Serena storms back to make Australian Open quarter-finals

Serena Williams of the US celebrates victory in her women's singles match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza, on day eight of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on January 26, 2015Top seed Serena Williams staged a barnstorming comeback to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday, defeating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in a three-set dogfight. The American 18-time Grand Slam champion beat the 24th seed 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a final eight clash with last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, seeded 11. Muguruza went into the match with a 1-1 record against Williams, including bouncing her from last year's French Open, and showed no signs of nerves against the world number one. An early break in the second set was squandered when Muguruza broke back and again refused to buckle as Williams hammered away at her serve.

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs

CHICAGO (AP) — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.
Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham leaps to throw the ball over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Football Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled.

Factbox: India's Republic Day: history, pomp and a parade

Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to be guest of honor at India's annual Republic Day parade, a flamboyant display of the South Asian nation's military might and cultural diversity in the heart of the capital, New Delhi. Despite intermittent rain, large crowds flocked to see the show on Monday morning and catch a glimpse of the U.S. president and his hosts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. HISTORY India won independence from British rule on August 15, 1947, but it was not until January 26, 1950, that the nation declared itself a sovereign republic state with the adoption of its constitution. On that day, Rajendra Prasad, India's first president, unfurled the national flag, and thereafter January 26 became a national holiday, Republic Day.
Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they plan to stay overnight to be married Monday morning. A federal judge has stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo.

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