Zach looks for extra Masters lift from Claret Jug

AUGUSTA, Georgia Zach Johnson has the benefit of twin major boosts going into this week's Masters, the knowledge that he won here in 2007 after holding off Tiger Woods and the added bonus of victory at last year's British Open.As he prepares to compete...

Contaminated Flint water among most expensive in the U.S.: report

Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, paid some of the nation's highest water bills even as the city failed to treat drinking water properly, leading to lead contamination, according to a report released on Tuesd...

Five killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed in floods in Texas caused by a storm system that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday.The flood victims ...

FIA approves new F1 qualifying format: source

LONDON Formula One's governing body has voted in favor of a new elimination-style qualifying format that will be implemented from this month's Australian season-opener, a well-placed source said on Friday.Speaking from Geneva, where the FIA's World Mot...

Beijing extends leave for new parents as China hopes for more children

BEIJING Authorities in China's capital will extend leave from work for new mothers and fathers, state media reported on Friday, in what appeared to be the latest incentive to encourage families to have more children.The world's largest economy faces a ...

Therapy dogs help New York immigrant kids clear reading hurdles

NEW YORK Izzy rested his chin on the knee of third grader Aelane Vasquez at Public School 57 in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City on Monday and hung on every word she easily read aloud from a book that would have stumped her months ago.Therap...

'Mob Wives' reality TV cast member dies after cancer battle

Angela Raiola, who was known as the character "Big Ang" on the "Mob Wives" reality television show, died early Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to a friend's post on Raiola's Twitter feed.She was 55 years old and died at a hospital in New...

Emissions standards a factor in Delta's Bombardier jets deal: Delta executive

ATLANTA Concern over future U.N. aircraft emissions standards was a factor in a Delta Air Lines Inc deal announced this week to buy 75 new CS100 jets from Bombardier Inc, a Delta executive said on Friday.Delta's decision was in part because the planes ...