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Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout...

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...

Southern storms, flooding, tornado in east Mississippi city

Feb. 23, 2019 11:06 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. The tornado struck about 5 p.m. in the east Mississippi city...

Mueller: Manafort 'brazenly violated the law' for years

Feb. 23, 2019 7:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel...

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

Feb. 23, 2019 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely...

Sheriff: No likely survivors in jetliner crash near Houston

Feb. 23, 2019 8:57 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff. Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "went in nose first," leaving a debris field three-quarters...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

Feb. 23, 2019 11:09 PM EST

DANDONG, China (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong Chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader's sister, the North's...

'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...

Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally

Feb. 23, 2019 6:48 PM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena. With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the...

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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...

Guam declared clear of danger from powerful Pacific typhoon

Feb. 23, 2019 11:19 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Authorities have declared Guam clear of the danger of a powerful typhoon in the Pacific Ocean. Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio says the U.S. territory will in the coming days assess the damage caused by winds from Typhoon Wutip. People didn't wait for the government's announcement to leave...

The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

Feb. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

Feb. 23, 2019 11:09 PM EST

DANDONG, China (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong Chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader's sister, the North's...

Southern storms, flooding, tornado in east Mississippi city

Feb. 23, 2019 11:06 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. The tornado struck about 5 p.m. in the east Mississippi city...

Sheriff's deputy shot, man dead in Tennessee during standoff

Feb. 23, 2019 10:50 PM EST

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who fired on sheriff's deputies has died in a standoff at a Tennessee home in which deputies returned fire and one of the officers was shot and wounded. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 44-year-old Jackie Scott Pendergrass was found dead in the home...

The Latest: Sheriff says police have found parts of plane

Feb. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a cargo jetliner near Houston (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells the Houston Chronicle that investigators have recovered parts of the cargo plane that crashed just east of Houston. "There's everything from cardboard boxes to...

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...

Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout...

The Latest: Mississippi tornado wrecks businesses, shops

Feb. 23, 2019 10:04 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Bystanders say a tornado has destroyed or heavily damaged some businesses in a commercial district in Columbus, Mississippi, toppling trees and blacking out power in the area. Lee Lawrence, who has been selling...