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  • Prosecutors: Menendez tried to hide free flights, hotel stay

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez didn’t report free flights and a luxury hotel stay paid for by a wealthy donor on Senate disclosure forms over a span of several years, according to testimony Wednesday in the two men’s bribery trial. Prosecutors are seeking to show jurors the New Jersey Democrat tried to hide the gifts given to ...
  • The Latest: Panamanian victim in Mexican quake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on a major earthquake that has struck Mexico (all times local): 11 a.m. The government of Panama says one of its citizens is among those killed by Mexico’s deadly earthquake. The Foreign Ministry reports that a 55-year-old Panamanian woman who resided in Mexico City for the last 10 years died in a building that ...
  • Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn’t hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez wasn’t obeying the officers’ commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with ...
  • Donald Trump

    Trump: Mideast peace deal may be ‘toughest deal of all’

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that achieving peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may be the “toughest deal of all” that he’s tried to negotiate, adding that his administration nonetheless is working hard for peace in the region. He said there’s a “pretty good shot” he can broker an agreement that has eluded several of his ...
  • Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region’s preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. It was the first time Spanish authorities have detained Catalan officials since the campaign to hold a vote on Catalonia’s independence ...
  • 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, ...
  • DeMaurice Smith

    DeMaurice Smith re-elected as head of NFL players’ union

    DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as executive director of the players’ union in a special committee vote. Under guidelines passed since his last election as NFL Players Association head in 2015, a 14-player selection committee could bypass a full membership election. That committee, made up of the 11 members of the NFLPA executive committee plus the three longest-serving player representatives, ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kim Jong Un

    Trump’s latest nickname: Rocket Man

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump, a good enemy deserves a good nickname. In his debut appearance before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Trump embraced his latest label — calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.” An apparent reference to the Elton John song, which Trump sometimes played at campaign rallies, “Rocket Man” is the latest Trump-nickname ...
  • Neko Case’s Vermont home is damaged by fire

    BARNET, Vt. (AP) — Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged Neko Case’s 225-year-old Vermont home. Barnet firefighters were called to the indie musician’s home at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/2ymcclb ) reports the fire could be seen from miles away. Case wasn’t at the home at the time of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sean Spicer

    Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously. Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there’s also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral damage. ...
  • Laura Ingraham

    Laura Ingraham joins Fox News evening lineup

    NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is joining Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup with a program that pushes Sean Hannity into a direct competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. ET starting Oct. 30. The radio talk show host is no stranger to Fox viewers since she’s been a ...
  • Bruce Miller, from left, Margaret Atwood, and Elisabeth Moss

    Nielsen says 11.4 million watch Emmy Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched Sunday’s presentation of the Emmy Awards, roughly equivalent to last year’s show honoring the year’s best in television. Stephen Colbert hosted Sunday’s show for CBS. It competed with pro football and the beginning of Ken Burns’ lengthy documentary on the Vietnam War. Last year’s audience of 11.3 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, didn’t immediately comment Wednesday. Cameron is producing the sequel, ...
  • 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 — ...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20M in eco-grants

    NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his eco-focused foundation has given more than $20 million this year in fresh grants to more than 100 organizations around the world. From lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy, the actor announced the grants ahead of his appearance at ...
  • Film academy president welcomes new members at private party

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeanne Tripplehorn has been a professional actress for more than 25 years. But as a new member of the film academy, she’s almost as giddy as her first day on set. “I’m already involved in all these different committees,” she said. “I love film so much… so to be invited to become a member of ...
  • United Nations General Assembly

    De Niro: Help rebuild Barbuda paradise destroyed by Irma

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro came to the United Nations on Monday to appeal to all countries and organizations to help rebuild the devastated Caribbean island of Barbuda and ensure that “paradise is not lost.” De Niro spoke at a hastily called meeting on Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. The ...
  • Box office top 20: ‘It’ totals $218M in two weeks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The horror hit “It” topped the North American box office for the second straight week with $60.1 million, bringing its two-week domestic total to $218.8 million, according to final box-office figures Monday. The Warner Bros. release has quickly become the biggest box-office smash to ever land in September, a typically sleepy month before the fall movie ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel: Senator ‘lied right to my face’ on health care

    Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican “lied right to my face” by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for the host. Kimmel said that a health care bill co-sponsored by Cassidy fails the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” The phrase was coined by ...
  • Billy Bush

    Billy Bush separating from wife after nearly 20 years

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Access Hollywood” and “Today” show personality Billy Bush has separated from wife Sydney Davis after nearly 20 years of marriage. Jill Fritzo, Bush’s publicist, says in a statement that the couple has “separated for the moment to evaluate their life together.” She adds, “they love each other and their children deeply and are committed to ...
  • New mom Serena Williams thanks mother for being a role model

    New mom Serena Williams is thanking her own mother for being the role model she says she needed. In an open letter to her mother posted to Reddit , Williams calls mom Oracene Price “one of the strongest women I know.” Williams mentions some of the criticisms she’s endured about her muscular body, before telling Price she’s proud that “we ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20M in eco-grants

    NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his eco-focused foundation has given more than $20 million this year in fresh grants to more than 100 organizations around the world. From lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy, the actor announced the grants ahead of his appearance at ...
  • Member of Kennedy family pays fine after arrest at party

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Court officials in Massachusetts have dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against a Kennedy family member who was arrested last month after complaints about a loud party. The Boston Herald reports 52-year-old Matthew “Max” Kennedy appeared in Barnstable District Court on Tuesday. He was found responsible for a noise violation and paid a $150 fine. Barnstable police ...
  • James Blake

    Ex-tennis star Blake testifies about his mistaken arrest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former pro tennis star James Blake testified on Tuesday that a plainclothes police officer wearing a T-shirt and jeans didn’t identify himself before throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him in a mistaken arrest in 2015 outside a Manhattan hotel. “He never said ‘NYPD.’ He never said ‘officer,'” Blake said at a disciplinary trial for ...