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  • Curry, Durant, LeBron, Irving to start NBA All-Star Game

    Stephen Curry won a tiebreaker to join Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game. Curry and Houston's James Harden beat out Russell Westbrook for the two Western Conference backcourt spots Thursday...

  • Spurs C Gasol breaks finger during warmups, out indefinitely

    Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night. Gasol missed San Antonio's 118-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He was slated to start but left the court clutching his left hand before the national anthem. He had X-rays,...

  • Jackpot! Vegas looks to score big win by landing Raiders

    First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders. Once looked on with disdain by major sports leagues, this gambling city is now just 24 votes away from cashing in on one of the biggest sports jackpots ever. The Raiders made it official Thursday by filing for relocation...

  • Inauguration Day: Trump to become America's 45th president

    Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years. "It...

  • Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom

    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico. Extradited Thursday to face U.S. drug trafficking and other charges,...

  • Royal Navy removes WWII bomb from River Thames in London

    Britain's Royal Navy has removed a suspected World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London. The Metropolitan Police force says that officers were called Thursday afternoon "to reports of suspected World War II ordnance in the river" near the Houses of...

  • British man dies at 2022 World Cup stadium site in Qatar

    A British man has died working on World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament. World Cup organizers did not name the 40-year-old man or provide any details of the incident, saying...

  • Different era, different drug question for Rodriguez, Raines

    Moments after Tim Raines spoke openly about overcoming cocaine abuse, Ivan Rodriguez tried to avoid discussing whether he had used steroids. Different era. Different drug. An unavoidable topic when discussing Hall of Famers. Raines, Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell sat together for a news conference...

  • Graceland Black Lives Matter protest leads to lawsuit

    Five people have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Memphis and Elvis Presley's Graceland, saying they were discriminated against at a protest by a coalition associated with the Black Lives Matter movement during the annual vigil commemorating the singer's death. Graceland...

  • Gore stays mum on Trump meeting, says 'it's not the last'

    Former Vice President Al Gore said that while he wouldn't divulge specifics about his December conversation with Donald Trump, it wasn't "the last conversation." Speaking to a packed auditorium in Park City following the premiere of the climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth...

  • Solange Knowles headlines progressive 'Peace Ball'

    The main attraction, Solange Knowles, didn't hit the stage until close to midnight, but the 3,000 or so enthusiastic guests packed into the National Museum of African American History and Culture weren't going anywhere. It was an energetic crowd at Thursday's "Peace Ball," an evening organized...

  • Documents: Prosecutor caught on video having sex

    Court documents show that a Georgia prosecutor arrested in a prostitution sting was shown on video having sex. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/2iJ9odq ) reports that warrants show Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn also was identified by his license...

  • Las Vegas Sands paying $7M to settle corrupt practices probe

    U.S. authorities say billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to settle a foreign corrupt practices investigation of the firm's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China. Justice Department and FBI officials said Thursday the agreement with Las Vegas...

  • Federer joins Murray in 4th round at Australian Open

    Roger Federer showed against 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych that his first two wins against qualifiers at the Australian Open really were warmups. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded a lowly-by-his-standards 17th after spending six months on the sidelines last season, only needed 90 minutes to beat...

  • Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

    The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in Gambia's capital Friday in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power, while a regional military force was awaiting orders to act. The head of the regional force has said the troops will force Jammeh out if...

  • Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd Grand Slam

    One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age. Not the way she keeps making self-deprecating jokes about it at the Australian Open. Case in point: Asked about the Australian great Margaret Court after her third-round win over China's Duan Yingying at Margaret Court Arena...

  • 5 reported alive in rubble of Italian hotel hit by avalanche

    Five people were found alive in the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, two days after an avalanche tore through the mountain resort and trapped an estimated 30 people inside, rescue crews reported. "We found five people alive. We're pulling them out. Send us a helicopter," a rescuer said over firefighters'...

  • Brazil judge dies in crash ahead of corruption probe ruling

    Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki's died in a small-plane crash just weeks before he was to rule on a major corruption case that could implicate high-ranking politicians in several Latin American countries. While the cause of the Thursday's crash off a popular Brazilian coastal town...

