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Duda helps make Cespedes a winner in Mets debut

New York Mets' Lucas Duda is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting his second home run of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Citi Field on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)NEW YORK (AP) — When the Washington Nationals took the bat out of Yoenis Cespedes' hands in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda let the rest of the National League know how tough it's going to be now to get through the middle of the new Mets' lineup.



'Downton Abbey' to get a float in the 2016 Rose Bowl parade

From left, Penelope Wilton, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt attend the 'Downton Abbey' cast photo call during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maggie Smith's character on "Downton Abbey" might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3.



Four threats Olympics security chiefs need to stop

Police remove the body of a commuter who was murdered by robbers while he was buying his ticket, at the Uruguayana subway station in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 10, 2015Muggings, crowd violence, a terrorist attack -- there are a lot of potential problems to keep Olympics security chiefs in Rio de Janeiro awake at night a year before the 2016 Summer Games. With more than 10,000 athletes and hundreds of thousands of fans to protect, Rio says it's taking no chances, deploying 85,000 security forces -- double the approximately 40,000 used at the 2012 London games. Brazil is a violent country, with an estimated 52,000 murders a year, and Rio sees more than three of those murders every day.



New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

An Afghan store clerk waits for customers at a news stand where local papers carry headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban's controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win.



Suspected Flight 370 wing flap arrives at French facility

CORRECTS LOCATION Members of the media watch as a white van, accompanied by police motorcycles and a police car transporting what is believed to be debris from a Boeing 777 plane that washed up on an Indian Ocean island, arrives at Direction Generale de L'armement (DGA) facilities in Balma, near Toulouse, south-western France, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. A piece of plane wing that could be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 arrived Saturday in Toulouse, France, for inspection by military aviation experts.The 6-foot-long part, wrapped in a box and shipped as cargo, was flown from the small island of Reunion, near Madagascar. (AP Photo/Fred Lancelot)BALMA, France (AP) — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.





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