Golf: Dustin Johnson answers the challenge to advance at WGC Match Play tournament

As he walked off the 12th green Saturday afternoon, the match referee said five words that Johnson heard for the first time all week in the Dell Technologies Match Play. “The match is all square.”Until then, Johnson had led after each of the 71 holes he had played at Austin Country Club. “Came back strong after losing three holes in a row.”Rahm was so dominant he played only 27 holes in two matches Saturday. And the 22-year-old rookie from Spain still hasn't played the 18th hole since a practice round Tuesday. Rahm faces a semifinal match Sunday morning against Bill Haas, who ended Phil Mickelson's hopes with a 2-and-1 victory.

March 25, 2017 18:52 UTC

Anti-Brexit protesters hit London streets

London (CNN) A sea of EU supporters took to the streets of London on Saturday in protest of the UK's impending exit from the bloc. Protesters march Saturday in central London in opposition to the UK's departure from the EU. In Central #London today there will be additional Police officers on duty for security and reassurance. — MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) March 25, 2017Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Alastair Campbell, a onetime communications adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, were among those addressing the crowds. Anti-Brexit protesters show that 48.1% of British voters preferred to remain in the EU.

March 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

US command: Mosul airstrike occured at the request of Iraq forces

The airstrike was carried out at the request of Iraqi forces, the coalition said in a statement. The coalition came up with the date after an initial review of airstrike data for the week ending March 23. Reports have indicated that the airstrike may have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are battling ISIS extremists in fierce fighting. In a statement issued on his website, Iraq Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi, himself from Mosul, described the incident as a "humanitarian catastrophe," blaming the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and excessive use of force by militarized Federal Police forces. Al-Nujaifi put the number of civilians killed at "hundreds."

March 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

U.S. Military Confirms Air Strike In Mosul District Where Scores Were Killed

MOSUL, Iraq, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an Islamic State-held area of the Iraqi city of Mosul where residents and officials say dozens of civilians have been killed as result of an air raid. NEW TACTICSResidents escaping besieged western Mosul have told of Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition air strikes demolishing buildings and killing civilians in several cases. No combat operations are to go on.”The U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State out of Mosul, now in its sixth month, has recaptured the entire eastern side of Mosul and about half of the west. “We need to make sure that taking out Daesh (Islamic State) from the Old City will not cost unwanted high casualties among civilians. They have also stationed themselves in homes belonging to Mosul residents to fire at Iraqi troops, often drawing air or artillery strikes that have killed civilians.

March 25, 2017 18:44 UTC

College basketball: Archie Miller hired as Indiana coach

Less than 24 hours after UCLA Coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass announced he had hired Archie Miller from Dayton. “Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” Glass said in a statement. “IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country and I cannot wait to get started,” Miller said. He also has been an assistant at Arizona State, North Carolina State, his alma mater, and Western Kentucky. “I cannot wait to connect with former players, current players, and future players and all of Hoosier Nation,” Miller said.

March 25, 2017 18:33 UTC

Clint Dempsey, ‘grateful for every game,’ moves to cusp of USA soccer history

Clint Dempsey scoring his first goal — and the Americans’ third — late in the first half against Honduras on Friday. With his second international hat trick, Dempsey raised his goal haul to 55, two short of Landon Donovan’s career record. Had the United States been at full strength for these pair of matches, Dempsey would’ve most likely been in reserve. On a serious note: “Watching Clint from game one to game three with Seattle, it was impressive the way he kept improving. I’m going to keep pushing.

March 25, 2017 18:33 UTC

Congolese Militia Beheads Dozens of Police Officers

PhotoKINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Members of a militia ambushed and then beheaded about 40 police officers on Friday in a central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Saturday. In recent months, the provinces in the Kasai region, in south-central Congo, have been the scene of fighting between the police and a local tribal militia called Kamuina Nsapu. The central region of the country is particularly volatile because of an insurgency, with frequent clashes between militia fighters and the military and security forces, despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers. This month, two United Nations officials — an American and a Swede — were among six people abducted in the Kasai-Central Province by unknown assailants. Justin Milongo, the deputy governor of Kasai-Central Province, said on Saturday that 400 Kamuina Nsapu militia fighters had “laid down their arms” in Kananga and were being detained.

March 25, 2017 18:33 UTC

Will the Labor Secretary Help Labor?

