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National League Leaders

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 06:20
by  Associated Press National League Leaders by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 22 July 2014 01:20-04:00 NATIONAL LEAGUE

BATTING_Tulowitzki, Colorado, .340; MaAdams, St. Louis, .323; McGehee, Miami, .322; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, .322; Morneau, Colorado, .312; Goldschmidt, Arizona, .310; Puig, Los Angeles, .308; Lucroy, Milwaukee, .308.

RUNS_Goldschmidt, Arizona, 71; Pence, San Francisco, 71; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 71; Rendon, Washington, 69; FFreeman, Atlanta, 65; Rizzo, Chicago, 65; Stanton, Miami, 65.

RBI_Goldschmidt, Arizona, 65; Stanton, Miami, 65; Desmond, Washington, 62; AdGonzalez, Los Angeles, 62; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 62; Howard, Philadelphia, 60; Morneau, Colorado, 60.

HITS_McGehee, Miami, 121; Pence, San Francisco, 121; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 119; DanMurphy, New York, 116; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 115; DGordon, Los Angeles, 112; CGomez, Milwaukee, 111.

DOUBLES_Goldschmidt, Arizona, 38; Lucroy, Milwaukee, 33; Span, Washington, 29; FFreeman, Atlanta, 28; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 28; Puig, Los Angeles, 27; SCastro, Chicago, 26; Morse, San Francisco, 26; JhPeralta, St. Louis, 26.

TRIPLES_DGordon, Los Angeles, 9; BCrawford, San Francisco, 8; Braun, Milwaukee, 6; BHamilton, Cincinnati, 6; Yelich, Miami, 6; 11 tied at 5.

HOME RUNS_Rizzo, Chicago, 23; Stanton, Miami, 23; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 21; Frazier, Cincinnati, 20; Byrd, Philadelphia, 19; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 18; Desmond, Washington, 17; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 17; JUpton, Atlanta, 17.

STOLEN BASES_DGordon, Los Angeles, 45; BHamilton, Cincinnati, 38; Revere, Philadelphia, 26; EYoung, New York, 25; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 21; Rollins, Philadelphia, 19; Blackmon, Colorado, 18; CGomez, Milwaukee, 18.

PITCHING_Wainwright, St. Louis, 12-4; Simon, Cincinnati, 12-4; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 11-2; Ryu, Los Angeles, 11-5; Lynn, St. Louis, 11-6; WPeralta, Milwaukee, 11-6; Greinke, Los Angeles, 11-6; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 11-7.

ERA_Wainwright, St. Louis, 1.83; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 1.92; Cueto, Cincinnati, 2.18; Beckett, Los Angeles, 2.26; HAlvarez, Miami, 2.64; Teheran, Atlanta, 2.64; TRoss, San Diego, 2.70.

STRIKEOUTS_Strasburg, Washington, 158; Cueto, Cincinnati, 148; Kennedy, San Diego, 137; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 135; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 134; TRoss, San Diego, 132; Greinke, Los Angeles, 130.

SAVES_Kimbrel, Atlanta, 30; Rosenthal, St. Louis, 30; FrRodriguez, Milwaukee, 29; Jansen, Los Angeles, 29; Street, San Diego, 24; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 23; AReed, Arizona, 23.

News Topics: MLB baseball, Sports, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, California, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, United States, North America, Pennsylvania

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National League Standings

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 06:19
by  Associated Press National League Standings by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 22 July 2014 01:19-04:00 East Division W L Pct GB Washington 54 43 .557 — Atlanta 54 45 .545 1 Miami 46 52 .469 8½ New York 46 53 .465 9 Philadelphia 43 56 .434 12 Central Division W L Pct GB Milwaukee 55 45 .550 — St. Louis 54 45 .545 ½ Pittsburgh 52 47 .525 2½ Cincinnati 51 48 .515 3½ Chicago 40 57 .412 13½ West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 55 44 .556 — Los Angeles 56 45 .554 — San Diego 43 55 .439 11½ Arizona 43 57 .430 12½ Colorado 40 59 .404 15

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Sunday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 3, Cincinnati 2

