SOUTHPORT, England — Americans Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar tamed a fiendish course in tough conditions to fire sparkling first-round 65s and lead the British Open by one shot on Thursday, July 20. Spieth, world number three and twice major champion, putted smoothly to pick up five birdies and did not drop a shot as fierce crosswinds buffeted the early starters at Royal Birkdale. "That was one of my top five rounds at a major," the 23-year-old told reporters. "I'd give myself a nine (out of 10)."
CARSON CITY, Nev. - A state parole board in Nevada convened on Thursday morning to consider O.J. Simpson's bid for freedom after nine years in prison for a botched armed robbery of his own sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 70-year-old former football star, known best as the central figure in the so-called Trial of the Century, appeared before the board by live video feed from Lovelock Correctional Center, about 100 miles from the parole board's office in Carson City.
NEW YORK - Ryan Seacrest confirmed on Thursday that he will return as host of "American Idol," the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018. After much anticipation and speculation, Seacrest, who served as host of the talent competition show during its initial 15-season run that ended in April 2016, confirmed the news on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" Thursday morning.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday brushed off sharp criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russia investigation, saying he loved his job and planned to continue serving. "We love this job, we love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate," Sessions said at a news conference announcing a cyber crime bust.
A video of Mickey Mouse surprising two foster children with news of their adoption date has gone viral on social media.
SOUTHPORT, England - Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the bookmakers' favorites to win the British Open, which starts at Royal Birkdale on Thursday. World No. 1 Johnson is among the later starters in a group including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, the world No. 4, who is seeking to lift the Claret Jug for a second time. Spieth, third in the rankings and twice a major winner, will tee off alongside Swedish defending champion Henrik Stenson.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times interview. "Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," the Times quoted Trump as saying.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his office said Wednesday. The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said tests revealed "a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma" that was associated with a blood clot above his left eye that was removed last week. "The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team," said the hospital in a statement. "Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday that it had called President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to testify on July 26 at a hearing. Trump Jr. and Manafort are expected to be questioned about allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Another Trump relative, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, will be interviewed by U.S. senators on Monday, Kushner's attorney said.
WASHINGTON - Thirty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance by 2026 if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office reported late on Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed fellow Senate Republicans to reach an agreement on overhauling the country's healthcare law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to hold a vote for a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act next week after a bill to repeal and replace collapsed on Monday with the Republican party sharply divided.