DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | First Saudi female ambassador replaces king’s son in US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has appointed its first woman ambassador to represent the kingdom in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as defense minister. The state-run Saudi Press Agency announced the decisions in a series of royal decrees early Sunday. Becoming the … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | First Saudi female ambassador replaces king’s son in US

CASABLANCA, Morocco | Prince Harry, wife Meghan in Morocco on official visit

CASABLANCA, Morocco, (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have arrived in Morocco for an official trip scheduled to be their last international journey before she gives birth to their first child. Meghan is seven months pregnant and is expected to have their child in April. The royal couple’s schedule … Continue reading CASABLANCA, Morocco | Prince Harry, wife Meghan in Morocco on official visit

LOS ANGELES | Domestic workers gather to celebrate ‘Roma’ and the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Tapia never imagined that she would get to watch the Oscars at a party in Los Angeles, exchanging the sneakers she wears when she takes care of children in New York for a pair of high heel shoes. The Peruvian nanny is among dozens of domestic workers who will be … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Domestic workers gather to celebrate ‘Roma’ and the Oscars

CHICAGO | Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

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 pornography. The accounts emerged … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

EUGENE, Ore. | UCLA women rally from 22-down to stun No. 2 Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Cori Close emerged from the UCLA locker room with her shoes in her hand and a big smile on her face. It seems the Bruins coaxed a victory dance from their reticent coach after all. Kennedy Burke had a career-high 29 points and UCLA came back from a 22-point deficit to … Continue reading EUGENE, Ore. | UCLA women rally from 22-down to stun No. 2 Oregon

DURHAM, N.C. | Duke’s Williamson ruled out vs Syracuse with knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won’t play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge disclosed Williamson’s status on Saturday, about 7 hours before the top-ranked Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Syracuse (18-8, 9-4). The 280-pound Williamson sprained … Continue reading DURHAM, N.C. | Duke’s Williamson ruled out vs Syracuse with knee sprain

Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners. Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likely a league inquiry as well — Goodell could punish New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for being charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute. The 77-year-old Kraft was … Continue reading Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft

HAMPTON, Ga. | NASCAR expects fireworks from rules debuting at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR was long overdue for an added punch to its racing product and eagerly awaits the results from a new competition package designed to increase the entertainment factor for the troubled series. The new rules debut Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the prevailing opinion is that the bumpin-and-bangin and rubbin-is-racin … Continue reading HAMPTON, Ga. | NASCAR expects fireworks from rules debuting at Atlanta