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Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Feb. 18, 2019 10:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head. Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night. Police say a man...

Million-selling 'Questioneers' team readies new picture book

Feb. 18, 2019 9:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The million-selling "Questioneers" team of author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts has an Election Day special planned. Abrams Children's Books announced Monday that "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez" will come out November 5. The picture book tells the story of Sofia Valdez, a...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 9:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge has refused to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie portrays French priest...

In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

Feb. 18, 2019 8:59 AM EST

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic...

Semenya arrives for landmark case at Swiss sports tribunal

Feb. 18, 2019 7:54 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Caster Semenya arrived at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday for a hearing in a landmark case that will challenge science and gender politics. The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa didn't take questions as she arrived at the court, but she flashed...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Feb. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers...

His last All-Star complete, Wade turns focus on playoff push

Feb. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade is adamant that the end of this season will be the right time for him to bid farewell to the game of basketball. The game of basketball spent the weekend disagreeing with him. Wade's final All-Star appearance as a player is now complete, a four-day trip that had...

Ducks retire Hall of Fame defenseman Niedermayer's No. 27

Feb. 18, 2019 12:42 AM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Scott Niedermayer accomplished a lot during his 18-year NHL career. The Hall of Fame defenseman added one more to the list on Sunday night when he became the ninth player to have his number retired by two teams. The Anaheim Ducks raised Niedermayer's No. 27 to the rafters at the...

Saudis say crown prince doesn't intend to buy Man United

Feb. 17, 2019 9:07 PM EST

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom's government said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with English football's most successful team. New York-listed United has been valued at around $4 billion and British newspaper The Sun...

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

Feb. 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the...