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Veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed at event in China

BEIJING (AP) — Veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam has been stabbed while attending an event in southern China. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening and a suspect has been detained. The motive is unclear. His manager Lester Mo says Yam was stabbed in the stomach on Saturday and also had a cut on…

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Trump says he’s trying to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Friday he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks. “I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to…

Instagram expands hiding ‘likes’ to make you happier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook said…

Teen rapper Tay-K convicted of murder in Texas home invasion

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion. The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker’s home in Mansfield,…

Ex-Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32. Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday night at a North Little Rock…

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico’s governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country. A corrected version of the story is below: Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel…

Swim star Sun Yang wants CAS public hearing over WADA appeal

GENEVA (AP) — China’s star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for Sun said he will ask…

A$AP Rocky

Sweden wants extension of rapper’s detention after fight

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky is being held for another week in pre-trial detention to allow police to finish investigating a June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm, a Swedish court said Friday. Stockholm’s District Court decided to accept the request from prosecutor Daniel Suneson’s to hold A$AP Rocky — the stage name…

Li Na’s tennis journey to stretch from China to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Li Na remembers first watching a tennis match on TV, drawn to the unforgettable style of one of the players. Andre Agassi had long hair, an earring and wore denim shorts, and made an instant fan in China. “Andre Agassi is my role model,” Li said. Li went on to become…

Sally Field

Sally Field, ‘Sesame Street’ to receive Kennedy Center award

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children’s TV show “Sesame Street” are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire. The recipients announced…