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Kobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding clouds

By STEFANIE DAZIO | February 7, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when he suddenly plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside, investigators and aviation experts indicated.Ara...

Probe: Bryant helicopter was 100 feet from clear skies

By STEFANIE DAZIO | February 7, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A witness to the deadly crash of a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others said it sounded normal just before slamming into a hillside and wreckage examined by experts at the scene showed no sign of engine failure, federal...

Principal on leave for post on Kobe Bryant’s death resigns

February 7, 2020

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — A high school principal in Washington state has resigned after a Facebook post suggested the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant deserved to die.Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell said in a statement Friday that he had accepted...

Bad weather moves into Eastern states; 5 dead in South


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding made traveling treacherous on Friday as a storm system moved into the northeastern United States, leaving rising water and at least five deaths in its wake across the South.More...

Man who ran down 2 students faces manslaughter charges

February 7, 2020

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man was charged with manslaughter Friday in the deaths of two suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes whom he hit with his truck as they ran on a sidewalk just a day after his own son was killed in a traffic accident.Max...

2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter’s uniforms

By STEFANIE DAZIO | February 7, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant 's widow announced Friday that a “celebration of life” memorial will be held on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash...

China’s Communist Party faces recriminations over virus

By KEN MORITSUGU and MARI YAMAGUCHI | February 7, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party faced public anger and recrimination Friday over the death of a doctor who was threatened by the authorities after trying to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus back in December. The death toll, meanwhile,...

Benetton fires famed photographer over insensitive remarks

By COLLEEN BARRY | February 7, 2020

MILAN (AP) — Photographer Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative advertising campaigns for Benetton, the Italian clothing brand famed for its colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship has been severed after Toscani outraged relatives...

Doctor’s death unleashes mourning, fury at Chinese officials

By JOE McDONALD | February 7, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The death of a young doctor who was reprimanded for warning about China’s new virus triggered an outpouring Friday of praise for him and fury that communist authorities put politics above public safety.In death, Dr. Li Wenliang became...

Storms sweep over Southeast with rain, wind, floods; 4 dead

By JAY REEVES | February 6, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A powerful winter storm raked the Southeast on Thursday with high winds, rain and floods that killed at least four people and injured several more across a dozen states. Rescue crews repeatedly pulled people from cars that got...

Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm about the virus dies

By KEN MORITSUGU | February 6, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak died Friday after coming down with the illness.The Wuhan Central Hospital said on its social media...

A rapid descent leads to screams on severed Turkish plane


ISTANBUL (AP) — As their flight abruptly descended into Istanbul and hit the ground with a rumble, a Turkish couple tensed up. They soon relaxed when they heard a routine announcement telling passengers they could use their cellphones while the airliner...