Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts to getting a point against her compatriot Madison Keys during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes in the first set before beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.



Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

A man uses an Apple iPhone near the advertisement of Samsung Electronics' micro SD cards at a Samsung shop in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its profit sank last quarter, with an improvement in its semiconductor business insufficient to mask its mobile problems. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.



Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

John O'Brien, one of the first hostages to escape a deadly siege last month, enters a cafe after attending a hearing at the New South Wales state Coroner's Court in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The coroner's inquest - a court-like proceeding convened after unusual deaths in Australia - is aimed at determining how hostages and the gunman died, and whether the tragedy could have been prevented. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY (AP) — A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.



Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder

Trader Jonathan Niles, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Wednesday after very strong earnings from Apple and Boeing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.



Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier and model Naomi Campbell are applauded at the end of his Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, France, Wednesday Jan 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris' haute couture week Wednesday.





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