76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot
Large anti-Maduro protests fill the streets in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Anti-government protesters filled the streets of Venezuela's capital and other major cities in a show of force against Presidential Nicolas Maduro, whose allies enraged the opposition by blocking a recall referendum against the socialist leader.
Russian grandmaster aims to dethrone chess king Carlsen
Sitting next to an ornate chess board in his home outside Moscow, 26-year-old Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin lowers his gaze as he ponders how to beat reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. "He has to prove that he's better than me," Karyakin told AFP. Next month Karyakin will have his stab at dethroning Carlsen, 25, in New York as he takes on the Norwegian phenomenon in a 600,000-euro ($668,000) match some are hyping as a clash between East and West that echoes the Cold War.
2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic
ROME (AP) ? A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.
Samsung scion joins board as profits tank on Note 7
Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-Yong took a major step towards control of the family-run conglomerate on Thursday, joining the board as the company reported a 30 percent profit dive following a highly damaging recall crisis. The move is being seen as a coronation of sorts of the 48-year-old Lee, who is already vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and has seen his influence grow since his father, Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised in 2014. Board chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun said Lee's elevation would give him a greater say in decision-making at the highest level and help foster "long-term, sustainable value" for Samsung shareholders.
Wal-Mart pushes service for holiday; Target stresses value
TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) ? Wal-Mart, long known for emphasizing low prices, wants to be known this holiday season for superior customer service. That comes after its main rival Target, which has a better image in that regard, stressed a focus on offering deals.
Pot farmers worry legalization could end their way of lifeGARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) ? Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.
Patients left in limbo as more doctors flee Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ? Wanda Serrano arrived at Puerto Rico's largest public hospital before dawn to take her 17-year-old son to an appointment. Six hours later, they were still in the packed waiting room hoping to see a doctor.
Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning
Asia shares extend losses, dollar off highs
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after disappointing earnings from technology giant Apple dragged on Wall Street, while the dollar remained shy of this week's nearly nine-month highs.