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'Black Panther' designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee

Feb. 19, 2019 1:36 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in "Black Panther." But before that show, Carter will receive a career achievement award Tuesday at the 21st annual...

DeBrincat has 5 points, Blackhawks hold off Senators 8-7

Feb. 19, 2019 12:58 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat had the best game of his career, and the Chicago Blackhawks needed all of his production. DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 8-7 on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games. The five points for the 21-year-old...

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

Feb. 18, 2019 11:05 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Refusing to back down amid a mounting battle over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, the government of President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that it will hold its own huge concert to rival one being organized by billionaire Richard Branson, a backer of opposition leader Juan...

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

Feb. 18, 2019 10:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers. She says in an emailed statement that his lawyers "will keep an...

W.E.B. Griffin, prolific military novelist, dead at age 89

Feb. 18, 2019 9:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died at age 89. Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details. Himself a...

Lisa Borders steps down as head of Time's Up organization

Feb. 18, 2019 7:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lisa Borders says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time's Up, the gender equality initiative formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood. Borders says in statement Monday that she is stepping aside "with deep regret" due to family issues. She didn't...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Feb. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint. The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the...

Correction: Berlin Film Festival-Women story

Feb. 18, 2019 5:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about women filmmakers at the Berlin Film Festival, The Associated Press reported erroneously that women directors represent 63 percent of the films at the Berlin Film Festival. Men still represent the majority of the film directors at the festival at approximately 55...

First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions

Feb. 18, 2019 3:37 PM EST

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Glance around the "Jeopardy!" set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power. There's Brad Rutter, whose overall "Jeopardy!" haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. And Ken Jennings, a 74-game...

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

Feb. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have...