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  • Shaq to back Democrat after GOP Christie endorsement in ’13

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey native and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is backing Democrat Phil Murphy in this year’s contest to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Murphy campaign spokesman Dan Bryan says O’Neal will formally endorse Murphy on Monday. He had no further details. O’Neal backed Christie in his 2013 re-election bid, calling the governor a “great man” ...
  • Swiss indict 3 over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos

    GENEVA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Switzerland on Thursday announced indictments of the leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. Contacted by phone in Bangladesh, one of the suspects rejected the case as “politically motivated.” Attorney General Michael Lauber’s office alleges the three members of the Islamic ...
  • The Latest: Dominica official describes Maria’s damage

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Dominica Tourism Minister Robert Tonge is describing his badly damaged country three days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in the eastern Caribbean island. An update from Tonge says the capital of Roseau still has severe flooding and there’s heavy damage throughout the city. The ...
  • Annie Proulx to receive honorary National Book Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards didn’t prepare Annie Proulx for her latest honor: a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement. “I was astonished when first I heard that news,” Proulx told The Associated Press during a recent email interview. “I simply had not thought of my various writings as a body of work ...
  • Body found at collapsed Mexico school; girl still trapped

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the ruins of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her. The sight of her wiggling fingers early Wednesday became a symbol for ...
  • 4 detained in probe linked to film on Russian czar’s affair

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police say they have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina. “Matilda,” which is set to be released in October, has sparked harsh criticism from hard-line nationalists and some Orthodox believers in Russia. Two cars were set on fire earlier this week ...
  • 12-year-old ventriloquist wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 12-year-old girl is getting a $1 million prize and her own Las Vegas show after taking the “America’s Got Talent” crown on the season 12 finale of the NBC reality competition. Darci Lynne Farmer, of Oklahoma City, beat out another youngster, 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale, for the ‘AGT’ title Wednesday by garnering the most votes ...
  • Fergie

    Fergie says she and Josh Duhamel still ‘great friends’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fergie says even though she and husband Josh Duhamel are splitting up, they’re still “great friends” who love one another and their young son. The singer talked about her marriage at a screening Wednesday for her new visual album, “Double Dutchess,” at iPic Theaters Fulton Market in New York. She told The Associated Press “the important ...
  • Rodney Crowell

    Rodney Crowell cancels tour due to unspecified health issues

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer songwriter and producer Rodney Crowell is cancelling all of his remaining 2017 tour dates due to unspecified health issues. In a statement on his website posted Wednesday, Crowell said a team of doctors has advised him to rest and that for the foreseeable future, “my work will consist of quietly encouraging my body ...
  • Little Big Town heads back on tour after Ryman residency

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Every time country vocal group Little Big Town walked into the 125-year-old Ryman Auditorium to play one of their residency shows this year, the four singers breathed a little sigh of relief. “When we go into the dressing room, you just take a breath and go, ‘OK, I feel like I am at home,'” said Jimi ...
  • Image of rapper Drake imposed into park renovation rendering

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Parks Department livened up a rendering of a planned park renovation by inserting an image of the Grammy-winning rapper Drake into the background, alongside an image of rapper Akon laughing in the foreground. The image of Drake is taken from the television show “Degrassi: The Next Generation” where the rapper played a ...
  • The Latest: Death toll rises to 226 from Mexico earthquake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Mexico’s civil defense agency says the death toll has risen to 226 from Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake that knocked down dozens of buildings in Mexico City and nearby states. The official Twitter feed of agency head Luis Felipe Puente said early ...
  • Wuilly Arteaga

    Protesting Venezuelan violinist may seek asylum in US

    NEW YORK (AP) — A violinist who became the young face of anti-government protests in Venezuela may soon seek political asylum in the United States. Wuilly Arteaga became well-known after playing somber renditions of Venezuela’s national anthem while standing amid clouds of tear gas. During one clash with security forces earlier this year, he and his violin were dragged to ...
  • Latin Grammy nominations postponed over natural disasters

    MIAMI (AP) — Nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards have been postponed because of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico and the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that the delay comes “as an outgrowth of the terrible and tragic recent natural disasters.” Nomination announcements had been scheduled for Wednesday. ...
  • 12-year-old ventriloquist wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 12-year-old girl is getting a $1 million prize and her own Las Vegas show after taking the “America’s Got Talent” crown on the season 12 finale of the NBC reality competition. Darci Lynne Farmer, of Oklahoma City, beat out another youngster, 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale, for the ‘AGT’ title Wednesday by garnering the most votes ...
  • Review: iTunes video upgrade makes the new Apple TV worth it

    NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem odd to review the new Apple TV streaming device — one specifically designed to display super-sharp video known as 4K — without actually owning a 4K TV. But in a way, that’s the point. Most people still don’t have 4K TVs, so the new Apple TV model doesn’t offer them much. But if ...
  • Fox bid for Sky referred to UK’s competition regulator