  • 'Dance Moms' star's 2-day sentencing hearing set to begin

    A federal judge will decide if "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller should be sentenced to prison or probation for concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of income during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy fraud case largely boils down to one question: Did she intend...

  • Paramount inks $1B film co-finance deal with 2 Chinese firms

    Paramount Pictures said Friday it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will also set up an office on Paramount's lot later this year, the studio...

  • Madonna on Trump: 'We have gone as low as we can go'

    Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration. "He's actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go," she said Thursday night. "We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. INAUGURATION DAY: TRUMP TO BECOME AMERICA'S 45TH PRESIDENT The real estate mogul and reality TV star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington is set to be sworn...

  • Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend. It's also seen by many in Mexico as a delicately timed maneuver aimed at limiting political fallout for President...

  • Syria: IS destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

    Islamic State group militants destroyed the landmark ancient Tetrapylon and parts of the 2nd century Roman theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said the militants...

  • Actors, mayors rally at inauguration eve Trump demonstration

    Actors Robert De Niro, Sally Field and Mark Ruffalo joined hundreds of other people outside a Donald Trump building on Thursday for a pre-inauguration demonstration organizers said was meant to energize those concerned about the Republican president-elect's policies. The event, staged in front...

  • Rescuers searching for victims of Iran building collapse

    Rescue teams worked through the night to try and reach trapped firefighters and other victims after a commercial building collapsed in Iran's capital and killed at least 30 firefighters. Scores of workers and dozens of trucks were searching the ruins Friday, a day after a historic high-rise building...

  • Just 3 DC council members and mayor to watch parade

    Only three of the District of Columbia's 13 council members plan to view the presidential inauguration from the Wilson Building. Normally, the district's elected officials jostle with hand-picked constituents for a premier view of the inaugural parade. This year, The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/2k8ccxi...

  • McDonald's robbery leads to chase, crash, arrests on I-95

    Police say a robbery at a McDonald's in the Philadelphia suburbs led to a police chase, crash and then the arrest of four suspects on Interstate 95. The crash shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday ended the police chase and shut down all lanes of the highway near Highland Avenue in Chester for about an...

  • Goran Dragic evolving as a player and a leader for Heat

    Goran Dragic has already been mentioned in trade rumors, and it's quite reasonable to think that will continue over the next few weeks. His opinion on all that is clear: He wants to stay in Miami for a long time. And the way he's playing now, the Heat probably aren't eager to lose their point guard....

  • Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York to face charges

    Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday. A plane carrying Guzman landed at a suburban...

  • The low-cost contributors on each of the NFL's final 4 teams

    The construction of a Super Bowl team starts and stops with a championship-caliber quarterback. Don't discount the importance of those in-between ingredients, though, particularly the impact players on market-bargain contracts, toward winning a title. The quartet of quarterbacks left in the NFL...

  • UNESCO: 30 percent of Aleppo's ancient city destroyed

    UNESCO says about a third of the ancient city of Aleppo has been destroyed during the war in Syria. The United Nations cultural organization conducted an emergency mission in Aleppo from between Monday and Thursday this week to assess damage at the World Heritage Site and reported "extensive damage"...

  • The Latest: Early tweet from Trump, 'It all begins today!'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times local): 7:30 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump is starting inaugural day off with a tweet, saying "It all begins today!" Trump also says: "I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in....

  • 10 promises Trump made for his first day

    Behind in the polls in late October, Donald Trump ventured to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to give American voters a "contract" detailing what he would achieve during his first day in office. Beneath a list of 18 major actions was the flourish of Trump's familiar signature and a blank space for voters...

  • Another inaugural tradition _ prayer _ under fire over Trump

    For years, the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal parish with a dual role as a civic gathering place, has hosted a prayer service for the newly sworn-in president. But keeping the tradition this year has caused an uproar among Episcopalians opposed to President-elect Donald Trump. It's...

  • Roberts, target of Trump jabs, meeting Trump at Capitol

    Donald Trump and John Roberts are not likely to rehash Trump's criticism of the chief justice when they meet outside the Capitol at noon. Instead, they will take part in a venerable pas de deux of American political life. A Bible between them, Roberts will administer the presidential oath, the...

