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Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

Feb. 22, 2019 12:19 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world's largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say....

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

Feb. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer to the public. Whether kneeling beside Empress Michiko to speak intimately with disaster victims, or...

Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

Feb. 22, 2019 12:10 AM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and...

The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

Feb. 21, 2019 11:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an "organized law enforcement spectacle" when its superintendent detailed investigators' findings about the alleged attack on the "Empire"...

Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62

Feb. 21, 2019 11:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and the rest of the sport for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team's spring training clubhouse. He was 62. The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team's...

Correction: Oscars-Untelevised Categories story

Feb. 21, 2019 11:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about the Oscars reversing a decision to hand out four awards during commercial breaks, The Associated Press erroneously described a quote from Board of Governors member Lois Burwell as discussing changes to the Oscars ceremony. Burwell was speaking about changes to the...

Emotional ceremony honors Hall, Stenberg, Layne and Lewis

Feb. 21, 2019 10:47 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amandla Stenberg brought the audience to their feet as she talked of being protected by the ancestors. KiKi Layne evoked tears as she talked about having the comfort of black women during an exciting but "terrifying" time. Regina Hall kept people in stitches as she cracked...

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

Feb. 21, 2019 9:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage...

Oscars producers say the show is in 'good shape' for Sunday

Feb. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK? It's an understandable query. Producing the Oscars is guaranteed to be a stressful job, but the road to the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, has...

Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

Feb. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court...