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'Beale Street' tops Spirit Awards, Close wins best actress

Feb. 23, 2019 11:19 PM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two years after his "Moonlight" triumphed on the eve of the Oscars, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel "If Beale Street Could Talk" on Saturday topped the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning best film, best director and best supporting female for...

Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show

Feb. 23, 2019 10:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett looked comfortable...

Japan scholar and translator Donald Keene has died at 96

Feb. 23, 2019 9:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Donald Keene, a longtime Columbia University professor who was a giant in the field of Japanese literature and translation, died Sunday in Tokyo, the city that he had made his home. He was 96. His death was confirmed by Akira Someya, secretary general of the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki in...

Giant wooden troll is returning to Colorado ski town

Feb. 23, 2019 9:39 PM EST

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll will be reincarnated in a Colorado ski town, although it's unclear what it will look like or where it will sit. The Summit Daily reported Friday that Breckenridge officials have a deal with Danish artist Thomas Dambo to rebuild his troll this spring. It was...

Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

Feb. 23, 2019 8:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Saturday painted a dark portrait of a manipulative and sometimes violent R. Kelly, describing how he repeatedly sought out underage girls for sex, including one he encountered at her 16th birthday party and another who met the R&B star while he was on trial for child...

The Latest: Avenatti: Notion victims are lying 'outrageous'

Feb. 23, 2019 8:05 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 3 p.m. Lawyer Michael Avenatti says it's "outrageous" that R. Kelly's attorney questions whether the singer's accusers are telling the truth about being sexually abused by the R&B singer. Avenatti, who...

R. Kelly's life mirrors that of prosecutor who charged him

Feb. 23, 2019 5:54 PM EST

In R. Kelly's fight for his freedom, he faces a straight-talking prosecutor whose life in some ways parallels his own. Though the singer was dogged for decades by allegations he victimized women and girls, his fate only came into question after a documentary brought renewed public derision and charges were meted...

Indictments against R. Kelly list 4 victims

Feb. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were younger than 17. Below are details of the allegations in the grand jury indictments and outlined by the Cook County state's attorney....

Domestic workers gather to celebrate 'Roma' and the Oscars

Feb. 23, 2019 5:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Tapia never imagined that she would get to watch the Oscars at a party in Los Angeles, exchanging the sneakers she wears when she takes care of children in New York for a pair of high heel shoes. The Peruvian nanny is among dozens of domestic workers who will be honored Sunday as...

Prince Harry, wife Meghan in Morocco on official visit

Feb. 23, 2019 4:44 PM EST

CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have arrived in Morocco for an official trip scheduled to be their last international journey before she gives birth to their first child. Meghan is seven months pregnant and is expected to have their child in April. The...