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06/30/2015 10:55 PM
Angels' Scioscia downplays report of rift with GM Dipoto
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is downplaying a report of a renewed rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto, saying the two are "a good team."

06/30/2015 10:55 PM
Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

FILE - This combination of file photos released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Matt, who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison with Sweat and had been hunted for three weeks was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015. Sweat was shot and captured on Sunday, June 28. (New York State Police via AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.



06/30/2015 10:52 PM
Residents return to smoldering ruins after damaging wildfire

Vern Smith, right, embraces his son Spencer, 13, as daughter Mary, 17, stands with them and his wife, Julie, joins them in front of the remains of their fire-destroyed home Monday, June 29, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. The wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into town Sunday afternoon. The blaze ignited in brush just outside Wenatchee, quickly burning out of control. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage.



06/30/2015 10:50 PM
Keuchel dominates again to help Astros shut out Royals 4-0

Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.



06/30/2015 10:37 PM
Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

Indonesian military personnel carry a body bag containing the body of a victim at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The Hercules C-130 plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city Medan. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian police official says more than 140 bodies have been recovered from the crash of a military plane in Medan.



06/30/2015 10:32 PM
S.Korea court rules in favour of Samsung subsidiaries merger: spokesman

A South Korean court on Wednesday ruled in favour of the proposed merger of two Samsung Group subsidiaries, rejecting a US hedge fund's request for a court order to stop the move. US hedge fund Elliott had filed a lawsuit asking for a court injunction to stop Cheil Industries acquiring Samsung C&T Corp through an all-stock deal, a move by Samsung's founding Lee family to boost control over the conglomerate ahead of a generational power transfer.



06/30/2015 10:32 PM
Top Obama aides knew about Clinton's private email in 2009

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The State Department plans to make about 3,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's correspondence publically available on Tuesday evening. The release comes as part of a court mandate that the agency release batches of Clinton's email correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30. The goal is for the department to publicly unveil 55,000 pages of her emails by Jan. 29, 2016. They were sent from the personal email address that Clinton used when she was secretary. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence.



06/30/2015 10:23 PM
State Dept releases nearly 2,000 Clinton emails

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, pictured in Fairfax, Virginia, on June 26, 2015The State Department released nearly 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's time as top US diplomat late Tuesday, following orders from a federal judge. The large tranche of emails were made public shortly before 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Wednesday) on the State Department's Freedom of Information Act website. At first glance, the 3,000-some pages of exchanges contain schedules, communications with staffers, cables about China and concern over late Libyan strongman Muamer Kadhafi's 2009 US stay.



06/30/2015 10:19 PM
Japan business confidence hits best level since March 2014: BoJ

The Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan report showed the confidence index stood at plus 15 in June, up from plus 12 for the two previous surveysConfidence among major Japanese manufacturers increased in the three months to June, beating expectations to rise to its highest level in more than a year, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday. The central bank's closely-watched quarterly Tankan report showed the confidence index stood at plus 15 in June, up from plus 12 for the two previous surveys.



06/30/2015 10:15 PM
Messi sparkles as Argentina thrash Paraguay at Copa America

Argentina's Javier Pastore (C) celebrates with teammates Lionel Messi (L) and Pablo Zabaleta after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America semi-final match in Concepcion, Chile, on June 30, 2015Concepción (Chile) (AFP) - Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday's final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart.



06/30/2015 10:10 PM
White Sox ace Sale strikes out 10 for 8th straight game

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the eighth straight game, matching the best run in major league history.



06/30/2015 09:58 PM
USA beat Germany to reach Women's World Cup final

USA midfielder Tobin Heath (top) and Germany's Tabea Kemme during their Women's World Cup semi-final in Montreal on June 30, 2015Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara both scored in the second half Tuesday to put the United States into the Women's World Cup final with a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany. Wearing the captain's armband, Lloyd got the first on 69 minutes from a penalty kick with defender O'Hara scoring her first-ever goal for the Americans six minutes from time. The United States, winners in 1991 and 1999 and ranked second in the world, will play either defending champions Japan or England in the final at Vancouver on July 5.



