Actor Patrick Swayze has died from cancer at the age of 57. Swayze is best known for his roles in Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Road House. The actor went public with his battle with pancreatic cancer in March of 2008, Yahoo! News.
In one of the biggest upsets in U.S. Open history, Juan Martin del Potro defeated world’s number one player Roger Federer in five sets in the men’s championship game. Federer had won the tournament five years in a row and was going for his 16th major win. Del Potro, only 20-years-old and from Argentina, beat Rafael Nadal yesterday to advance to the finals, ESPN.
Agents on a joint terrorism task force raided residences in Queens today in a terror probe. Sources say there were no arrests and no explosives found, CBS News.
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In a match for the ages, Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick at Wimbledon today to win his record 15th Grand Slam title. As there is no tiebreak in the final set at Wimbledon, Federer and Roddick played 30 games in the last set, a record. This is Federer’s sixth Wimbledon title, NBC Sports.
CNN reporters in Honduras say the airport has been closed and air space has been blocked in anticipation for President Zelaya’s return to the country after he was ousted in a military coup last week, CNN.
Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, who will step down on July 26th, is threatening legal action against bloggers and news agencies that have reported, or asked about, allegations that she is in an embezzlement scandal regarding a Wasilla sports complex. In a press release, Palin’s lawyer noted they were considering suing for defamation against a Huffington Post blogger, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC, Huffington Post.
Two British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. The first was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade and the second was killed in a seperate explosion. Their names have not been released yet, BBC News.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, last year’s Republican vice-presidential candidate, announced her resignation today and says she will not run for governor in 2010. Palin will hand over power on July 26th to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. She has not commented on whether she will run for either the Senate in 2010 or for the presidency in 2012, CNN.
Three children and three adults have been killed in a fire in south London at an apartment complex. The children killed were a three-week-old baby, a six-year-old, and a seven-year-old. Another 12 people were injured. The blaze is now under control, Sky News.
American Andy Roddick beat home country favorite Andy Murray today to advance to the Wimbledon finals. Earlier, Roger Federer cruised to victory over Tommy Hass. Roddick and Federer will play in the championship game on Sunday, with Federer going for his record 15th Grand Slam title, ESPN.
Russia has opened an air route to the U.S. to allow the country to fly arms and troops into Afghanistan. The agreement comes just as the U.S. has begun their biggest push into the country since 2001. It also signifies the growing ties between the U.S. and Russia, which have been considerably strained as of late, New York Times.
Roger Federer won the French Open today, tying Pete Sampras’ record. This is Federer’s 14 major title and also gives him a grandslam having now won the French open, the US Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open. ESPN analysis of the winning match. Roger Federer’s official website.
Pakistanis civilians have united together to attack the Taliban in retaliation for the bombing of a mosque in northwestern Pakistan. 400 citizens from the Upper Dir district where 33 people died in a suicide bombing at a mosque last week, formed a militia and struck out against militants in five towns. The militia currently holds three of the towns. The action is being taken as a sign that public sentiment in Pakistan is turning against the Taliban, IBN.
Three bodies thought to be from Air France Flight 447 have been found. the plane’s black box has yet to be recovered, BBC News.
Five US contractors in Iraq are being held in the death of James Kitterman, the owner of a Houston, Tx based construction company operating in Iraq, who was found bound, blindfolded and stabbed inside the secure US-run Green Zone in Baghdad, CNN.
The European Union wraps up a weekend of voting today with voters picking their representatives to the EU’s parliament. Polling shows far right groups are favored throughout the EU, Associated Press. EU Q & A from Reuters.