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Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run

Russell Westbrook, Wesley Matthews, Nerlens Noel

DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban. Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. The ... Read More »

Multiple violations found days before fatal blaze killed 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three of the low-income residents. During a Friday inspection, officials found the building lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working fire sprinkler system, among other violations, documents released by the city of ... Read More »

Saudi, Jordan sign deal on $3 billion in Jordan investments

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s state media say public and private sector officials from Saudi Arabia and Jordan have signed 15 economic agreements, including establishing a joint fund that will launch an estimated $3 billion worth of investments in Jordan. The Petra news agency says the agreements were signed after a meeting late Monday between Saudi King Salman and Jordan’s ... Read More »

American Airlines buys stake in China Southern Airlines

BEIJING (AP) — American Airlines has agreed to pay $200 million for a stake in China Southern Airlines, the biggest of China’s three major state-owned carriers, in a bid for a bigger share of the country’s growing travel market. American and China Southern will expand commercial cooperation, possibly in sales, airport facilities and code-sharing, the Chinese airline said in an ... Read More »

Asian markets mostly higher after Wall Street sinks

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Wall Street sank on worries that the Trump administration might not do as much for businesses as once thought. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 1 percent to 19,174.56 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.5 percent to 24,317.93. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.4 percent to 3,255.11 while Sydney’s S&P-ASX ... Read More »

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail – many of them alongside Nelson Mandela – for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s previous white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87 years old. Kathrada died after being admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his brain earlier in March. “Kathy ... Read More »

South Korea holds memorial for 9 missing ferry victims

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday held a memorial ceremony for the nine passengers still missing from the 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers near the ship’s wreckage that was raised last week. Relatives of the missing victims cried as representatives of Catholic and Protestant churches and Buddhists delivered prayers wishing for the remains of the ... Read More »

Screams alert residents to fire that killed 3 in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Awakened by screams of “fire,” Michael Jones bolted out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness Monday at the dilapidated Oakland apartment building he calls home, instinctively pounded on the doors of his elderly neighbors and ushered them to safety — walkers and all. Jones, 43, then found Princess, the “house” pit bull, cowering in the backyard, ... Read More »

Powerful cyclone slams into Australia’s tropical northeast

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands of houses, officials said. The destructive eyewall of Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm packing winds up to 260 kilometers per hour (160 miles per hour), made landfall near Airlie Beach, a ... Read More »

Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74

Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches this season and there is little time to fix it. Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 ... Read More »