Exclusive: U.S. carries out freedom-of-navigation operation in South China Sea - officials
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on Friday near islands claimed by China and two other Asian countries, U.S. officials told Reuters. The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims near the Paracel Islands," specifically Triton and Woody Islands, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Pentagon declined to comment. (Reporting by Idrees Ali, Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Lady Gaga returns to NYC bar where she launched her career
NEW YORK (AP) ? Lady Gaga returned to the New York City bar where she performed years ago as an unsigned act on the eve of her new album's release, singing rock and pop songs for an audience including Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, die-hard fans and music industry insiders.
Yoga pants parade to protest man's comments on women's wearBARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) ? Women clad in yoga pants plan to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town in protest of a man who says the outfits look tacky and ridiculous.
Ogwumike's shot lifts Sparks to WNBA title, beat Lynx 77-76
Anti-terror police arrest man over London subway alertLONDON (AP) ? British police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of a terrorism offense over a suspicious package discovered on a London subway train.
50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party's founding
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.
May ready for tough talks, but will fight over EU market
By Elizabeth Piper and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union would take time and that she was ready for some "difficult moments", but would fight to remain part of the bloc's single market. At her first European Council since becoming prime minister after Britain voted to leave the bloc in June, May made clear that she hoped that some of the most complicated talks London has ever undertaken will be held in a constructive manner. Having earlier provoked concern among investors, businesses and in EU capitals that she was heading for a "hard Brexit", or clear break with the single market, to control immigration, May moved to ease concerns.
Lions' den or nest of doves? May's first EU encounter was businesslike
For Theresa May, her first meeting with all the other European Union leaders since she became British prime minister ended up being described by most merely as businesslike. Each side had at times characterised the other in less than diplomatic terms since Britain's vote to leave the bloc in June - the Britons portrayed as intransigent, the EU as overly angry over Brexit.
S&P, Dow open lower as GE drags; Nasdaq flat
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow opened lower on Friday as GE disappointing forecast weighed on industrial stocks and the dollar rose to a seven-month high, while the Nasdaq was little changed as Microsoft rallied.
Police: Man thanks trooper in letter after speeding ticketEWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) ? New Jersey State Police say the general manager of a company that operates radio stations complimented a trooper in a letter after he was ticketed for speeding.