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  • Park Geun-hye

    The Latest: SKorean president hopeful praises Park’s arrest

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on legal problems of South Korea’s disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye (all times local): 8:40 a.m. A liberal politician opinion polls show as the favorite to become South Korea’s next president says the arrest of Park Geun-hye took the country a step toward restoring “justice and common sense.” The camp of Moon Jae-in said ...
  • South Africa’s president replaces embattled finance minister

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president replaced his embattled finance minister early Friday in an expected move that spooked investors this week and sent the currency tumbling. President Jacob Zuma’s replacement of Pravin Gordhan comes as part of a Cabinet shuffle that changes 10 of the country’s 35 ministers. “Holy wow. Midnight ministerial massacre in South Africa,” former U.S. Ambassador ...
  • Bridget Kelly

    Christie office rejects judge’s comments on venomous culture

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration defended itself Thursday against comments made by a federal judge who suggested a venomous climate inside state government led two Christie aides to orchestrate traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge to punish a political rival. Former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly “got caught up in a culture and an ...
  • Fire causes interstate overpass to collapse in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — A large fire has caused an overpass on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta. WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2omVYDp) reports the massive blaze is burning underneath I-85 northbound near Piedmont Road. It has shut down several roads in northeast Atlanta. Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes ...
  • Bathroom sign

    North Carolina hopes ‘bathroom bill’ deal saves NCAA events

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Basketball-mad North Carolina is hoping its move to roll back its “bathroom bill” will help it avoid another costly hit when the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports. College athletics’ governing body has said that it is deciding on locations for tournaments through the spring of 2022 and that it ...
  • Paul Ryan

    The Latest: Flynn discussing immunity with intel committees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee’s hearing on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Michael Flynn’s attorney says the former national security adviser is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from “unfair prosecution” in exchange for questioning. Flynn attorney Robert Kelner says no “reasonable ...
  • Video shows LA deputy ignoring shooting call

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is under investigation after a video posted online showed him ignoring a shooting call while he recorded a message to his then-girlfriend, officials said Thursday. The video posted on YouTube last month shows Deputy Jeremy Fennell in a patrol car talking into a camera as a dispatcher is heard relaying ...
  • Tim Moore, Phil Berger

    The Latest: ACC considers return after ‘bathroom bill’ deal

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina’s “bathroom law” (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Conference says it will consider bringing championship events back to North Carolina after a deal was approved to roll back the state’s “bathroom bill.” ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement Thursday that said no decisions ...
  • US hits ‘Beatles’ cell member, 6 more with terror sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on seven people for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, including a member of the IS cell dubbed “The Beatles.” The sanctions also targeted a diverse array of individuals from Asia, Europe and New Zealand that the U.S. accuses of being terrorists. The State Department declared El Shafee Elsheikh, ...
  • Joseph Bruce, Violent J, Joseph Utsler, Shaggy 2 Dope

    Poet files copyright lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse

    DETROIT (AP) — An Ohio man says Detroit rap-metal group the Insane Clown Posse and member Joseph Bruce used a poem he wrote without his consent. Stanley Gebhardt filed the copyright infringement suit Tuesday in federal court in Detroit. It seeks monetary damages and asks a judge to force Bruce and the group to stop using Gebhardt’s “But You Didn’t.” ...
  • Roger Daltrey

    Roger Daltrey: ‘Dead dog’ would have beaten Hillary Clinton

    LONDON (AP) — Roger Daltrey says “a dead dog” would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election. The Who’s legendary front man tells the British music news website NME that President Donald Trump “really didn’t win” the election because Democrats “threw it away.” The British singer also is speaking in favor of his country’s move to leave the ...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Q-Tip bro it up at intimate showcase

    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Q-Tip hung out at an intimate showcase for an Australian band making its New York City debut late Wednesday. The Oscar-winning actor and Grammy-winning rapper were in the small audience at Ludlow House as trio Chase Atlantic performed songs in a stripped, raw form. DiCaprio bobbed his head from his plush ...
  • First Afghan women’s orchestra tries to change attitudes

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s first — and only — all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women. The symphony’s two conductors show how difficult that can be, but also how satisfying success is. One of them, Negin Khpolwak, was supported by her father when she joined ...
  • Christopher Nolan

    Visceral ‘Dunkirk’ footage gets hearts racing

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A propeller stops midair. Soldiers packed like sardines on a pier cower in fear of an unseen threat. Those are the images Christopher Nolan left CinemaCon audiences hanging onto Wednesday as he premiered new footage from “Dunkirk,” his long-awaited epic about the storied World War II evacuation. “It’s something British people grow up with. It’s in ...
  • Park Geun-hye

    The Latest: SKorean president hopeful praises Park’s arrest

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on legal problems of South Korea’s disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye (all times local): 8:40 a.m. A liberal politician opinion polls show as the favorite to become South Korea’s next president says the arrest of Park Geun-hye took the country a step toward restoring “justice and common sense.” The camp of Moon Jae-in said ...
  • Ex-Power Ranger sentenced to 6 years in fatal stabbing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former actor who played one of television’s “Power Rangers” was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword two years ago. Ricardo Medina Jr., who said he acted in self-defense, pleaded guilty earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter. The former actor was initially charged with first-degree murder ...
  • Noreen Fraser

    Stand up to Cancer co-founder Noreen Fraser dies at 63

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Noreen Fraser, a TV producer whose own cancer diagnosis turned her into an activist against the disease, has died. She was 63. Fraser died Monday at her Los Angeles home of metastatic breast cancer, her family said. She joined forces with other prominent women, including Katie Couric, to found Stand Up to Cancer. The organization holds ...
  • “Star Trek’ wax figures get new mission: helping museum