Still, his testimony suggests that as labor secretary his primary goal would not be to look out for workers by promoting fair pay and workplace safety. He also echoed the court’s contorted argument, saying that the Labor Department may not have the authority to update the overtime rules, as it did during the Obama administration. The disturbing takeaway was that Mr. Acosta would not defend the new overtime standards, which are desperately needed. Mr. Acosta is likely to be confirmed. He is a better nominee than Mr. Puzder.

March 25, 2017 18:30 UTC

Trump’s path forward only gets tougher after health-care fiasco

And without savings anticipated from the health-care bill, paying for the “massive” cuts Trump has promised for corporations and middle-class families becomes considerably more complicated. The White House signaled Saturday that it was eager to move on. That empowers the holdouts.”Gingrich said the White House could learn some lessons from the failed House health-care effort and change its approach going forward. “We don’t know what they’ll do with tax reform,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who warned, “if it’s huge tax cuts for the wealthy . “I hope that it’s going to all work out,” he told a House Republican dinner before the collapse of the health-care bill.

March 25, 2017 18:26 UTC

U.S. military acknowledges strike on Mosul site where more than 100 were allegedly killed

Members of the civil defense search for bodies in the rubble of a building in the Mosul al-Jadida neighborhood of Mosul. (Alice Martins for The Washington Post)The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State last week in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul where residents say more than 100 people were killed. [Mosul residents say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed scores of people]If confirmed, the incident would mark the greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in 2014. President Trump has already asked military leaders to consider whether requirements on U.S. military operations against the group should be loosened. An Iraqi military commander suggested the large death toll in the March 17 incident may have been partially caused by the fact that a missile struck a car bomb, unleashing a giant explosion.

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

Congress’s Duty in the War With ISIS

Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their American military advisers, backed by American artillery and attack helicopters, have started shutting down the western approaches to the city. There is talk of reinforcing the roughly 900 American troops who are now in the country. But as the American military is doing its job, Congress is refusing to do its duty. Nearly three years into the war against ISIS, lawmakers have ducked their constitutional responsibility for making war by not passing legislation authorizing the anti-ISIS fight. Once that happens, as the former Bush administration lawyer Jack Goldsmith wrote on the Lawfare blog, court challenges could lead to findings that the war against ISIS is unlawful.

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

Donald, This I Will Tell You

Advertisement Continue reading the main storyYou promised to get the best people around you in the White House, the best of the best. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyYou knew the Republicans were full of hot air. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAs The Times’s chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse put it, the G.O.P. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyYou sold yourself as the businessman who could shake things up and make Washington work again. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThat’s why they’re putting up with all your craziness about Russia and wiretapping and unending lies and rattling our allies.

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

What Would You Do With an Intruder at the Door?

Advertisement Continue reading the main storyOn the other hand, friends in law enforcement and the military do keep firearms at home. A police detective friend once came over and we went through a dozen intruder scenarios, examining every possible point of entry. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe intruder was still in the backyard eyeing the windows. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyI sneaked downstairs, left through the garage door and waited on the corner of the street. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyI heard the male detective talking to the trespasser, but I couldn’t make out the words.

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

After Great Pain, Where Is God?

During 1940 C. S. Lewis wrote “The Problem of Pain.” Lewis’s answer to why an all-good and all-powerful God would allow his creatures to suffer pain was a bit too neat and tidy. After that, silence.” He added: “Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The conclusion I dread is not ‘So there’s no God after all,’ but ‘So this is what God’s really like. Jesus himself, crucified and near death, gave voice to the question many people overwhelmed by pain ask: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”Advertisement Continue reading the main storyJesus’ question, like ours, was not answered in the moment. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyBut even so great an assurance as eternal life, at the wrong time and in the wrong hands, can come across as uncaring.

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

'Beauty and the Beast' tops Friday box office

It was a tale as old as time at Friday’s box office, as Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” once again climbed into the top spot. See the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour »Caption Beauty and the Beast video - A Portrait of 'Gaston' "Beauty and the Beast" actors Josh Gad and Luke Evans, along with composer Alan Menken, talk about the impact of the song "Gaston." "Beauty and the Beast" actors Josh Gad and Luke Evans, along with composer Alan Menken, talk about the impact of the song "Gaston." Caption Beauty and the Beast video - A Portrait of 'Gaston' "Beauty and the Beast" actors Josh Gad and Luke Evans, along with composer Alan Menken, talk about the impact of the song "Gaston." "Beauty and the Beast" actors Josh Gad and Luke Evans, along with composer Alan Menken, talk about the impact of the song "Gaston."

March 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

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