The Latest: Pole-sitter Byron leads Daytona 500 to green

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  (AP)  — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): 3:07 p.m. The Daytona 500 is under way, with William Byron leading the 40-car to the green flag. The 21-year-old Byron and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, 25, made up the youngest front row in the 61-year history of the “The … Continue reading The Latest: Pole-sitter Byron leads Daytona 500 to green

Police, Smollett reps: No updates on attack investigation

CHICAGO  (AP) — Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett are keeping quiet about the investigation into a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. Police said Saturday that the investigation had “shifted” after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them without charges. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police had reached out to Smollett’s attorney … Continue reading Police, Smollett reps: No updates on attack investigation

IS gunmen hide among civilians in last Syria holdout

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny territory on the banks of the Euphrates river, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow … Continue reading IS gunmen hide among civilians in last Syria holdout

NYC’s Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig with vibrant parade

NEW YORK (AP)  — Drums, dragons and dancers are parading through New York’s Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Pig. Confetti and spectators lined the route of Sunday’s Lunar New Year Parade in lower Manhattan. Some marchers sported cheerful pink pig masks atop traditional Chinese garb of embroidered silk. Others held aloft big … Continue reading NYC’s Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig with vibrant parade

Justin Thomas opens up a 4-shot lead at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — Justin Thomas, playing so well that even a shank turned into a par, finished off his third round Sunday morning with a 6-under 65 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott and J.B. Holmes going straight into the final round of the Genesis Open. The start of the tournament was delayed … Continue reading Justin Thomas opens up a 4-shot lead at Riviera

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

AYER, Mass.  (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts. The New York Democrat, a once-rising star who also ran for mayor, was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017. He began serving a 21-month prison sentence that November at the Federal … Continue reading Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

New No. 1 expected after Tennessee’s loss to No. 5 Kentucky

Tennessee kept rolling for a while after taking over the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll, unlike its previous stint at No. 1. The Vols slipped past Vanderbilt, the team that knocked them off the No. 1 perch a decade ago, and stretched their winning streak to a school-record 19 straight games. … Continue reading New No. 1 expected after Tennessee’s loss to No. 5 Kentucky

The Latest: Booker now reserving judgment on Smollett case

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker, who called the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett a “modern-day lynching” after the actor reported it, is withholding judgment on reports alleging Smollett is under investigation for possible involvement in his own assault. Booker told reporters after meeting with hundreds … Continue reading The Latest: Booker now reserving judgment on Smollett case