October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
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October 29, 2013 |
One of two teens arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a father who was responding to a Craigslist ad may be involved in a string of similar robberies, authorities said. Ryan Roth, 17, and Markell Thomas, 18, are suspected in the killing, and Thomas has been implicated in similar robberies in the area, Police Det. Chris Barling said at a news conference Monday afternoon. They were both charged with murder and attempted murder, along with two counts each of second-degree robbery with gang enhancements, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
October 25, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month. The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take tougher action to make the country more competitive, increase economic growth and tackle chronically high unemployment. Then came BMW's abrupt and embarrassing announcement Oct. 3 that the company had canceled plans to expand its South African operation, because of the cost of successive strikes.
October 25, 2013 |
Five people were injured, two seriously, on a carnival ride at the North Carolina State Fair on Thursday night, state authorities said. The ride, called "The Vortex," may have restarted suddenly as riders were getting off, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said at a news conference. Among those injured was the ride's operator, he said. The Vortex spins, flipping riders upward, then spins faster as riders are flipped downward. Witnesses told local TV stations that people were thrown off the ride and some were knocked unconscious.
October 23, 2013 |
Some of the suspense has been removed from the unexpected Don Mattingly managerial storm. His agent, Ray Schulte, said Wednesday that Mattingly intends to honor his contract and manage the Dodgers next season, though he would still like to pursue an extension. At Monday's end-of-the-season news conference, Mattingly announced the option for his contract in 2014 automatically vested when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series, but added somewhat ominously, “That doesn't mean I'll be back.” But an obviously wounded Mattingly went on to bemoan having to manage as a lame duck and how he felt he was still auditioning for the job in his third season as the Dodgers' manager.
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October 22, 2013 |
A lawyer for the family of a man who died in a confrontation with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a Burger King drive-through is disputing official reports about how the 41-year-old plumber died. Raymond Lewis Johnson died Oct. 11 after deputies kicked, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and used a baton to extract him from his vehicle; but the coroner determined he died not from those actions but from preexisting physical problems. At least six to seven deputies were involved in the confrontation that lasted about 10 minutes, said Rickey Ivie, who represents the Johnson family and held a news conference Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.