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Big tennis upset...Cuomo: Terror threat is worse...More deaths from crane collapse

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 11, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis fans at the U.S. Open in New York have seen one of the biggest upsets in tennis history. Serena Williams, who was trying to be the first to win all four of the sport's Grand Slam tournaments since 1988, was defeated in the semifinals by Roberta Vinci. In four previous meetings, the Italian player -- ranked 43rd -- had never won a set from Williams. And at age 32, she was in her first career Grand Slam semifinal.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the threat of terrorism is worse today than it was 14 years ago on 9/11. Cuomo marked the anniversary of the attacks at a memorial motorcycle ride today, and said, "Don't kid yourself that the threat is gone." He also paid tribute to families still grieving -- saying 14 years is like yesterday for those who lost a family member.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's civil defense authority has raised the death toll from the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque, saying at least 87 people have been killed. The accident happened as pilgrims are streaming into Islam's holiest city for the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's trying to arrange a November meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo). Spokesman Josh Earnest says he anticipates a White House meeting in early November. It would be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in months. Obama pointedly refused to see Netanyahu in March when the Israeli leader appeared before a joint meeting of Congress and harshly criticized a U.S.-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran. Congressional Republicans failed this week to block the deal from going forward.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City police officer who mistakenly arrested former tennis star James Blake this week has a history of allegations against him that he used excessive force. Two federal civil rights lawsuits named Officer James Frascatore in cases involving men who said they were beaten, pepper sprayed and falsely arrested. And an investigation last year by radio station WNYC found he'd been the subject of five complaints in a seven-month period. He's now on desk duty as authorities investigate his arrest of Blake, who says he was forced to the ground and handcuffed. Police have said it was a case of mistaken identity.

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