NBA rejects North Carolina's revised transgender bathroom law
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:44:43 -0400
The National Basketball Association and the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday rejected revisions to North Carolina's gender bathroom law, which critics say discriminates against transgender people. "We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is currently before the legislature," a joint statement released by the NBA said. The pro basketball league is using a strong lever to pressure the state to repeal the controversial measure, known as House Bill 2, or HB2: a threat to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, scheduled to take place in Charlotte in February.
Musician Paul Simon doesn't let on if he's the retiring type
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:41:04 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — If Paul Simon is serious about calling it quits, he didn't let on to a hometown crowd.
Japan clobbered by weak inflation, businesss confidence
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:40:19 -0400
Japan was clobbered with a one-two punch Friday as weak data and a lacklustre business confidence report underscored the slowdown dragging on the world's number three economy. The poor readings will heap pressure on policymakers to unveil more stimulus, after the yen surged again in the wake of Britain's shock vote last week to quit the European Union, threatening Japan Inc's profits. Friday's data come ahead of parliamentary elections next week seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's faltering plan to kickstart the economy, dubbed Abenomics.
Durant meets with Thunder to kick off free agency tour
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:39:12 -0400
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant started his free agency tour in a familiar place.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:33:03 -0400
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — US judge blocks Mississippi law on religious objections to gay marriage.
El Nino brings sharks, other marine life to California coast
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:27:27 -0400
Shark encounters and sightings along California's coast are at their highest level in decades, scientists say, warning that warmer waters mean beachgoers will have to be on the lookout for the predators all summer. The latest near-deadly encounter came in late May when a 52-year-old woman was mauled by a shark near Los Angeles, prompting beach closures for several days. Chris Lowe, director of California State University's Long Beach Shark Lab, said there have been more sightings of great white sharks this year than in the previous 30, and that even hammerheads have been spotted along the coast.
Asian factories struggle, Brexit throws up new threats
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 01:08:36 -0400
By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's vast factory sector flatlined in June as exports shrank and jobs were cut, a worrying trend evident across Asia that argues for yet more policy stimulus as doubts gather over the potency of measures taken so far. The hard times signaled by a range of surveys was not what the world needed a week after Britain's vote to leave the European Union condemned that bloc to months, if not years, of political and economic instability. Most of the responses from manufacturers also preceded the Brexit vote, suggesting July could be even tougher.
US human trafficking downgrade 'regrettable': Myanmar
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:47:26 -0400
Myanmar's new civilian government rebuffed a United States decision to brand the country as one of the world's worst human trafficking offenders on Friday, calling the move "regrettable" at a time when the nascent democracy is still getting on its feet. The US State Department downgraded Myanmar in its annual human trafficking report Thursday, putting the former junta-run country into the lowest "Tier 3" category for failing to combat people smuggling and slavery. Years of poverty and corruption under Myanmar's former military rulers have fastened the Southeast Asian nation as a major source of forced labour and sex trafficking, often to neighbouring countries.
2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:34:58 -0400
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago.
Mets rally, hold off Cubs 4-3 to stop skid in NLCS rematch
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:33:30 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — A streak or two of celebration whipped cream was still stuck in Brandon Nimmo's hairline as he peeled off his baseball socks in the clubhouse Thursday night.