• Kim Jong Un visits war memorial following summit with Putin

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a war memorial near the headquarters of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet as he wrapped up his visit to the Russian Far East following a summit with President Vladimir Putin. Kim arrived at the memorial in Vladivostok on Friday. He took off his fedora …
  • 50th New Orleans Jazz Fest opens after brief rain delay

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rain delayed the start of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday but didn’t seem to dampen spirits. Zack Buda, 25, of Manhattan, was among people dancing in a huge, grassy puddle off to the side of the main stage where Earth, Wind and Fire were closing the first day. He’d come to …
  • The Latest: Dexter Lawrence 3rd Clemson defender drafted

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. Dexter Lawrence has become the third Clemson defensive player taken in the first 17 selections of the NFL draft. The New York Giants picked Lawrence at No. 17 to help their defense after drafting a quarterback in Daniel Jones at No. 6. Lawrence joins Clelin …
  • John Havlicek and Walt Hazzard

    John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

    BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. He was 79. The Celtics said the Hall of Famer died Thursday in Jupiter, Florida. The cause of …
  • Noel Acciari

    Coyle scores 2, leads Bruins to 3-2 OT win over Columbus

    BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle tied it in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5:15 gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston, which took a 1-0 lead …
  • Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Heavy security is out on the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital after warnings of further attacks by the militant group blamed for the Easter bombing that killed at least 250 people. At St. Anthony’s Church, one of those struck in the attacks Sunday, there were more soldiers than normal Friday. Shops nearby remained closed. Gration …
  • Clint Frazier becomes 15th Yankee to go on injured list

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Clint Frazier became the Yankees’ 15th player to go on the injured list, sidelined because of a sprained left ankle, and New York acquired Cameron Maybin from the Cleveland Indians for $25,000 to gain outfield depth. Frazier, a 24-year-old outfielder, is hitting .324 with six homers and 17 RBIs. Frazier was placed on the 10-day injured …
  • 50th New Orleans Jazz Fest opens after brief rain delay

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rain delayed the start of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday but didn’t seem to dampen spirits. Zack Buda, 25, of Manhattan, was among people dancing in a huge, grassy puddle off to the side of the main stage where Earth, Wind and Fire were closing the first day. He’d come to …
  • Taylor Swift to release new song, music video called ‘ME!’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift says she’s releasing a new single and music video called “ME!” on Friday that’s about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it.” In an interview with Robin Roberts on Thursday — during the 2019 NFL Draft on ABC — the pop star said the song features Brendon Urie of Panic! of the Disco. “I …
  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s …
  • Symphony, union accept Emanuel offer to help end strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages. Representatives for the two sides issued statements accepting Emanuel’s Wednesday evening proposal that his office play a role in crafting an agreement. The mayor called the CSO …
  • Emma Cenholt

    Sale of tickets for Woodstock 50 delayed for now

    NEW YORK (AP) — The much-anticipated sale of tickets for this summer’s Woodstock 50 anniversary concerts has been put on hold for now. Tickets for the three-day festival on Aug. 16-18 were supposed to be available on Monday. The festival released a statement Thursday, saying: “Woodstock 50 has delayed its on sale while we refine logistical plans.” The statement adds, …
  • Jenni Rivera

    Emilio Estefan to make documentary on late star Jenni Rivera

    NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan, who hopes to show the world the person and the friend that he got to know. “I really want people to know her with the same admiration that I had for her as a human being, and …
  • New Prince album featuring unreleased demos out in June

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new Prince album featuring his versions of songs he wrote for other artists will be released in June. The 15-track “Originals” will include “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the No. 1 hit for Sinéad O’Connor; “The Glamorous Life,” Sheila E.’s signature song and Top 10 pop hit; and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love,” which Prince wrote …
  • Symone Sanders

    Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign. The move adds a younger diverse voice to Biden’s cadre of top advisers, which has been dominated by older white men. It suggests Biden is seeking to broaden his appeal to a new generation of …
  • Sarah Sanders

