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  • China says US ‘power politics’ undermines global stability

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday accused the U.S. of undermining global stability with unilateral policies and “power politics” in the Chinese Defense Ministry’s first comprehensive outline of its policies since President Xi Jinping came to power. The U.S. was the first country mentioned in the document’s opening section about “prominent destabilizing factors” and “profound changes” in the international security …
  • British vessel transits strait where Iran seized tanker

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A large British-flagged vessel has transited the Strait of Hormuz in the first such passage made by a British ship since Iran seized a U.K.-flagged tanker last week. Maritime publication Lloyd’s List identified the vessel as BW Elm and reported that British warship HMS Montrose closely shadowed the vessel but did not provide a …
  • Asian stocks rise on report of revived US-China trade talks

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday following a report that U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will meet for talks next week. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all advanced. Investors were encouraged by a Bloomberg News report Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead a U.S. delegation to Shanghai for talks. That would be the first face-to-face …
  • LEADING OFF: Minor, Stroman start on deadline radars

    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: DEADLINE SHOWCASE Contenders will be tuned into starts by Texas left-hander Mike Minor and Toronto righty Marcus Stroman as the July 31 trade deadline nears. The free-falling Rangers have just about played their way out of contention for an AL wild card, and the 31-year-old could fetch a useful package of …
  • Accident in Turkey injures 25 tourists; most from Poland

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says a tour bus carrying tourists from Poland, Russia and Norway veered off a road near the Mediterranean coast and rolled over, injuring at least 25 people. Anadolu Agency said the accident occurred Tuesday near the popular holiday resort of Kemer, in Antalya province. The injured passengers were taken to hospitals in …
  • Robert Mueller

    Mueller to take center stage at Russia probe hearings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller finally faces congressional interrogators on Wednesday, testifying in televised hearings that Democrats hope will weaken President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects in ways that Mueller’s book-length report did not. Republicans are ready to defend Trump and turn their fire on Mueller and his team instead. Back-to-back Capitol Hill appearances, Mueller’s first since …
  • Black voters say they won’t forget Trump’s racist tweets

    DETROIT (AP) — Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her. Then President Donald Trump told four American congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from. “It was very hurtful to see the person who is the leader of the country that I live in and that I …
  • Country star Thomas Rhett announces 3rd daughter on the way

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Thomas Rhett will have a trio of daughters as he announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl. Rhett on Tuesday posted a photo of his other two daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, posing with their hands on his wife Lauren Akins’ belly. He added that he was “excited …
  • John Prine

    John Prine postpones shows due to stent surgery

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Americana singer-songwriter John Prine is postponing several shows this summer so he can have surgery to insert a stent to prevent a stroke. A statement on Prine’s website on Tuesday said Prine’s doctors told him he had an elevated risk of stroke and he plans to have the surgery this week. Prine, who was inducted into …
  • Aretha Franklin

    Another son says he should guide Aretha Franklin estate

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s sons disagree about who should manage what could be a multimillion-dollar estate. Attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a court filing that White should be named co-executor, or personal representative, along with Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens. Owens has had that role since the singer’s death last year, when …
  • ‘Joker,’ Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers pic among TIFF selections

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and Executive Director Joana Vicente announced 16 …
  • Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift score 10 MTV VMA nominations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift are the top contenders at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, each scoring 10 nominations. MTV announced Tuesday that Grande and Swift will compete in eight of the same categories, including video of the year. Swift’s gay pride anthem “You Need to Calm Down” and Grande’s breezy hit about her breakups …
  • B.B. King’s ‘Lucille’ guitar going up for auction

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Her name was “Lucille,” and in B.B. King’s hands she gave voice to the “King of the Blues.” Julien’s Auctions announced Tuesday that King’s black Gibson ES-345 prototype guitar is among the items from his estate that will go up for bid on Sept. 21. Julien’s says Gibson gave King the instrument for his 80th birthday. …
  • Lil Nas X

    Lil Nas X ties Billboard record set by Mariah, ‘Despacito’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X has taken his horse to the old town road and ridden it to the top of the Billboard charts for 16 weeks, tying a record set by Mariah Carey and Luis Fonsi. “Old Town Road” logs its 16th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, matching the success that …
  • Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon Ramsay denounces chefs who snub Michelin guide honors

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Gordon Ramsay has harsh words for chefs who reject Michelin stars. The famously profane Ramsay used an expletive to describe giving back a star rating. He said the guide’s mark of distinction belongs to a restaurant, not a chef. It’s an insult to Michelin and a mark against those who claim that stars impose fiscal …
  • Stars to frame global poverty issues in new NatGeo series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Common, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Hugh Jackman are enlisting in the Global Citizen movement. They’re among the celebrities featured in a National Geographic docuseries highlighting efforts to fight global poverty. The series is being done with Global Citizen, a group whose aim is to eradicate extreme poverty and its root problems through advocacy and activism. …
  • Slow ratings start for CBS’ O’Donnell after first week

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS chose the middle of the summer for Norah O’Donnell to debut as “CBS Evening News” anchor, so probably should not be surprised that not too many people noticed. The Nielsen company said that 5.24 million people watched her newscast each day on average last week. That’s essentially unchanged from the week before, when Jim Axelrod …
  • Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for Connecticut

