Novak Djokovic Loses to Wild Card Denis Istomin in Australian Open Shock

Novak Djokovic, who has won five of the past six Australian Opens, towels down in his second round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan at the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photo: Getty ImagesThe assumption, as always at the Australian Open, was that Novak Djokovic would cruise into the semifinals before facing a serious challenge. Ten days of prologue followed by four days of meaningful tennis and then, possibly, a seventh Australian Open title. But Djokovic hadn’t counted on a 30-year-old wild card from Uzbekistan named Denis Istomin. “First of all, I feel sorry for Novak,” Istomin said after the match with a smile.

January 19, 2017 10:34 UTC

For Barack Obama, a New Role Is Waiting in Washington

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is leaving office but he isn’t leaving town, another twist in one of the most unpredictable transitions in modern history. Mr. Obama has said he plans to keep a low profile as President-elect Donald Trump settles in the White House, borrowing a page from President George W. Bush’s post-presidency playbook. Mr. Bush didn’t speak out publicly as Mr. Obama—starting on his first day in office—unwound his...

January 19, 2017 10:31 UTC

Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s Treasury Pick, to Address IndyMac Questions at Confirmation Hearing

Investments tied to the foreclosure crisis are shaping up to figure prominently in the Senate confirmation hearing Thursday for Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s intended nominee for Treasury secretary. Mr. Mnuchin, the former Goldman Sachs executive, has touted his experience as a regional banker during a stint turning around the failed thrift IndyMac Bank, later rebranded as OneWest Bank. The deal to purchase the lender from the...

January 19, 2017 10:31 UTC

Republican Governors Warn Lawmakers About Repeal of Affordable Care Act

As U.S. Congress moves ahead with repealing the Affordable Care Act, some Republican governors are reaching out to lawmakers and urging caution. In recent comments and letters to Republican House leaders who sought input from state officials on potential health-system changes, several governors have voiced concerns about the effects of abruptly scrapping the 2010 law. At least nine governors and two lieutenant governors have signed...

January 19, 2017 10:31 UTC

Taiwan Fears Becoming a Pawn in Donald Trump’s Game

TAIPEI—The elation Donald Trump stirred in Taiwan when he chatted by phone with the island’s president is turning into doubt as some Taiwanese fear the new U.S. administration will use the island as a bargaining chip with China. With the call and other statements as president-elect, Mr. Trump showed a willingness to break with decades of convention and confront Beijing over its policy of politically isolating the rival government in...

January 19, 2017 10:30 UTC

Ukraine Tries Do-It-Yourself Military Upgrade While Awaiting Trump

KHARKIV, Ukraine—Ukraine is ramping up its defense industry at a Soviet-era tank factory here near Europe’s deadly front line with Russia, as officials wonder what the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will mean for their country. Ukrainian officials say support from the U.S. and other allies is critical to bring its military into the 21st century as Ukrainian troops fight Moscow-backed separatists in the east.

January 19, 2017 10:30 UTC

Voter Anxiety That Fueled Trump’s Victory Turns to Hope for Jobs

The anger that many working-class Americans felt in casting a ballot for Donald Trump in November has turned into hope on the eve of his presidency. Voters in places ranging from the mill towns of North Carolina to Wyoming coal country and the dusty ranch lands of Nevada have placed a bet that the nonconformist businessman and onetime casino...

January 19, 2017 10:30 UTC

Toshiba Shares Plunge on Write-Down Woes

TOKYO—Toshiba Corp. shares fell 16% on Thursday, deepening concern about the company’s future ahead of an announcement coming soon on losses in its U.S. nuclear business. Reports in local media including the Mainichi, Yomiuri and Nikkei newspapers said Toshiba was facing a write-down of some ¥700 billion ($6.1 billion) on its Westinghouse Electric Co. nuclear business in U.S., which has been struggling with cost overruns at nuclear...

