Trump goes on the offensive against a former beauty queen, Clinton calls him 'unhinged'
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump escalated his attacks on a former beauty queen with a vague and unsubstantiated allegation about a sex tape in predawn Twitter posts on Friday that prompted Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to denounce him as "unhinged." Trump's refusal to drop his invective against Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe he criticized for gaining weight after she won the crown in 1996, threatened to damage his already weak standing among women and Hispanics. With less than six weeks to go until the Nov. 8 election, Trump made reference - without giving evidence - to a sex tape involving the Venezuelan-born Machado, who had publicly denounced him all week as a humiliating bully. "Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" Trump said in his Twitter messages in the early hours of Friday.
Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year
BEIRUT (AP) ? A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday.
Man who got generations humming Oscar Mayer Wiener song dies
Celebrities bet on UFC investment
UFC, the US-based mixed martial arts juggernaut, said Friday that more than 20 top celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment have piled in as investors. Money reportedly has been pouring in for the fast-growing UFC, whose bloody cage-fights were once equated with cockfights. UFC produces more than 40 live events a year that are broadcast in over 156 countries and territories.
Chiuri raises banner of feminism in first Dior show
She is the first woman ever to lead the legendary French fashion house of Dior. In the high point so far of Paris fashion week, the Italian designer -- who wore a Superman necklace for the occasion -- dressed her female models as if preparing mediaeval knights for a joust with destiny.
NHL 2016-17: Odds stacked against Penguins repeating
After the Penguins paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby took it to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Evgeni Malkin to Moscow and Phil Kessel to a children's hospital in Toronto as part of the summer-long celebration.
Lawmaker: Olympic tax bill popular but 'bad policy'
Russia says arming Syrian opposition 'absolutely counterproductive': RIAPossible deliveries of shoulder-fired missiles to the Syrian opposition would be "absolutely counterproductive," RIA news agency cited a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Friday. "This would be an be absolutely counterproductive approach because ultimately these people, which have been trained and armed by the Americans, they will do the same thing that what was done in New York on Sept. 11 (2001)," RIA cited Mikhail Bogdanov as saying. The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states might arm Syrian rebels with man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials said on Monday.
AP Sources: Deal will allow Pitt visitation with children
The Latest: Feds seek witness accounts of deadly train crash
The Latest on a commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Federal investigators are asking anyone who witnessed ...