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  • Spain rescues 224 migrants from 5 boats in Mediterranean

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has rescued 224 migrants from five different boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The rescue service says it reached two boats, carrying 66 and 77 migrants, in the Strait of Gibraltar overnight. A third boat with nine migrants was intercepted around daybreak Saturday in the same waters. A few hours ...
  • Berlin going nuts over arrival of 2 giant pandas from China

    BERLIN (AP) — Two giant pandas from China have landed safely in Berlin where they are being welcomed by the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador. Men Meng and Jiao Qing were treated like royalty on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China — their entourage included a Berlin veterinarian, two Chinese zookeepers and traveling press. “They slept a ...
  • Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police

    SEATTLE (AP) — Charleena Lyles loved to sing and dance. She adored her four children. She always smiled, even when facing obstacles. Friends and family members say the 30-year-old pregnant woman shot and killed by police this week was so much more than authorities’ account of an unstable person who confronted two officers with kitchen knives and had previous run-ins ...
  • 2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia, the Dutch foreign minister said Saturday. One of the journalists said they were treated well but conditions in the jungle are difficult in any case. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Derk Bolt and Eugenio ...
  • Israel tells civilians to steer clear of Syria border

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has taken the precautionary step of asking civilians to avoid gathering near the border with Syria, following wayward projectiles from fighting there that landed in its territory. The military says fire from Syria landed in open areas Saturday and no injuries or damage was caused. But with Israelis flocking to the Golan Heights in ...
  • Yemen’s government to probe alleged torture of detainees

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s internationally-recognized government has created a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, a development that followed reports U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Abdu Dagher was obtained Saturday by The Associated Press. The six-member ...
  • Swiss journalist dies of Mosul mine blast injuries

    PARIS (AP) — A Swiss journalist has died of injuries suffered from a mine blast in Iraq earlier this week while covering a military operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul. State-owned France Televisions said in a statement Saturday that Veronique Robert, a reporter working with it, died in a military hospital outside Paris where she had been ...
  • Johnny Depp

    Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham ...
  • Johnny Depp

    The Latest: White House reacts to Depp ‘assassin’ comments

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Johnny Depp’s remarks about assassinating President Donald Trump during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival (all times local): 5:15 p.m. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says “the lack of outrage” over Johnny Depp joking about assassinating President Donald Trump is “a little troubling.” Depp asked a crowd in England on Thursday when was ...
  • Billy Joel

    Billy Joel returning to NY hometown to speak at graduation

    HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Fifty years after he finished short by one English class credit from graduating high school, Billy Joel is returning to his Long Island hometown to speak at this weekend’s commencement ceremony. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2tTNDc3 ) the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be among the speakers at Saturday morning’s graduation for Hicksville High School’s ...
  • The Latest: Merkel calls UK’s residency stance ‘good start’

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 11:20 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain’s promise to grant full rights to EU citizens who have been living in Britain for five years a “a good start” to Brexit talks. Merkel said at the end of the first day of a two-day EU leaders summit ...
  • Jawara McIntosh

    Family: Peter Tosh’s son left in coma following jail beating

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The family of the late reggae icon and marijuana activist Peter Tosh is seeking answers after they say his son was left in a coma following an attack in a New Jersey jail, where he was serving a six-month sentence on pot possession charges. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized since suffering traumatic brain injuries in the ...
  • Otto Warmbier

    Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral

    WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — Celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, a packed crowd of mourners gathered Thursday as Otto Warmbier’s loved ones shared stories about his affinity for hugs, thrift-store clothes-shopping and little-known rap music. More mourners lined the ...
  • ‘Imagine’ if Britain stays in EU? Discord at EU summit

    BRUSSELS (AP) — While European Union chief Donald Tusk may still be “a dreamer” hoping that Britain is having second thoughts on leaving the EU, other leaders at Thursday’s EU summit tried to shake him back to reality. Discord over whether the exit process could still be reversed surfaced at the summit in Brussels as British Prime Minister Theresa May ...
  • Allison Tolman

    Freshman series ‘Downward Dog’ canceled by ABC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC’s freshman sitcom “Downward Dog” has been canceled by ABC, the show’s executive producer said. The last two of the show’s eight episodes will air Tuesday, executive producer Jimmy Miller said Friday. ABC “loved it creatively and wanted to do more, but could not figure out a way to get it done financially,” Miller said in ...
  • Lawyers seek to free inmate featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” petitioned for his immediate release Friday after a federal appeals court ruled that his confession was coerced. Lawyers for Brendan Dassey filed papers Friday with the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that he be released on his own recognizance, saying Thursday’s ...
  • University of Missouri revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators has voted unanimously to revoke an honorary degree it granted to Bill Cosby. University system President Mun Choi recommended that the board strip the comedian of a doctorate in humane letters he received in 1999. Choi cited allegations from several women that Cosby sexually assaulted them. Choi says Cosby’s ...
  • Darren Simpson

    Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dies in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — Darren Simpson, who at 21 became Britain’s youngest ever Young Chef of the Year and has been a television chef and food writer, has died in Australia, his family said Friday. Northern Ireland-born Simpson worked at multiple restaurants in London, Ireland and Australia and appeared in Australian television’s “My Restaurant Rules,” “‘Live This,” and “Ready Steady Cook.” ...
  • Judges: ‘Making a Murderer’ confession improperly obtained

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives ...
  • Stephen Colbert, Evelyn McGee-Colbert

    Colbert goes to Russia, vows to search for Comey ‘tapes’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia. The host of CBS’ “The Late Show” is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network said Thursday. Colbert, whose steady political wisecracks have been accompanied by a rise in his ratings, wasted no time in taking a dig at President Donald Trump over the possibility of ...
  • John Oliver

    Coal company sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation

    NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a “false and malicious broadcast” last Sunday evening. It’s seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment’s “defamatory statements.” Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” coal segment criticized the Trump administration’s effort to revive the industry, ...
  • Actress Mira Sorvino urges support for trafficking victims

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino urged all nations and the business community on Friday to ramp up financial support for victims of human trafficking, saying the services such funds provide “mean the difference between life and death.” Sorvino, who has been a U.N. goodwill ambassador for the global fight against human trafficking, told a U.N. meeting that ...
  • Ron Howard

    Ron Howard hopes to honor ‘great work’ done on Han Solo film

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Howard says he hopes to honor the great work that’s already been done on the Han Solo film and help to deliver on its promise. The Oscar-winner has only been in the pilot’s seat on the Star Wars spinoff film for a day but is not wasting any time making his passion for the franchise ...
  • Burt Reynolds

    Watch ole ‘Bandit’ run: Fans ride to Georgia for film’s 40th

    ATLANTA (AP) — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Smokey and the Bandit.” About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds’ wild ride from the Texas-Arkansas line to ...
  • Ron Howard

    Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the wake of Lord and Miller’s ...
  • George Clooney

    Diageo to buy Clooney’s tequila brand in $1 billion deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Global liquor behemoth Diageo said Wednesday it will pay up to $1 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney. Clooney founded the Casamigos brand four years ago with partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldma. Diageo said it will pay $700 million for Casamigos at first, and then pay another $300 million ...
  • Michael Edelstein

    NBC says ‘Downton Abbey’ movie production to start in 2018

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday. Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said it hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the popular TV series. “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time,” Edelstein said in ...
  • Chris Miller, Phil Lord

    Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff film loses directors

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on the film. Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon. ...
  • Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world’s ugliest dog

    PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping ...
  • Johnny Depp

    Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham ...
  • John McEnroe

    Frustrated fan: McEnroe says Knicks a ‘total train wreck’

    NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe had a ringside seat for the ugliest bout at Madison Square Garden last season. He was sitting just feet away when former Knicks star Charles Oakley was surrounded by security officials at his seat, shoving them away before being handcuffed and arrested while watching a game in February. Even before that, the tennis great ...
  • Actress Mira Sorvino urges support for trafficking victims

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino urged all nations and the business community on Friday to ramp up financial support for victims of human trafficking, saying the services such funds provide “mean the difference between life and death.” Sorvino, who has been a U.N. goodwill ambassador for the global fight against human trafficking, told a U.N. meeting that ...
  • Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — It’s rare that an event can upstage a top Paris Fashion Week show taking place in the French capital’s ornate Grand Palais. But guests arriving at the Cerruti display witnessed one — and flocked to take in a major aquatic spectacle happening on and below the gilded Alexandre III bridge as Paris tried to woo Olympic officials ...
  • Johnny Depp

    The Latest: White House reacts to Depp ‘assassin’ comments

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Johnny Depp’s remarks about assassinating President Donald Trump during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival (all times local): 5:15 p.m. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says “the lack of outrage” over Johnny Depp joking about assassinating President Donald Trump is “a little troubling.” Depp asked a crowd in England on Thursday when was ...
  • Former NBA player Marcus Camby sued over nephew’s drowning

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former NBA player Marcus Camby has been named defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of his 9-year-old autistic nephew in a pond on Camby’s Houston-area property last Thanksgiving. The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday by the boy’s father, Marcus Kendall McGhee, alleges that Camby was aware of the limitations of his nephew, Marcus Carter McGhee, ...