One of the top U.S. public health officials on Sunday warned that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the U.S. Gulf Coast after officials last week confirmed it as active in the popular tourist destination of Miami Beach. The possibility of transmission in Gulf States such as Louisiana and Texas will likely fuel concerns that the virus, which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly, could spread across the continental United States, even though officials have played down such an outcome.
WASHINGTON --- A top aide to Donald Trump said on Sunday the Republican presidential nominee's plans to deport 11 million people who are in the United States illegally were a work in progress and that he was committed to a "fair and humane" approach on immigration.
Ride service Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it has acquired the self-driving trucks startup Otto, and it also announced that Volvo Car Group has agreed to a $300 million alliance to develop self-driving cars. Anthony Levandowski, one of Otto's co-founders, will lead Uber's self-driving efforts in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Pittsburgh, Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said in a blogpost on the company's website.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Alex Gordon hit a pair of home runs and doubled while Ian Kennedy pitched eight scoreless innings as the Kansas City Royals routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0 on Saturday night. Gordon extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games and had only his second three-hit game of the year. Gordon raised his batting average to .227 after going 17-for-41 in his streak.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men'ssoccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday. Brazil had lost the Olympic final three times—in 1984, 1988 and 2012—but they finally got the gold they craved on a dramatic night at the Maracana stadium in which they outplayed the Germans but were saved three times by the woodwork.
RIO DE JANEIRO—The United States women's basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time. After a sloppy start that saw Spain lead much of the opening quarter, the U.S. finally settled into their familiar rhythm, turning a 10-0 run into a 17-point halftime lead. From then on there was no way back for Spain as the U.S. extended their Olympic winning streak to a staggering 49-0.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Hot favorite Gwen Jorgensen produced the perfect race to win the Olympic women's triathlon gold on Saturday, the American unusually staying with her rivals on the bike before surging clear of defending champion Nicola Spirig-Hug on the run. Jorgensen has dominated the sport over the last two years but usually wins her races by chasing down the stronger bikers during the 10km run.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Defending champions the United States won the women's Olympic 4x100 meters relay on Friday as Allyson Felix became the first woman to collect five gold medals in athletics. The U.S. team of Tianna Bartoletta, Felix, English Gardner and Tori Bowie clocked 41.01 seconds, the second-fastest time ever after the world record they set in London four years ago, to beat Jamaica on 41.36 and Britain on 41.77.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4x100 meters relay crown on Friday. Two days before his 30th birthday, Bolt ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans won in 37.27 seconds to add the relay gold to the 100 meters and 200 meters titles he had won for a third straight Olympics.
NEW YORK—Stock on major markets fell worldwide on Friday, Aug. 19, while the U.S. dollar strengthened as investors began to price in a greater likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. European share markets posted their biggest weekly loss in two months, while U.S. stocks edged lower, led by declines in utility shares as investors weighed prospects for an interest rate increase in the coming months.