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Woods part of 'Japan Skins' game to be shown live worldwide

Sep. 18, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

Tiger Woods is playing another skins game with two big differences. This one is in Japan and will be broadcast live around the world by Discovery-owned GOLFTV. The exhibition is called "The Challenge: Japan Skins," and it will be played Oct. 21 leading into the PGA Tour's first official event in Japan. It...

Japan court to rule on TEPCO execs nuclear crisis liability

Sep. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court will decide Thursday whether three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Co. are liable for the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns, the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of thousands of residents away from their homes due to lingering radiation...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

Sep. 18, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for...

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Sep. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — by...

US stocks end mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates

Sep. 18, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year, citing slowing global economic growth and uncertainty over U.S. trade conflicts. Gains in banks, utilities and technology companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the...

USA Bobsled pilot Elana Meyers Taylor expecting baby

Sep. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor announced Wednesday that she will not compete this season because she is pregnant, though she plans to return in a year to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Meyers Taylor and her husband, fellow U.S. bobsledder Nic Taylor, are expecting their first child in March. Meyers...

The Latest: Powell says Fed facing "difficult judgments"

Sep. 18, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledges that officials at the U.S. central bank are fractured about next steps on interest rates. Forecasts from the Fed show uncertainty about the course of...

Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO

Sep. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both. Tsai's purchase of the Nets was unanimously...

Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to Capitol

Sep. 18, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters in their months-long campaign for human rights. Pelosi thanked the activists for "challenging the conscience," not...

Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 18, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Top-seeded Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday. Osaka, who was broken twice early in the match, is looking to win her first title in her hometown after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018. She will...