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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...

The Latest: McIlroy makes a late charge with 65

Jul. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Rory McIlroy made a charge that delighted the hometown fans, but it may not have been enough to make the cut in the British Open. A day after he imploded with a 79 that began with his first tee shot going out of...

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

Jul. 18, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to Royal Portrush after...

Holmes makes a return visit to Royal Portrush

Jul. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The strangest weather J.B. Holmes ever experienced was at Royal Portrush. Just not on Thursday in the British Open. Holmes, who grew up in a Kentucky town so small that he made the high school golf team when he was in third grade, dropped a mild surprise after he shot...

Under-the-radar Lowry moves into spotlight at British Open

Jul. 18, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The buzz among the locals at Royal Portrush has been all about Northern Irish natives Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell this week, so Shane Lowry felt like he came into his "home" British Open a little under the radar. "Obviously not now," Lowry said. A guy...

The Latest: Woods 'sore' and not moving well at British Open

Jul. 18, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on first round of The British Open (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Tiger Woods says he was "sore" during his round of 78 at the British Open and wasn't moving as well as he did in winning the Masters in April. The 15-time major champion says there are certain shots...

Portrush attendance 2nd highest in British Open history

Jul. 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Royal & Ancient chief Martin Slumbers is fond of saying that a big-time sport needs a big-time crowd. That won't be an issue for the British Open's return to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. Slumbers said Wednesday that a record 61,000 people have attended...

Rahm hopes Irish connection propels him to 1st major title

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — There's something about playing golf on the island of Ireland that brings out the best in Jon Rahm. The warmth and pride of the people, the community feel in the fishing villages, even — believe it or not — the weather, all remind him of his modest, coastal...

Mystery, excitement for British Open's return to Portrush

Jul. 11, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

Graeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score was a source of hope. And then a month later, Darren Clarke became the first Ulsterman in 64 years to raise the silver...

UK lawmakers back gay marriage, abortion access for NIreland

Jul. 9, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages and expanding abortion access in Northern Ireland, though the vote won't automatically lead to changing laws. Northern Ireland has its own legislature, which did not follow the British and Scottish parliaments in allowing...