Miami 3, San Francisco 2

Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 3

Washington 5, Milwaukee 4

Atlanta 8, Philadelphia 2

Arizona 3, Chicago Cubs 2

San Diego 2, N.Y. Mets 1

L.A. Dodgers 4, St. Louis 3

Monday's Games

L.A. Dodgers 5, Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4

Miami 3, Atlanta 1, 10 innings

Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 2

Washington 7, Colorado 2

Detroit 4, Arizona 3

Seattle 5, N.Y. Mets 2

Tuesday's Games

L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 6-5) at Pittsburgh (Worley 2-1)

San Francisco (Petit 3-3) at Philadelphia (R.Hernandez 4-8)

Miami (Ja.Turner 2-6) at Atlanta (Minor 3-5)

San Diego (Stults 3-11) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-0)

Cincinnati (Bailey 8-5) at Milwaukee (J.Nelson 1-1)

Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 5-8) at St. Louis (Wainwright 12-4)

Washington (Zimmermann 6-5) at Colorado (Flande 0-2)

Detroit (Porcello 12-5) at Arizona (C.Anderson 6-4)

N.Y. Mets (deGrom 3-5) at Seattle (E.Ramirez 1-4)

News Topics: MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Sports, Baseball, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Seattle, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, California, New York, Washington, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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BC-AP Americas Digest

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:59
by  Associated Press BC-AP Americas Digest Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:59-04:00

TOP STORIES:

UNITED STATES-UKRAINE-PLANE

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sternly calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. AP Photos.

UN-UNITED NATIONS-UKRAINE PLANE

UNITED NATIONS (— The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama callsfor the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

With: US-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-AMERICANS KILLED.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-NATIONAL GUARD

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he says are criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. By Christopher Sherman and Will Weissert. AP Photos.

With: OBAMA-IMMIGRATION-OVERLOAD; IMMIGRATION-OVERLOAD-Q&A.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-2008 LAW

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S. That was the genesis of a law six years ago that is now at the center of an immigration crisis at the nation's Southern border. More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October. Fewer than 2,000 of them have been sent back. Immigration advocates and many Democrats insist on preserving what they describe as important protections in the 2008 law. But most Republicans and a few Democrats want to change the law to address circumstances far different from six years ago, when no more than 8,000 kids arrived at the border each year without their parents. AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-SMUGGLERS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Clean streets lined with neat rows of palm trees and wide expanses of grass and sleek new government buildings. That's the vision of downtown Port-au-Prince that officials hope will replace what was lost when the 2010 earthquake left the capital largely in ruins. By David McFadden. AP Photos.

OBAMA-GAY RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama orders employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the U.S. government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." By Nedra Pickler.

MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED

MEXICO CITY — The owner of a group home raided last week is mentally unfit to face allegations that she frequently hit children living in the shelter, Mexico's top federal prosecutor says. By E. Eduardo Castillo. AP Photo.

CONGRESS-TO DO LIST

WASHINGTON — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system, reform the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffen background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers' August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.

ARIZONA-EXECUTION-DRUGS

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court rules that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. By Astrid Galvan and Jim Salter. AP Photos.

GYNECOLOGIST-SECRET RECORDINGS

BALTIMORE — A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers say. By Juliet Linderman. AP Photos.

POLICE OFFICERS-KKK

FRUITLAND PARK, Florida — Residents of this small town have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. By Mike Schneider. AP Photos.

BOSTON-MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIEND

BOSTON — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

RECORD HOT-WORLD

WASHINGTON — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

BEEF ENVIRONMENT

WASHINGTON — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

BUSINESS:

WALL STREET

NEW YORK — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.

RESILIENT STOCKS

NEW YORK — Stocks are pricier, tensions between Russia and the West are mounting, and Israel has rolled into Gaza to stop a deadly air war. And yet investors shrug it all off and keep pushing the market higher. Just last week, stocks managed to extend their five-year bull run, despite the Federal Reserve saying that valuations in parts of the market were "substantially stretched," and after a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine, raising geopolitical tensions across Europe and the U.S. But optimism about the U.S. economy and company earnings are outweighing those concerns. In fact, since 2011, pullbacks have been rare and relatively small, and none have become severe enough to qualify as a correction, Wall Street parlance for a fall of 10 percent or more. Every time the market has started to tumble, investors step in and buy stocks. And that's driven up the S&P 500 almost 80 percent over that time, pushing it to a series of all-time highs. By Steve Rothwell. 900 words. Photos

NABE-ECONOMY SURVEY

DETROIT — Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

EARNS-NETFLIX

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. AP Photo.

