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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Opera star Placido Domingo listens to applause at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a week-long singing competition organized by Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

Feb. 19, 2020 3:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year...

Bong Joon-ho, director of Oscar-winning “Parasite,” laughs during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Bong said Wednesday “the biggest pleasure and the most significant meaning” that the film has brought to him was its success in many countries though the audiences might feel uncomfortable with his explicit description of a bitter wealth disparity in modern society. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Bong happy 'Parasite' succeeded despite disparity it showed

Feb. 19, 2020 3:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Oscar-winning “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho said Wednesday the film's "biggest pleasure and the most significant meaning” to him is that it succeeded even though the audiences might feel uncomfortable with his explicit description of bitter wealth disparity...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2004 file photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, five years after the show was conceived and a year after production began, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25, with U.S. dates expected to follow. The singer's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston says it's the right time for a revival, and says it's a show Whitney Houston would've wanted. The concerts will feature a projected Houston performing most of her biggest hits, including “I Will Always Love You,

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

Feb. 19, 2020 3:20 AM EST

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow. “Now is just the right time,"...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump pardon

Feb. 19, 2020 2:08 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. The Republican president said the punishment imposed on the Chicago Democrat and one-time contestant on Trump's...

In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles. Durst faces trial in the slaying of his best friend 20 years ago. Jury selection begins Wednesday, Jan.19, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Jurors in Durst murder case could face 5 month trial

Feb. 19, 2020 1:02 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For someone who says he doesn’t like talking with people, Robert Durst has shown a propensity to open up to strangers. It has not done him any favors. The New York real estate heir’s lengthy interviews with filmmakers led to a damning documentary on his suspected role in...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin during his flight to visit Chernigovets coal mine, in Beryozovsky, Kemerovo region, Russia. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Rosneft’s trading arm and its CEO, accusing the Geneva-based firm of providing a critical lifeline to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ending Putin's support of Venezuela no easy feat for US

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — In October 2016, the head of Russia's largest oil company traveled to the birthplace of Hugo Chávez, in the empty, sweltering plains of Venezuela, to unveil a giant bronze statue of the late socialist leader that he and his longtime friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin, commissioned...

FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Alice Marie Johnson, left, and her daughter Katina Marie Scales wait to start a TV interview in Memphis, Tenn. Crystal Munoz, a 40-year-old Texas woman, was among nearly a dozen people granted clemency Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, by President Donald Trump after her case was championed by Johnson, who herself got clemency at the urging of reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. Johnson, spent years with Munoz at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Woman who got pardon push from Kardashian West helps friend

Feb. 18, 2020 11:16 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A 40-year-old Texas woman was among nearly a dozen people granted clemency Tuesday by President Donald Trump after her case was championed by a woman who herself got clemency at the urging of reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. Crystal Munoz, who spent the last 12 years in prison after being...

In this Feb. 17, 2013, photo, Ja'Net DuBois attends Los Angeles Premiere of

'Good Times' Ja'Net DuBois dies; co-wrote 'Jeffersons' theme

Feb. 18, 2020 10:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died. DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The...

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, left, and teammate Jose Altuve sit in chairs as the wait to deliver statements during a news conference before the start of the first official spring training baseball practice for the team Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ;

Ouch: Offshore sports book sets odds for Astros' HBPs

Feb. 18, 2020 10:01 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred’s stern warning covering the intentional beaning of Houston players in the wake of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal hasn’t stopped an offshore sports book from publishing odds on a variety of bets related to possible plunkings. The player...

FILE - In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in

Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for 'Medea,' dies at 86

Feb. 18, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner who brought humanity to larger-than-life characters, whether it be the dotty schoolteacher Miss Jean Brodie, an aging opera star Maria Callas or the betrayed, murderous Medea, has died. She was 86. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died...