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Depp takes stand in libel trial, claims Amber Heard hit him

Jul. 7, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp gave evidence in a London court on Tuesday, denying claims that he hit ex-wife Amber Heard and accusing her of assaulting him and depicting him as a “monster.” Depp sat in the witness box in a wood-paneled High Court courtroom on the first day of his libel case...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Capitol closing after Assembly member gets virus

Jul. 7, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak is closing California’s Capitol and forcing the Assembly to put off its return to work as infection and hospitalization rates soar across the state. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat from Inglewood, tweeted Monday that she was exposed to COVID-19...

Washington Nationals' manager Dave Martinez, left, and bullpen coach Henry Blanco walk together during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Stadium, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts over virus testing delay

Jul. 7, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros called off training camp practices after...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, center, and center fielder Cody Bellinger, right, chat during the restart of baseball spring training Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Betts: Baseball didn't do good job with response to Floyd

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts wasn’t moved by Major League Baseball’s response in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star has a goal of getting the Black community to love baseball as much as he does. MLB released a...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood, calls on lawmakers to approve a wildfire measure she co-authored, with Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office confirmed five people who work in the Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus. They include Burke, who is believed to have contracted the virus while on the Assembly floor last month. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Assembly delays session after virus outbreak

Jul. 6, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly’s return to work from a scheduled summer recess, highlighting the rapid spread of the virus in a state that has imposed new restrictions on bars and restaurants following a...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith dribbles to the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland. J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push. The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the first day allowed under the rules of the NBA's summer restart. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File)

JR Smith overcomes 'very depressed state,' lands with Lakers

Jul. 6, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — JR Smith was not ready to wrap up his 15-year NBA career when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers in late 2018, and the ensuing 20 months were not much fun for the veteran shooter. “I went through a very depressed state for a long time," Smith said Monday. "I’m a big video...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 15, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson (52) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 to a $1.25 million, one-year contract, an incentive-laden deal that could be worth $13.25 million over two seasons. In what's become a familiar refrain, the Dodgers arrive at camp still looking for their first World Series championship since 1988. After losing in two straight World Series, they were ousted by Washington in five games in the NL Division Series last fall. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Dodgers RHP Jimmy Nelson to miss season with bad back

Jul. 6, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will undergo surgery on his lower back and miss the upcoming shortened season. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Nelson’s back had been bothering him since the start of spring training in February before camps were shut down in March...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts fields a fly ball during the restart of baseball spring training Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MLB '20 schedule: Yanks-Nats, Giants-Dodgers open on July 23

Jul. 6, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts, Gerrit Cole and a pair of high-profile matchups are set for opening day as Major League Baseball begins its shortened 60-game season on July 23 in ballparks without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB released the schedule Monday, and it starts with two games. Cole and the...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles FC's Carlos Vela is shown during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Toronto FC, in Los Angeles. Major League Soccer MVP Carlos Vela will not accompany Los Angeles FC to the league's return tournament in Orlando this month. Vela announced his decision Monday, July 6, 2020, citing his concern for the health of his family, including his pregnant wife.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

MLS MVP Carlos Vela will skip LAFC's trip to Orlando tourney

Jul. 6, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major League Soccer MVP Carlos Vela will not accompany Los Angeles FC to the league's return tournament in Orlando this month. Vela announced his decision Monday, citing his concern for the health of his family, including his pregnant wife, Saioa. “I always want to give everything...

In this March 8, 2019 photo released by CBS, Katrina Bowden, left, and Denise Richards appear in a scene from the daytime series

Denise Richards details return to set on 'Bold' amid virus

Jul. 6, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Denise Richards returned to the set of CBS' “The Bold and the Beautiful" last week after the pandemic shutdown filming for three months, a detailed, specific plan was in place to keep everyone safe. The soap opera is under a microscope, as one of the first U.S. productions to...