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Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

Jul. 17, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The ex-Beatle is collaborating with "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright. McCartney said he'd never considered writing a musical, but after meeting...

Martial penalty completes Man United's 4-0 win over Leeds

Jul. 17, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Anthony Martial's 69th-minute penalty completed the scoring in Manchester United's 4-0 win over Leeds on Wednesday for its second consecutive victory on a preseason tour. United led 2-0 at halftime on goals from 17-year-old Mason Greenwood in the seventh minute and England striker...

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt make final pitch to Conservatives

Jul. 17, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The two men competing to be Britain's next leader have held their final televised event in front of Conservative Party members who will decide the winner. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, Britain's former and current foreign secretaries, spoke and answered questions Wednesday in front of...

British Open at a Glance

Jul. 17, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — A brief look at the 148th British Open, which starts Thursday: Site: Royal Portrush. Length: 7,344. Par: 71. Field: 156 players. Playoff (if necessary): 3 holes, aggregate score. Prize money: $10.75 million. Winner's share: $1,935,000. Defending champion: Francesco...

Portrush attendance 2nd highest in British Open history

Jul. 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Royal & Ancient chief Martin Slumbers is fond of saying that a big-time sport needs a big-time crowd. That won't be an issue for the British Open's return to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. Slumbers said Wednesday that a record 61,000 people have attended...

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis after UK woman alleges rape

Jul. 17, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A dozen Israelis have been detained after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa, a Cyprus police official said Wednesday. The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to speak publicly...

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Jul. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an...

UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit 'absolutism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, a message that many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader — and at President Donald Trump. May, who is due to leave office in a week after a...

A homecoming for McDowell, the golfing son of Portrush

Jul. 17, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Inside the entrance to Rathmore Golf Club, just past a sign offering umbrellas for sale on a rainy day, sits a replica of the U.S. Open trophy the club's favorite son won at Pebble Beach in 2010. A large painting of Graeme McDowell hangs next to the bar, just in case...

McIlroy knows this is not just another British Open

Jul. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — On the final day of practice for the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy ripped a shot out of the light rough and began walking toward the green when he stopped in the middle of the fairway for a quick interview with Sky Sports. That's normal for McIlroy at any British...