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FILE - In this May 2, 2018 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears at an international film festival, where he promoted his latest film,

Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

Feb. 27, 2020 7:37 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars - where his latest movie leads this year's nominations - because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him. Women's rights activists have called for a boycott of Friday's Cesars...

A supporter holds a photo of Egypt's ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak as he weeps outside the gate of the mosque ahead of his funeral in New Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Egypt is holding a full-honors military funeral for Mubarak who was ousted from power in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Mubarak, 91, died on Tuesday at a Cairo military hospital from heart and kidney complications. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A Week in Pictures, Middle East

Feb. 27, 2020 7:32 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan region Feb. 20-26, 2020. This week’s selection includes the funeral of Egypt’s ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak; fighting in...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, opera star Placido Domingo salutes spectators at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. The Spanish government on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 has decided to cancel the participation of tenor Placido Domingo in Madrid's La Zarzuela opera theater in May 2020 in light of the latest developments in the sexual misconduct allegations against the legendary singer. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Plácido Domingo drops upcoming shows at Spanish opera venue

Feb. 27, 2020 6:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Global opera star Plácido Domingo has canceled his upcoming performances at one of Spain's main opera houses as officials and music venues in the tenor's home country reassess their ties after he apologized for sexually harassing women over the course of two decades. A statement from the...

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

Feb. 26, 2020 11:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91. Bell died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, according to Eva...

Connecticut guard Christyn Williams (13) drives to the basket against Cincinnati guard Florence Sifa, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Walker scores 25 as No. 6 UConn women beat Cincinnati 105-58

Feb. 26, 2020 11:16 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Three players scored at least 20 points, one of them breaking out of a deep slump. UConn put up 100 points for the first time this season. All along, the sixth-ranked Huskies have envisioned themselves doing it more often. Megan Walker scored 25 points, freshman Anna Makurat added 20, and...

Kyle Lowry, a former Villanova player and current Toronto Raptors player, waves to the crowd after a ceremony honoring him during an NCAA college basketball game between Villanova and St. John's, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

No. 12 Villanova beats St. John's 71-60 on night for Lowry

Feb. 26, 2020 9:42 PM EST

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Lowry was as headstrong as any Villanova star to wear the uniform, and nearly wore out his welcome with coach Jay Wright before he ever hit the court. The two have since become extremely tight, and when Lowry returned for a night in his honor, Wright requested a picture with...

Author Edwidge Danticat wins $20,000 Story Prize

Feb. 26, 2020 9:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwidge Danticat had an eventful Wednesday, praised for work both past and current. Hours after the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that she was among this year's new members of the venerable honor society, Danticat became the first two-time winner of the Story Prize, a...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Lawyers: New evidence backs Loughlin, Giannulli's innocence

Feb. 26, 2020 9:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said Wednesday that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California. An attorney for the...

FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Spain takes first European moves against Plácido Domingo

Feb. 26, 2020 8:04 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government said Wednesday it was canceling two upcoming performances by Plácido Domingo in Madrid to show support for the women who have accused him of misconduct and take a stand against sexual harassment, becoming the first in Europe to cancel on the megastar since since...

This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on stage after a special performance for students at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. It marks the first time a Broadway play has been performed at the venue  which is home to the New York Knicks basketball team and New York Rangers hockey team. (Jenny Anderson/DKC/O&M via AP)

Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

Feb. 26, 2020 7:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.” It marks the first time a...