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Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

By GREG BEACHAM | February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking...

LA man charged with killing ex, prominent family therapist

February 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, a prominent family therapist and the former fiancee of comedian Drew Carey, was charged Wednesday with her murder.Dr. Amie Harwick died over the weekend after Gareth Pursehouse...

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in Hollywood Hills shooting

By ANDREW DALTON | February 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home,...

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

By ALAN FRAM | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates.Limbaugh's comments came eight...

Oscar parties: Pitt goes right in, Phoenix engraves-and-runs

By ANDREW DALTON | February 10, 2020

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Brad Pitt, tux still on but tie gone and best supporting actor Academy Award stowed away somewhere, stepped out of a car with a few friends at the quiet back entrance to Vanity Fair's annual post-Oscars party.“Do you want...

Melania Trump asks governors’ spouses to tackle cyberassault

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday cited the influence of “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation's governors to address cyberassault in their states.“I know the many issues associated with online safety...

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,...

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

By BERNARD CONDON and JUSTIN PRITCHARD | January 30, 2020

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...

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety device

By BRIAN MELLEY, DAVID KOENIG, and BERNARD CONDON | January 28, 2020

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...

Volatility defines Democratic race as candidates flood Iowa

By BILL BARROW | January 25, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates roared back into Iowa on Saturday touting fresh endorsements, critiquing their rivals and predicting victories in the caucuses that will soon launch the process of deciding who will challenge...