ALLERGAN-LAYOFFS

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce as part of a push to become more efficient while it fights a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals. By Business Writer Tom Murphy.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-Q&A-WEIRD AL YANKOVIC

LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "Mandatory Fun." By Nicole Evatt. AP Photos. AP Video.

PEOPLE-CHARLIE HUNNAM

BEVERLY HILLS, California — The first trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product. By Alicia Rancilio. AP Photos.

OBIT-THOMAS BERGER

NEW YORK — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.

COMIC-CON-TOYS

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.

FASHION-MIAMI SWIM

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Surf's up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. By Suzette Laboy. AP Photos.

FEATURES:

SHARK TOURISM

CHATHAM, Massachusetts — Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts peninsula popular among beach combers. By Rodrique Ngowi. AP Photos. AP Video.

GO FOR THE FOOD-ANCHORAGE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There's no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.

News Topics: General news, International relations, Immigration policy, Government and politics, New products and services, State governments, War and unrest, Territorial disputes, Immigration, Boston Marathon bombing, Legislature, Crime, Government policy, Social issues, Social affairs, Products and services, Corporate news, Business, Events, Bombings

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, Rick Perry, Dianne Feinstein, David McFadden, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Al Yankovic, Iggy Azalea, Charlie Hunnam, Thomas Berger, United States, Israel, Florida, Mexico, Los Angeles, Ukraine, Russia, Boston, Anchorage, Massachusetts, Alaska, Gaza Strip, Texas, Port-au-Prince, Arizona, North America, Middle East, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean, California, Eastern Europe, Europe, Palestinian territories, Haiti, Caribbean

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Test batsman Shaun Marsh to have elbow surgery, will be sidelined for 4 months

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:47
by  Associated Press Shaun Marsh to have surgery, out for 4 months Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:47-04:00

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia batsman Shaun Marsh will be sidelined for up to four months after undergoing surgery next week to repair a persistent elbow problem.

Marsh sustained the ligament injury while playing in the Indian Premier League and Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Tuesday the 31-year-old has a "pretty significant injury."

Kountouris said most cricketers tend to cope with a short period of rest, Marsh's injury is still a problem. "It's a three or four month recovery period and we've chosen to go ahead with that, knowing the World Cup (starts in February, 2015)."

Marsh is expected to be fit for the opening match of the four-test series against India on Dec. 4.

Marsh was recalled to the test side for the tour of South Africa in February, top scoring with 148 in the opening match. He then made a pair of ducks in the second test and was dropped for Shane Watson in the series decider.

News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, Cricket, Athlete health

People, Places and Companies: Shane Watson, Australia, Oceania

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Police : Israeli hits dozens of targets in Gaza, among them mosques, fishing boats and farms

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:42
by  Associated Press Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:42-04:00

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state launched a high-level effort to end two weeks of deadly fighting.

Air strikes set off huge explosions that turned the night sky over Gaza City orange. The sound of the blasts mixed with the thud of shelling, often just seconds apart, and the pre-dawn call to prayer from mosque loudspeakers.

The unusually intense Israeli strikes came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo to launch the highest-level push yet to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has claimed at least 570 Palestinian and 29 Israeli lives.

The U.N. has said a majority of the Palestinians killed were civilians, among them dozens of children. In Israel, the army said two more soldiers were killed in clashes with Hamas fighters, bringing the number of troops killed since July 8 to 27. Two Israeli civilians have also been killed.

Early Tuesday, Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, five mosques and a football stadium, said Gaza police spokesman Ayman Batniji.

He said tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory and that at least 19 fishing boats were burned by Israeli navy shells fired from the Mediterranean.

News Topics: General news, Territorial disputes, War and unrest

People, Places and Companies: Ban Ki-Moon, John Kerry, Palestinian territories, Israel, Gaza Strip, Middle East

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Kerry looking for a Mideast cease-fire, but acknowledges differences run deep

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:35
by  Associated Press US wants international push for Mideast cease-fire Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:35-04:00

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support for a Mideast cease-fire. But he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution.

