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Portugal's Guterres still leads race to be UN chief

New York - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres is still the frontrunner to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a third straw poll held Monday, diplomats said.

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

Washington - Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

Op-Ed: Over half of Americans don't use bar soap according to survey

Not only are fewer Americans using bar soap, but the sale of bar soap is declining. This latest trend in personal hygiene and bathing product usage was announced by Mintel, a marketing intelligence agency last week.

Obama, Erdogan to meet Sunday in China on G20 sidelines: WHouse

Washington - US President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday in China on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, with Syria high on the agenda, top aide Ben Rhodes announced Monday.

Japan grants $2M for Maryland-Washington high-speed train study

The government of Japan has approved a fund of $2 million to finance a feasibility study on the plan to build a high-speed railway from Baltimore in Maryland to Washington.

Trump to deliver speech on immigration Wednesday

Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, beset by questions over whether he is softening his hardline stance on immigration, says he will make a speech on the subject Wednesday in Arizona.

Op-Ed: Why no one believes Floyd Mayweather is staying retired

Every time Floyd Mayweather engages members of media to promote his fighters under his own Mayweather Promotions or to make announcement about his projects, there will always be a couple of questions about a potential ring return.

Hurricane Madeline threatens Obama's Hawaii travel

Miami - Hurricane Madeline is expected to pass near Hawaii around midweek, US weather forecasters said Monday, possibly wreaking havoc with a planned visit by President Barack Obama and other dignitaries.

Bodycam video shows 84-year-old woman pepper-sprayed in her home

Muskogee - Police in Muskogee, Oklahoma have released bodycam footage of officers pepper-spraying an elderly black woman after police followed her son into the house.

Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' for US

Washington - Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".

See transit cop pull man from tracks seconds before train arrives

Secaucus - A New Jersey transit police officer is being hailed as a hero after he dragged a despondent man from the railroad tracks seconds before a speeding train arrived.

Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

Los Angeles - The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people.

Part of Los Angeles airport briefly closed, 'Zorro' detained

Los Angeles - Part of Los Angeles International Airport was briefly closed after loud noises were heard that sounded like gunfire, possibly caused by a man dressed in a black Zorro outfit who was later detained by police.

Fiery Beyonce dominates MTV awards

New York - Beyonce dominated the MTV Video Music Awards as she won a near-record award haul and awed the audience with a fiery dance medley with an unstated political message.

Thieves in truck drag ATM machine right out of Saskatchewan town

Thieves dragged an ATM machine right of a small Saskatchewan town in the early hours of Sunday morning, pulling it out the main drag and onto the highway. It's the latest in a string of ATM thefts in the province.

Beyonce invites mothers of slain black men to MTV awards

New York - Pop superstar Beyonce invited the mothers of slain African American men to the MTV Video Music Awards, where her politically charged "Formation" is up for the top prize.

Aussie police say shark found in puddle in landlocked town

Police in a small landlocked town in South Australia have a mystery on their hands after the discovery of a shark in a freshwater puddle. They do not know how the shark got to be there but are trying to find out. It did not survive.

Newly discovered Guaico Culex virus breaks all the rules

When it comes to viruses, scientists have long thought that it only takes being infected by just one to get the full experience. But that was before they came across the Guaico Culex virus.

Op-Ed: New planet discovered close to the Sun's closest star

A new planet has been found orbiting within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. This has triggered much media frenzy. However, many of the statements in the media take liberties with the evidence.

Actor John Schneider helps out victims of the Louisiana floods

Branson - The actor, musician and filmmaker, currently starring in popular soap opera 'The Haves and the Have Nots,' is doing his bit to raise money for flood relief by staging a concert in Branson, Missouri.
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