TV’s top prizes up for grabs at 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
The top talent in television will take to the red carpet — and take home the statuettes — Sunday at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles (ABC, 8 ET/5 PT). Jimmy Kimmel, who is up for an award himself, will host for a second time. Game of Thrones, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargolead the list of top nominees. Across the categories, diversity reigns, (especially compared to the mostly white Oscars) with 18 actors of color receiving nominations. Forgot who wore what last year? Check out the gallery below to see the stars who sizzled on last year’s red carpet.
College football: Key contests on the field, controversy off it
It's only Week 3, but for some college football powerhouses it's do-or-die time. Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Mississippi all fell on opening weekend; another loss will jeopardize their College Football Playoff hopes. The Sooners square off with No. 3 Ohio State; Ole Miss looks for its third consecutive victory against No. 1 Alabama; and the Irish take on No. 8 Michigan State. (See who USA TODAY reporters are picking this week.) Meanwhile, Penn State will court controversy by commemorating the late Joe Paterno for the first time since he was fired in 2011 over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Louisville will honor the late great Muhammad Ali.
More open elections to take place in Russia — but Putin's party expected to retain power
At least a dozen opposition candidates will run in Russia’s parliamentary elections Sunday, giving a glimmer of political freedom in the country where President Vladimir Putin has steadily consolidated power and suppressed voices against him. Even so, the Kremlin-backed United Russia and the parties that almost always follow its lead are set remain the overwhelming presence in the State Duma. Fourteen parties will participate in the election, an improvement over only seven that made it on the ballot in 2011. That election sparked mass protests over allegations of vote rigging and unsettled the country. The new system is more open but there is little expectation that the balance in parliament, and therefore Putin's hold, will change significantly.
NASCAR begins its Chase for the Sprint Cup
Drivers, start your engines. The Chase for the Sprint Cup gears up Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway with 16 drivers competing for NASCAR’s championship over 10 races. The Chase, NASCAR’s version of a playoff, comes amid high tensions between racers as Tony Stewart has intentionally wrecked drivers in two consecutive races. Defending champion Kyle Busch holds the top seed in the bracket where drivers will face three rounds of elimination leading up to the final four championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.
U.S. to meet with Japan, South Korea after North Korean nuclear test
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers Sunday to discuss the recent North Korean nuclear weapons test. The three nations recently pushed for stronger sanctions to be placed on the communist regime after it conducted its second nuclear test this year. In an emergency meeting, the United Nations Security Council condemned the test, and President Obama warned North Korea that the U.S. would do whatever necessary to defend its allies in the region. The trilateral meeting will take place alongside the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York over the weekend.