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Police report: Ex-NFL star Mark Rypien says he hit wife

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien recently acknowledged to a Washington state police officer that he struck his wife during a domestic dispute, but his attorney later contended it was in self-defense. A report by Spokane Officer Todd Brownlee said Rypien acknowledged hitting his wife, Danielle, on June 30. The former Washington Redskins quarterback told police …

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Disney cancels premiere after death of star Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney Channel has canceled the red-carpet premiere of its movie “Descendants 3” after the death of 20-year-old star Cameron Boyce. Disney Channel said in a statement Thursday that instead of the July 22 event, the telecast will be dedicated to Boyce’s memory and the Walt Disney Company will make a donation to the Thirst Project, a …

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‘Miss us?’ Twitter hit with hour-long outage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “Miss us?” Twitter tweeted from its official account as the Great Twitter Outage wound down. We did, apparently. For nearly an hour Thursday, the service we use to keep up with everything and nothing appeared inaccessible for people around the world, regardless of celebrity status or follower count. We reloaded and reloaded. Some turned to Instagram, …

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Judge approves new Weinstein legal team led by #MeToo critic

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge gave Harvey Weinstein the green light Thursday to shake up his defense team yet again — this time a mere two months before the disgraced movie mogul whose case inspired the #MeToo movement is due to stand trial in New York on sexual assault charges. One lawyer had already bolted amid public backlash. Now …

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ make final grabs for Emmy glory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a long-running, much-admired television series ends, Emmy voters can bring the show and its stars back for a final bow — or give them the bum’s rush. “Game of Thrones,” ”Veep” and “The Big Bang Theory,” three major series that wrapped last season, will find out with Tuesday’s nominations if they get another shot at …

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Skopje zoo’s chimp returns after recovering from depression

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje’s zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says. Koko was reunited with his keeper, Dragan Trajkovski, on Thursday, who said he was overjoyed to see the chimp again. “It was a joy I cannot describe,” the 49-year-old told …

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David Bromberg fears huge violin collection must be split up

WLIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — David Bromberg, a master of stringed-instrument Americana, says a deal to sell his massive collection of historic violins to the Library of Congress has fallen through. The singer-songwriter and session musician has compiled a collection of 263 historic American violins over the years, and at 73, was hoping to sell it intact for $1.7 million as …

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Man arrested in UK after climbing Buckingham Palace gates

LONDON (AP) — London police have arrested a man who climbed the front gates of Buckingham Palace while Queen Elizabeth II was in residence. The Metropolitan Police Service said the 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing early Wednesday by members of its royalty protection unit. The police department said he was released from custody Thursday while the investigation …

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The Latest: Lawyers for Weinstein and an accuser speak out

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on efforts to recast Harvey Weinstein’s legal team (all times local): 10:30 a.m. A lawyer for one of the accusers in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case is taking aim at his new counsel’s remarks about the #MeToo movement. Weinstein’s new lawyer, Donna Rotunno, has espoused a philosophy that the movement spurred …

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Taylor Swift shakes off drama with fun concert performance

Taylor Swift

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she’s not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn’t directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-blown pop project to her latest title. There was one …

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