• 11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 11 elementary school students and their driver were injured in a school bus crash in Southern California. More »11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

  • 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' top Tribeca

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A film about a self-documenting man amid the Libyan revolution and a dark comedy about female Israeli soldiers have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival. More »'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' top Tribeca

  • Imola remembers Senna 20 years after fatal crash

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago

    By Isla Binnie IMOLA, Italy (Reuters) - Twenty years after Ayrton Senna died at Imola's race track, the town is gearing up to honour a Formula One driver it remembers as much for his charity and charisma as his three world championship wins. I cried for a week," said bar owner Gianni Mezzetti, 56, founder of the Barrichello Fans Club named after Senna's compatriot and former Ferrari driver Rubens. Mezzetti and other Imola residents recalled how Senna visited a young fan paralysed in an accident every time he came to the town, and the owner of the hotel where he stayed said he always gave race tickets to staff. The May 1 death of Senna, the last driver killed during a Formula One race, and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger the day before sent shockwaves through the motor racing world and led to sweeping changes to safety regulations. More »Imola remembers Senna 20 years after fatal crash

  • Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead

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    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich Classic. More »Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead

  • Senna had so much to offer, says sister

    Reuters - 28 minutes ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It's funny, it doesn't seem like it was 20 years ago," his sister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as Brazil's most popular sport. More »Senna had so much to offer, says sister

  • NBA: Conley wins NBA's Sportsmanship Award

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    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has been named winner of the league's Sportsmanship Award, the National Basketball Association said Thursday. More »NBA: Conley wins NBA's Sportsmanship Award

  • Jazz Fest builds on its roots after humble start

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jazz clarinetist Orange Kellin remembers playing the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970, when small crowds turned out to see a handful of performances. More »Jazz Fest builds on its roots after humble start

  • Football: English Premier League table

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    English Premier League table ahead of the weekend's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): More »Football: English Premier League table

  • Football: United eye post-Moyes lift, Liverpool in title crunch

    AFP News - 31 minutes ago

    All eyes will be on the Old Trafford dug-out and the Chelsea teamsheet this weekend as Manchester United begin life after David Moyes, while Liverpool aim to move within touching distance of the Premier League title. Ryan Giggs, assisted by three fellow members of United's famed 'Class of 92', will be in temporary charge of the troubled giants when struggling Norwich visit Manchester for the first match following Moyes' sacking. Then at Anfield on Sunday, leaders Liverpool will wait with bated breath to see if Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho carries out his threat to field a weakened team as the Reds look to move a giant step closer to winning the title for the first time since 1990. More »Football: United eye post-Moyes lift, Liverpool in title crunch

  • Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

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    BOSTON (AP) — Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball. More »Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. More »South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

  • Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery. More »Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul. The tragedy has consumed South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the lead-up to Obama's visit and could distract from the security and economic agenda she had been expected to highlight during her meetings with the U.S. president. More »Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

  • Criminal probe into NYC heiress' life is over

    Associated Press - 35 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — During a yearslong court fight over an idiosyncratic copper heiress' $300 million estate, a criminal investigation quietly examined how she and her finances were being looked after, though no one was ever charged. More »Criminal probe into NYC heiress' life is over

  • Motor racing-Ayrton Senna's Formula One career

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    May 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Brazil's triple Formula One champion Ayrton Senna in the San Marino Grand Prix at Italy's Imola circuit. The following details the main points of his career: - - - - * Born Ayrton Senna da Silva in Sao Paulo on March 21, 1960. He also won the Macau F3 Grand Prix. * After testing with Williams, McLaren, Brabham and Toleman, Senna signed for the latter team and made his Formula One debut in Brazil in March 1984. More »Motor racing-Ayrton Senna's Formula One career

  • Motor racing-For Mosley, safety is Senna's lasting legacy

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - It has been 20 years since Formula One last suffered a driver fatality but that milestone, an achievement that would once have stretched credulity, will get less attention than the anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death at Imola. The sport - already praying for Michael Schumacher's recovery from a skiing accident that left the seven-times world champion in a coma - is only too aware of the dangers still lurking around every corner even if it is enjoying the safest period it has ever known. But one always has this feeling don't tempt fate," Max Mosley, former president of the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), told Reuters. Mosley, who raced in the 1968 Formula Two race that claimed the life of the great Jim Clark and was FIA president at the time of Senna's death at Imola on May 1, 1994, is nonetheless proud of what has been achieved since then. More »Motor racing-For Mosley, safety is Senna's lasting legacy

  • Motor racing-Search for safety has IndyCar going in circles

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Steve Keating TORONTO, April 25 (Reuters) - While an entire generation of Formula One fans has grown up without knowing the emotional trauma of a racing death, followers of IndyCar have been constantly reminded about the ultimate price some drivers must pay. The motor racing world will pause on May 1 to mourn the 20th anniversary of Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna's death, the crash at Imola a haunting but fading memory of the last driver fatality in Formula One. Over the same two decades IndyCar has wept, grieving the loss of seven drivers. Three of the men, American Jeff Krosnoff, Canadian Greg Moore and Briton Dan Wheldon were killed in races, three deaths occurred in practice and another while testing -- five of the fatal crashes coming on the high-speed, high risk ovals that are unique to American open wheel racing. More »Motor racing-Search for safety has IndyCar going in circles

