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January 16, 2019 5:14 AM Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country’s leading prospect into the third round. The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player — either man or woman — in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished 2452

January 16, 2019 3:03 AM Maryland coast rattled by 4.7-magnitude earthquake: USGS

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Maryland Tuesday evening, officials said. The episode was reported to have occurred roughly 136 miles east-southeast of Ocean City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). There was no tsunami warning in effect amid the report, The Associated Press reported. State and local authorities commented 2513

January 15, 2019 6:50 PM No One Is More Elated About Meghan Markle Than This Kid

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went back to work on Monday with their first joint royal engagement of 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Birkenhead, a town near Liverpool in England. According to Hello, the trip was so the charity-minded couple could visit a local school, as well as a few organizations that support the community, including 2556

January 15, 2019 3:36 AM Manchester United fans furious at reduced ticket allotment for FA Cup clash at Arsenal

Manchester United supporters have been left furious as it appears they are to be offered a reduced ticket allocation for next week's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Arsenal. According to the competition guidelines, United are entitled to up to 15 percent of the 60,000 capacity at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium when the two sides meet on Jan. 25. While the allocation 139

January 13, 2019 5:28 AM Australia to force local governments to induct citizens on national holiday

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s federal government has ordered local governments to hold naturalization ceremonies for new citizens on Australia Day amid controversy over the holiday, which some claim is offensive to its indigenous people. The government is proposing that all local government bodies in Australia, typically referred to as councils, must hold induction 116

January 11, 2019 8:02 PM South Carolina congressman stopped from entering House floor with 6-pack of beer in hand

Rep. Joe Cunningham, a newly elected Democrat from South Carolina, was barred from walking onto the House floor Friday as he tried to bring a six-pack of beer with him. The banned brewskis, from the Charleston area, were a gift for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a co-chair of the large House Small Brewers Caucus, Cunningham said on Twitter. “Making friends 313

January 11, 2019 9:28 AM Car bomb blast kills at least one in Iraqi border town of al-Qaim: military statement

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb blast killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen the Iraqi town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border on Friday, a statement from Iraq’s military said. The military said one person was killed, and 16 people were injured. A local senior police source put the number killed at three, with 23 injured. The military and the police 104

January 11, 2019 2:37 AM Florida deputies save bedridden woman, 97, from house fire; see the dramatic video

A 97-year-old woman’s rescue from a house fire in Florida on Thursday was captured in a dramatic video clip. WFLA reported that the woman, Maria Logan, 97, was carried out of her Pasco County bedroom by Deputy Justin Ball. This, after deputies couldn’t put out the fire right away. “Watch out, watch out, watch out,” Ball is heard saying in the raw video 112

January 10, 2019 6:45 PM Philadelphia man dies after being punched at dog park, police say

Drew Justice, 38, died after he was punched during a dispute with another dog walker at a Philadelphia park on Saturday, police said. (Facebook) A Philadelphia man who was walking his dog died Saturday after he was punched during an altercation with another dog walker at a city park. Drew Justice, 38, and his fiancée were walking their dog at Gold Star Park around 128

January 9, 2019 7:26 AM Apple cuts current-quarter production plan for new iPhones by 10 percent: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O), which slashed its quarterly sales forecast last week, has reduced planned production for its three new iPhone models by about 10 percent for the January-March quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday. That rare forecast cut exposed weakening iPhone demand in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, where 121