Two giant, rare ‘corpse’ flowers bloom in Chicago

It is unusual enough to see one of nature’s biggest, rarest — not to mention smelliest — flowers bloom. But it is extraordinary to see two bloom at once. That is why two seven-foot-tall corpse flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden have attracted thou…

June 2, 2017

Cavaliers vow more aggressive, decisive play against Warriors

LeBron James and his Cleveland teammates will need quicker decisions and more aggressive play in Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals after the Cavaliers were routed by Golden State in the opener.The Warriors ripped defending NBA champion Cleveland 1…

June 2, 2017

France ‘corrects’ White House video on climate pact facts

In an unusual move, France’s foreign ministry on Friday issued a pointed fact-check of Donald Trump’s claims about the UN’s Paris climate agreement.The ministry issued a tweet with an embedded link to a video that amounted to a wry but very public rebu…

June 2, 2017

British PM, rival face angry voters as election nears

Angry voters rounded on British Prime Minister Theresa May in a live television grilling on Friday, just six days before the general election and at the end of a tough week for her campaign.The Conservative leader was accused of “broken promises” for c…

June 2, 2017

After Trump shoutout on climate, Pittsburgh hits back

As the people of Pittsburgh hustled to work on Friday, most everyone had heard the news: to their alarm, Donald Trump had highlighted their revitalized Rust Belt city as he walked out of a global climate pact.”I was elected to represent the citizens of…

June 2, 2017

484 civilians killed in US-led fight against IS: Pentagon

Attacks on Islamic State group targets by US-led coalition forces have killed 484 civilians since mid-2014, the US military reported Friday.The Operation Inherent Resolve coalition added 132 civilians to the total in its April report, including 105 who…

June 2, 2017

Giroud hat-trick lifts France past Paraguay

An Olivier Giroud hat-trick helped France brush aside Paraguay 5-0 in an international friendly at Rennes on Friday.The Arsenal striker became the first France international to score a treble since David Trezeguet achieved the feat in 2000.He opened th…

June 2, 2017

Guatemalan pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

A 63-year-old former official in Guatemala’s Football Federation broke down in tears as he pleaded guilty in New York Friday to wire fraud and conspiracy in the massive corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer.Hector Trujillo, who served as gene…

June 2, 2017

German rock festival evacuated over ‘terrorist threat’: police

One of Germany’s biggest music festivals was interrupted Friday over a “possible terrorist threat,” police said.Organisers asked fans at the three-day event to leave calmly “in order to help police investigations” but said they were hopeful the festiva…

June 2, 2017

Kerr comeback possible but Brown coaching NBA Warriors for now

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, sidelined by complications from 2015 back surgery, reportedly is feeling better and could return for Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals.But Mike Brown, the assistant coach who has guided the Warriors to an 11…

June 2, 2017

US asks visa applicants for social media handles

The United States has begun asking some would-be visitors applying for visas to provide their identities on social media, among other more vigorous screening methods.A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP new security…

June 2, 2017

Robshaw will be fit for Pumas Test series, says England coach

Former England captain Chris Robshaw should be fit for the first of the two Test series with Argentina despite an ankle injury restricting his training ahead of their departure, said defence coach Paul Gustard.The flanker — who has rebounded from the …

June 2, 2017