The world's elite in surfing, skateboarding, and BMX will return to Surf City USA for a nine-day event. The US Open of Surfing is the largest professional surfing competition and action sports festival in the world.
“Nearly 50 years ago, Paul Van Doren opened the first Vans store just a few miles from the US Open event site, the same place where he met surf legend Duke Kahanamoku and made him one-of-a-kind Vans to celebrate his unique style. It's an honor to carry forward that legacy of creative expression here in 2015," said Doug Palladini, vice-president at Vans.Read More
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a second case of Ebola on Tuesday just a day after authorities announced they had detected the deadly virus seven weeks after the West African country was declared Ebola-free, a senior health official said. "We have two confirmed cases today in Liberia," said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia's Ebola task force. He said that tests were underway to establish whether there are further cases.
Activity in China's factory sector expanded slightly in June though not as much as expected, while growth in the services sector sped up, official surveys showed, offering some signs that the world's second-largest economy may be starting to slowly level out after a raft of support measures. Beijing has rolled out a flurry of steps since last year, including interest rate cuts and more infrastructure spending, but analysts remain wary about the outlook given the still-weak property market, erratic global demand for China's exports and fears of a collapse in its wild stock market.
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.
Speculation Athens would fail to make June 30's 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, heightening expectations Greece would crash out of the currency union, kept the bloc's manufacturing output check. Having now defaulted on that debt and lost frozen international bailout money, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to creditors saying he was ready to accept their offer but only with revisions, according to a Greek government official. Markit's final euro zone manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) reached a 14-month high but only nudged up 52.5 last month, from May's 52.2.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is open to building cars for other companies such as Google or Apple, the automaker's production chief said on Wednesday. "We live in a world of partnerships," Oliver Zipse said in response to a question about whether BMW could imagine building a car for a software or computer company such as Apple. (Reporting by Irene Preisinger; writing by Edward Taylor; editing by Jason Neely)
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are targeting quickfire second-round wins at Wimbledon on Wednesday to escape the searing heat, with temperatures expected to soar to a brutal 34 degrees Celsius. Early Wednesday, All England Club chiefs closed the Centre Court roof to keep the 15,000-capacity arena air-conditioned. "The Centre Court roof is currently closed to protect the playing surface from the heat.
An Austrian court has rejected a class action case against Facebook for alleged privacy breaches, saying it lacks jurisdiction to decide the matter, court officials said on Wednesday. Law graduate Max Schrems and 25,000 other users are suing Facebook for various rights violations, including what they call its "illegal" tracking of their data and its involvement in the US National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance programme. Facebook's legal team argued that the case was not admissible in an Austrian court because "there is no legal basis for a US-style class action".
Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast. Hundreds gathered on the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland and smoked under the glow of a neon city sign, marking the moment that the law allowing recreational use, backed by voters in November, came into effect. The legislation opens the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year - though some lawmakers say they will still try to block retail outlets.
By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and Paul Taylor ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece was appealing to its euro zone partners and the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep it afloat after defaulting on its debt to the International Monetary Fund and losing frozen international bailout money. Athens was due to put new proposals for a two-year loan agreement and a debt rescheduling to Eurogroup finance ministers after hinting that leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras might be willing to scrap a referendum on bailout terms. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told colleagues the ruling Syriza party might even urge Greeks to vote "yes" in Sunday's plebiscite if Athens is granted a loan, participants said.