Costas recalls Israel athletes killed at '72 Games
2012-07-28 07:46:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Bob Costas noted a controversy over honoring Israeli athletes killed at the Olympics 40 years ago during his coverage of the opening ceremony but stopped short of offering his own protest.
The International Olympic Committee had declined a request to hold a moment of sile...
Opening ceremony gives Olympics a rocking start
2012-07-28 07:10:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Shaken and stirred.
James Bond and the queen teamed to give London a wild Olympic opening like no other.
And creative genius Danny Boyle turned Olympic Stadium into a jukebox, cranking up world-beating rock from the Beatles, the Stones and The Who to send the planet a message:...
EYES ON LONDON: Around the 2012 Olympics
2012-07-26 19:23:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) - Double Duty:
The teamwork continues even after the German gymnasts leave the floor.
Several English-speaking reporters wanted to talk to Oksana Chusovitina, who is competing in her sixth Olympics at 37, unheard of for a female gymnast. There was just one problem: Chusovitina...
Munich widows call for Olympic ceremony protest
2012-07-26 07:06:06 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The widows of two Israeli Olympians killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics are urging spectators to stage a silent protest during Friday's opening ceremony for the London Games.
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano are demanding that London organizers recognize their ...
Phone hack charges may add to fallout for Brit PM
2012-07-25 05:28:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's phone hacking scandal entered a new and expanded criminal phase Tuesday, with charges brought against two former members of Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle over a campaign of illegal espionage that has rocked the country's establishment.
The Crown Prosecutio...
Olympic opener will be spectacular but not secret
2012-07-23 18:04:07 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The London Olympics opening ceremony will be a grand spectacle — but will it be a surprise?
In a word, no.
Director Danny Boyle wants the details to stay secret and games chief Sebastian Coe has pleaded for insiders to stop leaking details of the extravaganza. But in the age o...
UK hacking scandal spreads, 100-plus new claims
2012-07-23 11:24:34 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The police investigation spawned by last year's phone hacking scandal has spread to new U.K. tabloids, with detectives now seeking information from the Trinity Mirror PLC newspaper group as well as Britain's Express Newspapers, a senior Scotland Yard official said Monday.
Sun comes out as Olympic torch tours London
2012-07-21 20:44:41 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The Olympic torch has begun its tour of London — and to everyone's relief, the weather is cooperating.
After weeks of unseasonably chilly temperatures and miserable rain, the sun came out Saturday as thousands of people turned out to watch the flame begin its seven-day trip of th...
Olympic buzz takes off: London welcomes the flame
2012-07-20 23:00:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — With the flame comes the games.
After years of preparation and months of buildup, London's Olympic moment finally arrived Friday night.
Royal Marine Martyn Williams carried the Olympic torch as he rappelled down from a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter into the Tower of London on...
British newspaper demands it simply stop raining
2012-07-14 22:12:15 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Just. Stop. Raining.
That was the unusual plea published in an editorial in The Times of London on Saturday, a measure of Britons' growing frustration with months of miserable weather.
"Let us make our position crystal clear: We are against this weather," the venerable newspap...
Vast wealth didn't shield the Rausings from drugs
2012-07-11 19:26:49 UTC
LONDON (AP) — When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security, then face an airport-style metal detector so she and her handbag could be scanned for weapons an...
UK police: Heir's wife found dead in London
2012-07-11 07:26:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's richest women, American-born Eva Rausing, was found dead in her west London home and a man was arrested in connection with the case, British police said, adding that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of death.
Rausing, 48, was the wife of Hans Krist...
UK police charge 3 more men with terror offenses
2012-07-11 00:54:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Three men were accused in a British court Tuesday of building a makeshift bomb and making other preparations for a terrorist attack against the far-right English Defense League. Hours later, police charged three other men arrested in the same case with the same terrorism offenses.
UK factory production up 1 pct in May
2012-07-10 11:00:14 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Factory output in the United Kingdom rose by 1.2 percent in May compared to April, beating the market consensus of a 0.9 percent gain.
The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that the increase was driven by a 3.7 percent gain in output of transport equipment and a 2.2 per...
Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon title
2012-07-08 17:47:25 UTC
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Once the Centre Court roof was closed, nothing could stop Roger Federer from winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.
The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras' record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating A...
7th person arrested in British terrorism probe
2012-07-07 11:31:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested a seventh person over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack.
The Metropolitan Police says the 22-year-old woman was arrested Saturday at a home in east London "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terro...
Federer reaches record 8th Wimbledon final
2012-07-06 15:33:07 UTC
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to his record eighth Wimbledon final on Friday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.
The six-time champion defeated Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 under a closed roof on Centre Court and is one victory from equaling two other rec...
Diamond in the rough; Banker Bob falls on sword
2012-07-03 18:52:58 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was a poster boy for corporate arrogance, telling Parliament last year that the time for bankers to apologize had passed.
Now Bob Diamond is just the latest victim of growing public anger at a British establishment they regard as greedy and ethically challenged. Bankers, polit...
Publisher: Here's cover of new J.K. Rowling novel
2012-07-03 17:29:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September.
"The Casual Vacancy" will be the Harry Potter author's first offering aimed primarily at adults.
The novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the un...
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange not leaving embassy
2012-07-03 02:19:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has defied a British police summons and won't be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London until he hears about his asylum bid, a member of his defense fund said Friday.
British police had demanded that the silver-haired computer expert report to a L...
Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans
2012-06-30 12:59:35 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A conference called by special envoy Kofi Annan to end the Syria crisis appeared on the brink of failure as it opened Saturday, with the U.S. and Russia still divided over a role for President Bashar Assad in a transition government.
Annan seemed confident of his plan a few days ...
British police demand Assange report to station
2012-06-29 06:17:32 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British police served Julian Assange on Thursday with a demand that he report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.
The WikiLeaks founder said he was unlikely to obey the order to show up on Friday.
The letter was del...
Will Britain finally replace the House of Lords?
2012-06-27 15:45:38 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Can Britain's government ditch the dukes, eject the earls and kick out the cronies?
Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday set out ambitious plans to replace Britain's 700-year-old House of Lords, the country's unelected upper chamber, with a smaller, mostly elected body — tak...
Queen, ex-IRA chief plan symbolic Belfast meeting
2012-06-27 09:08:31 UTC
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander are about to meet for the first time in a symbolic milestone for Northern Ireland's peace process, but journalists wanting to record the moment are being kept at bay.
The Wednesday's event will fea...
Ecuador studying asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder
2012-06-26 02:08:38 UTC
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's foreign minister says lawyers convened by the government are studying the political and legal implications of granting exile to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Minister Ricardo Patino did not indicate when a decision might come. Ecuador's ambassador to Britain...