• Nancy Pelosi

    The Latest: Hostility between Trump and Pelosi ratchets up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The enmity between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ratcheting up, with each questioning the other’s fitness for duty. Personal attacks flowed on both sides Thursday after a dramatic blow-up at the White House a day before. Pelosi openly questioned …
  • UK’s May says she’ll quit as Conservative leader June 7

    LONDON (AP) — Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to become the country’s next prime minister. She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely …
  • Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un

    NKorea says talks won’t resume unless US changes position

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that nuclear negotiations with the United States will never resume unless the Trump administration moves away from what Pyongyang described as unilateral demands for disarmament. The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman published in state media was the country’s latest expression of displeasure over the stalled negotiations. It …
  • The race is on: Contenders vie to become next British PM

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that she will leave 10 Downing Street has set off a fierce competition to succeed her as Conservative Party leader — and as the next prime minister. These are some of the most prominent names on a list of contenders that is expected to grow in the coming days. ___ BORIS JOHNSON …
  • US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The Justice Department’s 18-count superseding indictment alleges that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one …
  • Donald Trump

    Trump moves to escalate the investigation of intel agencies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multiyear probe of whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. The move Thursday marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators,” as he continues to try to undermine the findings …
  • The Latest: May to step down as party leader on June 7

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit and Britain’s political crisis (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Theresa May says she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, sparking a contest to become Britain’s next prime minister. She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks. …
  • Kendall Jenner

    Jenner, Banderas, turn out for glitzy amfAR gala near Cannes

    ANTIBES, France (AP) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.  Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided …
  • Michael Jackson’s estate and former manager settle lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A years-long lawsuit between Michael Jackson’s estate and one of the superstar’s former managers has been settled, ending one of the final legal fights over the King of Pop’s assets. The confidential settlement announced Thursday with Tohme R. Tohme, Jackson’s manager in the last year of his life, was reached after a trial had been underway …
  • Michael Rice

    Britain’s losing Eurovision song now lower-scoring than ever

    PARIS (AP) — Britain’s Eurovision song “Bigger Than Us” is an even bigger flop than previously thought after its last-place entry was stripped of five points to correct a math error. The song performed by Michael Rice in Israel and watched by millions on Saturday had received just 16 points. But the show’s organizers added insult to injury in a …
  • Rihanna feels the pressure as she makes fashion history

    PARIS (AP) — Rihanna may have looked cool and collected next to the debut collection for her new fashion label, Fenty, donning a brilliant white tuxedo dress and a 1,000-watt smile. But on the inside it was another story. “It’s all a facade,” said the Barbados-born star who has become the first black woman to launch a major Parisian fashion …
  • Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali. Graceland officials say the 80,000-square-foot (7,432-square-meter) Graceland Exhibition Center opens Saturday to guests visiting the Presley-themed tourist attraction in Memphis. The …
  • Meek Mill

    District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him “abused its discretion” and has been biased against him. District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley’s “impartiality,” citing her decision to check in on Mill at …
  • Jake Black, of Alabama 3 and ‘Sopranos’ theme fame, dies

    LONDON (AP) — Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened “The Sopranos” and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced Black’s death Tuesday on Facebook and says it is “heartbroken.” His age and the cause of death were not available. The group wrote that Black, who performed as The Very Reverend D. Wayne …
  • File says Smollett couldn’t contact brothers after arrest

    CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett’s conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides that detail, the “Empire” actor’s criminal case …
  • ‘Real Housewives’ husband wins reprieve in deportation fight

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the husband of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Teresa Giudice can stay in the U.S. as he appeals deportation to his native Italy. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia delayed Joe Giudice’s deportation in an order published Wednesday. The court is expected to issue a …
  • Nasser Al-Khelaifi

    PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar’s bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of “active corruption” was filed against the beIN media group chairman in mid-May in a case focusing on the payment …
  • Nik Wallenda

    Nik Wallenda and sister plan highwire walk over Times Square

    NEW YORK (AP) — For his next trick, daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York’s Times Square — without his feet touching the ground. ABC announced Thursday that Wallenda and his sister Lijana will cross the tourist hotspot during a 1,300-foot (396-meter) simultaneous highwire walk 25 stories above the ground. ABC will air the attempt during a two-hour prime-time …
  • 1990s drama ‘Party of Five’ reboot involves deported parents

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star …
  • Judge delays sentence for ‘The Bachelor’ star in Iowa crash

    INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A judge will not consider requests from a dead farmer’s relatives to impose prison time when she sentences “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for leaving the scene of the accident that killed the man, she ruled Tuesday. The wife and sons of farmer Kenneth Mosher are not considered victims under Iowa law because Soules was not …
  • Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik

    “Big Bang Theory” finale gets galactic ratings to win week

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its last blast, “The Big Bang Theory” topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy’s 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. Sunday night’s much-ballyhooed finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was a distant second …
  • Morgan Freeman

    Big names headed to New Mexico to film ‘The Comeback Trail’

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman soon will be on their way to New Mexico to start work on “The Comeback Trail.” The feature film will begin shooting in early June in Albuquerque, Tojajilee and other locations. Work is expected to last about a month and will include more than …
  • Kendall Jenner

    Jenner, Banderas, turn out for glitzy amfAR gala near Cannes

    ANTIBES, France (AP) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.  Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided …
  • Mena Massoud, Will Smith

    Rotten Tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it. The review aggregator says Thursday that users who purchase tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like “Booksmart” and “Aladdin.” The verified audience scores will …
  • Rami Malek

    GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters. Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. This is a significant improvement from 2017’s all-time low of 12.8% and the second-highest in the seven years that GLAAD has …
  • Geoffrey Rush

    Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

    SYDNEY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Australian record of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages by a Sydney judge on Thursday in defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress. The 67-year-old Australian had sued Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph’s publisher and journalist Jonathon …
  • Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig to undergo minor ankle surgery for Bond injury

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is out of commission for a few weeks. Star Daniel Craig is undergoing minor ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica. The news comes Wednesday in a tweet from the official James Bond twitter account. The statement says that production will continue during the 51-year-old …
  • US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public and offering tax cuts to software and chip companies as U.S. export controls threaten Chinese tech companies. In …
  • Breanna Stewart

    AP source: Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season

    NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season. The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and since the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of …
  • Mario Batali to face assault charge on groping accusation

    BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is set to appear in court on a criminal charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The woman filed a civil lawsuit in August alleging that …
  • Harvey Weinstein

    Lawyer: Deal close in Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. Attorneys involved in the negotiations told a federal bankruptcy court judge during a hearing in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday that a breakthrough in a still-unfinished …
  • File says Smollett couldn’t contact brothers after arrest

    CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett’s conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides that detail, the “Empire” actor’s criminal case …
  • Kendall Jenner

    Jenner, Banderas, turn out for glitzy amfAR gala near Cannes

    ANTIBES, France (AP) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.  Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday’s event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided …
  • Batali accuser’s attorneys: Chef must be held accountable

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a woman who says Mario Batali forcibly kissed and groped her in a Boston restaurant in 2017 said Thursday the celebrity chef must be held accountable. Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is to be arraigned Friday in Boston on a charge of indecent assault and battery, a spokeswoman for …
  • LABONTE GIBBS

    Joe Gibbs says success all about finding the right people

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — When Joe Gibbs decided to venture off from the NFL and form a race team in 1992 he was scared. Petrified, in fact. Gibbs had won three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, but he was an outsider starting from scratch when it came to stock car racing. And when his team failed to …