News archive from 30 September 2015

Fearful fliers get help through workshops

Fearful fliers get help through workshops

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Imagine being so afraid of flying that you can't go on vacation unless you drive there. You've missed family reunions, weddings, graduations, trips to Europe. You want to get over your fear, but you're worried you'll panic if you...

Usa Today, 19:00 in Travel
 
Magic coaches are stressing mental toughness

Magic coaches are stressing mental toughness

One of the Orlando Magic's biggest weaknesses over the last few years has been their fragility. "As a team we've got to get a lot better at that," Skiles said. "I've said before that a play would happen and somebody would score and...

 
Derrick Rose to have surgery after injury on first day of practice

Derrick Rose to have surgery after injury on first day of practice

Another season, another injury for Chicago Bulls Guard Derrick Rose. Rose was struck in the face by an elbow during Tuesday’s practice, the first day of training camp and suffered a left orbital fracture. He will have surgery Wednesday and a timetable...

Usa Today, 19:03 in Sport
 
Google self-driving car prototype meets the press

Google self-driving car prototype meets the press

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The future offered me a lift Tuesday. On the rooftop of a former shopping mall turned Google X headquarters, a white, self-driving Google car prototype glided into position with the quiet hum of a refrigerator fan. Looking like...

 
Untrained commander led Syrian rebels that gave up equipment

Untrained commander led Syrian rebels that gave up equipment

WASHINGTON — The group of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels who surrendered trucks and arms to a terrorist group last week were led by an untrained commander who gave up the gear to avoid an ambush, a military official told USA TODAY. The commander of the 30...

 
Trevor Noah gets Viacom ratings love

Trevor Noah gets Viacom ratings love

Trevor Noah's debut as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show drew a modest 1.1 million viewers to the network Monday, but the initial telecast proved more popular with millennials than Jon Stewart. In a gambit to win sampling for the new host,...

 
Conservative Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan in crosshairs of speaker's race

Conservative Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan in crosshairs of speaker's race

WASHINGTON — On Friday afternoon, just hours after House Speaker John Boehner’s stunning resignation announcement, Rep. Jim Jordan was huddling with fellow conservatives in the Capitol, strategizing over how they could make the most of Boehner’s...

 
NASCAR will lose star power when Tony Stewart walks away

NASCAR will lose star power when Tony Stewart walks away

By the end of next year, NASCAR will have said goodbye to arguably two of its three biggest stars in a span of two seasons. This generation’s star power drain has begun. It started with Jeff Gordon, who is wrapping up his final season. Now, with Tony...

Usa Today, 19:23 in Sport
 
Father of Wash. high school shooter found guilty of gun charges

Father of Wash. high school shooter found guilty of gun charges

SEATTLE — A federal jury has found a Washington state man guilty of illegally owning firearms, including the handgun his son used to kill four of his friends and himself last year in a high school cafeteria. Raymond Fryberg was convicted Tuesday of...

 

Tony Stewart retirement brews as quiet storm

A few years ago, Rolling Stone labeled Tony Stewart "NASCAR's Nastiest Driver." A jerk who wins, was the essence of the piece. As he fades into the uncertainty of his last laps on the NASCAR circuit, Stewart is no longer NASCAR's bad boy. He...

 

Murkowski's Arctic trip hits everything but oil

WASHINGTON -- As Shell prepared to announce its impending departure from the U.S. Arctic, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was closing out a weekend tour of all things Arctic with a few Senate colleagues that included a stop in Barrow, just 150 miles from Shell’s...

 
Disney Springs changes name, more announcements in works

Disney Springs changes name, more announcements in works

The name has changed, but there's still construction - and tenant announcements - in the future for Disney Springs, the entertainment complex formerly known as Downtown Disney, a company official says. The ceremony featured speeches, followed by cast...

 
How the Syrian crisis is particularly deadly for women and children

How the Syrian crisis is particularly deadly for women and children

Since 2012, the No. 1 cause of death in Syria has been the country's gruesome civil war. A report last year from the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights put the minimum number of conflict-related violent deaths -- including combatants...

 
A year's rain falls in first 9 months of 2015

A year's rain falls in first 9 months of 2015

Any day now, Orlando will have received an entire year's worth of rain in 2015, and yet there are three months left that look to be soggier than usual. This year's rainfall through August ranked as the seventh-wettest on record for the first eight...

 
Why SMU didn't fire coach Larry Brown after NCAA penalties

Why SMU didn't fire coach Larry Brown after NCAA penalties

Southern Methodist University president Gerald Turner said Tuesday night he did not contemplate firing men's basketball coach Larry Brown in connection with NCAA rules violations that resulted in a variety of sanctions, including a ban from the...

Usa Today, 21:03 in Sport
 

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