Serena Williams reacts during the women's championship match against Samantha Stosur of Australia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Sunday.
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In 2009, Serena Williams threatened to shove a racket down a referee's throat during a semifinal. Two years later, she's calmer, but still shouting at umpires, most recently at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11. With higher salaries and more on the line, it's not surprising that more and more athletes are making headlines for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After losing the final game 6-2, 6-3 to Australian Samantha Stosur on Sunday, Williams told reporters that she didn't remember what she said.
Attackers set off at least three explosions in the center of Kabul's diplomatic district today and were "raining down rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire across both the U.S. embassy compound" and the headquarters of the international security force, NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from the Afghan capital.
The BBC says "gunmen are holed up in a partly-built high-rise building nearby, exchanging sporadic gunfire with police."
Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 4:07 pm
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Afghan security officials carry the body of a fallen comrade after several armed Taliban militants launched attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
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Insurgents rained a barrage of rockets and gunfire on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters Tuesday in a brazen attack in Afghanistan's capital that underscores their ability to stage operations even as coalition forces hand over security to Afghan troops.
President Obama left behind the debate in Washington yesterday to campaign for his jobs bill, which includes money to upgrade infrastructure. He visited the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which is considered obsolete. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
ARI SHAPIRO: Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Georgia, and works all over the country. He spends about three weeks out of every month on the road, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.
GERARDO CLAUDIO: The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say.
STEVE INSKEEP, host: Meaningful qualification there, saying that most of those shots in other parts of Kabul seem to be wild shots that miss the embassy. We're also following the upheavals in Egypt, where last winter's revolution was only the beginning of change. The military - after Hosni Mubarak's fall - replaced civilian courts with courts of its own, and military justice has proved to be harsher. The military says it will end civilian trials in military courts, but many activists doubt that. Here's NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Monday night in Tampa, Fla., for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The event marked the first time The Tea Party Express has been an official sponsor of a presidential debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry was the center of attention.
Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pose in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. A group representing the victims is asking the world court to investigate top Vatican officials over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
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The international tribunals at The Hague have dealt with horrific war crimes and brought Balkan war criminals and African warlords to trial.
Now, the tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.
Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly apologized for crimes committed by priests.