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There she is. Here she isn’t. Miss America is leaving Atlantic City for the second time, trading one casino town for another in a move that caps a whirlwind of change at the nearly century-old pageant. This year’s pageant will be held at the Mohegan Sun Connecticut in Uncasville, Connecticut, the Miss America Organization said …
  • Lifetime to follow up on ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lifetime is still invested in the R. Kelly case. The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath,” a four-part series that includes interviews with new survivors and experts on the case. “Surviving R. Kelly ” was a six-part series that premiered last January. An estimated 12.8 million people watched the …
  • In NYC beset by crime, Morgenthau was made-for-TV prosecutor

    NEW YORK (AP) — He seemed almost out of central casting — tall and patrician, with a cultivated above-the-fray presence. And in fact, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau inspired some television casting of his own, as the model for the avuncular character of prosecutor Adam Schiff, played by actor Steven Hill on the long-running television series, “Law and …
  • Anna Sorokin

    State says not so fast on fake German heiress’ Netflix deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a New York judge to prevent the con artist Anna Sorokin from cashing in on a Netflix production expected to highlight the extravagant ruse that landed the woman who posed as a German heiress in state prison. The New York Attorney General’s Office recently challenged the contract Sorokin signed last year for the …
  • ‘Joker,’ Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers pic among TIFF selections

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and Executive Director Joana Vicente announced 16 …
  • Stuntman injury halts ‘Fast & Furious 9’ production in UK

    LONDON (AP) — Production of “Fast & Furious 9” has been halted after a stuntman for the action movie was severely injured in England. Work on the latest installment of the long-running franchise was put on hold Monday following the accident at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, 35 miles (53 kilometers) northwest of London. Joe Watts, a professional stuntman …
  • Mahershala Ali

    Marvel’s next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel’s push for more women and people of color in its immensely popular film franchise is extending to behind the camera as it launches its next round of films after the massive success of “Avengers: Endgame.” Of the five films the superhero studio announced at Comic-Con on Saturday, only one is set to be directed by …
  • Actor in original sci-fi classic ‘The Fly’ dies at 92

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Hedison, who starred in the original sci-fi classic “The Fly” and appeared in two James Bond films, has died. He was 92. He died Thursday in Los Angeles with his daughters at his side, a representative for the family, Jennifer Allen, said in an email Monday. Hedison portrayed Capt. Lee Crane in the long-running sci-fi …
  • ‘The Lion King’ rules and ‘Endgame’ scores all-time record

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there was any doubt that the 2019 box office belonged to the Walt Disney Co., this weekend put an end to it. Not only did its photorealistic remake of “The Lion King” devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but “Avengers: Endgame” also crept past “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing …
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    ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has passed ‘Avatar’ as biggest film ever

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The global box office has a new king in “Avengers: Endgame.” The superhero extravaganza this weekend usurped “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time, with an estimated $2.79 billion in worldwide grosses in just 13 weeks. “Avatar” held onto the record for a decade at $2.789 billion. The title comes with a few caveats, …
  • Angelina Jolie

    Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel’s Phase 4

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Avengers: Endgame” may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is not slowing down and only expanding in scope and diversity. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presentation at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night, announcing plans for the first two years of “Phase Four,” which will include Natalie …
  • Amelia Earhart

    National Geographic aims to solve Amelia Earhart mystery

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The deep-sea explorer who discovered the wrecked Titanic is tackling an aviation mystery: Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Robert Ballard and a National Geographic expedition will search for her plane next month near a Pacific Ocean atoll that’s part of the Phoenix Islands. Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were attempting an around-the-world flight when their aircraft disappeared …
  • Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon Ramsay denounces chefs who snub Michelin guide honors

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Gordon Ramsay has harsh words for chefs who reject Michelin stars. The famously profane Ramsay used an expletive to describe giving back a star rating. He said the guide’s mark of distinction belongs to a restaurant, not a chef. It’s an insult to Michelin and a mark against those who claim that stars impose fiscal …
  • Stars to frame global poverty issues in new NatGeo series

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Common, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Hugh Jackman are enlisting in the Global Citizen movement. They’re among the celebrities featured in a National Geographic docuseries highlighting efforts to fight global poverty. The series is being done with Global Citizen, a group whose aim is to eradicate extreme poverty and its root problems through advocacy and activism. …
  • Country star Thomas Rhett announces 3rd daughter on the way

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Thomas Rhett will have a trio of daughters as he announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl. Rhett on Tuesday posted a photo of his other two daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, posing with their hands on his wife Lauren Akins’ belly. He added that he was “excited …
  • John Prine

    John Prine postpones shows due to stent surgery

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Americana singer-songwriter John Prine is postponing several shows this summer so he can have surgery to insert a stent to prevent a stroke. A statement on Prine’s website on Tuesday said Prine’s doctors told him he had an elevated risk of stroke and he plans to have the surgery this week. Prine, who was inducted into …
  • Aretha Franklin

    Another son says he should guide Aretha Franklin estate

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s sons disagree about who should manage what could be a multimillion-dollar estate. Attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a court filing that White should be named co-executor, or personal representative, along with Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens. Owens has had that role since the singer’s death last year, when …
  • Thomas crashes again as heat wave engulfs Tour de France

    NIMES, France (AP) — Crashing is becoming a bad habit for defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas. After hitting the ground twice over the past two weeks, the Welshman fell off his bike one more time on Tuesday as a heat wave engulfed the race ahead of grueling days in the Alps when the Tour will reach its climax. …