06/30/2015 09:57 PM
Bush tax returns: Big income, big taxes since 1981

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's 2013 federal income tax form is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Bush released a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates. The returns Bush posted online included the eight years since he left office as Florida governor, a period during which he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday.



06/30/2015 09:40 PM
Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data
TOKYO (AP) — The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling.

06/30/2015 09:33 PM
Canada approves Cirque du Soleil sale to US, Chinese investors

Cirque du Soleil artists perform during the press preview of their latest show "Amaluna" in Madrid on May 5, 2015Canada has approved the sale of the government-owned Cirque du Soleil to a US investment fund and its Chinese partners, according to officials. American private equity firm TPG and China's Fosun bought the Quebec circus juggernaut for an undisclosed sum in April as the carnival looks to expand in Asia. Canada's Industry Minister James Moore said the sale will benefit the country economically and said Canadians would remain in key positions within the company.



06/30/2015 09:32 PM
Greece defaults on IMF payment despite last-minute overtures to creditors

Protesters wave Greek and EU flags during a pro-Euro rally in front of the parliament building, in AthensBy Renee Maltezou and Robert-Jan Bartunek ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said the plebiscite is the democratic way for Greeks to decide if they will accept more budget cuts and taxes in return for international aid.



06/30/2015 09:32 PM
U.S. urging parties to press forward on Greek negotiations
The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Greece and will keep urging all parties to help put Athens on a path to growth within the euro zone, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday. "The United States will continue to encourage all parties involved to press forward with negotiations that put Greece on a path toward economic growth within the Eurozone on the basis of needed economic reforms and requisite financing that achieves debt sustainability," the statement added.

06/30/2015 09:27 PM
First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during a Lets Move! event with Girl Scouts on the South Lawn of the White House, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Washington. Fifty fourth-grade Girl Scouts from councils in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Oklahoma have been invited to spend the night sleeping in tents pitched on the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lucky Girl Scouts got the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn.



06/30/2015 09:24 PM
Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT
NEW YORK (AP) — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history.

06/30/2015 09:22 PM
US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Morgan Brian after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.



06/30/2015 09:17 PM
Hawks promote coach Budenholzer to top exec spot

Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Atlanta Hawks, instructs players during their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26, 2015Mike Budenholzer, voted the NBA Coach of the Year this past season, was promoted to president of basketball operations and coach while Wes Wilcox was named general manager. Tuesday's moves were the first undertaken by the club since the Hawks were sold June 24 to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler. Budenholzer, who took over as coach of the Hawks in May of 2013, guided Atlanta to a 60-22 mark this past season, the best record in the Eastern Conference.



06/30/2015 09:10 PM
10 Things to Know for Wednesday

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington. Bush is releasing more than three decades of personal income tax returns, a disclosure far more extensive than any previous candidate for president. The records Bush plans to release late Tuesday afternoon will include the eight years since Bush left office as Florida governor, a time when he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:



06/30/2015 09:02 PM
U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

Chairs are prepared before a news conference in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 6-1/2 months after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed a diplomatic breakthrough, Obama will announce the new steps toward rapprochement in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Wednesday. Signaling it is likely to act in sync with the United States, Cuba's Communist government said the chief of the U.S. mission, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, would meet the interim foreign minister in Havana on Wednesday to deliver a note from Obama to Castro on the re-establishment of ties between the two former Cold War rivals.



06/30/2015 09:00 PM
No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge

FILE - This Sunday, June 14, 2015 file booking photo provided by the Marion County Sheriff's office taken shows Deen Castronovo, drummer for rock band Journey, in Salem, Ore. Castronovo sat in jail Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after being indicted on a rape charge two weeks after his domestic violence arrest. (Marion County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies.



