CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped Smollett investigation

CHICAGO (AP) — Police tapped into Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners’ doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city’s high-tech approach to public safety. Officers said … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago’s vast camera network helped Smollett investigation

BOSTON | In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz

BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic stronghold of South … Continue reading BOSTON | In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz

LOS ANGELES | Allegations against son led to Time’s Up CEO’s resignation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gender equality initiative Time’s Up says its president and CEO resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against her son. The group on Friday issued a statement explaining why Lisa Borders stepped down from the organization that was formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood. On Monday, … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Allegations against son led to Time’s Up CEO’s resignation

NEW YORK | Mo Willems named Kennedy Center artist-in-residence

NEW YORK (AP) — Children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems sees creativity as part of a grownup’s job. “Having a child is an opportunity to be silly again,” says Willems, who has been named the Kennedy Center’s first ever “Education Artist-In-Residence.” “I think parents forget that they are cool and if they want the next … Continue reading NEW YORK | Mo Willems named Kennedy Center artist-in-residence

MILAN | Wintour honors Lagerfeld; Bottega Veneta shows new direction

MILAN (AP) — Anna Wintour paid tribute Friday to Karl Lagerfeld’s generosity and sense of humor as she presented a new fashion exhibition. Elsewhere in Milan, luxury brand Bottega Veneta’s new creative director showcased a collection that draws on the house’s heritage but pushes it toward a forward-dressing consumer. The American Vogue editor-in-chief said that … Continue reading MILAN | Wintour honors Lagerfeld; Bottega Veneta shows new direction

AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague have painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam. The graffiti was discovered Friday, ahead of Sunday’s match between ADO and Ajax in The Hague. Ajax fans are banned from attending the match. ADO director Mattijs Manders says “we as … Continue reading AMSTERDAM | Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam

PITTSBURGH | At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz has disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion. Shares plunged more than 20 percent before the opening bell Friday after the company posted a stunning $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter. Kraft Heinz divulged the … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers app-based services like free-floating car-sharing in big cities. The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data