11:25 AM EDT, Fri July 31, 2015

Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief’s most “trusted” associates. Mullah Yacoob, Mullah […]

Police arrest man in theft of bag forgotten by ATM workers

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested one of two men who made off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees filling ATMs mistakenly left it on a northern New Jersey lawn. Police arrested 42-year-old Alton Harvey on Wednesday afternoon in Irvington. Authorities are still seeking 35-year-old Jamar Bludson. Mahwah police […]

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure […]

US Capitol Police: Vehicle hits barricade, driver in custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a person is in custody after a vehicle struck a barricade near the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Friday morning that they’re investigating after a vehicle hit the south barricade at the entrance to the Capitol grounds. Police say the vehicle has been cleared of hazards. […]

Japanese girl’s WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

CHIRAN, Japan (AP) — As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms. “Remembering that still makes me tremble,” said Chino Kuwashiro, now a tiny 86-year-old with a stooped back. “We waved and […]

Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. Munich prosecutor Peter Preuss told the AP that Michael Karkoc’s attorney had refused to allow […]

California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June. Nearly two-thirds of the 411 local agencies in the state hit or nearly reached savings targets, according to data released Thursday by the State Water Resources […]

Exxon profit falls by half but production rises

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. profit dropped by half in the second quarter on sharply lower oil and gas prices around the world, but the company’s oil and gas production, which has been generally declining in recent years, surged. The company posted net income for the second quarter of $4.19 billion, down 52 […]
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Timbers road woes continue as they unravel in all aspects against FC Dallas in 4 to 1 loss

The road hasn't been a kind place for the Portland timbers over the past few weeks - since they won dramatically late against the Colorado Rapids back to finish May. Since that victory, the Timbers have lost their last two road matches in MLS and a third defeat against Real Salt Lake in U.S. Open Cup play. While the Timbers had moments where they looked solid, FC Dallas took an early 2 to 0 lead courtesy of a Michael Barrios brace, and they didn't look back in securing a 4 to 1 win over Portland.
Kip Kesgard / Oregonian 9 hours ago
Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas second match

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas second match

We have complete player ratings from the 4 to 1 loss for the Portland Timbers to FC Dallas back on July 25 in Frisco, Texas. The ratings include individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent, officials, and a composite team mark.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton’s campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency. Clinton […]

Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, will be prosecuted under the armed forces’ justice system, […]

Bush calls courtship of minority voters integral to campaign

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters. The former Florida governor was in the central part of the state earlier this week, speaking to […]

Makayla Miller throws no-hitter and Washington is within one win of Little League Softball World Series

Washington plays the winner of the Northern California vs. Hawaii semifinal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Little League Softball World Series.

MLS Player News

  • 1 Sean Franklin

    Sean Franklin

  • 1 Lucas Melano

    Lucas Melano

    Timbers newcomer Lucas Melano is 'a guy who's going to help us': Caleb Porter

  • 1 Jim Curtin

    Jim Curtin

    Pamplona Escape: Union outlast Red Bulls on penalties and advance to U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

  • 1 Donovan Ricketts

    Donovan Ricketts

    Ex-Timbers GK Donovan Ricketts returns to LA Galaxy via trade with Orlando

  • 1 Bill Hamid

    Bill Hamid

    D.C. United news and notes

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MLS Schedule Jul 31st

  • Post season schedule