NEW ORLEANS—Former National Football League star Darren Sharper was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 18, to 18 years in federal prison in a case that accused him of drugging and raping nine women in four states while working as a television analyst. Sharper, 40, who retired from the NFL in 2011 after helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl championship, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then having sex with them while they were incapacitated.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian police stopped two U.S. Olympic swimmers from boarding a flight home on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to question them about how they and two team mates...
WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve said it was launching a Facebook page on Thursday, Aug. 18, part of an effort to reach out directly to a general public. Facebook users will now have a chance to "like" the Fed on the social media site, although the central bank's standing as measured by public opinion polls has taken a hit since the 2007-09 recession. Many economists believe the Fed played a critical role in guiding America out of the recession as other authorities in Washington appeared hamstrung by political gridlock.
LOS ANGELES—"Star Wars" fans will soon be able to visit a real life Mos Eisley Cantina. Called the Scum and Villainy Catina, the pop-up is heading to Hollywood this winter, bringing a galaxy far, far away a little closer. If you are willing to go on this journey, the Catina only has one request: "leave your droids at home."
RIO DE JANEIRO - - German beach volleyball duo Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst took gold in the early hours of Thursday, beating Brazil in gusty conditions to win their country's first female Olympic medal in the sport and silence the partisan Copacabana crowd. The Germans used the wind and their height advantage, with Walkenhorst's dominance at the net proving too much for Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas as they won 21-18 21-14 in the final that ended past midnight.
LOS ANGELES- - A Southern California wildfire raged virtually unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying dozens of houses near a highway corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and forcing as many as 80,000 residents to flee their homes, officials said. The so-called Blue Cut Fire ignited on Tuesday in the mountainous Cajon Pass and has exploded to cover 25,626 acres. Firefighters had carved containment lines around only four percent of the blaze by Wednesday night, fire officials said.
WASHINGTON—Bill and Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter. So far, no message or document hacked from the New York-based Clinton Foundation has surfaced in public, the sources said.
RIO DE JANEIRO—The United States reaffirmed their status as gold medal favourites blowing away Argentina 105-78 on Wednesday to storm into the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Even though the U.S. finished group play without a loss, questions about their ability to claim a third straight gold swirled after three unimpressive narrow wins to close out preliminary play. But they were back at their dominating and lethal best against Argentina, extending their Olympic winning streak to 23 games.
Versatile and prolific Canadian film director Arthur Hiller, whose sentimental "Love Story" starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal was the biggest hit of 1970 and stands as one of the most popular romantic movies ever made, died on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the age of 92, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said. Hiller, whose work also included successful collaborations with playwrights Neil Simon and Paddy Chayefsky, died of natural causes in Los Angeles, the Academy said in a statement.
Cisco Systems Inc is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce, technology news site CRN reported, citing sources close to the company. Cisco, which is due to report fourth-quarter results later on Wednesday, Aug. 17, is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, the report said. "We think it's true," Jefferies analysts wrote in a client note, referring to the report.