Play is underway at the AT&T National tournament in Maryland, USA, hosted by Tiger Woods. Second seed Federer eased to a 7-6 7-5 6-3 success, meaning he will contest a 20th grand slam final as he attempts to claim a new record 15 grand slam wins. The world number two put on a magnificent show of serving against his 31-year-old opponent — not giving up one break point in the two-hour match.
Students in Southern California were laying out some 8.5 million pennies at a speedway track Wednesday, trying to set a world record with a 100-mile-long penny chain and help a school program at the same time. The money, about $84,500, will go to a program called THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids) Together.
European aerospace group EADS has announced "satisfying" results for 2008, posting a net profit of ?1.572 billion ($1.987 billion), despite the economic downturn. In a statement on its Web site, the company revealed earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the period amounted to €2.8 billion ($3.55 billion).