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British Open Glance

Jul. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — A brief look at the second round Friday of the British Open at Royal Portrush (all times EDT): LEADING: J.B. Holmes (68) and Shane Lowry (67) at 8-under 134. TRAILING: Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood each had a 67 and were one shot behind. SO CLOSE: Rory McIlroy shot 65...

The Latest: Iran says 2nd tanker has exited Iranian waters

Jul. 19, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 1:25 a.m. The semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a second oil tanker detained by Iranian forces has been released and has left Iranian waters. Fars reported Friday that the...

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar's body

Jul. 19, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former doctoral student in...

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May. Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation...

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada...

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will...

Explosion at gas factory in central China kills at least 2

Jul. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion Friday evening at a gas factory in central China killed two people and left 12 unaccounted for, state media said. Xinhua news agency said the rescue was continuing late into the night, citing the emergency management bureau of the city of Sanmenxia, which administers Yima, the...

Suspect in animation studio arson fire reportedly had grudge

Jul. 19, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Police on Friday were investigating at the blackened, gutted building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people in a beloved animation studio, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Some were questioning why mass killings like this are now...

Budweiser brewer sells Australian unit to pay off debt

Jul. 19, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — AB Inbev, the world's biggest brewer with brands like Budweiser and Corona, said Friday it is selling its unit in Australia to reduce debt after it decided against listing shares in Asia. The company is selling Carlton & United Breweries for $16 billion AUD ($11.3 billion) to Japanese...

Japan summons SKorean envoy to protest wartime labor dispute

Jul. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador and accused Seoul of violating international law by refusing to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries are quarreling over South Korean court decisions...