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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- An 11-year-old Latino boy whose singing of the national anthem at the NBA Finals set off a barrage of racist tweets earned a roaring ovation in an encore performance before Game 4 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat on Thursday night. Sebastien De La Cruz, a mariachi singer who first found fame as a contestant on "America's Got Talent," was congratulated by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra at midcourt after he belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" while boisterous fans cheered him on at the AT&T Center. Video:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Firefighters have at least temporarily battled to a "draw" with a fast-moving fire that has already killed two people and destroyed 379 homes, giving weary authorities and residents the first glimmer of hope after three days of mounting damage, a sheriff said. After nearly doubling in size overnight, the fire held at about 25 square miles Thursday despite more swirling winds and bone-dry conditions, said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.
BERLIN (AP) -- A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division, according to records obt
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Even for Phil Mickelson, his path to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in the U.S. Open was unconventional. He traveled about 2,400 miles in the air and 7,000 yards on the ground. He took a short nap on his private jet from San Diego and another one during a rain delay when he found a secluded corner of the library room in the Merion clubhouse. He carried five wedges but no driver. Some 17 hours later, Mickelson had a 3-under 67 to match his best opening round in the U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cliff Lee allowed two runs in seven strong innings, Ben Revere had four hits and scored the go-ahead run, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Thursday night and snap a five-game losing streak. The speedy Revere slid home with nobody out in the eighth, scoring from third base on Jimmy Rollins’ chopper.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks know all about Andrew Shaw’s reputation around the league.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James was better as promised.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The NCAA is thrilled with the fan support during its national wrestling championships. The next step is to get the casual fan engaged for more than just a weekend. A proposal pitched Tuesday to the NCAA’s sports management cabinet includes a new, 24-team dual tournament with points available to pick up before the event. The proposal, first reported by the Des Moines Register, wouldn’t be implemented until at least 2016 because of procedural
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say four people are dead in a shooting south of downtown. The St. Louis Police Department posted on its official Twitter account that two women and two men are dead. Additional details weren't immediately available. Police cordoned off a section of a street where the shooting happened Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) -- Honda is recalling more than 18,000 cars in the U.S. to fix problems with the brakes. The recall affects more than 13,000 Acura RSX compact cars from 2006 and the Honda S2000 sports car from the 2006 and 2007 model years. Honda says some power brake booster parts weren't made to specifications. That could cause a decrease in braking power over time and could increase the risk of a crash. But the company says it doesn't know of any accidents or injuries from the problem.