The U.S. stepped up calls Monday for a global push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as Kerry tried to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. But he said those underlying issues must be confronted.

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is trying a delicate balancing act on the Mideast conflict. Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against a barrage of more than 1,500 rockets launched by Hamas, while voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties.

News Topics: Government and politics, War and unrest, Cease fires, General news

People, Places and Companies: John Kerry, Barack Obama, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Israel, Middle East, North Africa, Africa, United States, North America

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McCallum scores 29, Kings rally in 4th quarter to top Houston for summer league championship

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:06
by  Associated Press McCallum scores 29, Kings win summer league title by TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:06-04:00

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ray McCallum scored 29 points as the Sacramento Kings came back from an eight-point deficit in the final minutes to beat the Houston Rockets 77-68 Monday in the NBA Summer League championship game.

The Kings went 6-1 at Las Vegas, and McCallum more than saved his best for last. He scored a total of 55 points in his first six games in the tournament, then connected on 9 of 15 shots from the floor in the title game.

Ra'shad Jones scored 12 points and Nik Stauskas added 10 for Sacramento, which closed the game on a 27-10 run.

Nick Johnson scored 17 for the Rockets, who got 16 from Donatas Motiejunas and 15 from Isaiah Canaan.

News Topics: Sports, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Ray McCallum, Donatas Motiejunas, Isaiah Canaan, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, North America

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Israeli strikes hit dozens of targets in Gaza, among them mosques, fishing boats and farms

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:05
by  Associated Press Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:05-04:00

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A police spokesman says Israeli aircraft have hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, five mosques and a football stadium.

Ayman Batniji says tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory early Tuesday and that at least 19 fishing boats were burned by navy shells fired from the Mediterranean.

The Israeli military says two soldiers were killed, bringing the number of troops killed in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting to 27. A Palestinian official says more than 570 Palestinians have been killed since then.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo in a new attempt to broker a cease-fire. Prospects are slim because wide gaps remain.

News Topics: General news, Territorial disputes, War and unrest

People, Places and Companies: Ban Ki-Moon, John Kerry, Palestinian territories, Israel, Gaza Strip, Middle East

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Imax teams with Shanghai Film to open 19 more giant-screen cinemas in China

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:05
by  Associated Press Imax, Shanghai Film to open 19 screens in China Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:05-04:00

HONG KONG (AP) — Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market.

Imax Corp. and Shanghai Film Corp. said Tuesday that a "significant number" of the theaters will open before the end of 2015.

No financial terms were disclosed. Shanghai Film already operates three Chinese Imax theatres.

Box office revenues in China surged 27 percent last year to $3.6 billion, making the country a crucial market for international film companies.

The deal comes a year after Imax partnered with another Chinese company, Wanda Cinema, to open up to 120 of the Canadian company's theatres.

At the end of 2013, Imax had 173 cinemas in China and plans for 230 more by 2021, according to its latest annual report.

News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment, Movie theater operation, Entertainment venue operation, Entertainment industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries

People, Places and Companies: Imax Corp, Hong Kong, China, Shanghai, Greater China, East Asia, Asia

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Rebuilding plans for Haiti capital are ambitious, but the poor being displaced by bulldozers

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 05:01
by  Associated Press Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press - 22 July 2014 00:01-04:00

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government's promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster.

This is the grand, dreamlike vision of central Port-au-Prince that President Michel Martelly says will replace what was toppled when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake left much of Haiti's capital in ruins on Jan. 12, 2010. Sketched plans look more like a wealthy Miami suburb than the gritty downtown of old that housed both state institutions and shabby tenements.

"These plans will take a long time to finish, perhaps another 10 years," says Harry Adam, executive director of the government agency that is responsible for the construction of public buildings and housing. "But I think it's realistic. We can do it."

Demolitions began in June for construction of an "administrative city" covering 30 hectares (75 acres) downtown.

But the plan hailed as a sign of post-quake rebirth by some residents has also set off a firestorm of criticism for creating a new wave of homelessness after many poor renters were given just minutes to vacate their dwellings before bulldozers arrived.

While there are no available figures on the number of people left homeless by the demolitions, the city center has become dotted with new encampments of tarp shacks in recent weeks. Hills of rubble left by bulldozers have grown so large it almost looks like a fresh quake just hit.