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The starship Enterprise has a new five-year mission: to boldly go and raise money to help a quirky museum live long and prosper. The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum recently took possession of life-sized wax figures of all seven crew members from the original “Star Trek” TV series, including Capt. Kirk. The figures and a replica of ...
  • Wayne Duke

    Duke, who drove expansion of NCAA Tournament, dies at 88

    PHOENIX (AP) — Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, has died. He was 88. The Big Ten announced Duke’s death after his family notified the conference on Wednesday. He had been living in Barrington, Illinois, and had been in declining ...
  • Stephen Hill

    BET Networks announces changes in executive ranks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Executive changes are afoot at BET Networks. The cable channel said Wednesday that its programming president, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. BET also announced that executive vice president Zola Mashariki is leaving. Connie Orlando, a BET senior vice president, will serve as interim programming chief after Hill’s departure Friday. Last month, Viacom’s CEO identified BET Networks ...
  • Andrew Napolitano

    Benched legal analyst returns to Fox, stands by story

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week. Napolitano had reported on Fox that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump, a story ...
  • Charlie Hunnam, Bob Berney

    Amazon celebrates theaters, previews Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon Studios might have a streaming component, but executives say the company is fully committed to the theatrical experience. The young studio in its second year at CinemaCon, an annual gathering of theater owners and exhibitors, reiterated its commitment to preserving the theatrical window Thursday and previewed their upcoming slate of releases. One of their most ...
  • Hugh Jackman

    Missing ‘La La Land’? ‘The Greatest Showman’ is coming

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — ‘City of Stars’ might still be stuck in your head, but the Oscar-winning ‘La La Land’ songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul already have another big screen musical on the horizon: “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. 20th Century Fox on Thursday unveiled a fever dream of a trailer at CinemaCon for ...
  • Evil Elsa? ‘Frozen’ producer reveals film’s original ending

    Disney’s animated phenomenon, “Frozen,” may not have been a heartwarming tale of sisterly love if its creators stuck to the film’s original planned ending. “Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho tells Entertainment Weekly the original version of the film was more in line with the Hans Christian Andersen tale on which it’s based. Del Vecho says princess sisters Anna and Elsa ...
  • Christopher Nolan

    Visceral ‘Dunkirk’ footage gets hearts racing

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A propeller stops midair. Soldiers packed like sardines on a pier cower in fear of an unseen threat. Those are the images Christopher Nolan left CinemaCon audiences hanging onto Wednesday as he premiered new footage from “Dunkirk,” his long-awaited epic about the storied World War II evacuation. “It’s something British people grow up with. It’s in ...
  • Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Mamoa, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Zack Snyder

    ‘Wonder Woman’ wows, Affleck makes appearance at CinemaCon

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wonder Woman is here to save the world, and, possibly the future of Warner Bros. DC Comics universe. New footage featuring actress Gal Gadot’s lasso-wielding superhero stole the show Wednesday night at CinemaCon, which also featured some peeks at “Aquaman” and “Justice League.” It also marked Ben Affleck’s first public appearance since acknowledging he’d recently completed ...
  • Vin Diesel

    First reactions from ‘The Fate of the Furious’ screening

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — “The Fate of the Furious” is in, and it’s good according to first reactions to the upcoming film. Universal Pictures surprised CinemaCon audiences on Wednesday with an unannounced screening of the eighth film in the franchise and praise spread quickly on Twitter. The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Ford said it was perfection, while the trade publication’s Aaron ...
  • Vin Diesel

    Vin Diesel on Paul Walker: We don’t want to let him down

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vin Diesel says he and the “Fast and Furious” crew do not want to let down the late Paul Walker with their new film. The actor on Wednesday spoke to a packed auditorium at CinemaCon in Las Vegas about the eighth installment in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious”— the first full film in the ...
  • The Latest: NCAA will review NC rollback of ‘bathroom bill’

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on preparations for the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (all times local): 4:10 p.m. NCAA President Mark Emmert says the governing body of college sports needs to review North Carolina’s move to roll back its “bathroom bill” that limited protections for LGBT people. The bill had led the NCAA to strip the state ...
  • Bill Cosby

    Cosby prosecutors seek to use talk of quaaludes, Spanish fly

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the comments show his familiarity with date rape ...
  • Nicki Minaj

    Burglars of a feather ‘flock’ together in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gang members start their days in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, but their real work begins in some of the city’s wealthiest enclaves. Each day, the gang hand-picks teams of burglars, who ditch their usual attire for button-down shirts and hop into shiny luxury sedans to blend in as they search for prime ...
  • Fiancee of ex-NFL star testifies in his double-murder trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and “not to ask any questions” in certain situations. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez’s last name in 2015. ...
  • Roger Daltrey

    Roger Daltrey: ‘Dead dog’ would have beaten Hillary Clinton

    LONDON (AP) — Roger Daltrey says “a dead dog” would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election. The Who’s legendary front man tells the British music news website NME that President Donald Trump “really didn’t win” the election because Democrats “threw it away.” The British singer also is speaking in favor of his country’s move to leave the ...
  • David Tennant among new claimants over tabloid phone hacking

    LONDON (AP) — Lawyers say nine people, including actor David Tennant and former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine, have launched legal action against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations over alleged tabloid phone-hacking. Law firm Collyer Bristow said Thursday it is representing Irvine, ex-“Doctor Who” star Tennant and seven others over “phone hacking and other unlawful activities.” Murdoch closed the tabloid ...
  • Britain’s young royals promote conversation on mental health

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince William, his wife, Kate, and his brother Prince Harry are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues. The young royals released 10 films Thursday as part of their “Heads Together” campaign to change the national conversation about mental health. The videos feature celebrities and members of the public talking ...