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Houston Rockets clip Milwaukee Bucks for 13th straight win

Houston Rockets clip Milwaukee Bucks for 13th straight win

Sports
HOUSTON -- James Harden scored a game-high 31 points and Chris Paul produced 23 of his 25 points in the second half as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at Toyota Center. Paul had just two points on 0-of-5 shooting before the intermission but opened the second half by drilling three consecutive 3-pointers. He was just as lethal down the stretch, nailing back-to-back mid-range jumpers off screens to lift the Rockets (24-4) to a seven-point lead with 33.7 seconds left. Houston improved to 14-0 with Paul in the lineup. The Rockets struggled from the perimeter throughout but produced timely 3-pointers in the clutch. Harden hit a 3 through a foul and completed a four-point play with 5:42 left before Tr...
Cleveland Cavaliers top Atlanta Hawks for 10th straight victory

Cleveland Cavaliers top Atlanta Hawks for 10th straight victory

Sports
ATLANTA -- The Cleveland Cavaliers hit a season-high 18 3-pointers, but it also took a defensive change in the second half that showed off LeBron James' all-round game to keep their winning streak alive. James, who scored 24 points on 11 shots, switched over to cover Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder and the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 121-114 for their 10th consecutive victory Thursday night. Schroder scored 27 points, but the 6-foot-8 James slowed him down enough in the second half for the Cavaliers (15-7) to win despite giving up the most points during their streak. "I take a lot of pride in my defensive abilities to matter if I'm guarding a point guard, a power forward, a center or a small forward. I take the challenge," James said. "My teammates wanted me to take the challenge and ...
US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year

US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year

Health
The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 years of no real change, a government report shows. Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides and those have been increasing for about 10 years. Until recently, that has been offset by a decline in people shot dead by others. But there's been a recent upswing in those gun-related homicides, too, some experts said. Overall, the firearm death rate rose to 12 deaths per 100,000 people last year, up from 11 in 2015, according to the report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, the rate had hovered just above 10 — a level it had fallen to in the late 1990s. In the early 90s, it was as high as 15 per 100,000 people. In the past two years, sharp homicide increases i
Global carbon emissions stall for third year straight, according to new report

Global carbon emissions stall for third year straight, according to new report

Science
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- For the third year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions have stalled, according to the latest report by the European Commission's Joint Research Center and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.According to the latest data, the United States and Russia both decreased their CO2 emissions by 2 percent in 2016. Japan decreased carbon emissions by 1 percent. Europe and China's CO2 emissions both held steady, while India increased carbon emissions by 5 percent. Brazil also decreased CO2 emissions by 6 percent.Most developing economies across Eurasia and Southeast Asia, however, increased carbon emissions.Despite in an uptick in emissions in countries like Pakistan and the Philippines, decreases in emissions in the the largest greenhouse gas-emitting countries ens...
US Open: Johanna Konta and Heather Watson beaten, but Kyle Edmund beats Robin Hasse in straight sets

US Open: Johanna Konta and Heather Watson beaten, but Kyle Edmund beats Robin Hasse in straight sets

Sports
Johanna Konta was beaten by Aleksandra KrunicMonday, August 28, 2017Johanna Konta suffered a shock loss to Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic in the opening round of the US Open.After Andy Murray's withdrawal, Britain's hopes predominantly rested on the shoulders of the world number seven.Konta's brilliant run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon marked her out as a contender for the title in New York on her favoured hard courts and she went into the tournament as one of eight players in the race to be world number one.But the 26-year-old never looked comfortable against 78th-ranked Krunic and lost 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes.Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund opened his campaign in impressive fashion with a straight-sets first-round victory over seeded Dutchman Robin Haase, winning 6-3 7-5 6-3 in unde