Bitter quake survivors, some who only recently were moved by aid groups from squalid tent camps to downtown apartments, are back to living beneath tarps or staying with friends.

One of them is Jean-Louis Wilner, a 32-year-old father of a two-year-old boy. After a couple of years living in a tent camp, he thought he had finally made it. He had a subsidized rental apartment for a year and a small business selling cold drinks. Now Wilner wonders if he'll make it through the hurricane season. Like others, he claims his possessions were either lost beneath rubble or stolen by thieves when he rushed items out into the street.

"This country doesn't respect human beings. I'm worse off than after the earthquake. It's humiliating," Wilner says.

Opposition politicians say they plan to mobilize the newly displaced families in street protests against Martelly's government.

"They only give them a warning of a few minutes and then they start bulldozing? I consider that a crime. These families have nowhere to go and are now homeless again," said Sen. Moise Jean-Charles, a staunch opponent of Martelly.

Government officials say communication about the demolitions could have been better and contend that some building owners who were notified did not tell their tenants of the coming bulldozers.

Public notary Jean-Henry Ceant, who is helping people with their claims, says owners of buildings with proof of their investments are being quickly compensated. But that's a tall order in Haiti, where the land registry is in shambles and it's not always clear who owns what.

Renters are also being compensated, but only the few who can prove they lived in their now-demolished homes for about a decade and paid their utility bills, the head of the agency overseeing the project said.

"If you can bring proof with receipts that you paid the electricity, you paid the water — if you bring that and you have them for like 15, 10 years — then we'll consider that we're going to pay you," Adam said in English.

For now, it's hard to see the promised shiny, orderly city center arising amid the cracked streets, where steel reinforcing bars twist out of the rubble and are a prized commodity for scavengers. The hope is to consolidate all the government ministries on elegant boulevards and revive a business district that was already dying before the quake.

Evidence of the reconstruction is evident in the skeleton frames of a few new ministry buildings. Most of the work has been funded so far through debt relief money and Venezuela's Petrocaribe fuel program. Authorities declined to provide a total estimate, but the first phase of construction is expected to cost $150 million.

Richard Morse, manager of the storied Hotel Oloffson, which Graham Greene immortalized in his novel "The Comedians," asserts the government's vision of a new capital city is dishonest. The hotelier is a first cousin to Martelly and worked as his special envoy to Washington before quitting early last year over what he says is "outright corruption" in the government.

"They're just trying to pour as much cement as possible in order to get as many kickbacks as possible. They're not really fixing anything," Morse said at the three-story gingerbread hotel not far from the razed blocks.

Adam, the government official, insists the ambitious rebuilding program will transform downtown Port-au-Prince if the country has success drumming up the money year after year.

"We have to rebuild better," he said. "But it will cost a lot."

For some Port-au-Prince residents, the message of renewal is powerful.

"I would love for my city to have a different image. I want a Port-au-Prince like New York, Miami, Canada," off-duty policeman Evens Simon said as he gazed up at construction workers on scaffolding.

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News Topics: Business, General news, Municipal governments, Homelessness, Government and politics, Natural disasters, Earthquakes, Local governments, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Accidents and disasters

People, Places and Companies: Michel Martelly, Graham Greene, David McFadden, Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean

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Detroit says retirees and workers have approved pension cuts, a major step in bankruptcy case

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:51
by  Associated Press Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts by ED WHITE, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 23:51-04:00

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.

General retirees would get a 4.5 percent pension cut and loss of annual inflation adjustments. Retired police officers and firefighters would lose only a portion of the annual cost-of-living raise.

Approval of the pension changes triggers an extraordinary $816 million bailout from the state of Michigan, foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The money would prevent the sale of city-owned art and avoid deeper pension cuts.

News Topics: Business, General news, Bankruptcy figures, Government pensions and social security, Economy, Government business and finance, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Detroit, Michigan, United States, North America

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MLB: Marlins 3, Braves 1; Sencillo de Jones con las bases llenas define en el décimo

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:14
by  Associated Press Marlins vencen 3-1 a Bravos en 10 innings by En, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 23:14-04:00

ATLANTA (AP) — Garrett Jones produjo dos carreras con un sencillo con las bases llenas en el décimo inning, llevando a los Marlins de Miami a la victoria el lunes 3-1 ante los Bravos de Atlanta.

