US News  September 30, 2016
Hurricane Matthew powers to Category 4 major storm: US
Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1845 GMT on September 29, 2016Hurricane Matthew rapidly gained power on Friday, escalating to a powerful Category 4 storm as it moved over the open Caribbean sea just south of Jamaica, US forecasters said.Packing wind speeds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center called Matthew "extremely dangerous."The agency said fluctuations in intensity could ...  Full Story
David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace
New York City FCDavid Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.Villa notched his 20th goal of the s...  Full Story
Philadelphia Orchestra strikes moments before gala
Aretha Franklin (R) and Condoleezza Rice (L) are seen performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaMusicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra went on strike Friday moments before donors opened a black-tie gala, in the latest labor unrest in the tight-belted US classical music world.With dramatic timing, the musicians' union voted to strike as guests arrived for an annual opening night gala to support the institution, traditionally considered one of...  Full Story
US police release video of fatal shooting of black man
Protesters face off with police in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California on September 28, 2016, in response to a police shooting the night before of Ugandan refugee Alfred OlangoFollowing days of protests, police in San Diego on Friday released video footage of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, saying the decision was made to counter "misinformation" being circulated about the incident.The grainy cellphone and surveillance videos show the victim, Alfred Olango, 38, a Ugandan immigrant, pacing back and forth as he...  Full Story
'Brangelina' reach stop-gap deal over kids
Brad Pitt (R) and Angelina Jolie (C) married in France in August two years ago, but had been a couple since 2004Angelina Jolie has reached a temporary agreement with Brad Pitt giving her custody of their six children and granting him visiting rights, reports said.Several celebrity gossip outlets reported on Friday that the divorcing couple were persuaded to agree to the detente by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Both wil...  Full Story
Love OK with Ryder Cup lead that echoes Medinah meltdown
Team USA Captain Davis Love (L) and Brandt Snedeker, seen during a practice session prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on September 29, 2016US captain Davis Love has no problem with a 5-3 lead over Europe after Friday's opening Ryder Cup matches, even though that margin has heralded doom for the Americans twice before.The United States swept foursomes matches for a 4-0 lead, its best start since 1975, but Europe's 3-1 fightback in four-ball left the Americans clinging to a familiar lea...  Full Story
US rail safety under microscope after deadly crash
A New Jersey Transit rail car is seen at Penn Station during the morning commute on September 30, 2016 in New YorkThis week's train crash at a major transport hub to Manhattan -- the fifth deadly US rail accident in under three years -- spotlighted safety concerns and chronic underinvestment in America.One woman was killed and more than 100 people injured when a commuter train traveling "at a high rate of speed" plowed into the station at Hoboken, New Jersey d...  Full Story
No.1 draft pick Simmons breaks foot
Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers, the first top pick for the Sixers since Allen Iverson in 1996, averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds in his lone US college season at Louisiana StateNumber one draft pick Ben Simmons faces a delayed start to his NBA career after suffering a broken foot during training with the Phildalephia 76ers, the team confirmed on Friday.The 20-year-old Australian rookie sustained the injury after rolling an ankle during the session at Stockton University in New Jersey.X-rays and an MRI scan revealed a frac...  Full Story