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Child prodigy wants people to know having autism is 'cool'

May. 26, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Tina Velazquez was in her kitchen when she heard someone sit down and start playing the grand piano in the other room. The Pembroke Pines resident figured it was her husband, Willie, returning home from work early. Instead, she walked into the surprise of a lifetime — her...

Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture

May. 26, 2018 1:19 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Real-world debates permeate this year's Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land. The sprawling exhibition, which opens Saturday for a six-month run, reflects...

Nebraska artist repopulates once-thriving town with plywood

May. 26, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

TAYLOR, Neb. (AP) — It takes you by surprise when you first spot the figures out of the corner of your eye. And they are all over this tiny Sand Hills town. They are plywood people, called "The Villagers" by the artist who created them. At the old Pavillion Hotel, it appears that two ghostly figures are...

South Dakota resident helps homeless woman start over

May. 26, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kim Bartling felt a little guilty about the $60 she spent during her last-minute Christmas shopping, especially when she remembered the toothy grin of the bag lady on Fifth Avenue. Her excitement at the dollar Bartling handed her on the steps of the New York Public Library that...

'Sesame Street' sues over new Melissa McCarthy puppet movie

May. 25, 2018 11:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of "Sesame Street" are suing the promoter of a new Melissa McCarthy movie, saying it's abusing the famed puppets' sterling reputation to advertise the R-rated film. A judge Friday scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop, which...

The Latest: Weinstein takes books on theater, film to arrest

May. 25, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of film producer Harvey Weinstein (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn't have time to read the books he brought with him. The film mogul carried three books under his...

Afroman to pay $65K in lawsuit filed by woman he punched

May. 25, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Musician and rapper Afroman has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched during a 2015 Mississippi performance. The Sun Herald reports a judgment filed Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court says Afroman must pay Haley Byrd in monthly installments of...

Alicia Silverstone is divorcing husband of nearly 13 years

May. 25, 2018 8:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Silverstone is divorcing her husband of nearly 13 years. The "Clueless" actress filed for divorce from Christopher Jarecki on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The two have been separated for two years. Divorce documents say the 41-year-old Silverstone and the...

Vindication, triumph, also fear: Weinstein accusers react

May. 25, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Watching the stunning images of Harvey Weinstein walking into a courthouse Friday in handcuffs, a detective on each arm, Louisette Geiss still felt a shiver of fear in reaction to the man who, she says, once cornered her and tried to physically force her to watch him masturbate. Yes,...

Authorities drop assault charges against Hope Solo

May. 25, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington state have dropped domestic violence charges against former U.S. national team star goalkeeper Hope Solo. Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault in 2014 after police said she assaulted two family members at a home in Kirkland, east of...