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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Police say a body found in a wall at Yale University is likely that of missing graduate student Annie Le. The remains were found in the Amistad Building, the building Le was seen entering on Tuesday night before she disappeared. Le, 24, was supposed to be getting married today, CNN.
In U.S. Open news, Kim Clijsters defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 for the women’s championship title. Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 after a tirade last night that cost her the match against Clijsters.
For men’s semifinals, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal today 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, Nadael’s worst defeat in a major tournament. The world’s number one player Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5. Federer, who is going for his sixth straight U.S. Open title, and del Potro will play for the championship tomorrow, New York Times.
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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.
Nine policeman in Peru have been killed by Amazonian indigenous protesters during a rescue operation at a petroleum facility. Protesters had kidnapped 38 officers, of which 22 were rescued and seven others are still missing. The protesters were angry with the government for drilling for oil and gas on ancestral land. Fighting in Bagua, Peru began Friday, killing 22 tribesman and 11 officers. 5 civilians were also killed. The violence was the worst in the country since the 1990s, BBC News.
Juarez, Mexico seemed to be recovering from their deadly drug wars, but violence is spiking again. Officials say the amount of executions performed in broad daylight is much higher than at this time last year. Two drugs cartels in the city are fighting for control of the drug trafficking routes that enter the U.S. Juarez is just across the border from El Paso, Texas, NPR.
Longshot Summer Bird won today’s Belmont Stakes race, denying jockey Calvin Borel the chance to be the only jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races on different horses. Borel rode Mine That Bird, the horse he rode in his Kentucky Derby win, and placed third, SI.
Svetlana Kuznetsova easily defeated #1 ranked Dinara Safina in the women’s finals of the French Open. Kuznetsova won in only 74 minutes, winning the frist two sets 6-4 and 6-2. Tomorrow, Roger Federer will play Robin Soderling in an attempt to win the only Grand Slam title that has alluded him in his career, ESPN.
U.S. President Obama spoke at Omaha Beach in France today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Read a summary and quotes from his speech here.
A Kansas doctor who performed abortions was shot and killed this morning at his church. Dr. George Tiller, 67, ran a women’s clinic in Wichita and was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. The clinic has been the center of many protests since it opened and in 1993 he was shot in both arms by Shelley Shannon, a pro-life supporter. Police say they have a suspect in custody, but no further details have been released, CNN.
Millvina Dean, the last Titanic survivor, has died in her sleep at the age of 97. Dean was only nine weeks old when she sailed on the famous ship that sunk in 1912, killing 1,517 people, BBC News.
55 pilot whales were found stranded on a beach near Cape Town in South Africa yesterday. 20 have been returned to the water and bulldozers are being used to help save the others, but some did not survive and others were put down. Pilot whales are actually members of the dolphin family and are generally between 16-20 feet long, BBC News.
In one of the biggest upsets in French Open history, the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal, was defeated today in the fourth round of play by Sweden’s Robin Soderling. Nadal was competing for his fifth straight French Open title and had never lost on the court, ESPN.