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  • Brazilian leader at odds with Davos focus on environment

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to work “in harmony with the world” to cut carbon emissions, aiming to quell international concerns that his country, the main custodian of the oxygen-rich Amazon, could put economic interests over environmental ones. The environment dominated talks at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, and the nationalist leader struck a conciliatory …
  • High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court’s five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have. The …
  • Brexit battle looms as UK lawmakers attack May’s ‘Plan B’

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is determined to get a tweaked version of her rejected European Union divorce deal through Parliament. British lawmakers have other ideas — lots of other ideas. May’s Conservative government is headed for a showdown with Parliament next week, when lawmakers get to vote on the prime minister’s latest proposal, and can try to …
  • France: Ex-champ swimmer admits ‘shame’ at child rape trial

    BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A court in southwest France heard on Tuesday how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France’s most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children. Vincent Leroyer, 61, spoke of his “very sincere and very deep shame for the acts …
  • The Latest: Merck to ship 120,000 more Ebola vaccine doses

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Drugmaker Merck says it will ship another approximately 120,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to Congo by the end of next month amid the second deadliest outbreak in history. Associate Vice President Lydia Ogden told the World Economic Forum that …
  • ‘The whole world will see it’: Crafting the papal chair

    LOS POZOS, Panama (AP) — A handful of carpenters have been putting the finishing details on a towering cedar chair which will be used by Pope Francis when he visits Panama starting Wednesday. Hernan Guardia, 42, runs the workshop that is responsible for crafting the elegant throne. “You know who the chair is for, where it is going to be …
  • Car hits Polish policeman, rams into presidential palace

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A car driving the wrong way down a street struck a policeman near the Polish president’s headquarters Tuesday before speeding off and ramming into a metal barrier protecting the driveway of the building, officials said. A man was detained at the scene. President Andrzej Duda said it was an “astonishing” situation, but stressed that the palace …
  • The Latest: Cooper, Coogler among surprising Oscar nom snubs

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which are being announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 8:50 a.m. The 2019 Oscar nominations are full of surprises and some downright stupefying snubs. “A Star Is Born” and “Black …
  • Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a double nominee at the Academy Awards, where rapper Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the first time while songwriter Diane Warren is also vying for her first win with her 10th nomination. Gaga scored best actress and best original song nominations Tuesday for her work in “A Star Is Born” — repeating the …
  • Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

    PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday. The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to …
  • Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87. Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas. A songwriter and singer, Russell and …
  • Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini’s “Turandot” by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character. Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera were stolen from a truck near the western German city after the driver pulled into …
  • Hedi Slimane unveils debut menswear show for Celine in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Passers-by gathered outside the giant glass windows of Celine’s traffic-stopping show venue Sunday night: erected in Paris’ sparkling Place de la Concorde, which is also used as a traffic circle. Designer Hedi Slimane’s debut menswear effort for Celine — the most highly anticipated show of the season — also drew the stars inside, including Courtney Love. All …
  • Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

    DALLAS (AP) — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children’s hospital. Timberlake took a break from his “Man of the Woods” tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. A video of the kids was widely shared all …
  • Bret Baier

    Fox News host Bret Baier, family survive motor vehicle crash

    Fox News host Bret Baier and his family have survived a motor vehicle crash in Montana. In a statement released Tuesday, the anchor and executive editor of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” says that after a weekend of skiing he was driving to the airport on icy roads with his wife and their two sons on Monday morning when they …
  • Peter Farrelly

    ‘Green Book’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” ”A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get …
  • George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis, Eric Clapton

    Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray eventually took all that rage …
  • R. Kelly

    Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have held …
  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday. The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves’ disease in the past few days. Treatment is necessary and will include “significant time” in the …
  • Les Moonves

    Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves to challenge severance denial

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations. Moonves is demanding binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision, CBS announced in a filing Thursday with the Security Exchange Commission. The company’s board of directors denied Moonves his severance last month …
  • Gladys Knight

    Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at the Super Bowl

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta. The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include “Midnight Train …
  • ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nomination with 10 nods

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar voters on Tuesday showered Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” with a leading 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, while two dominant but contentious Hollywood forces — Netflix and Marvel — each scored their first best picture nomination. Though many expected “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s tear-inducing revival of one of …
  • ‘Roma,’ ‘Cold War’ among foreign-language Oscar nominees

    LONDON (AP) — Movies from around the world about individuals and families confronting social and historical tumult are competing in the Academy Awards’ race for best foreign-language film. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical masterpiece “Roma” and Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s 20th-century romance “Cold War” were among contenders announced Tuesday. They are up against German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s artist …
  • The Latest: Cooper, Coogler among surprising Oscar nom snubs

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which are being announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 8:50 a.m. The 2019 Oscar nominations are full of surprises and some downright stupefying snubs. “A Star Is Born” and “Black …
  • Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a double nominee at the Academy Awards, where rapper Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the first time while songwriter Diane Warren is also vying for her first win with her 10th nomination. Gaga scored best actress and best original song nominations Tuesday for her work in “A Star Is Born” — repeating the …
  • ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead Academy Award nominations with 10 bids each

    NEW YORK (AP) — ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead Academy Award nominations with 10 bids each.
  • Inside a big top, Dior puts on circus-themed couture

    PARIS (AP) — Dior drew inspiration from the top of the big top for a playful couture show held Monday in Paris, where models inside a circus-style tent walked through a human arch made of moving acrobats. The theme seemed to well serve designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has struggled to fly in recent seasons. The acrobatics also dovetailed with …
  • ‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta’s John Gotti biopic “Gotti” has topped the 39th annual Razzie Awards with a co-leading six nominations, while President Donald Trump also earned a nod for worst actor. In nominations announced Monday, “Gotti,” the Will Ferrell comedy “Holmes & Watson,” conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” and the R-rated puppet comedy “Happytime Murders” …
  • Lagerfeld does not appear at Chanel show due to being tired

    PARIS (AP) — Chanel’s octogenarian designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, did not come out to take a bow at the house’s couture show in Paris, something the company attributed to him being tired. It is the first time in recent memory that Lagerfeld, who has designed for the house since 1983, has not come …
  • ‘Roma,’ ‘Cold War’ among foreign-language Oscar nominees

    LONDON (AP) — Movies from around the world about individuals and families confronting social and historical tumult are competing in the Academy Awards’ race for best foreign-language film. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical masterpiece “Roma” and Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s 20th-century romance “Cold War” were among contenders announced Tuesday. They are up against German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s artist …
  • The Latest: Cooper, Coogler among surprising Oscar nom snubs

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which are being announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 8:50 a.m. The 2019 Oscar nominations are full of surprises and some downright stupefying snubs. “A Star Is Born” and “Black …
  • Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court

    MADRID (AP) — With a guilty plea and a huge fine, Cristiano Ronaldo finally put an end to his tax ordeal in Spain. Nearly four years after an investigation was opened, Ronaldo appeared at a court in Madrid on Tuesday to plead guilty to tax fraud and agree to a fine of nearly 19 million euros ($21.6 million). The Juventus …
  • Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a double nominee at the Academy Awards, where rapper Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the first time while songwriter Diane Warren is also vying for her first win with her 10th nomination. Gaga scored best actress and best original song nominations Tuesday for her work in “A Star Is Born” — repeating the …
  • Former NFL player McFadden arrested in Texas on DWI charge

    DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say former NFL player Darren McFadden has posted bond after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas. Collin County court records show the 31-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after being found early Monday at a Whataburger …
  • Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87. Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas. A songwriter and singer, Russell and …