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Jordan Crawford notched a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Boston Celtics routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-86 in an NBA contest. Jeff Green poured in 31 points and Avery Bradley scored 21 for Boston, who shot 61 percent in the first quarter as they powered to an 18-point lead. Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger had 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who never trailed in snapping a four-game home losing streak. Dion Waiters came off the bench to score 21 points for Cleveland, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine games.
Local media reported that police shot a suspected shoplifter in Chicago, while a man was stabbed in Virginia in a fight over a parking spot at a branch of the Walmart retail giant. In New Boston, Ohio, a woman was "knocked down" at a Walmart and took herself to the hospital, a police officer said. Police in Las Vegas said a shopper leaving a store with a television set was shot by a thief while in Rialto, California, a police officer was injured trying to break up a fight in a carpark. Walmart meanwhile found itself the target of protests in Chicago, Dallas and other cities over low pay.
BEIJING (AP) — The United States advised U.S. carriers to comply with China's demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.
Vail (United States) (AFP) - US ski star Lindsey Vonn made a successful return to training as she battles to overcome a recent injury to recover in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Vonn said on Twitter that she put in some super-G training in Vail on Friday, as her alpine World Cup rivals tackled the first downhill of the season at Beaver Creek. "Trained SG today in Vail and felt great," Vonn tweeted. Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, had been slated to race in Beaver Creek this week for the first time since surgery in February to repair her right knee, which she injured in a frightening fall at the World Championships in Austria.
By Ben Blanchard and Roberta Rampton BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China scrambled jets on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new air defense zone over the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea. The jets were scrambled for effective monitoring, Xinhua cited air force spokesman Shen Jinke as saying. Japan and South Korea flew military aircraft through the zone, which includes the skies over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, the two countries said on Thursday.