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FILE - This is a 1981 file photo showing San Francisco 49ers NFL football quarterback Joe Montana. Soon after the Super Bowl matchup was set, Hall of Famer Joe Montana went to Twitter to send out a picture of his framed jerseys for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Montana won four Super Bowl titles in 14 years with the 49ers before finishing his career with two seasons on the Chiefs when he made one trip to the AFC championship game.(AP Photo/File)

Joe Montana headlines QBs with ties to 49ers, Chiefs

Jan. 29, 2020 4:20 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Soon after the Super Bowl matchup was set, Hall of Famer Joe Montana went to Twitter to send out a picture of his framed jerseys for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Cool will be a champion once again. "You heard from me first. I GUARANTEE my team will win the SUPER...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, image from video posted on Douyin, a popular Chinese social media platform, Wei Zikai's family plays badminton in the living room of their home in Wuhan, China. Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. (Douyin user Wei Zikai via AP)

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

Jan. 29, 2020 4:09 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. A couple from Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong province, recreated a childhood...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, people walk by the One Franklin Square Building, home of The Washington Post newspaper, in downtown Washington. Washington Post political reporter Felicia Sonmez, who had been placed on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about a 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant, has been cleared to return to work, the paper said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WaPo clears writer who tweeted about Bryant rape allegation

Jan. 28, 2020 10:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington Post reporter who had been placed on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about a 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant has been cleared to return to work, the paper said Tuesday. In a statement, the Post said that an internal review had determined that...

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'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

Jan. 28, 2020 9:01 PM EST

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt the book didn't ring true. “I was reading...

Lev Parnas blocked from Senate impeachment hearing Wednesday

Jan. 28, 2020 8:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions has a ticket to Wednesday's U.S. Senate impeachment trial, but he won't be going. Instead, Lev Parnas will go to Washington with his lawyers to show support for a fair trial, his...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, medical workers in protective gear help a patient near an ambulance in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province.As Beijing instates one of the largest quarantines in modern history, locking down over 50 million people in Hubei province, questions are swirling around the provincial government's sluggish initial response. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Wuhan officials face questions, anger over virus response

Jan. 28, 2020 8:12 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Last Wednesday evening, top officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan settled into their seats at an auditorium for a Lunar New Year gala — even as a new virus that originated in their city was spreading rapidly. Dozens of actors, actresses and musicians performed, some despite...

NFL dealing with social media hackers during Super Bowl week

Jan. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league's records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts for the league and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL said Tuesday that its...

Wienermobile pulled over in Wisconsin for traffic infraction

Jan. 28, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Oscar Mayer's iconic Wienermobile got a grilling from a Wisconsin sheriff's deputy because the driver of the giant hot dog failed to give enough room to another car on the road with emergency lights. The deputy pulled over the Wienermobile and gave the driver a verbal warning for not...

FILE - This file image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Islamic State group seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine but tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the region provide a comeback opportunity for the extremist group. (Department of Defense via AP, File)

IS tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions

Jan. 28, 2020 1:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine. But tensions...

Wearing a Kobe Bryant No. 8 Lakers jersey, Olivia Tyler, 19, of Simi Valley, Calif., views the memorial at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and pray for the families of the victims of the Sunday helicopter crash that took the lives of the former Lakers star and eight others, Monday morning, Jan. 27, 2020. Tyler said she has idolized Bryant for years and that she previously played at the sports academy but before Bryant bought it. She met him at a UCLA basketball game in 2017 and he gave her a high-five.

Washington Post places reporter on leave after Bryant tweet

Jan. 27, 2020 10:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has placed a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday. Dozens of journalists at the newspaper criticized the decision. Reporter Felicia Sonmez's tweet...