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June 24, 2017 2:46 AM 'Boyhood' actress gets deferred sentence for drug charge

WACO, Texas (AP) - A 24-year-old actress from the Oscar-nominated movie "Boyhood" has been given a three-year deferred sentence for a drug possession charge in Texas. Lorelei Grace Linklater will have no conviction on her record if she completes her probation successfully under sentencing terms. She was arrested in May 2016 on Interstate 35 near Waco after 3

June 23, 2017 1:19 PM Watch ITV's Richard Hoiles give masterclass in horse racing commentary as Big Orange wins Royal Ascot Gold Cup

Racing commentators are known to be among the most excitable in the business. And when describing the action of the Royal Ascot Gold Cup to a captive audience back home, that excitement is only likely to increase manifold. And so it proved for ITV Racing maestro Richard Hoiles, as he commentated on the thrilling photo finish that saw Big Orange pip Order 5

June 23, 2017 6:47 AM China imports more iron ore from North Korea in May

BEIJING, June 23 (Reuters) - China raised its imports of iron ore from North Korea in May from a year earlier but bought no coal for a third month after Beijing halted coal shipments from its increasingly isolated neighbour, data showed on Friday. Iron ore arrivals hit 233,508 tonnes, compared with 217,897 tonnes last year. Imports were down 18.2 percent 4

June 22, 2017 9:58 PM No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy. "With all of the recently reported electronic 9

June 22, 2017 7:15 PM Doctors and patient advocates are slamming the Senate Republicans' healthcare plan

Doctors and patient groups slammed the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by Republican Senators on Thursday, taking issue in particular with Medicaid cuts in the bill. The groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and American Heart Association, are critical of Republican efforts to repeal and replace 3

June 22, 2017 4:39 AM Council chief resigns amid Grenfell Tower criticism

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has quit after a barrage of criticism for its response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Nicholas Holgate said the Communities and Local Government Secretary had “required the leader of the council to seek my resignation” on Tuesday. He added in a statement that he would have been a “distraction 5

June 22, 2017 1:59 AM Sir Billy Connolly to receive honorary degree from University of Strathclyde

Sir Billy Connolly will receive another accolade from his home town later when he is made an honorary doctor of the University of Strathclyde. Fondly known as The Big Yin, he will be recognised for his contribution to society at a university graduation ceremony in the Barony Hall in Glasgow on Thursday. The comedian, who is to get a knighthood in the Queen's 6

June 21, 2017 5:57 PM Haase upsets Thiem, Zverev advances at Gerry Weber Open

HALLE, Germany (AP) - Robin Haase upset second-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday. The 42nd-ranked Haase saved four of five break points as he advanced to the quarterfinals at the grass-court tournament. The Dutchman next faces Richard Gasquet of France, who defeated Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-3. Fourth-seeded 5

June 21, 2017 5:52 PM France's Macron taps relative unknowns in government reshuffle

PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron named a group of relative unknowns to senior government posts on Wednesday in a reshuffle after allies from the centre-right MoDem party said they were resigning. MoDem has become embroiled in a legal probe into claims that it misused EU parliamentary funds and its importance as an ally has subsided 5

June 21, 2017 5:02 AM Michael Brown's family reach settlement with city of Ferguson almost three years after he was shot and killed by a white cop

A federal judge in St. Louis on Tuesday approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown. The unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off months of protests. Financial terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge E. Richard 6