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  • UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump invite for state visit

    LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump should not be afforded the “rare privilege” of a state visit, a British opposition lawmaker said Monday, as Parliament debated a call for Trump’s invitation to be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval. The nonbinding debate was called in response to an online petition with more than 1.8 million signatures ...
  • Russia’s ambassador to United Nations dies in NYC at 64

    NEW YORK (AP) — Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia’s U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. His cause of death ...
  • Rhode Island marks anniversary of club fire that killed 100

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people, and relatives of those who died, are marking the 14th anniversary of the blaze. Small gatherings were held Sunday afternoon and Monday morning at the site of the former Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The site is being turned into a permanent memorial ...
  • North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya’s rival political factions and stem the country’s chaos, diplomats said Monday. The summit was announced in Tunis after a new round of diplomatic efforts for Libya, where two rival administrations are jockeying for power and ...
  • World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday

    HONG KONG (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Monday, though Wall Street remained shut for a holiday, as investors awaited key reports this week, including economic data, corporate earnings and minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX gained 0.6 percent to 11,827.62 and Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,299.86. France’s CAC 40 shed ...
  • Sleek superyacht seized in Gibraltar over $16.2M debt claim

    MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar say they have seized one of the largest and most advanced superyachts in the world over an unsettled bill dispute between its owner and its German builder. The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reports that shipbuilder Nobiskrug claims 15.3 million euro ($16.2 million) in overdue payments for the 143-meter (468-foot) -long Sailing Yacht A. In an ...
  • Portugal repays half of IMF loan, calls it sign of health

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government says it has paid back to the International Monetary Fund half the money it received from the institution as part of a bailout in 2011, and says the early repayment is evidence the country is financially healthy again. The Finance Ministry said Monday it last week returned to the IMF 1.7 billion euros ($1.8 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • C-SPAN survey lists top presidents: Lincoln, Washington, FDR

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just in time for Presidents Day, a new survey of historians on presidential leadership gives the top five slots to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. It’s C-SPAN’s third survey on presidents, and the first in which Eisenhower cracks the top five. In 2009, Eisenhower ranked eighth and in 2000 he ranked ...
  • Mike Sorrentino, Jenni Farley, Paul Delvecchio, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Deena Cortese, Nicole Polizzi

    No ‘Jersey Shore’ redux; beach town wary of new reality show

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of a shore town stung by MTV’s “Jersey Shore” are wary about plans by a bar featured in that series to hold a casting call for a new reality show. The Bamboo Bar in Seaside Heights is looking for “loud and fun” single people at a casting call Saturday. The planned show is ...
  • Ex-wife: Georgia dad didn’t mean to kill toddler in hot car

    ATLANTA (AP) — The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to suffer an agonizing death inside a hot SUV said she still believes “it was an accident.” Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in November. His son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris, died in June ...
  • ‘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 ...
  • Hugh Jackman says he’s ‘fine’ after latest skin cancer bout

    BERLIN (AP) — Hugh Jackman arrived at the premiere of “Logan” with a small bandage on his nose after taking to Twitter to announce he had been treated for skin cancer once again. But Jackman insisted he’s OK. “It is fine, it is all done, all fixed, all out. Thank you for asking,” he said at the Friday night debut ...
  • Robert Durst

    The Latest: Durst friend stonewalled cops about confession

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on pretrial testimony in the Robert Durst murder case (all times local): 1:26 p.m. A close friend of Robert Durst told prosecutors for months that the real estate heir did not confess any killing to him. Lawyers for Durst presented transcripts in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday that showed Nathan Chavin denying that ...
  • UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump invite for state visit

    LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump should not be afforded the “rare privilege” of a state visit, a British opposition lawmaker said Monday, as Parliament debated a call for Trump’s invitation to be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval. The nonbinding debate was called in response to an online petition with more than 1.8 million signatures ...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos

    Yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz. After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a backlash, the ...
  • Tom Brady

    How often have athletes snubbed the White House?

    The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras. Nothing political about that, right? Not exactly. In a divided nation, everything is political. While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots ...
  • Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that. At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA’s All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, ...
  • The Latest: Davis breaks Wilt’s record, West wins 197-182

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night’s All-Star game (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 on Sunday night. Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Russell Westbrook was gunning for his ...
  • Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski

    Logano takes advantage of late crash, wins Clash at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The real clash at Daytona came when Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. That was just the opening Joey Logano needed to get Ford to victory lane again at a superspeedway. Logano stole a win in the Clash at Daytona on Sunday, driving around the crashing leaders to land NASCAR’s first ...
  • Shia LaBeouf

    Actor Shia LaBeouf brings anti-Trump piece to New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf has brought a performance-art piece against President Donald Trump to New Mexico’s largest city. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2lWMbGd) that LaBeouf, along with two other artists, brought on Saturday a 24-hour live-streaming camera mounted to a wall with the message in block letters: “He will not divide us,” referring to Trump. The artists ...