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  • Donald Trump

    Trump denounces ‘horrible’ threats against Jewish centers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible … painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” Trump made the remarks after touring the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. “This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have ...
  • Vitaly Churkin

    Autopsy set for Russian ambassador to UN after sudden death

    NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner was expected to perform an autopsy Tuesday on Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, who died a day earlier after falling ill at his office at Russia’s U.N. mission. Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said the case was referred to the office by the hospital. The medical examiner is responsible for investigating deaths that ...
  • US stocks start week at new highs on deals and earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are breaking records again Tuesday as the market resumed its climb after a holiday break. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil. Consumer goods giant Kraft Heinz is falling after it withdrew a $143 billion offer for competition Unilever, but several other food and household goods makers are rising as investors bet Kraft ...
  • Tom Hank’s debut book is due in October

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in October. The Oscar-winning actor’s first book, “UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories,” features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It’s due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday. ...
  • US to increase number of immigrants targeted for deportation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a deportation priority. The new guidelines under President Donald Trump call for the deportation of any individuals in the country illegally if they are convicted, charged or suspected of a crime, which could include traffic infractions. Department memos ...
  • Reserve keeper resigns after eating meat pie at FA Cup game

    LONDON (AP) — A backup goalkeeper paid the price for eating a meat pie during his team’s landmark game against Arsenal, resigning from Sutton United as authorities launched investigations into the apparent betting stunt. A British newspaper’s betting company, which sponsored Sutton United for Monday’s FA Cup game, had 8-1 odds that overweight reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would eat a ...
  • Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort to be bought by Vail Resorts

    STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is being purchased by the Colorado-based Vail Resorts for $50 million. Vail said Tuesday in a statement that it had reached an agreement to acquire the Stowe resort from the Mount Mansfield Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American International Group. If the deal goes through, it would be Vail’s ...
  • San Francisco’s Summer of Love concert hits major hurdle

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aging rockers from Jefferson Starship led a protest on the steps of City Hall to send a message to San Francisco officials: We built this city on free rock and roll. Thursday’s protest and a hearing inside City Hall that followed marked the latest twist in a battle with the city to hold a free concert ...
  • Florida House attacks ‘handouts’ championed by Gov. Scott

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull’s “Sexy Beaches” video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. The two sides are at odds over whether Florida should spend money on tourism marketing and luring businesses ...
  • Spotify to relocate US headquarters to 4 World Trade Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is relocating and expanding its U.S. headquarters to 4 World Trade Center. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move Wednesday, saying the streaming music service will create 1,000 new jobs. The company will occupy 378,000 square feet in the new Fumihiko Maki-designed building owned by Silverstein Properties. The governor says the relocation will make it the ...
  • Justin Bieber

    In new report, man claims Justin Bieber punched him in June

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A Las Vegas man who says Justin Bieber assaulted him in Cleveland eight months ago has filed a police report about the fracas. Thirty-four-year-old Rodney Cannon claims in the report filed Tuesday with Cleveland police that the pop star took Cannon’s sunglasses inside a hotel after a Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game on June 8. He says in ...
  • Metallica, Lady Gaga, James Hetfield

    Metallica’s James Hetfield ‘livid’ over Grammy mishap

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says lead singer James Hetfield was “livid” over the technical mishap that left him without a working microphone for the band’s Grammy duet with Lady Gaga. Hetfield’s verses weren’t audible for the first half of the Sunday performance of “Moth Into Flame.” He eventually moved over to share Gaga’s microphone for the ...
  • 400 NYC public school teachers to see Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of public school teachers in New York City have landed tickets to the hottest show on Broadway. Some 400 teachers from schools in all five boroughs will attend Wednesday night’s performance of the sold-out, Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.” The teachers were selected by the city’s Department of Education and via a lottery held by Teach ...
  • Joey Mantia

    Music! Wifi! Olympians impressed with Pyeongchang perks

    The first impression some members of the USA Luge team got regarding how the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they’re staying. Sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch. Whether it’s the South Korean volunteers learning all the names of athletes, offering ...
  • Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel’s “Bulls and Bears” has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55. Buttner served as CNBC’s Washington correspondent and hosted the network’s “The Money Club” before joining Fox News in 2000. Buttner graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Fox News host Neil ...
  • David Cassidy fighting memory loss, wants to ‘enjoy life’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy says he’s struggling with memory loss. The 66-year-old actor-singer tells People magazine his family has a history of dementia and he had sensed “this was coming.” He says for now he wants to stay focused and “enjoy life.” Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial ...
  • Conan O'Brien

    Hot sauce and hope for Conan O’Brien in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The towering U.S. television host Conan O’Brien is drawing stares in Mexico, where he’s taping an episode of his show in a bid to “do something positive” about the tensions in U.S.-Mexico relations. O’Brien, who is 6-feet-4, arrived late last week and has spent part of his time in Mexico City strolling the streets, greeting people ...
  • Panel left to right: Malcolm Nance - Author, The Plot to Hack America, U.S. Counterterrorism, Intelligence Officer, Larry Wilmore - Producer/ Comedian/ Writer, Jack Kingston - Former Representative

    Milo Yiannopoulos, Larry Wilmore go head-to-head on ‘Maher’

