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The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):12:45 p.m.A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the...

Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

February 21, 2020

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent.In...

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

By MICHAEL TARM | February 20, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for...

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies.In at least some cases,...

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

By MICHAEL TARM | February 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.Blagojevich...

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.Those...

Ratings for NBA All-Star Game rise by 8 percent

February 17, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up 8% over last year, with an average of 7.3 million viewers watching Sunday night’s broadcast on TNT.About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team...

Column: Kobe, Ex-Comish Stern Waked as Only NBA Can

By JIM LITKE | February 17, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — It's been almost a month since Kobe Bryant died, almost two months since NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern preceded him. If one measure of a man is how much he's missed, well, the Windy City wake honoring both was raucous enough to...

Boyfriend of British TV presenter heartbroken by her death

By PAN PYLAS | February 16, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The boyfriend of Caroline Flack, the former British TV host for the controversial reality show “Love Island,” said Sunday that his “heart is broken" at her death as criticism mounted over her treatment by some British media.British...

Fox News has best ratings since Trump election, inauguration

By DAVID BAUDER | February 11, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The week President Donald Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial was Fox News Channel's best in the ratings since the weeks he was elected and inaugurated.The Nielsen company said Fox News averaged 4.27 million viewers in prime...

Ukrainian leader seeks more independence, fires top aide

February 11, 2020

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president dismissed his chief of staff on Tuesday in a sign of intensifying rivalries in his entourage and a possible move to distance himself from a powerful billionaire.President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration...

Douglas’ films included `Spartacus,’ ‘Lust for Life’

By The Associated Press | February 5, 2020

Films of Kirk Douglas (many also produced by him) include:“The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” 1946“Mourning Becomes Electra,” 1947“Out of the Past,” 1947“I Walk Alone,” 1948“The Walls of Jerico,” 1948“My Dear Secretary,” 1948“A...