  • Motor racing-Imola still a shock 20 years on for Hill

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - When Damon Hill casts his mind back 20 years to the Imola weekend that claimed the lives of team mate Ayrton Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger, it is with a sense of almost disbelief. "The 'Senna' film was quite shocking in many ways," Hill, who went on to become champion with Williams in 1996, told Reuters. "The whole weekend was like a big ramping up, every day there was more and more to this ultimate tragedy of losing the superstar Ayrton Senna." TEST OF RESOLVE Hill's late father Graham, a double world champion who was killed in a plane crash in 1975, led his shocked Lotus team through the aftermath of Jim Clark's death in 1968 and the younger Briton had to step up and do the same with Williams in 1994. "It (Imola) stopped everyone in their tracks, it made everyone in the sport reassess whether or not what they were doing was justifiable, worthwhile, morally defensible. More »Motor racing-Imola still a shock 20 years on for Hill

  • Motor racing-Unheralded Ratzenberger, gone but never forgotten

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Ed Osmond LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - Perhaps Roland Ratzenberger was always destined to be an understudy. Twenty-fours hours after Ratzenberger was killed during practice for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, three-times world champion Ayrton Senna died in the race and, in the outpouring of grief for the Brazilian which followed, the Austrian was almost forgotten. "Ratzenberger...was more tragic to me than Ayrton because he'd come up by his own efforts and the help of his family," Max Mosley, President of ruling body the FIA at the time, told Reuters. "Ratzenberger's death would have been a very big thing except Senna's came the next day." Mosley had to make a decision about which funeral to attend. More »Motor racing-Unheralded Ratzenberger, gone but never forgotten

  • Motor racing-I miss the fun we had with Ayrton, says Dennis

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - Ask Ron Dennis what he misses most from the time when Ayrton Senna was driving for his McLaren Formula One team and the answer may come as a surprise. "I remember the laughter and the fun," he reminisced to reporters at McLaren's Woking factory ahead of the 20th anniversary of the champion's death at the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994. The increasingly extreme practical jokes played out between the serious-minded Senna, prank-loving Austrian team mate Gerhard Berger - who replaced Alain Prost in 1990 - and Dennis have gone down in Formula One legend. There are the stories of Berger dropping Senna's supposedly indestructible carbon-fibre briefcase from a helicopter, of the Austrian filling the Brazilian's hotel room with frogs and replacing his passport photo with a picture of a penis. More »Motor racing-I miss the fun we had with Ayrton, says Dennis

  • WITNESS-Motor racing-Covering Senna's death was a grim assignment

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Julian Linden NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) - For a young sports reporter, still cutting his teeth in journalism, the prospect of covering the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix seemed like a dream assignment. While not as revered as Monaco, the San Marino race was always an iconic event for Formula One fans because of its links to Ferrari. Ayrton Senna was the favourite to win the championship but things were not going as planned for the Brazilian. He had failed to finish the first two races of the season, which were both won by Michael Schumacher. More »WITNESS-Motor racing-Covering Senna's death was a grim assignment

  • Motor racing-Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, April 25 (Reuters) - Ayrton Senna is as discreet in death as he was lively in life. The last resting place of Brazil's most charismatic Formula One champion is marked by a brass plaque on a circular lawn, surrounded by almost identical plaques laid into the ground. "I come here every week or so," said Joao Antonio Castro, a car mechanic and salesman. There was no one like him." There are other famous people buried in Sao Paulo's Morumbi Cemetery, an oasis in the south of the city bordered by slum dwellings on one side and luxury high rise apartments on the other. More »Motor racing-Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

  • Motor racing-Imola remembers Senna 20 years after fatal crash

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago

    By Isla Binnie IMOLA, Italy, April 25 (Reuters) - Twenty years after Ayrton Senna died at Imola's race track, the town is gearing up to honour a Formula One driver it remembers as much for his charity and charisma as his three world championship wins. I cried for a week," said bar owner Gianni Mezzetti, 56, founder of the Barrichello Fans Club named after Senna's compatriot and former Ferrari driver Rubens. Mezzetti and other Imola residents recalled how Senna visited a young fan paralysed in an accident every time he came to the town, and the owner of the hotel where he stayed said he always gave race tickets to staff. The May 1 death of Senna, the last driver killed during a Formula One race, and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger the day before sent shockwaves through the motor racing world and led to sweeping changes to safety regulations. More »Motor racing-Imola remembers Senna 20 years after fatal crash

  • Defense contractor accused of selling phony parts

    Associated Press - 35 minutes ago

    A new indictment accuses a Coos Bay, Ore., defense contractor of defrauding the military of $10.5 million by supplying phony truck and helicopter parts. The indictment was filed last week in U.S. District ... More »Defense contractor accused of selling phony parts

  • Buffalo Bills cheerleaders halt season after suit

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year. More »Buffalo Bills cheerleaders halt season after suit

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