Big spending Chinese clubs show global ambitions

The European transfer window is not so European any more, with Chinese clubs outspending the continent’s richest clubs in January to prove that the country is now a genuine power in attracting the world’s best players. Chinese spending on soccer had been growing...

2 children, 2 women, 2 men found dead in Chicago home

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of two children, two women and two men whose bodies were found with signs of trauma inside a home on the city’s South Side. Chicago police Chief of Detective Eugene...

Chinese led investor group to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Stock Exchange, founded more than a century ago, is being acquired by an investor group led by a Chinese company. The exchange did not say what the purchase price was. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year and needs to be...

Review: In ‘XCOM 2,’ Earthlings try to get the bugs out

When the aliens come (AP) — and they will – don’t expect the government to save us. If you’ve ever watched “The X-Files,” you know half of them are in cahoots with the invaders anyway. Besides, we tried that already in 2012’s “XCOM:...

The Latest: Ecuadorean minister calls for Assange to go free

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. panel’s determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has reacted to the U.N. panel report by renewing calls for Britain and Sweden to free...

Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After 50 years of searching, and with a lot of help from her granddaughter, Betty Morrell has finally met her 96-year-old birth mother. She also has forged a close friendship with a sister she never knew she had. Morrell, of Spring Hill, Florida, flew to...

Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men’s Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Like the teams...

After criticism, Brazil transferring Zika samples to US

LONDON (AP) — Brazilian officials say they’re sending a set of samples related to the Zika outbreak to the United States, a move which follows complaints that the country was hoarding disease data and biological material. Thursday’s announcement came only hours...

Julian Assange claims total vindication with UN panel ruling

LONDON (AP) — A United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be freed immediately and compensated for the years he has lost. The U.N. Working Group on...

NYC police say drone hits Empire State Building

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man was arrested after he apparently lost control of a small drone that crashed into the Empire State Building. The drone hit the 40th floor of the 1,454-foot landmark skyscraper and then fell to a 35th floor landing at about 8 p.m. Thursday....