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  • Senate on track to confirm Iowa governor as China envoy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s longest serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China. The Senate is slated to vote late Monday on Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination, clearing the way for him to hold the key diplomatic post. Among Branstad’s most immediate and sensitive assignments will be persuading the Chinese to ...
  • Scott Dixon

    Indy 500 winners Dixon, Franchitti robbed at a Taco Bell

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon and fellow former race winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane. A police report that the robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at the fast-food restaurant less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Dixon had hours earlier won the ...
  • Trump says he never mentioned Israel in Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomats

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Trump says he never mentioned Israel in Oval Office meeting with Russian diplomats.
  • Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled unanimously on Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where defendants are incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complained about patent owners choosing more favorable courts in other parts of the country ...
  • Donald Trump, Melania Trump

    Trump: Israelis and Arabs share ‘common cause’ against Iran

    JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a “common cause” with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran. Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among U.S. allies in the Middle East. ...
  • David Rosenblatt, Karen Hoerst

    Research differs on whether charters welcome special ed kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-year-old Nico Rosenblatt cannot speak and struggles to learn because of a rare genetic condition, yet thrives when surrounded by other children in a regular classroom, according to his parents. However, they say neither the public school system nor a charter school in the nation’s capital could provide an inclusive environment for him. “It’s a fundamental question ...
  • Hassan Rouhani

    Iranian president calls US relations ‘a curvy road’

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called relations with the United States “a curvy road,” saying he hoped the Trump administration will “settle down” enough for his nation to better understand it. Rouhani also criticized Saudi Arabia after it just hosted President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, saying that the kingdom “has never seen ...
  • Beyonce

    Beyonce, Jay Z celebrate twins at star-studded baby shower

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower A picture posted on the singer’s Instagram account Sunday shows Beyonce in a bikini top and highlighting her pregnancy with an intricate design painted on her belly. A note on the photos show “The Carter Push Party” took place ...
  • Nicole Kidman

    With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material

    CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. “I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I ...
  • Katy Perry’s ‘backpack kid’ steals show during ‘SNL’ gig

    NEW YORK (AP) — A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her “Saturday Night Live” performance this weekend. Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the “SNL” stage during Perry’s performance of her new single “Swish Swish.” He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of ...
  • Drake

    Drake dominates, Cher reflects at Billboard Music Awards

    Drake was a high roller in Las Vegas, beating Adele’s record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards. Cher and Celine Dion each reflected on their own iconic careers and amazing songs on Sunday night’s awards show, while a moment of silence was held for rocker Chris Cornell, who died Thursday in Detroit. Miley Cyrus delivered an emotional, but ...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Black Eyed Peas to be Champions League final warm-up act

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas will perform on the field before Real Madrid plays Juventus in the Champions League final. UEFA announced the warm-up act Monday for the match on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. It is the second year the game will kick off after a concert. A performance by Alicia Keys ...
  • Not just ‘Sgt. Pepper’: Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Sgt. Pepper” was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, it stands as just one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. The rock album became an art form, and the tight, two-minute hits of Motown and Stax began to give way to the funk of ...
  • Not just ‘Sgt. Pepper’: Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Sgt. Pepper” was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship. The rock album became an art form, ...
  • Billy Bush

    Billy Bush says he’s ready to get back into television

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Today” co-host Billy Bush says he’s a better man and ready to get back into television seven months after being fired from his job at NBC following the release of a videotape in which he can be heard engaging in lewd talk with Donald Trump. In an interview posted Sunday, Bush told The Hollywood Reporter ...
  • Vanessa Bayer

    Cast member Vanessa Bayer leaving ‘SNL’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” is losing cast member Vanessa Bayer following this weekend’s season finale. Bayer is finishing her seventh season with NBC’s comedy institution, and her memorable impressions include Miley Cyrus, Rachel from “Friends” and Jonah the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She’s been with the show longer than any other female cast member. Bayer, who’s acted in ...
  • English wedding: Pippa Middleton marries as royals look on

    ENGLEFIELD, England (AP) — Two likely future British kings were there, along with one of the world’s most photographed women, the often-adorable Prince Harry, a multilingual tennis legend and a brash TV reality star. But all eyes were on Pippa Middleton on Saturday as she walked down the aisle of a 12th-century church wearing a custom hand-embroidered gown with a ...
  • Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham cancels live Lenny tour to recover from surgery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lena Dunham is canceling her feminist newsletter’s “America IRL” tour this summer to tend to her health. Dunham said Friday in a post on LennyLetter.com that recent surgery and physical therapy to treat endometriosis has caused “the greatest amount of physical pain I’ve ever experienced” and that she isn’t up for the cross-country tour. The 31-year-old ...
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros

    Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel said Friday that it had fired liberal commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee. Fox offered no details on the case, but a lawyer for the employee said Beckel had “stormed out” of his office Tuesday when the man, who is a technician, came to do work ...
  • APNewsBreak: Beach volleyball hopes ESPN draws Olympic fans

    Beach volleyball has a new ally as it tries to grow from an Olympic phenomenon to an every-year attraction: ESPN. The sports network will broadcast the World Series of Beach Volleyball, an international pro tour stop in California in July. Event organizers hope the exposure will help beach volleyball attract new fans and hold onto the ones who watch during ...
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

    Inarritu debuts groundbreaking VR exhibit at Cannes

    CANNES, France (AP) — You walk along a high metal fence that once divided Arizona and Mexico and into a small holding cell where you are asked to take off your shoes and socks. All around you are the abandoned shoes of migrants who have been arrested by the border patrol. When a red light flashes, you enter a large ...
  • Nicole Kidman

    With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material

    CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. “I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I ...
  • Rebel Wilson

    Rebel Wilson’s defamation trial against publisher begins

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rebel Wilson was devastated by a series of magazine articles that she says painted her as a liar and subsequently cost her roles in Hollywood, a lawyer for the actress said Monday. Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over several articles published in 2015 that the Australian-born actress said led to her film ...
  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    With Bong leading the way, Gyllenhaal goes big in ‘Okja’

    CANNES, France (AP) — Jake Gyllenhaal says he was motivated by one goal above all others while shooting the fantasy “Okja”: making his Korean director giggle. “It’s legitimately fun to get him to laugh off-camera,” Gyllenhaal said in an interview alongside “Okja” director Bong Joon-ho who was, naturally, chuckling as Gyllenhaal spoke. “You know when you get the giggle we’re ...
  • Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood tells Cannes he might act again some day

    CANNES, France (AP) — Clint Eastwood regaled the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with stories from his long career, predicted a possible return to acting and decried the rise of political correctness. Eastwood was honored with several screenings of his films, including one marking the 25th anniversary of “Unforgiven.” In a staged conversation on Sunday, the 86-year-old director said he ...
  • ‘Alien: Covenant’ edges ‘Guardians’ at weekend box office

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Alien: Covenant” edged out “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” in a weekend space battle at the box office. Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Guardians” was close behind with just over $35 million in its third week of release. “You couldn’t get two outer-space ...
  • Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler

    Adam Sandler earns raves at Cannes Film Fest (yes, really)

    CANNES, France (AP) — It’s not every day you hear the name “Happy Gilmore” referenced at the Cannes Film Festival. But that was the case Sunday when Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, premiered at the French Riviera festival. When the film’s cast, which also includes Emma Thompson, assembled for ...
  • Tom Hanks

    Actor Tom Hanks is on the beat, flagging car for police

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Tom Hanks is on the beat in New York City, using Twitter to alert police to a car with a slew of tickets on its windshield. Turns out the tickets were paid. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2rDIapI ) that the New York Police Department responded when the Academy Award winning star of “Philadelphia,” ”Forrest Gump” ...
  • Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumnus Bill Cosby’s nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury. Lawyers this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to spend two weeks or ...
  • Beyonce

    Beyonce, Jay Z celebrate twins at star-studded baby shower

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower A picture posted on the singer’s Instagram account Sunday shows Beyonce in a bikini top and highlighting her pregnancy with an intricate design painted on her belly. A note on the photos show “The Carter Push Party” took place ...
  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not running for public office

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. Instead, he says the visits ...
  • Nicole Kidman

    With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material

    CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. “I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I ...
  • Bill Cosby

    The Latest: Cosby ‘holding up’ as jury pick gets underway

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Bill Cosby’s lawyers say Cosby is “looking forward” to getting jury selection started in Pittsburgh and is “holding up fine” as the trial nears. Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle says he hopes the process will go fairly quickly. Lawyers hope to have ...
  • Bill Cosby

    Q&A: What to expect during Bill Cosby’s jury selection

    Hundreds of potential jurors have been called to a Pittsburgh courthouse as the search for panel that will decide comedian Bill Cosby’s sex abuse trial gets underway. A dozen jurors and six alternates will be selected — then shipped across the state to serve in what is expected to be a two-week trial beginning June 5 on allegations the entertainer ...
  • Katy Perry’s ‘backpack kid’ steals show during ‘SNL’ gig

    NEW YORK (AP) — A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her “Saturday Night Live” performance this weekend. Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the “SNL” stage during Perry’s performance of her new single “Swish Swish.” He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of ...