January 19, 2017 10:23 UTC

Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia add fuel to Thunder-Warriors rivalry

Russell Westbrook was knocked to the ground by a foul by Zaza Pachulia during Wednesday night’s game. Straight up.”Then came the kicker, when Westbrook was asked about if he’d noticed Pachulia standing over him after committing the foul. Honestly, I don’t care about next month’s OKC game,” Pachulia said. I’m going to worry about this team.”It may have been coldly stated, but Pachulia is right: the Warriors and Thunder are on different trajectories. And if Westbrook is on the court, make no mistake: he never expects to lose, and he isn’t going to back down.

January 19, 2017 10:06 UTC

A Neighborhood Where the Obamas and the Trumps Are Just Part of the Mix

Mr. Tillerson is said to be moving in somewhere between Mr. Bezos and Ms. Trump. PhotoTo many residents here, the big-ticket real estate shuffle is normal as they insist that, really, this is a neighborhood like any other. “Media was parked in my driveway,” Ms. Sukenik said. Ms. Sukenik and Ms. Ahamed say they have heard worrying talk that Belmont Street will be cut off to traffic, which will reduce the number of street parking spots. Nearby, a poster for the Women’s March on Washington had been taped to a street lamp across the street from Ms. Trump’s new home.

January 19, 2017 10:01 UTC

Biden’s Next Move: Train to Delaware and Burgers With Family

But how Mr. Biden will spend the rest of his week is still a bit uncertain. Some of Mr. Biden’s closest confidants have quietly urged him to cash in on his popularity. At Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday, Mr. Biden’s plane was greeted by fire trucks, which bathed Air Force Two with their hoses as a final tribute to his service. One thing Mr. Biden hasn’t ruled out is a run for the presidency in 2020. “He’s going to stay in public service, and he’s going to do it big time and in a big way.

January 19, 2017 10:00 UTC

Where Americans Still Stand Together

Then, in Lafayette, La., I saw a parade for Martin Luther King’s Birthday on a Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. A lot of barbecuing was going on, and suddenly you could see the community that exists there. Everyone on the floats was black, as opposed to all the others I went to, which generally had white people on the floats. I was kind of expecting, maybe because of the music, a really mixed crowd to come out for this parade. A lot of black people came into the neighborhood from outside, but I saw maybe only 20 white faces the whole time.

January 19, 2017 10:00 UTC

36 Hours in Galveston, Tex.

Massive freighters, on their way to dock in Galveston, round this point close to the land, appearing like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, almost floating above the dune grass. Here you will pass ornate specimens from Galveston’s Gilded Age — multigabled Victorians, regal Greek Revivals, wraparound porches. You will also see a clever solution to the problem of fallen trees after Hurricane Ike in 2008. But the rock star is Bishop’s Palace, constructed in the late 1880s by Galveston’s famous and prolific architect Nicholas Clayton. Many people say Galveston is haunted, and appropriately a store called Witchery sells paraphernalia — crystals, tarot cards — related to all things eerie and unexplainable.

January 19, 2017 10:00 UTC

The White Helmets: 'The most dangerous job in the world'

Photos: Meet the White Helmets This week, 25 of Syria's bravest men made their way to a 10-day training camp in southern Turkey. Hide Caption 1 of 24 Photos: Meet the White Helmets Zuhair Armanazi, 39. Hide Caption 2 of 24 Photos: Meet the White Helmets Ibrahim Alzoughpi, 28. Mohammad joined the White Helmets five days after his son was killed working the very same job. What cannot be disputed is the White Helmets' drive to inject hope and humanity where for many there is none.

January 19, 2017 09:53 UTC

Fledgling Pennsylvania mall sells for whopping $100

A foreclosed mall outside Pittsburgh was sold Wednesday at an auction for $100, after its owners failed to pay a $143 million loan. HYPERINFLATION RENDERS VENEZUELA A NATION OF BROKE MILLIONAIRESThe mall, which opened in 2005, once was worth $190 million before it ran into major financial trouble. The newspaper reported that the fate of the property was still up in the air. Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods anchor the fledgling mall, according to CBS Pittsburgh. The law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP submitted the winning bid on behalf of the bank's special servicer of the loan.

January 19, 2017 09:41 UTC

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