Christian Yelich abrió el décimo con un sencillo ante Shae Simmons (1-2) y avanzó a segunda con el toque de sacrificio de Jordany Valdespín. Luego del boleto intencional a Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons concedió un pasaporte a Casey McGehee para congestionar las bases.

Jones quebró el empate 1-1 con su rodado al jardín central.

El colombiano Julio Teherán, abridor de los Bravos, se fue sin decisión tras empatar su récord personal con 11 ponches, al permitir una carrera, producto de un jonrón de Jarrod Saltamalacchia, y cuatro hits en siete innings.

Bryan Morris (7-0) se anotó la victoria al dejar a dos corredores esperando remolque, colgando el cero en el noveno. Steve Cishek se anotó su 22do rescate.

Por los Marlins, los dominicanos Marcell Ozuna de 4-1 y Jordany Valdespín de 4-1. El colombiano Donovan Solano de 1-0. El cubano Adeiny Hechavarría de 4-0.

News Topics: Sports, MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Garrett Jones, Christian Yelich, Shae Simmons, Giancarlo Stanton, Casey McGehee, Steve Cishek, Marcell Ozuna, Donovan Solano, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, North America

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Baseball Capsules

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:11
by  Associated Press Baseball Capsules by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 23:11-04:00

TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list as the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.

Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.

It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.

Ortiz's first homer ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and an 0-for-11 slump overall.

Mike Napoli followed Ortiz's second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.

John Lackey (11-6) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start.

RANGERS 4, YANKEES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning and leading the Rangers to a victory over the sloppy Yankees.

Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the sixth, Texas got run-scoring singles from Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo to go ahead in only its third win in 17 July games.

Adrian Beltre drove in the Rangers' first run with a fielder's choice in the third inning on one of New York's five errors — three by starting pitcher Shane Greene (2-1).

Second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Derek Jeter made the other errors for the Yankees, who had not committed five in a nine-inning game since Aug. 20, 1998, against Minnesota.

MARLINS 3, BRAVES 1, 10 innings

ATLANTA (AP) — Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning, lifting the Marlins to a victory over the Braves.

Christian Yelich led off the 10th with a single off Shae Simmons (1-2) and moved to second on Jordany Valdespin's sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons walked Casey McGehee to load the bases.

Jones broke a 1-1 tie with his grounder past Simmons into center field.

Bryan Morris (7-0) stranded two runners in a scoreless ninth. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th inning for his 22nd save.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 10th homer for Miami in the fifth for a 1-1 tie that held until the ninth.

DODGERS 5, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryu Hyun-jin pitched seven strong innings and Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times as the Dodgers beat the Pirates.

Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Justin Turner had two RBIs and scored twice for the Dodgers, who snapped Pittsburgh's six-game home winning streak. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez (8-7) had won four straight starts, tying his career high.

Los Angeles played without right fielder Yasiel Puig (left hand) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (left wrist) after both were injured when they were hit by pitches last weekend in St. Louis.

Puig and Ramirez had X-rays in Pittsburgh that came back negative Monday.

GIANTS 7, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to spoil Cliff Lee's return from the disabled list as the Giants beat the Phillies.

Hunter Pence had three hits and two RBIs, Buster Posey drove in two runs and the Giants remained tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong gave up four runs — three earned — and 11 hits in three-plus innings. But San Francisco's bullpen combined for six scoreless innings.

George Kontos (2-0) gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings in relief to earn the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his sixth save in nine tries.

Making his first start since May 18 because of an elbow injury, Lee (4-5) allowed six runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings in this one.

