• Deutsche Bank earnings up in 1st quarter but revenues drop

    BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Bank says it saw its profit improve by 67 percent in the first quarter, though revenue dropped 9 percent as proceeds from trading declined sharply. Germany’s biggest bank reported details of its January-March earnings on Friday, a day after it abandoned talks on a possible merger with German peer Commerzbank. The company said net profit was …
  • Sri Lanka says Easter attack leader died in hotel bombing

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The suspected leader of the militant group Sri Lankan authorities said carried out a series of Easter Sunday bombings died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel, one of six hotels and churches targeted in the attacks that killed at least 250 people, officials said Friday. Police said on an official Twitter account that Mohamed …
  • LEADING OFF: Vladdy Jr. debuts, La Tortuga gets his night

    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: IT’S TIME Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his big league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Oakland Athletics. The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero ripped through the minor leagues with a .331 average and .945 OPS over three-plus seasons. Guerrero’s smiling face was on the …
  • Kim Jong Un visits war memorial following summit with Putin

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at a ceremony honoring the war dead Friday before wrapping up a brief and generally successful visit to the Russian Far East for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin. Kim left for Pyongyang on Friday afternoon by his private train about 4 ½ hours earlier than …
  • The Latest: Putin: Belt and Road fits Eurasian bloc goals

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China’s Belt and Road infrastructure building conference. (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative meshes perfectly with the goals of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. Putin’s comments Friday to a forum in Beijing may help alleviate concerns over potential tensions as China’s economic footprint expands, …
  • Cuban migrants stage mass escape from center in south Mexico

    TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — At least 1,300 mainly Cuban migrants fled on foot from an immigration detention center on Mexico’s southern border Thursday in the largest mass escape in recent memory. The National Immigration Institute said 700 of the Cubans had returned voluntarily, but 600 were still on the loose. The institute said agents inside the compound weren’t armed and …
  • Asian shares fall on China stimulus worries, weak earnings

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after an overnight decline on Wall Street spurred by disappointingly weak earnings reports from 3M and other industrial companies. Concern that China may temper its economic stimulus pulled the Shanghai benchmark down 0.8% to 3,099.36. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.5% to 22,193.41 and the Kospi in South Korea …
  • The Latest: Tim McGraw on tap for 2nd night of NFL draft

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times EDT): 12:30 a.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell estimates 200,000 turned out for the first night of the NFL draft in Nashville on a rainy night, and Music City has an even bigger show ready in the wings. Country star Tim McGraw will perform a free concert Friday night …
  • Taylor Swift releases colorful new song, video called ‘ME!’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift released a colorful, upbeat single Friday morning, ending the weeks-long search the pop star set off when she teased fans with clues about a new project. Swift released “ME!” — featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco — on streaming services and also dropped its eye-popping music video Friday. It’s the first single …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Chiefs’ Hill suspended after audio discussing child abuse

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs effectively suspended Tyreek Hill from all team-related activities Thursday night while they investigate an audio recording that aired on a local TV station in which the star wide receiver’s fiancee accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son. The recording surfaced one day after prosecutors said they believed abuse had occurred in Hill’s …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Harvey Weinstein

    Important Harvey Weinstein hearing could be held in secret

    NEW YORK (AP) — An important pretrial hearing in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case could play out in secret if a judge rules against news organizations fighting to keep the courtroom open. Both the prosecution and defense have asked that Friday’s hearing, which will deal with trial strategy and potential witnesses, be held behind closed doors. Prosecutors say they want …
  • Chiefs’ Hill suspended after audio discussing child abuse

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs effectively suspended Tyreek Hill from all team-related activities Thursday night while they investigate an audio recording that aired on a local TV station in which the star wide receiver’s fiancee accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son. The recording surfaced one day after prosecutors said they believed abuse had occurred in Hill’s …
  • Prince Akihito

    Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father’s name. Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito’s voice on the radio declaring Japan’s surrender in World War II. Though he wouldn’t become emperor himself for another 44 years, Akihito embraced his role as peacemaker and often …
  • John Havlicek and Walt Hazzard

    John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

    BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek’s legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. “Havlicek stole the ball! “Havlicek stole the ball!” Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment that remains among the famous plays in NBA …
  • 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, …