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  • Transgender California inmates could have bras, cosmetics

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Transgender California prison inmates would be allowed to have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under proposed rules filed with state regulators on Tuesday. The state corrections department is seeking the changes in response to a federal lawsuit that earlier led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded sex ...
  • APNewsBreak: Judge approves release of jailed Mexican man

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled Tuesday. Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, told The Associated Press they expect him ...
  • FRANCE CLASHES

    Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

    PARIS (AP) — Chinese immigrants and China’s government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France’s large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his apartment, and police launched an internal investigation ...
  • White House staff also will skip correspondents dinner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House staff will be skipping this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner along with President Donald Trump. The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Tuesday evening that they’d been informed that staff would not be attending out of “solidarity” with the president, who previously announced his intention to skip the annual dinner. The board says in a ...
  • Arkansas panel backs gun ban at stadiums after SEC plea

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House committee advanced a measure Tuesday to exempt college sporting events from a state law allowing guns after the Southeastern Conference appealed for guns to be banned from facilities such as football stadiums. Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the new state law last week allowing concealed handguns at colleges, government buildings, some bars and ...
  • Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt

    Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans — and the president himself — insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up. The intraparty dispute came in the wake of last Friday’s collapse of health care ...
  • NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating

    PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners got busy Tuesday passing several rules changes, adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety, and perhaps even allow for more personality in player celebrations. One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the owners sped up discussions on dozens of subjects. That led to a change in ...
  • Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role as the world’s top emergency donor. If the deep cuts are approved by Congress and the U.S. ...
  • Club operator denies security bypass allowed before shooting

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati nightclub operator denies that some patrons were allowed to bypass security checks that included metal-detection wands before a gunbattle erupted, killing one man and injuring 16 other people. Julian “Jay” Rodgers rejected claims that people could pay to avoid the long line to get into the club without being checked. Police estimate 200 people were ...
  • Police: No active search for suspects in nightclub shooting

    CINCINNATI (AP) — As Cincinnati police delved further into their investigation of a nightclub shooting melee that left one person dead and 16 injured, city officials Monday urged more witnesses to come forward and offered reassurances amid questions about safety in public gathering spots. Police Chief Eliot Isaac declined to say whether police have identified possible suspects in the Sunday ...
  • Fetty Wap

    Arrest after shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A hip-hop promoter was charged on Monday with pistol-whipping someone during an altercation that included a shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap in his hometown that left three people wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened outside a 24-hour deli in Paterson early Sunday. The names of the victims weren’t released, but police said Fetty Wap wasn’t ...
  • Drake

    Drake’s new CD ‘More Life’ breaks a new streaming record

    NEW YORK (AP) — Drake, who was the most streamed act on Spotify last year, has started 2017 strong — his new album, “More Life,” has broken the U.S. record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week. The rapper’s 22-track album recorded 385 million streams across all platforms in its first week, beating the ...
  • Colombia mad over Wiz Khalifa’s visit to Pablo Escobar tomb

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — American rapper Wiz Khalifa is stirring controversy in the South American nation of Colombia, where he laid flowers and smoked what looks like a joint at the tomb of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The rapper is an avid marijuana smoker and used his Instagram account to post several photos of him smoking at Escobar’s tomb in ...
  • John Lydon

    Punk legend Johnny Rotten supports Trump, Brexit vote

    LONDON (AP) — Count punk pioneer Johnny Rotten among President Donald Trump’s supporters. The former Sex Pistols front man, whose real name is John Lydon, tells ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” that “there’s many, many problems” with Trump as a person, but he’s not racist. Lydon says Trump “terrifies politicians and this is joy to behold.” He says he looks at ...
  • Lionel Messi, Emerson Augusto de Carvalho

    FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

    GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi’s suspension for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La ...
  • Trump’s lawyers: ‘Apprentice’ contestant can’t sue president

    NEW YORK (AP) — Republican President Donald Trump’s lawyers say he’s immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” who accused him of unwanted sexual contact. The lawyers said in a state Supreme Court filing Monday they’ll formally ask for a dismissal or a suspension of the January claims by ...
  • Nielsen’s top programs for March 20-26

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 14.7 million. 2. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.09 million. 3. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 11.71 million. 4. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million. 5. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million. 6. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.54 million. 7. NCAA ...
  • O’Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters’ hair

