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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another critical test in the U.S. Senate on Friday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. For the second time in two days, the Senate voted to limit debate on a bill, 61 to 38, granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress, which is opposed by many of Obama's fellow Democrats. The bill will now face a final Senate vote before being considered by the House of Representatives. ...
Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He has indicated to me this is it," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire NBA career, but has been nagged by injuries in recent seasons and unable to display the form that made him a 17-time All-Star, two-time NBA scoring champion and two-time Olympic champion.
As Masters champion Jordan Spieth imploded late, Kevin Na withstood tough, rainy conditions to hold a two-shot lead over Ian Poulter after two rounds of the US PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational. Spieth's North Texas homecoming took a turn for the worse on Friday as he fell victim to Colonial Country Club's "Horrible Horseshoe" of holes three, four and five. The 21-year-old world number two teed off on 10 and had two birdies without a bogey through his first 12 holes and topped the leaderboard at eight-under.