Marcel Kittel captured his second consecutive stage and fifth of the 2017 Tour de France on Wednesday, July 12, by claiming the crash-marred Stage 11 that spanned from Eymet to Pau. The 29-year-old German used a late surge to win the 126-mile stage in 4 hours, 34 minutes, 27 seconds, narrowly edging Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen.
WASHINGTON - U.S. spring wheat production will fall to a 15-year low, the government said on Wednesday, July 12, as crop development in top production state North Dakota has been crippled by searing heat and scant rains throughout June and July.
LONDON — The 37-year-old American outclassed 20-year-old upstart Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 in Tuesday's quarterfinal match at the All England Club in London. Knocking off the French Open champion—who was just weeks old when Williams first played at Wimbledon—was an inspirational occurrence for 10th-seeded Venus. Venus Williams has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the 10th time. The 37-year-old American outclassed 20-year-old upstart Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 in Tuesday's quarterfinal match at the All England Club in London.
LONDON — Novak Djokovic didn't let a shoulder injury or a hole in the court stop him from advancing at Wimbledon. Djokovic bested Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, Tuesday in a Round of 16 match postponed from Monday under a closed roof at the All England Club to move onto the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Serbian and world No. 4 received treatment for an apparent right shoulder injury during the third set. He also notified umpire Carlos Bernardes about a hole in the baseline after the match.
Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday its Prime Day sale was on track to be the biggest shopping event in its history by sales. The world's largest online retailer said customers ordered more than three times as many Echo-family speakers than during Prime Day 2016, which at the time broke records for Amazon devices. Third-party sellers sold over 50 percent more items on the site by noon local time (1900 GMT) than in the same timeframe last year, Amazon said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials on Tuesday were investigating the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members including elite special operations forces a day earlier, leaving a miles-long trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi. The KC-130 Hercules aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi after taking off from Cherry Point, North Carolina. It plunged into a soybean field at about 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EST) on Monday in Mississippi's LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital. Fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor were killed, the U.S. Marine Corps said. The names of the deceased were being withheld until family members were notified. Further details were not released. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, pledged "a thorough investigation into the cause of this tragedy."
WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth. The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast high-speed internet to underserved U.S. locations. To start, Microsoft will commit to a five-year effort to bring broadband connectivity to 2 million underserved rural Americans.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed to meet with a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Russian government support for his father, according to an email chain released on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now stationed in Hawaii has been arrested on charges of providing material support to Islamic State extremists, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. Ikaika Kang, 34, an active-duty soldier assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, had been under investigation by the Army and FBI for more than a year and was taken into custody on Saturday, according to an FBI statement provided to Reuters.
NEW YORK - Donald Trump Jr. has hired a lawyer to represent him in Russia-related investigations, his office and the lawyer said on Monday, as Republicans voiced concern about a meeting between the U.S. president's son and a Russian. Trump Jr. hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas, who specializes in criminal defense.