    Sanders holds 1st press briefing since March 11, for kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in more than a month Thursday, but still didn’t field questions from working journalists. Instead, Sanders held what the White House called a “kids-only” press briefing for children participating in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Journalists who cover President Donald Trump and the White …
  • Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series “Dallas,” has died. He was 83. Kercheval died Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana, said Jeff Fisher, his agent. The cause of death was being kept private by family, Fisher …
  • Man or cyborg? ‘Jeopardy!’ champ passes $1 million mark

    NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no truth to the rumor that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect “Jeopardy!” contestant. But given how he’s made a level of excellence rarely seen on the television quiz show appear almost mundane, it sometimes seems that way. Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings Tuesday on his 14th appearance. …
  • Mark Geragos

    Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the “Empire” actor’s attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true. Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo said in …
  • Donald Trump, Melania Trump

    Mueller report release not exactly appointment viewing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Given all the attention it has received over the past two years, the actual release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report wasn’t exactly appointment television viewing. The ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast networks and the cable’s CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC collectively averaged 12.7 million viewers last Thursday when the redacted report on Russia’s involvement …
  • Pete Buttigieg

    Fox News to host town hall meeting with Pete Buttigieg

    NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is the latest Democratic presidential candidate to agree to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel. The May 19 event will be broadcast live from Claremont, New Hampshire. Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace will moderate. Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and openly gay Afghanistan veteran serving his second term …
  • John Singleton

    John Singleton of ‘Boys N the Hood’ in coma after stroke

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, court papers filed Thursday showed. The 51-year-old director’s condition was revealed in a court filing from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting she be immediately appointed his temporary conservator to make medical …
  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s …
  • Jenni Rivera

    Emilio Estefan to make documentary on late star Jenni Rivera

    NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan, who hopes to show the world the person and the friend that he got to know. “I really want people to know her with the same admiration that I had for her as a human being, and …
  • Daniel Craig

    Bond 25 launches in Jamaica, Rami Malek to play villain

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and director Cary Fukunaga on Thursday launched the film from the Caribbean island nation where Ian Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels. The still untitled movie will …
  • Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams’ “The Apollo” premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams’ documentary. The movie and setting added up to a gala tribute to the 125th …
  • What the Heckboy: Theater near church avoids ‘Hellboy’ title

    DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee movie theater that sits across from a church and next to an elementary school is promoting the latest movie in the “Hellboy” franchise as “Heckboy.” The Tennessean reports the PG advertisement at the Dickson theater has caused a local buzz around the $50 million movie, which grossed $19.8 million in its first two weekends. …
  • Mark Medoff, Phyllis Frelich

    ‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

    Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose “Children of a Lesser God” won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman. He had been battling both multiple myeloma, a …
  • John Havlicek and Walt Hazzard

    John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

    BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. He was 79. The Celtics said the Hall of Famer died Thursday in Jupiter, Florida. The cause of …
  • Robert Kraft

    Attorneys for Patriots owner set to challenge sex video

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s high-profile attorneys normally don’t handle second-degree misdemeanors like soliciting a prostitute, but that’s only part of what he needs them to do. Their main job is to make sure the public never sees videos that police say show Kraft twice paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor. …
  • Prince Harry attends public event as royal baby wait goes on

    LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has attended a service commemorating war dead from Australia and New Zealand as he and his wife Meghan await the birth of their first child. Meghan is due to give birth soon, though the couple hasn’t revealed the due date or their birth plans. Harry was a last-minute addition to Thursday’s Anzac Day service at …
  • Michael Madsen

    Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month. Madsen, 61, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI, …
  • Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and others read at poetry benefit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some nights remind you there’s a poem for everyone. If you’re a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux’s “A Short History of the Apple.” For the dancer-choreographer Savion Glover, there’s Allison Joseph’s tribute to a standby of 1970s television, “Soul Train.” And if you’re former “Today” …
  • Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series “Dallas,” has died. He was 83. Kercheval died Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana, said Jeff Fisher, his agent. The cause of death was being kept private by family, Fisher …
  • Cohen says he pleaded guilty to crimes he didn’t commit

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prison-bound former lawyer told actor Tom Arnold last month that he pleaded guilty to some crimes he didn’t commit so his wife wouldn’t “get dragged into the mud of this crap.” Michael Cohen told Arnold “they had me on campaign finance” for arranging hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had …