China denies Hong Kong visit request by U.S. carrier group: Pentagon
By David Brunnstrom and Greg Torode WASHINGTON/HONGKONG (Reuters) - China has denied a request for a U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis to visit to Hong Kong, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday, amid heightened tensions over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. A Pentagon spokesman, Commander Bill Urban, said a U.S. warship, the USS Blue Ridge, was currently in Hong Kong on a port visit and the United States expected that to continue.
Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies in Hawaii
Trump making case to GOP insiders amid chaotic rally scene
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) ? Donald Trump took his outsider campaign to the inner sanctum of California's Republican party, making his case directly to the GOP's state party convention even as angry demonstrators shadowed him outside in a possible harbinger of the controversy he will bring as the nominating process shifts toward the nation's most populous and diverse state.
Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary
BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) ? Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported.
Penguins and Capitals expect Crosby to respond in Game 2
Joel Ward leads Sharks past Predators 5-2 in Game 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ? Since early in his career in Nashville, the playoffs have brought out the best in Joel Ward. So it shouldn't have come as any surprise to the Predators that Ward delivered in the third period in his first postseason game against his former team.
Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers
Rouhani allies set for Iran parliament second round win
Reformist and moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won second round parliamentary elections in Iran, unofficial results said Saturday, opening the door to them controlling the legislature. It would also be a huge public vote of confidence for Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions. Voting was extended Friday in the second round elections for almost a quarter of parliament's seats in what was a crucial showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.
Stars win series opener over Blues
Radek Faksa had two points and Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in game one of their second-round NHL playoff series. Faksa scored the eventual winner with 4:44 remaining in regulation when he tapped in a rebound after Blues goaltender Brian Elliott stopped a shot from Ales Hemsky. Antoine Roussel also scored for Dallas, while Kevin Shattenkirk scored for St. Louis.
China, Japan foreign ministers meet to smooth tense ties
BEIJING (AP) ? China portrayed the visit Saturday by the Japanese foreign minister as an act of outreach to an angry Beijing, as the two sides try to repair relations bedeviled by disputes over territory, history and competition for influence in East Asia.