News Topics: Sports, Athlete injuries, MLB baseball, Men's sports, Athlete health, Professional baseball, Baseball, NHL hockey, Professional hockey, Hockey, Men's hockey

People, Places and Companies: David Ortiz, Carl Yastrzemski, Brad Mills, Mike Napoli, John Lackey, Miles Mikolas, Geovany Soto, Rougned Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre, Shane Greene, Brian Roberts, Derek Jeter, Garrett Jones, Christian Yelich, Shae Simmons, Jordany Valdespin, Giancarlo Stanton, Casey McGehee, Bryan Morris, Steve Cishek, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Edinson Volquez, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adam Duvall, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Ryan Vogelsong, George Kontos, Santiago Casilla, Pittsburgh, New York City, Toronto, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, New York, Ontario, Canada

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LeBron James begins tour of China, exchanging gifts with pianist Lang Lang

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:09
by  Associated Press LeBron James begins tour of China Associated Press - 21 July 2014 23:09-04:00

BEIJING (AP) — LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' star was greeted pianist Lang Lang at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans.

The two exchanged gifts, with Lang Lang receiving a pair of basketball shoes and James getting an album of Lang Lang's music and a CD with the FIFA Brazil World Cup music.

The two stars also played the piano together — a "piano dunk" as Lang Lang called it.

The five-day trip is being sponsored by Nike. James will also be visiting Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and two cities in Taiwan — Kaohsiung and Taipei.

Earlier this month, James left the Miami Heat and re-signed with the Cavaliers.

News Topics: Sports, Music, Men's basketball, NBA basketball, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Men's sports, Basketball, Professional basketball

People, Places and Companies: LeBron James, Lang Lang, China, Beijing, East Asia, Greater China, Asia

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Querrey beats Los Angeles pal Johnson in straight sets at Atlanta Open

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 03:51
by  Associated Press Querrey beats Johnson at Atlanta Open Associated Press - 21 July 2014 22:51-04:00

ATLANTA (AP) — Sam Querrey beat fellow-American Steve Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-5 to open the Atlanta Open on Monday.

Donald Young lost in straight sets to Israel's Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0.

Querrey, ranked No. 61, is the second-highest ranked American, ahead of Johnson (64). He and Johnson, who both grew up in Los Angeles, will team up in doubles to play Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic.

The top five-ranked American men are in the Atlanta field.

Defending champion John Isner (ranked No. 12 in the world) had a bye Monday as the No. 1 seed.

News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's tennis, Tennis

People, Places and Companies: Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Donald Young, Dudi Sela, Denis Istomin, Marinko Matosevic, John Isner, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, North America

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Novelist Thomas Berger, who reimagined American West in 'Little Big Man,' dies in NY at 89

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 03:30
by  Associated Press Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89 by HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 22:30-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — The witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" has died in New York. Thomas Berger was 89.

Berger mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce. Literary agent Cristina Concepcion says he died July 13, days before his 90th birthday. He'd been in failing health.

Berger was one of the last major authors to have served in World War II. He wrote more than 20 books, including "The Feud," a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize.

Berger's biggest mainstream success was "Little Big Man," published in 1964. It's an ultra-wry tale of 111-year-old Jack Crabb, who says he fought with the Cherokees in the Battle of Little Big Horn. It was adapted into a 1970 movie of the same name, starring Dustin Hoffman.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Obituaries

People, Places and Companies: Thomas Berger, Dustin Hoffman

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White House reports significant drop in unaccompanied minors crossing the border this month

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 02:57
by  Associated Press White House reports drop in minors crossing border Associated Press - 21 July 2014 21:57-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June.

President Barack Obama discussed the decline Monday afternoon with his homeland security team. The White House says Obama's team committed to work aggressively to keep deterring illegal migration.

Obama plans to meet Friday with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, three countries that are home to many of the children. The U.S. has been urging their governments to help stem the exodus of children.

News Topics: General news, Immigration, Social issues, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Josh Earnest, Barack Obama, District of Columbia, United States, North America

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Asdrúbal Cabrera sale de juego por espasmos en la espalda

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 02:53
by  Associated Press Indios: Cabrera sale de juego por espasmos by Associated Press, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 21:53-04:00

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — El torpedero de los Indios Asdrúbal Cabrera tuvo que salir del juego del lunes ante los Mellizos de Minnesota tras sufrir de espasmos en la parte baja de la espalda.

Cabrera jugó un par de innings antes de ser reemplazado. Cleveland no detalló cómo se lastimó el campocorto venezolano.

Chris Dickerson bateó como emergente por Cabrera en la parte alta del tercero y conectó un sencillo remolcador. Dickerson pasó al bosque central en la parte baja del inning y Mike Avilás quedó el campocorto. Cabrera se ponchó en su único turno ante el abridor de los Mellizos Kris Johnson.

