• Formula One reaches deal on making engines cheaper

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Formula One bosses have reached a deal to make engines cheaper and more standardized starting next season, which will help smaller teams, the FIA said Friday.

  • Belarus tennis player escapes punishment over meldonium

    LONDON (AP) — A player from Belarus has escaped punishment after testing positive for meldonium, the same substance found in Maria Sharapova’s sample at the Australian Open, the International Tennis Federation says.

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, April  7, 2016, an old man fishes in a lake that connects to the nearby Techa River, near the village of Muslyumovo, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which is polluted with radioactive waste from Mayak nuclear plant. Mayak has been responsible for at least two of the country’s biggest radioactive accidents. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility’s decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring nations. (AP Photo/Katherine Jacobsen)

    Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

    MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

  • In this file photo taken on Feb. 12, 2016, North Korean defectors wearing masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend a rally against North Korea's rocket launch and nuclear test in Seoul, South Korea. For much of the world, North Korea is known as an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger. But for tens of thousands of defectors scattered across South Korea and living underground in China, it’s a complicated memory of their home they left behind. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany watches a monitor sitting in his car in the pit during the first practice session at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit , in Sochi, Russia, Friday, April 29, 2016. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Rosberg tops 1st Russia GP practice as Red Bull tests canopy

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel was second despite stopping his Ferrari on the track on Friday.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

  • Top-seeded Bernard Tomic knocked out of Istanbul Open

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Top-seeded Bernard Tomic was knocked out of the Istanbul Open, losing to unseeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles to supporters during the autographs session with fans at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, April 28, 2016.  The Russian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Hamilton expects tough challenge to make up gap on Rosberg

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With the gap widening, Lewis Hamilton faces an increasingly tense Formula One title defense as his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg grows more confident by the race.

  • Safarova, defending champ Pliskova in semis of Prague Open

    PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to defeat Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and advance to the Prague Open semifinals on Thursday

  • A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny Cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Thursday, April 28, 2016. The launch of the first rocket from Russia's new space facility has been delayed after a last-minute problem. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.