06/30/2015 08:54 PM
USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston's troubled bid

U.S. Olympic Comittee Chairman Larry Probst speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Redwood City, Calif. USOC leaders say they're sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data and active opposition. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games.



06/30/2015 08:28 PM
Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a Hollywood hilltop convent has caught Perry in its crosshairs. The singer is named in a lawsuit filed on June 19, 2015, over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood.



06/30/2015 08:19 PM
FIFA article draws criticism for referring to Morgan's looks

United States' Alex Morgan (13) tries to place the ball past Germany keeper Nadine Angerer during the first half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — Critics took aim at FIFA on social media Tuesday after FIFA.com referenced American forward Alex Morgan's looks in an article posted in advance of the United States' match against Germany in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.



06/30/2015 08:16 PM
Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

In this June 29, 2015 photo, tourists visit a part of Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima, which means “Battleship Island,” off Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan. The island is one of 23 old industrial facilities seeking UNESCO's recognition as world heritage “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” meant to illustrate Japan's rapid transformation from a feudal farming society into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is expected to approve the proposal during a meeting being held in Bonn, Germany, through July 9. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)GUNKANJIMA, Japan (AP) — Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.



06/30/2015 08:07 PM
Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Henderson, NevadaWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open their financial books. Bush's income has soared since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007, the records showed. Tracking steadily higher through the financial crisis and deep recession, Bush's income was nearly $7.4 million in 2013.



06/30/2015 08:03 PM
Mexico, Bogota reject Miss Universe over Trump tirade

Contenstants pose on stage during the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, FloridaAnger over US presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about Mexican migrants boiled over Tuesday as Bogota withdrew its candidacy to host his Miss Universe show and Mexico dropped out of the pageant. The real estate tycoon's comments have incensed Latin Americans and the Hispanic community in the United States since he said on June 16 that migrants were bringing drugs and "rapists" across the border. Losing both a Latin American contestant and city are big setbacks for Miss Universe as the pageant is hugely popular in the region, where victory is a source of national pride that can spark street celebrations.



06/30/2015 07:57 PM
Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Nike Chairman Phil Knight walks near the field before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Ohio State and Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Knight plans to step down and says he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nike Chairman Phil Knight, who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world's most valuable sports brand, has announced plans to step down as company chairman.



06/30/2015 07:54 PM
Trying to make hitting skid disappear, Maddon hires magician
NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick.

06/30/2015 07:53 PM
Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

Pro-euro protesters demonstrate in front of the parliament building in Athens on June 30, 2015Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. The future of efforts to restore its finances and meet creditor demands for reforms were in question, with fresh proposals from Athens spurned Tuesday as the country moved toward a referendum Sunday on EU bailout offers.



06/30/2015 07:51 PM
Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, real estate mogul Donald Trump delivers remarks during his announcement that he will run for president of the United States, in New York. Ora TV, a television company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 said it will scrap a project it was developing with Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.



06/30/2015 07:49 PM
U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Christie stands with wife Mary Pat as he announces campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Livingston, New JerseyBy Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. Christie, once seen as a leading 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long shot, said his dose of New Jersey straight talk could help span the partisan divide to solve difficult political problems. "I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that's what America needs right now," Christie told friends, family and supporters at the campaign launch at his old high school in suburban Livingston, New Jersey.



06/30/2015 07:45 PM
Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul, left, greets supporters following his speech during a campaign stop at a sports bar in the tony Cherry Creek area Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Denver. Earlier in the day, Paul made a stop at a cannabis industry convention in downtown Denver to speak to people in the marijuana industry behind closed doors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.



06/30/2015 07:42 PM
Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest

Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting campaign stop in Sandown, N.H., Tuesday June 30, 2015. Christie announced his presidential bid earlier in the day in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.



06/30/2015 07:39 PM
Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates his goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen with Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs in Chicago. The Blackhawks have traded Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.



06/30/2015 07:33 PM
AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.

06/30/2015 07:31 PM
Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option

A man plays his guitar while he begs for money in front of a closed down business in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, June 29, 2015. International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.



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