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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 ... Read More »

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

Dianne Feinstein, Susan Collins, Dominique Moceanu, Jeanette Antolin, Mattie Larson

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 ... Read More »

FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Lionel Messi, Emerson Augusto de Carvalho

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 ... Read More »

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,'” ... Read More »

Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers

Ivanka Trump, Betsy DeVos, Kay Hire, Jack Dailey

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Florida coach apologizes to Auburn player after shove

Taylor Fuller, Tim Walton

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida softball coach Tim Walton has apologized for a shoving match with Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan during postgame handshakes. The apology was posted Tuesday on the Gators’ softball Twitter account. After the Tigers beat Florida 1-0 on Monday night, Fagan didn’t shake Walton’s hand. The coach lightly shoved her in the shoulder with his right hand. ... Read More »

Alec Baldwin ‘stunned’ at popularity of Trump impression

New York, Alec Baldwin

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin says he’s “stunned” at the popularity of his impression of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Baldwin tells Vanity Fair that he took up “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels’ offer to play the Republican billionaire after a planned movie role fell through. He says it’s turned out to be an “incredible opportunity.” Baldwin says ... Read More »

Abby Lee Miller quits ‘Dance Moms’ before fraud sentencing

“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller says she has quit the Lifetime reality series ahead of her scheduled May sentencing on federal bankruptcy fraud charges. Miller posted on Instagram on Sunday that she will no longer take part in the show. She says that she has asked for creative credit for her ideas for the show for six years, but ... Read More »