De Kooning painting going on the auction block in the fallNEW YORK (AP) ? A large painting from one of Willem de Kooning's most productive periods is going on the auction block in the fall. Christie's is offering "Untitled XXV" in New York on Nov. 15, where it believes it could realize around $40 million.
Boston Red Sox clinch AL East crown, go worst to 1st again
NEW YORK (AP) ? Even though they let a win get away Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox locked up something more important. And as far as they were concerned, an AL East title was certainly worth celebrating.
California officer guns down man in 'shooting stance'
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) ? The fatal police shooting of a black man who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
In Bali's deaf village, silence is golden
Balinese women dressed in gold bodices dance to rhythmic drumming while waving fans as men in purple outfits sit cross legged around them, jiggling their arms and chanting. The village of Bengkala has been home to an unusually large number of deaf people for generations, and nowadays about 40 out of its approximately 3000 residents have severe hearing loss. As well as the dance project, a unique sign language called Kata Kolok has been developed in the isolated village which has been mastered by those with hearing impairment, as well as many of those who can hear, prompting interest from scientists around the world.
Elon Musk an innovator wary of humanity's future
If the future is an array of possibilities ranging from catastrophic to divine, Elon Musk is working to increase the probability of good things happening. Musk has become one of the United States' best-known innovators. This week Musk, as SpaceX chief, unveiled ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as low as $100,000 per person.
Seoul says North Korean soldier crosses the border to defectSEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect.
Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
Protesters shouted "murder" on Wednesday and demanded a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Southern California, just as racially charged anger over two similar incidents in the past two weeks had begun to ease. Tuesday's mid-afternoon shooting unfolded after two officers responded to several calls about a mentally unstable person walking in traffic and confronted the man behind a restaurant in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, according to police. One policeman opened fire with his service pistol and his partner simultaneously fired a Taser stun gun when the man pulled an object from his pocket and took aim at them in a "shooting stance," according to police.
Black man slain by California police dreamt of opening family restaurantAn unarmed black man fatally shot by police in a suburb of San Diego overcame a childhood of hunger in war-torn parts of Africa and came to America with the dream of opening a restaurant with his family, his brother said on Wednesday. The Rev. Shane Harris, who spent time with the family following the fatal shooting, said the two brothers were twins. Alfred Olango sometimes risked his life in Africa to steal bread to feed his younger sister before his family moved to the United States from Uganda as refugees in 1991, his brother said during the 20-minute interview.
Devil's in the details of OPEC deal as Asia buyers remain cautiousSINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Asian crude oil buyers remained cautious, eyeing details of an OPEC deal after the oil-producers group agreed for the first time since 2008 to reduce output in an oversupplied market. Global oil prices held onto gains on Thursday after soaring 6 percent in the previous session as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed on Wednesday to reduce output to a range of 32.5-33.0 million barrels per day. OPEC's new target represents an implied cut of 0.5-1.0 million bpd, although the actual cut could easily be much smaller at 0-0.5 million bpd depending on whether Libya and Nigeria can recover from supply disruptions, Societe Generale's oil analyst Michael Wittner said.
China property tycoon warns on real estate bubble
China's richest man, real estate magnate Wang Jianlin, has warned the country's property market is the "biggest bubble in history" -- the latest alarm bell to be sounded on the faltering giant economy. Wang, the owner of real estate and entertainment conglomerate Wanda, said property prices continue to rise in the country's big metropolises but fall in smaller cities, which are saddled with huge inventories of unsold new homes. "I don't see a good solution to this problem," Wang, whose group owns more than 200 malls, shopping complexes and luxury hotels across China, told CNN in comments published on its website.