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Important Harvey Weinstein hearing could be held in secret

Harvey Weinstein

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 …

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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 …

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Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

Prince Akihito

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 …

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John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

John Havlicek and Walt Hazzard

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 …

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Attorneys for Patriots owner set to challenge sex video

Robert Kraft

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. …

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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 …

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Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole

Michael Madsen

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, …

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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” …

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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 …

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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 …

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