JERUSALEM | Italy’s far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

JERUSALEM — One of Europe’s most controversial political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has arrived in Israel for a two-day visit that has prompted criticism over his far-right policies and anti-migration views. Salvini is considered the driving force in Italy’s government and a rising star in nationalist movements sweeping Europe. He began his trip … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Italy’s far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Germany reluctant to host 2019 climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on U.N. climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Germany is reluctant to host the 2019 U.N. climate talks after Brazil’s incoming right-wing government canceled its offer. Deputy environment minister Jochen Flasbarth told reporters on the sidelines of this year’s meeting in Poland that Berlin has … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Germany reluctant to host 2019 climate talks

DALLAS | No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sex assault

DALLAS— A Texas judge has accepted a plea bargain that allows a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students. Judge Ralph Strother’s decision on Monday … Continue reading DALLAS | No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sex assault

NEW YORK | 4 journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK — Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence. The group, which Time calls the “guardians,” includes slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people … Continue reading NEW YORK | 4 journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn | Vanderbilt hires G League President Malcolm Turner as new AD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt has hired NBA G League President Malcolm Turner as its new athletic director, going with a business executive over candidates with experience in college athletic administration for the Southeastern Conference’s only private university. Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos says athletic directors were among the diverse candidates Vanderbilt considered. Zeppos says Turner didn’t come … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn | Vanderbilt hires G League President Malcolm Turner as new AD

LONDON | If Brexit changes are off the table, time for ‘reassurances’

LONDON— Britain’s prime minister concedes Parliament won’t approve her Brexit plan without changes. The European Union says no changes are possible. So what’s a politician to do? Play with words. A day after Prime Minister Theresa May canceled a Brexit vote she was sure to lose, leaders on both sides of the Channel sought Tuesday … Continue reading LONDON | If Brexit changes are off the table, time for ‘reassurances’

MINNEAPOLIS | Minneapolis Star Tribune film critic resigns over plagiarism

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s film critic has resigned in the face of plagiarism accusations, the newspaper reported in an apology to its readers. The newspaper on Tuesday said it was tipped by a reader and confirmed instances in which Colin Covert’s reviews included unique phrases previously used by writers for several publications, including the … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Minneapolis Star Tribune film critic resigns over plagiarism

ESPN signs Jessica Mendoza to multiyear extension

Jessica Mendoza will have more of a presence on various ESPN platforms starting next baseball season. Mendoza signed a multiyear extension with ESPN to remain part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” announcer’s booth and make more studio appearances. In 2015, Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB game. She did her … Continue reading ESPN signs Jessica Mendoza to multiyear extension