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Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

May. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about...

Stewart, Gibbs, Labonte elected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

May. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart headlines a Joe Gibbs Racing trio that has been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside car owner Joe Gibbs and former teammate Bobby Labonte. Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson were also voted in...

District attorney says Meek Mill should get new trial, judge

May. 22, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been biased against him. District Attorney Larry Krasner's office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court...

Sciamma's 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' sends Cannes swooning

May. 22, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Since her shimmering, shattering period romance "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" premiered to rapturous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, its director Céline Sciamma has had some time to consider the passionate response. "I think it's because it's a love story," Sciamma said in an...

Daniel Craig to undergo minor ankle surgery for Bond injury

May. 22, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is out of commission for a few weeks. Star Daniel Craig is undergoing minor ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica. The news comes Wednesday in a tweet from the official James Bond twitter account. The statement...

3 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scam

May. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court. They are among 14 parents who have agreed to admit to...

Report: Pilot saw flash just before Alaska midair collision

May. 22, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pilot saw a flash on his left side just before his plane collided with another plane in Alaska, killing six people, according to a preliminary accident report released Wednesday. The two planes carrying Alaska cruise ship passengers were returning from a flightseeing tour of...

The Stray Cats in mostly fine form on 1st album in 26 years

May. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

Stray Cats, "40" (Surfdog/BMG) After 26 years, the Stray Cats are back with a new album. And the seasoned felines are in mostly fine form. The boys who brought rockabilly back into the mainstream in the 1980s haven't lost a spare snare. The simple, elegant rhythm section of drummer Slim Jim Phantom and bassist...

US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

May. 22, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public and offering tax cuts to software and chip...

Atlantic City casino earnings way down amid more competition

May. 22, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More casinos have meant less profit in Atlantic City since two gambling halls reopened last summer. Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the nine casinos saw their gross operating profit decline by nearly 30% in the first quarter of...