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Kings win 1st hoops game at Staples since Kobe’s death

By JOE REEDY | January 31, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — De'Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings knew it was going to be an emotional night in Los Angeles. They responded with one of their best games this season.Fox scored a career-high 34 points and the Kings made a franchise-record 21 3-pointers...

Grand Canyon visit inspired Kobe Bryant’s pilot to fly

By STEFANIE DAZIO | January 31, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ara Zobayan's passion for helicopters began as a teenager and took flight years later after a life-changing trip soaring above the vast Grand Canyon.The freedom felt by the man who would become Kobe Bryant's pilot was transformational,...

Mexico: Forest guardian suffered head trauma and drowning

By MARK STEVENSON | January 30, 2020

OCAMPO, Mexico (AP) — An anti-logging activist prominent in efforts to protect a Mexican forest where monarch butterflies spend the winter suffered a head trauma as well as drowning, authorities announced Thursday night, potentially adding weight to...

Winds topple US border wall being built; it falls in Mexico

January 30, 2020

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A portion of border wall being built in California toppled in strong winds, falling on a busy street on the Mexican side, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured.Concrete had not yet dried on several panels of steel poles...

Los Angeles high-rise that caught fire lacked sprinklers

By BRIAN MELLEY and STEFANIE DAZIO | January 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 25-story West Los Angeles apartment tower that caught fire, forcing firefighters to pluck stranded people from the rooftop and a ledge, had no sprinklers even though the same building burned seven years ago, authorities said.Flames...

Kobe Bryant’s death throws spotlight on crash-warning system


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant has led to calls for crash-warning systems to be installed in more helicopters, but regulators and pilots worry that the instrument can trigger too many alarms and prove distracting."Another...

Bond denied for officer in handcuffed man’s fatal shooting

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | January 29, 2020

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A judge denied bond Wednesday for a Maryland police officer who has been charged with murder after being accused of fatally shooting a handcuffed man in his patrol car.Judge Robert Heffron Jr. said he found convincing evidence...

US hits Russian railroad with sanctions over Crimea

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Moscow-based private railway company that last month opened passenger service between Russia and Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.The sanctions target...

Pentagon identifies 2 Air Force airmen killed in Afghanistan

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday released the names of two Air Force officers killed in the crash of their Bombardier E-11A electronic surveillance plane in Afghanistan.They were identified as Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam, and...

Grounded jet sends Boeing to first annual loss in 2 decades

By DAVID KOENIG | January 29, 2020

Boeing, an icon of American manufacturing, suffered its first annual financial loss in more than two decades while the cost of fixing its marquee aircraft after two deadly crashes soared to more than $18 billion.New CEO David Calhoun on Wednesday stood...

Embiid scores 24 in uniform No. 24 for Bryant in 76ers’ win

By DAN GELSTON | January 28, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had to do it like the kids on the playground, a yell of "Kobe!" as he shot a fadeaway in the one-night-only No. 24 jersey he wore for his basketball idol.Embiid buried the bucket to give him a tidy 24 points — and yes,...

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety device


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control...