    NEW YORK (AP) — While conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos insulted comics Lena Dunham, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, his appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was relatively tame — at least until the television cameras were turned off. It was later, during an online-only “Overtime” segment of Maher’s Friday night show, that two of Maher’s three ...
  • Warren Frost, Dr. Will Hayward on ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at 91

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warren Frost, who played Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks” and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including “Matlock” and “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 91. Frost died Friday at his home in Middlebury, Vermont, after a lengthy illness, according to a statement from his son, “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost. The nature of the ...
  • Stephen Colbert

    Colbert show to air live after Trump’s address to Congress

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is going to have his say after President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress. CBS said that “The Late Show” will air live at 11:35 p.m. EST Tuesday, the night of Trump’s scheduled speech. Josh Earnest, former press secretary for the Obama White House, and actress Lisa Kudrow will be Colbert’s ...
  • Adeiny Hechavarria

    Marlins’ Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer. Hechavarria testified in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling. Hechavarria ...
  • Noted movie critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Schickel, a noted movie critic for Life and Time magazines who also wrote dozens of books and made documentaries about Hollywood, has died. He was 84. Schickel, who’d had a series of strokes, died on Saturday in Los Angeles from complications of dementia, his daughter, Erika Schickel, told the New York Times. “He was one ...
  • Angelina Jolie

    Jolie hopes family will come out ‘stronger’ after breakup

    NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie says that she and her family have been going through a “difficult time” since the breakup of her marriage to Brad Pitt, but added that hopefully they would come out “stronger for it.” The actress and filmmaker spoke briefly about her personal struggles during a recent interview with BBC World News. She has been ...
  • ‘Moonlight’ and ‘The Americans’ receive Writers Guild Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — The screenplay for “Moonlight” and the scripts for “The Americans” and “Atlanta” were among the winners of this year’s Writers Guild Awards. Barry Jenkins’ script for the Oscar-nominated “Moonlight” won the Guild prize for best original screenplay. Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer of “Arrival” won for best adapted screenplay. Best documentary screenplay went to “Command and Control,” ...
  • ‘Lego Batman’ stays No. 1, conquers ‘The Great Wall’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “The Great Wall” was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud. The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, “The Great Wall” was intended to prove that the world’s no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran up $171 ...
  • Hungarian film ‘On Body and Soul’ wins Golden Bear in Berlin

    BERLIN (AP) — A Hungarian love story about two slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams won the top award Saturday at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “On Body and Soul” by writer-director Ildiko Enyedi contrasts the harsh reality of the abattoir with the magical world of slumber. Enyedi was previously best known for her 1989 debut film, “My 20th ...
  • James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones, Donald Glover cast in ‘Lion King’ remake

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Earl Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney’s upcoming remake of “The Lion King.” Director Jon Favreau announced the casting of the two men as voice actors. Glover, star and creator of television’s “Atlanta,” will portray the adult Simba. Jones reprises the role of Simba’s father, Mufasa, which he voiced in the ...
  • Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie in Cambodia for premiere of her new film

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Angelina Jolie said Saturday that she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge will help educate the world about the brutality of the 1970s regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in war zones today. “First They Killed My Father” is based on author and human rights activist ...
  • Tom Hank’s debut book is due in October

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in October. The Oscar-winning actor’s first book, “UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories,” features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It’s due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday. ...
  • Chris Brown

    Soulja Boy says boxing match with Chris Brown is off

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It looks like the highly anticipated boxing showdown between singer Chris Brown and rapper Soulja Boy could be off. Both hip-hop stars announced last month that they signed on for a three-round bout to be televised on pay-per-view and promoted by Floyd Mayweather. On Monday, Soulja Boy said on Twitter that Brown’s manager called his manager ...
  • Frances Bean Cobain

    Cobain’s daughter thanks late dad on date of 50th birthday

    Kurt Cobain’s daughter has paid tribute to the late Nirvana frontman on what would have been his 50th birthday. Frances Bean Cobain posted a brief note on Instagram on Monday. She writes, “You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life.” Her mother, actress and former Hole singer Courtney Love, posted a picture ...
  • Honda Kotb

    ‘Today’ show anchor Hoda Kotb adopts baby girl

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Today” show host Hoda Kotb says she has adopted a baby girl. The co-anchor of the fourth hour of the NBC morning program said in an emotional phone interview Tuesday that she adopted a newborn and named her Haley Joy. The 52-year-old Kotb says the baby was born on Valentine’s Day. Kotb says the girl is ...
  • Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf

    LONDON (AP) — Lindsay Lohan claims she was “racially profiled” while wearing a headscarf at London’s Heathrow Airport. The actress told a British talk show that she was stopped while traveling to New York. She said an airport worker “opened my passport and saw ‘Lindsay Lohan’ and started immediately apologizing, but then said: ‘Please take off your headscarf.'” She told ...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos

    Conservative group cancels speech by Yiannopoulos

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers. Hours later, his publisher cancelled his book “Dangerous,” which had been scheduled to come out in June. The American Conservative Union founded and hosts ...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos

    Conservative group cancels speech by Yiannopoulos

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers. Hours later, his publisher cancelled his book “Dangerous,” which had been scheduled to come out in June. The American Conservative Union founded and hosts ...