Hardcore, bandwaggoners turn out for Super Bowl in Hayne's hometown

CAMPBELLTOWN, Australia The numbers were modest and the hour a lot less sociable than in California but Australian NFL fans had themselves a proper Super Bowl party in the hometown of San Francisco 49ers punt returner Jarryd Hayne on Monday.Australia h...

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...

Oscar Pistorius: bailed, tagged and free to roam

PRETORIA Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was granted bail on Tuesday and has the freedom of South Africa's capital Pretoria as he waits to appeal his conviction in April.The Paralympic champion, nic...

VW faces billions in fines as U.S. sues for environmental violations

WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT The U.S. Justice Department has sued Volkswagen for up to $48 billion for allegedly violating environmental laws - a reminder of the carmaker's problems nearly four months after its emissions scandal broke.Although such U.S. lawsui...

Meadowlark Lemon, star of 'Harlem Globetrotters,' dies at 83

Meadowlark Lemon, the court jester of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team who delighted audiences around the world for some 25 years with an array of trick shots, comedy routines and pure charisma, has died at the age of 83, the team announced on ...

Haitians put aside political woes to celebrate Carnival

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haitians put aside their political concerns and took to the streets  to dance and celebrate Carnival in the impoverished Caribbean nation.The first day of Carnival was canceled after riot police clashed with protesters after President...

Oklahoma earthquakes raise calls for restrictions on energy firms

OKLAHOMA CITY Earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, including one of the strongest ever recorded in the state, have led to calls for the governor to make changes to oil and gas drilling regulations and reduce seismic activity scientists link to th...

Singer Celine Dion's brother dies days after death of her husband

NEW YORK The 59-year-old brother of award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday, two days after the death of Dion's husband, her representatives said in a statement.Daniel Dion, the eighth oldest of 13 sib...

Judge blocks Brazilian assets of Vale, BHP after dam burst

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damage caused by the bursting of a dam at i...

Air pollution in China abates, but winter a problem: Greenpeace

SHANGHAI Air pollution levels fell in most cities in China last year, environmental group Greenpeace said on Wednesday, but a humid and windless winter shrouded swaths of the country in choking smog, slowing improvement in the second half.Beijing hoist...