly 300 dead, two powerful shocks ripped through a mountainous, sparsely-populated part of central Italy on Wednesday evening. "Given the strength of the shocks the absence of any deaths or serious injuries is miraculous," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said.