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Yanks trying to keep Happ, won't rule out trying for Harper

Dec. 12, 2018 8:48 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The New York Yankees are trying to close a deal to keep left-hander J.A. Happ and keeping the door open when it comes to signing Bryce Harper. While New York isn't currently interested in the slugging Harper, general manager Brian Cashman says "we're a fully operational Death Star."...

The Latest: Media firm that aided Trump won't be prosecuted

Dec. 12, 2018 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump...

5 charged with running massive movie piracy ring

Dec. 12, 2018 6:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran an international piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," ''Godzilla" and "The Walking Dead." Wednesday's indictment alleges the men hacked computer...

Happy Days? Director Ron Howard visits Oklahoma birthplace

Dec. 12, 2018 6:31 PM EST

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Oscar-winning movie director Ron Howard says he still feels connected to the Oklahoma town where he was born but never lived, after visiting the now-shuttered hospital of his birth. Howard this week posted a photo of himself on Instagram posing outside the boarded-up building in...

Review: In 'The Mule,' Clint reflects on a life on the road

Dec. 12, 2018 6:25 PM EST

Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road. "The Mule" is the indefatigable Eastwood's second film just this year, following...

Argentine actor in anti-sex abuse video accused of rape

Dec. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine television actor who participated in a video asking women to denounce sexual assaults is himself being accused of rape. Actress Thelma Fardin accused Juan Darthes on Tuesday night of raping her in 2009 when she was 16 and he was 45. She spoke during a news...

Tencent Music shares rise on first trading day

Dec. 12, 2018 4:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rose nearly 8 percent to $14 on Thursday, their first day of trade. The company's initial public offering of 82 million shares, which was priced at $13 a share, is expected to raise between $1.07 billion and $1.23 billion....

Review: Spit spot! Blunt's a practically perfect Poppins

Dec. 12, 2018 4:24 PM EST

In the half-century since the original "Mary Poppins" debuted, we've learned a lot about refined sugar, frankly none of it good. Doctors tell us it can lead to obesity, heart disease and all sorts of other detriments to our health. But let's face it, there are times when a little sugar — oh what the heck,...

In Iceland, 13 'Yule Lads' come to town to herald Christmas

Dec. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

MYVATN, Iceland (AP) — The people of northern Iceland have had their travel plans disrupted with a record high snowfall this December. Roads have been shut, flights cancelled and school suspended. But for the children of this isolated North Atlantic island nation, the main worry is how the waist-high snow...

2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown

Dec. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kane Brown wasn't sure he was going to make it. But there was one thing he was certain about: He was never going to give up. The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music's most successful act of the year, and has been...