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Dressel, Ledecky win athletes of year at Golden Goggles

Dec. 08, 2021 01:08 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were honored as male and female athletes of the year at USA Swimming’s annual Golden Goggle awards on Tuesday night. Dressel repeated as athlete of the year after earning gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 free, and 100...

Youngkin inaugural plans include pricey dinner, musical act

Dec. 08, 2021 00:39 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is planning a celebratory inaugural weekend that will include a mix of high-dollar ticketed events and other functions open to the public, according to a program that also touts an appearance by an unspecified Grammy-winning musical...

Closing arguments set in actor Jussie Smollett's trial

Dec. 08, 2021 00:13 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning in the case against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in downtown Chicago to get publicity. The jury is then expected to begin...

Both sides rest in Josh Duggar child pornography trial

Dec. 07, 2021 21:52 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The defense rested Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor sharply questioned a computer expert during the state’s cross-examination. Duggar, 33, is charged with receiving and possessing child...

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist arrested in France

Dec. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested Tuesday in France, according to a French judicial official. The official said the suspect was being held on the basis of a Turkish arrest warrant. He requested not being named in accordance...

Iowa Auditor Sand seeking 2nd term, won't run for governor

Dec. 07, 2021 21:10 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced Tuesday he would run for re-election in 2022 and not for governor as some supporters had been urging. Sand said in a video posted to his Twitter account that he...

Defense rests after Jussie Smollett repeatedly denies 'hoax'

Dec. 07, 2021 21:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett on Tuesday repeatedly denied he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself for publicity, telling a prosecutor as the trial neared its end that “there was no hoax on my part” and that two brothers who testified against him are “liars.” ...

Met Opera to present Blanchard's 'Champion' in April 2023

Dec. 07, 2021 21:01 PM EST

The Metropolitan Opera will present its premiere of Terence Blanchard’s first opera, “Champion,” about closeted gay boxer Emile Griffith, in April 2023 following the success of the composer’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” on the opening night of this season. “Champion”...

Publisher scraps plans to release book by Chris Cuomo

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned book by Chris Cuomo has been canceled as fallout continues for the former CNN host who had privately helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual harassment allegations. A spokesperson for Custom House, an imprint of...

4-division champ Roy Jones Jr. heads Boxing HOF selections

Dec. 07, 2021 20:39 PM EST

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Roy Jones Jr., Miguel Cotto and James Toney have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame along with three-division female champions Regina Halmich and Holly Holm. Also selected for induction were publicist Bill Caplan in the Non-Participant...