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Sweden wants extension of rapper's detention after fight

Jul. 19, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky should be held for another week in pre-trial detention to allow police to finish investigating a June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm, a prosecutor said Friday. Daniel Suneson has asked Stockholm's District Court to hold A$AP Rocky — the stage name of...

Police search Kyoto animation studio where fire killed 33

Jul. 19, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police are searching for clues into why a man set a Kyoto anime studio on fire, gutting the building and crushing the hearts of many comic fans around the world. The man, screaming "You die!" stormed into Kyoto Animation on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on...

Ukraine's president says he backs prisoner swap with Russia

Jul. 19, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine is willing to swap a jailed Russian journalist for an imprisoned Ukrainian film director. Zelenskiy said in televised comments Friday that Ukraine could release journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, who have been in jail for a year on treason...

Li Na's tennis journey to stretch from China to Hall of Fame

Jul. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Li Na remembers first watching a tennis match on TV, drawn to the unforgettable style of one of the players. Andre Agassi had long hair, an earring and wore denim shorts, and made an instant fan in China. "Andre Agassi is my role model," Li said. Li went on to become one herself. The first...

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Jul. 18, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. The...

Sally Field, 'Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center award

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical...

Lin-Manuel Miranda geeks out on 'His Dark Materials'

Jul. 18, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda says he agreed to being in the adaptation of "His Dark Materials" before he even knew what part he was being offered. Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a cowboy who flies hot air balloons and gets into bar fights, although he says he would have sharpened pencils to be part of...

Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

Jul. 18, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them...

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

Jul. 18, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text...

Puerto Ricans try to forge movement to oust governor

Jul. 18, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Cruise passengers drifted through the streets of Old San Juan Thursday as shop owners took plywood down from store windows and painted over graffiti demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resign. On a colonial plaza behind the governor's mansion, a small group of men and women...