Diesel fights back tears for friend Paul Walker

Vin Diesel choked back tears on Wednesday as he paid an emotional tribute to his dead "The Fast and the Furious" co-star Paul Walker at the CinemaCon convention.The 49-year-old revealed it was Walker who insisted there should be an eighth instalment in...

Amazon shutting down unprofitable Quidsi unit

Amazon on Wednesday confirmed that it is shutting down its Quidsi unit, which runs websites Diapers.com and Soap.com, due to a persistent lack of profitability there.Quidsi was an Amazon rival in the US before the online retail made a $545 million deal...

Schweinsteiger eager to start MLS career

German star Bastian Schweinsteiger said he is ready to make an immediate start to his Major League Soccer career with Chicago Fire at a formal presentation before journalists here Wednesday.The 32-year-old former Bayern Munich and Manchester United mid...

Bengals owner, coach back ‘Pacman’ despite arrest

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown defended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on Wednesday following his arrest on assault and disorderly conduct charges.Jones was apprehended in January following an altercation with a security guard at a Cincinnati hote...

Warriors say Durant could return before season ends

Injured Golden State star forward Kevin Durant could return to the Warriors' lineup before the regular season concludes in two weeks, the NBA club said Wednesday.The Warriors, who took the 2015 NBA crown and came within a game of repeating last year af...

Oscars keep accountants behind best picture fiasco

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spared accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers the axe despite the biggest mix-up in Oscars history.The company took responsibility after the wrong movie was announced as best picture at the February 2...

German reporter held in Turkey appeals for release

Lawyers for a German-Turkish journalist detained by Ankara on terrorism-related charges have lodged an appeal for his release with Turkey's highest court, his employer said Wednesday.A court in Istanbul on Monday ordered provisional detention for Deniz...

Nicaragua restores ties with Israel

Nicaragua has restored diplomatic ties with Israel suspended nearly seven years ago when the Jewish state sent commandos to attack a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.The normalization was announced by both countries in statements on...

Petke hired as Real Salt Lake coach

Former US international and New York Red Bulls boss Mike Petke was named as the new coach of Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.Petke, 41, takes over from Jeff Cassar, who was fired last week just three games into the new season after...

Mets closer Familia banned 15 games for domestic violence

New York Mets closing relief pitcher Jeurys Familia was issued a 15-game suspension Wednesday by Major League Baseball for an off-season domestic violence incident.The 27-year-old Dominican, who pitched for his homeland in this month's World Baseball C...

Santander USA to pay $26 mn in subprime auto settlement

Santander will pay about $26 million to settle charges it engaged in predatory subprime auto lending and loan securitization in the US states of Massachusetts and Delaware.Santander Consumer USA, a unit of the large Spanish bank, worked through a serie...