    LONDON (AP) — The British government has referred Twenty-First Century Fox’s bid for satellite broadcaster Sky to competition authorities on public interest grounds, a move that sets up a six-month investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s takeover plans. The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday it “will now examine how the deal would impact media plurality and broadcasting standards in the U.K.” ...
  • Donald Trump

    Trump mocks Emmy ceremony for low ratings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is mocking Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony — where he himself was frequently mocked by host Stephen Colbert, presenters and prize-winners. Trump tweets, “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever.” The president’s Tuesday night tweet is a little off: The show was on ...
  • Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 11-17

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta, NBC, 20.24 million. 2. “NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 13.96 million. 3. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 11.59 million. 4. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.57 million. 5. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, ESPN, 11.4 million. 6. ...
  • Bill O'Reilly

    O’Reilly says his ouster was hit job and business decision

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that his firing from Fox News Channel in April was a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him. The deposed king of cable television news had a contentious interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show, where he said his conscience ...
  • Jedidiah Bila departs ABC’s ‘The View;’ no replacement named

    NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative commentator Jedediah Bila has announced her departure from ABC’s “The View.” Bila made the announcement on Monday’s program, saying she was leaving to work on a new book and had “a lot of opportunities” to consider. Bila served as the chat panel’s resident conservative. Co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar both sent Bila off with ...
  • 4 detained in probe linked to film on Russian czar’s affair

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police say they have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina. “Matilda,” which is set to be released in October, has sparked harsh criticism from hard-line nationalists and some Orthodox believers in Russia. Two cars were set on fire earlier this week ...
  • Japanese video gaming adapting new tech for familiar titles

    CHIBA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese video game industry is finding its way out of the doldrums by adapting new technology for decades-old titles. And that energy was evident at the annual Tokyo Game Show, which opened to media Thursday before opening to the public over the weekend. “Our old fans used to play Japanese games, and those people are ...
  • Bernie Casey

    Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. He was 78. Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said. Born in West Virginia in 1939 and ...
  • ‘Breakfast Club’ actor Hall pleads no contest to assault

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Breakfast Club” actor Anthony Michael Hall has pleaded no contest to shoving a neighbor who fell and broke his wrist. The 49-year-old Hall entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of assault likely to produce injury. He was immediately sentenced to 40 hours of community service and three ...
  • Linda Hamilton set to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

    NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Hamilton is returning to the “Terminator” franchise for the first time since 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” “Terminator” creator James Cameron announced Hamilton’s casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday. Cameron is producing the sequel, ...
  • Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

    MIAMI (AP) — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95. LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker. The Bronx Bull, ...
  • The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

    iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending September 17, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Baby Driver 2. Transformers: The Last Knight 3. The Mummy (2017) 4. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 5. Life 6. Wonder Woman (2017) 7. Stephen King’s It 8. Baywatch 9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 10. Rough Night iTunes Movies US Charts — ...
  • Shaq to back Democrat after GOP Christie endorsement in ’13

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey native and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is backing Democrat Phil Murphy in this year’s contest to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Murphy campaign spokesman Dan Bryan says O’Neal will formally endorse Murphy on Monday. He had no further details. O’Neal backed Christie in his 2013 re-election bid, calling the governor a “great man” ...
  • Businessman put on notice after rant against Kathy Griffin

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation’s biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral. KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin’s in California, was recorded by a security camera hurling slurs against Griffin while in a heated argument ...
  • Fergie

    Fergie says she and Josh Duhamel still ‘great friends’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fergie says even though she and husband Josh Duhamel are splitting up, they’re still “great friends” who love one another and their young son. The singer talked about her marriage at a screening Wednesday for her new visual album, “Double Dutchess,” at iPic Theaters Fulton Market in New York. She told The Associated Press “the important ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel ramps up battle against GOP health care bill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. The ABC star on Wednesday was following up on his monologue from Tuesday, when he said the bill Cassidy is co-sponsoring in failed the ...
  • Martha Stewart, others to attend women’s empowerment event

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some famous friends will be on hand for Mika Brzezinski’s latest “Know Your Value” event. Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jane Pauley are among those expected Oct. 30 for an all-day conference at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt hotel. “Know Your Value” is based on the best-selling book by the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The mission ...
  • Latif Blessing, Roger Espinoza

    Sporting KC beats Red Bulls 2-1 to win 4th US Open Cup title

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Latif Blessing hoisted the U.S. Open Cup as high as he possibly could, which meant the bottom of the silver trophy just about scraped the ground as he pranced around the field. Short jokes aside, he played plenty big Wednesday night. The 5-foot-3 dynamo scored midway through the first half, Daniel Salloi added a breakaway ...
  • Lindsey Graham, Sen. Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, Bill Cassidy, John Thune, Mitch McConnell

    Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Republicans’ last-resort “Obamacare” repeal effort remains two or three votes short, forecasting days of furious lobbying ahead with a crucial deadline looming next week. The legislation by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would repeal major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health law, replacing them ...