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    ‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring …
  • Duke star Williamson limps off after shoe appears to break

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson left top-ranked Duke’s rivalry game against No. 8 North Carolina 36 seconds in after his shoe appeared to break. The issue with Williamson’s Nike shoe emerged during the Blue Devils’ opening possession Wednesday night, which ended with him on the floor near the free-throw line. He walked off with a slight limp …
  • Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest …
  • Donald Trump, Sebastian Kurz

    Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers. Though the effort seems almost certain to ultimately fall short — perhaps …
  • R. Kelly

    Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

    CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday. Cook County Judge Patrice Ball-Reed has effectively ordered the Grammy Award-winning artist “not to be creative between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.,” attorney …
  • Khloe Kardashian bestie Malika Haqq fierce on cheating front

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s the best wing woman on the planet? That would be Malika Haqq. The Khloe Kardashian bestie has taken to social media amid a swirl of rumors that Tristan Thompson has cheated again, this time reportedly making out at a Los Angeles house party last weekend with Jordyn Woods. The 21-year-old Woods is — was? — …
  • Jussie Smollett

    The Latest: Smollett’s lawyers vow ‘aggressive defense’

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an “aggressive defense” of the “Empire” actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement: “Like …
  • R. Kelly

    Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

    CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday. Cook County Judge Patrice Ball-Reed has effectively ordered the Grammy Award-winning artist “not to be creative between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.,” attorney …
  • Dua Lipa

    The 1975, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa are winners at Brit Awards

    LONDON (AP) — Pop-rockers The 1975, DJ Calvin Harris and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa won major prizes at the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards on Wednesday during a slick, surprise-free ceremony that set out to celebrate female talent after past allegations of neglect. Manchester quartet The 1975 was named best British group and also took British album of the year for …
  • Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess,” which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of “Porgy and Bess,” which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin family, which specifies an all-black cast. “Certainly it’s more complicated, …
  • Kacey Musgraves

    Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. …
  • Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick. The fire quickly spread through the …
  • In Nigeria, film stars deploy to plead for election peace

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace. On an impromptu set outside the northern city of Kano, young women bickered between takes but at …
  • A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela’s border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country’s economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro’s government ordered up a rival concert of its own. Maduro denies any humanitarian crisis …
  • Jussie Smollett

    ‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring …
  • Jussie Smollett

    The Latest: Smollett’s lawyers vow ‘aggressive defense’

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an “aggressive defense” of the “Empire” actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement: “Like …
  • Jussie Smollett

    Brothers in Smollett case are bodybuilders, aspiring actors

    CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing the brothers at the center of an investigation into the attack reported by Jussie Smollett said Wednesday that her clients “manned up” and testified in front of a grand jury, before prosecutors charged the “Empire” actor with filing a false police report. Gloria Schmidt spoke to reporters outside a Chicago courthouse where the brothers …
  • Andrew McCabe

    Andrew McCabe, franchise shows give CBS weekly ratings win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fired FBI acting director Andrew McCabe’s headline-making interview on CBS’ news magazine proved a TV audience grabber as well. The program ranked as the third most-watched last week with 9.7 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday. Viewership was down across the board during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, and the Sunday audience …
  • Nielsen’s top programs for Feb. 11-17

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.4 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent Champions,” NBC, 10.5 million. 3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.7 million. 4. “FBI,” CBS, 9.5 million. 5. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.9 million. 6. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.7 million. 7. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.5 million. 8. “The …
  • Jussie Smollett

    The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los …
  • Jussie Smollett

    Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives …
  • Cory Booker

    Ready to fight: Cory Booker shows his tough side to voters

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Nearing the end of a lively town hall with hundreds of voters packed into an art gallery, Cory Booker surveyed the crowd and reassured them that his sunny, unity-first presidential campaign is also tough. “People who think my philosophy is weak, come on,” the New Jersey Democratic senator said, chiding those in his party who would …
  • Harvey Weinstein

    Weinstein seeks speedy appeal of sex trafficking ruling

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who ruled an aspiring actress can use sex trafficking laws to sue Harvey Weinstein seemed reluctant at a hearing Wednesday to let his decision be appealed before trial. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet noted that no other judge has disagreed with his August ruling. Two other federal judges, one in Manhattan and one …
  • What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled “The Favourite,” the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner. Normally a fairly predictable process with one or two favorites, this year’s best picture race has been maddeningly unclear, almost devious in its contradictions. The guild awards, usually a road map to the …
  • Steve Spagnuolo

    Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defense

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steve Spagnuolo spent much of his year out of coaching making the 45-minute drive from his home in Philadelphia to the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Spagnuolo had finished a tour as the interim coach of the New York Giants and missed out on the full-time job after the season. He …
  • Ruth E. Carter

    Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career. “After working on ‘Black Panther,’ you all asked me ‘How did it feel …
  • In Nigeria, film stars deploy to plead for election peace

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace. On an impromptu set outside the northern city of Kano, young women bickered between takes but at …
  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up. A representative for the singer-actress confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Tuesday. No more details were provided. Gaga, 32, and Carino, 49, began dating in 2017. Gaga was previously engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. Gaga has a big week ahead: She is …
  • Jussie Smollett

    ‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring …
  • Khloe Kardashian bestie Malika Haqq fierce on cheating front

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s the best wing woman on the planet? That would be Malika Haqq. The Khloe Kardashian bestie has taken to social media amid a swirl of rumors that Tristan Thompson has cheated again, this time reportedly making out at a Los Angeles house party last weekend with Jordyn Woods. The 21-year-old Woods is — was? — …
  • Jussie Smollett

    The Latest: Smollett’s lawyers vow ‘aggressive defense’

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an “aggressive defense” of the “Empire” actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement: “Like …
  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth. Paltrow was skiing with her children and friends in 2016 during a family …
  • Amal Clooney among the gang at Meghan Markle’s baby shower

    NEW YORK (AP) — The not-so-secret baby shower for the Duchess of Sussex has apparently occurred, with Gayle King and Amal Clooney among an intimate group of friends gathered at a swanky hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The smiling Meghan Markle has been surrounded by fans and photographers since news of her whirlwind trip to the city surfaced Monday. …
  • Kacey Musgraves

    Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. …
  • Ruth E. Carter

    Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career. “After working on ‘Black Panther,’ you all asked me ‘How did it feel …