  • Despite campaign to-do list, Trump team coy about his plans

    Donald Trump campaigned on a detailed and extensive to-do list for his first day in office. A day before his swearing-in, his team was being coy about when and how he plans to cross items off it. As he's assembled his new government, Trump has backed off some of his promised speed, downplaying...

  • Doctors consider removing George H.W. Bush's breathing tube

    Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered whether to take out a breathing tube inserted two days ago to clear his airway. His wife, Barbara, diagnosed with bronchitis, was feeling "1,000 percent better" on Thursday after a dose of antibiotics and rest. The 92-year-old...

  • Protesters planning to disrupt Donald Trump's big day

    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the nation's capital for the inauguration of Donald Trump, and while the majority of those expected in Washington on Friday will be there to celebrate, some protesters say their plan is to do their best to disrupt the day. Late Thursday evening,...

  • On Obama's last day, a low-key end to fast-paced presidency

    With a few final moves and a round of goodbyes, President Barack Obama quietly closed out his presidency on Thursday and prepared for life as a private citizen, as the country readied itself for President-elect Donald Trump. Eight years after he started his presidency with a burst of activity and...

  • Springsteen cover band skips ball, but not Joe Piscopo

    A New Jersey inaugural ball has traded a Bruce Springsteen cover band for a famous Frank Sinatra impersonator. Comedian Joe Piscopo performed a version of Sinatra's "New York, New York" rewritten with New Jersey references at the Garden State Inaugural Gala Thursday. The B Street Band was set to...

  • GE's 4Q revenue misses Wall Street's view, hurt by oil

    General Electric's fourth-quarter revenue missed Wall Street's view, with continued softness in its oil and gas, transportation and lighting businesses. The industrial conglomerate's adjusted profit met analysts' estimates. For the three months ended Dec. 31, revenue declined to $33.09 billion...

  • 2 plead guilty to roles in fatal Haverhill home invasion

    Two Haverhill residents who had faced murder charges in connection with a deadly home invasion in the city in 2012 have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The Essex district attorney says that 25-year-old Angela Walsh and 24-year-old Joshua Cloutman pleaded guilty Thursday to armed robbery and breaking...

  • Suspect in Florida officer's slaying faces 5 new charges

    A day after an expletive-laced court appearance on charges he killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, a fugitive is due in court again in Florida to face five new charges filed against him in the death of an Orlando police officer. The latest charges against 41-year-old Markeith Loyd include first-degree...

  • Five for Friday: Eight years of President Obama with the Ravens, Terps and more

    President Barack Obama leaves office today, and depending on your political leanings, this gives America the chance to either rediscover its greatness or make Russia fashionable again. Whatever you believe, this much is certain: We'll always have the time Obama told Ed Reed that he looked like...

  • 8 reported alive, including two children, in rubble of Italian hotel hit by avalanche

    Italian news reports say the number of people found alive under the rubble of the avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy has risen to eight, including two children. State-run RAI, Sky TG24 and the ANSA news agency, raised the initial number of survivors. Earlier, AP staffers reaching the scene...

  • Jury has case of man charged with attacking Japanese tourist

    Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a western New York man charged with attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park. A Niagara County Court jury deliberated briefly Thursday without reaching a verdict on the robbery, sexual abuse and assault charges against 44-year-old Joseph...

  • Trump promised to do these 10 things on his first day as president

    Behind in the polls in late October, Donald Trump ventured to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to give American voters a "contract" detailing what he would achieve during his first day in office. Beneath a list of 18 major actions was the flourish of Trump's familiar signature and a blank space for voters...

  • Spain says Russian detained for US is a top financial hacker

    Spanish police say a detained Russian computer programmer is one of that country's most important hackers and is wanted by the United States for suspected financial fraud amounting to some $5 million (5 million euros). A Civil Guard statement Friday said Stanislav Lisov, 32, who was arrested Jan....

  • Chinese sportswear brand makes inroads in tennis world

    Svetlana Kuznetsova has a different look than most tennis players. And it's not just all the tattoos. In a tennis world dominated by the bright colors of Nike and Adidas, as well as new fashion entrants like Uniqlo, Kuznetsova has taken a risk with her clothing sponsor — a Chinese company called...

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