Cabrera, de 28 años, ha actuado en 94 de los 99 juegos de la temporada.

News Topics: Sports

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Teens in homeless beating deaths may have attacked 50 others, police say; bond set at $5M

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 02:42
by  Associated Press Police probe other attacks after transients killed by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press - 21 July 2014 21:42-04:00

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

A man who identified himself as the father of two of the boys said they were once homeless themselves and he had no idea what prompted the beatings. One of the boys told police they had attacked about 50 homeless people over the last few months, but had never gone that far. But on Friday night, he was angry about breaking up with his girlfriend, he said.

Alex Rios, 18, and two boys ages 16 and 15 were ordered held on $5 million bond each during initial court appearances Monday. They face murder charges stemming from the brutal attack in an Albuquerque lot where neighbors say transients regularly camped at night.

Following their arrest, the 15-year-old also told police that the trio had been targeting homeless people for the past year, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors requested bonds of just $1 million, but Metropolitan Court Judge Linda Rogers set it higher, citing the gravity of the alleged crimes and the suspects' potential to flee. The district attorney's office said the younger suspects were charged as serious youthful offenders, meaning they could be tried in adult court.

The two younger defendants, one wiping away tears, sat in the courtroom while Rios made his appearance by closed circuit video from the county jail.

Family and attorneys for the three declined comment after the proceeding.

According to the criminal complaint, the 15-year-old told police the attack lasted more than an hour, and that the trio took turns picking up cinder blocks over their heads and smashing them into the faces of the men who had been sleeping in the field across from his home, according to the criminal complaint.

A third transient who escaped led police to the boys, whom he said were known for attacking homeless people. And the father of the two younger defendants told an Albuquerque television station there were rumors his son was violent, but he assumed it was with other kids.

Victor Prieto told KOB-TV that he has no idea what prompted the beatings, and that he and his family had once been homeless themselves.

"It's so hard that he could do that to someone where ... I mean, like I said, we came from there," said Prieto. "You know what I mean? We're not there now, but that's where we... We got out of there," Prieto said.

A man at the house declined comment on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, the teens came home from a party and the 15-year-old was "very angry" over a breakup with a girlfriend. So they covered their faces with black T-shirts and went out to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob.

The attack was so brutal it stunned even veteran police officers.

"I personally, after reading that complaint, was sick to my stomach because of the nature of the violence and the age of the offenders," police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

Officers responded Saturday around 8 a.m. to an emergency call reporting the two bodies in a field. They found one victim lying on a mattress and another lying on the ground. Jerome Eskeets, who said he was able to flee, was hospitalized with injuries.

Eskeets told police that he recognized one of the "kids" hitting and kicking him as someone who lived in a house nearby, and police found the trio of suspects there.

Rios told investigators he acted as a lookout while the other boys attacked the men with bricks, sticks and a metal fence pole. The younger suspects, however, told police that Rios also took part in the attacks.

Investigators have not confirmed the identities of the victims. The victims' transient background and the severity of their injuries have made identification difficult, Drobik said.

News Topics: General news, Homelessness, Crime, Legal proceedings, Criminal investigations, Poverty, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Law and order

People, Places and Companies: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, North America

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TV news reporter in Honduras found shot to death, the country's 37th media slaying in decade

New Europe News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 02:08
by  Associated Press TV news reporter found shot to death in Honduras Associated Press - 21 July 2014 21:08-04:00

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The body of a television reporter has been found in Honduras one day after he went missing. He had been shot twice.

National Police chief Ramon Sabillon says the body of TV reporter Herlyn Espinal was found Monday. It was half naked and hidden behind a rock on the side of a highway. Sabillon says Espinal's family has identified the body.

Police report one suspect has been detained.

Espinal was 32 and worked for a news program on Channel 3 television in the violence-wracked city of San Pedro Sula.

Security Minister Arturo Corrales says it is unlikely Espinal was killed because of his work as a journalist.

Honduras' governmental human rights commission says 37 media workers have been slain in the country over the last 10 years.

News Topics: General news, Journalism, News media, Journalists, Media

People, Places and Companies: Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean

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