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.” O’Reilly said that his jest about her hair was dumb. “I apologize,” he said in a statement. He had made his statement during an ...
  • Public television chief says Trump budget would hit options

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation’s president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president’s budget would eliminate $445 million in federal funds for the non-profit corporation, which supports ...
  • Ken Burns

    Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

    NEW YORK (AP) — The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year. The tentative ...
  • Michael Phelps

    Not so fast: Phelps participating in Shark Week this summer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic champ Michael Phelps is participating in Discovery network’s Shark Week this summer, although he won’t be asked to outswim one. It’s not immediately clear what Phelps will be doing, although Discovery President Rich Ross said Tuesday he’s intrigued about seeing the fastest human swimmer interact with nature’s fastest. Perhaps Phelps can be encouraged to go ...
  • Johnson says ‘Baywatch’ is summer’s ‘sexiest, funniest’ pic

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — CinemaCon just got a little less dressed. The cast of “Baywatch” took the stage Tuesday afternoon alongside around two dozen scantily clad men and women sporting the classic red bathing suits to preview the film. Star Dwayne Johnson told the audience of theater owners and exhibitors that their movie is going to be the craziest, sexiest, ...
  • John Fithian

    Movie studios look to young, diverse audiences for growth

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The future of Hollywood movies is in the hands of young and diverse audiences. At CinemaCon Tuesday, studio executives and representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners touted the importance of both groups in growing the movie business. Higher ticket prices helped push the motion picture industry to a record box office total in North ...
  • Rob Stewart

    Family files lawsuit in Canadian filmmaker’s Keys dive death

    MIAMI (AP) — The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion off the Florida Keys filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday. Rob Stewart, 37, of Toronto, Canada, died in January off Islamorada, Florida, while filming a follow-up to his 2006 documentary “Sharkwater,” which examined the impact of shark hunting on the ocean’s ecosystem. ...
  • Darlene Cates, the mother in ‘Gilbert Grape,’ dies at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) —   Darlene Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” has died. Cates died in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Forney, Texas, according to her son-in-law, David Morgan. She was 69.   Cates was cast in the film as the morbidly obese mother of Johnny Depp, in the ...
  • Ken Burns

    Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

    NEW YORK (AP) — The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year. The tentative ...
  • Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

    BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Israel’s pious ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long chafed at public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women. Now even animated characters appear to be a no-go. The PR company promoting “Smurfs: The Lost Village” movie, which opens Thursday in Israel, says it has removed the images of Smurfette ...
  • Tom Holland

    ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Blade Runner’ footage kicks off CinemaCon

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out. Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.’s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film, out July 7, picks up with Holland’s Peter Parker returning to high school ...
  • The Latest: Goodell plans to attend Patriots’ opener

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 5:55 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has plans for Thursday night, Sept. 7. Goodell said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he expects to be at the season kickoff in Foxborough when the Patriots play host to an undetermined opponent. Smiling broadly when asked about it, Goodell ...
  • Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins, Dominique Moceanu, Jeanette Antolin, Mattie Larson

    Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired star gymnasts testified before Congress on Tuesday that they were sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics doctor and recommended a bill that requires tougher sex-abuse reporting for Olympic sports. Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and three-time national champion rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard recounted their experiences before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They told the ...
  • Lionel Messi, Emerson Augusto de Carvalho

    FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

    GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi’s suspension for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La ...
  • Cosby lawyers ask to exclude testimony on other women, pills

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers filed a motion Tuesday to prevent jurors at his upcoming sex-assault trial from hearing the actor admit giving women quaaludes, money or educational funds, saying the testimony would unfairly prejudice them. “The testimony about quaaludes and the alleged provision of money or educational funds is quintessentially the kind of evidence that causes ‘unfair prejudice,'” ...
  • Ivanka Trump, Betsy DeVos, Kay Hire, Jack Dailey

    Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday exhorted young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, saying those fields will provide the jobs and innovation for the future. Their tour of the National Air and Space Museum with a group of middle school students came as the Trump administration proposed further cuts ...
  • O’Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters’ hair

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her “James Brown wig.” O’Reilly said that his jest about her hair was dumb. “I apologize,” he said in a statement. He had made his statement during an ...
  • Public television chief says Trump budget would hit options

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation’s president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president’s budget would eliminate $445 million in federal funds for the non-profit corporation, which supports ...