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‘Frozen 2’ aiming to build on the power of the original

Nov. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Idina Menzel first started performing “Let It Go” live in concerts, she thought the lyrics and soaring vocals would empower all those young girls in the audience dressed up as Elsa. Instead, Menzel said she often walked away from those performances feeling just as...

Michelle Obama signs ‘Becoming’ copies on book’s anniversary

Nov. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama marked one year since publication of her best-selling memoir at a book signing in the nation’s capital Monday. “It’s so good to meet you,” the former first lady told patrons as she signed copies of “Becoming” at a Washington, D.C.,...

Lawsuits by Michael Jackson accusers likely to be restored

Nov. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court appeared strongly inclined Monday to give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys. Three judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a tentative ruling that lawsuits from James...

Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts

Nov. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself. Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions: HOMES: “Architectural Digest: AD at 100, a Century of...

Like her parents, Blue Ivy now an award-winning songwriter

Nov. 18, 2019 8:36 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At just 7, Blue Ivy Carter is an award-winning songwriter. Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at Sunday’s Soul Train Awards for co-writing her mom’s hit “Brown Skin Girl,” a song celebrating dark- and...

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Police: Home in California backyard shooting was targeted

Nov. 18, 2019 8:32 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two men with semiautomatic handguns targeted a backyard gathering of family and friends in Fresno, spraying bullets that killed four men and wounded six other people before the assailants disappeared into the darkness, police said Monday. Authorities did not identify any suspects or...

Michelle Obama signs ‘Becoming’ copies on book’s anniversary

Nov. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama marked one year since publication of her best-selling memoir at a book signing in the nation’s capital Monday. “It’s so good to meet you,” the former first lady told patrons as she signed copies of “Becoming” at a Washington, D.C.,...

NYC water main break unleashes steam, snarls traffic

Nov. 18, 2019 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a water pipe break in New York City’s theater district has led to some billowing steam and rush-hour traffic tie-ups. Firefighters say no injuries have been reported from the incident around 5 p.m. at West 49th Street and Eighth Avenue. Utility Con Edison say a water...

Man pleads guilty to triple homicide in Mississippi

Nov. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EST

CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who admitted killing his wife and two other people at a party pleaded guilty Monday. Michael Barnhill, 31, of Winona, pleaded guilty in Carroll County to three charges of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated assault. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper...

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire

Nov. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew's effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and...

The Latest: Allred: Prince should speak to FBI about Epstein

Nov. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Prince Andrew’s efforts to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Attorney Gloria Allred says Britain’s Prince Andrew should voluntarily speak to the FBI about what he knows about Jeffrey Epstein. Allred made the comment...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. named honorary starter for Daytona 500

Nov. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the honorary starter for the 2020 Daytona 500, making him part of the pre-race ceremonies for the third consecutive year. Earnhardt made the announcement on his podcast Monday, one day after the NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami...

Twins' Max Kepler retraces steps in trip back to Germany

Nov. 18, 2019 5:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — When Max Kepler makes an acrobatic catch for the Minnesota Twins, perhaps he owes a bit to his parents. Back in his hometown of Berlin, the 26-year-old outfielder paid tribute to his parents, professional ballet dancers Kathy Kepler and Marek Rozycki. “I used to sit in the wings and...

Free e-book aims to spark talk on ‘culture of health’

Nov. 18, 2019 4:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Roxane Gay, Pam Belluck and Martha Wells are among the contributors to a free e-book story compilation supported by the public health philanthropy the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The e-book is called “Take Us to a Better Place: Stories” and is intended to create a...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end wobbly day slightly higher

Nov. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks ended a wobbly day with tiny gains on Wall Street, enough to nudge major indexes to more record highs. The market started lower Monday as traders waited for clues about where trade talks between the U.S. and...