CHICAGO | Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives suspect that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, a police official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also said detectives and two brothers … Continue reading CHICAGO | Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack

SAN FRANCISCO | Oakland teachers get ready to strike over pay, class sizes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, prepared Wednesday to walk off the job in what could be the nation’s latest strike over classroom conditions and pay. Oakland’s 3,000 teachers planned to pack up personal items from classrooms and say goodbye to students then begin the strike Thursday, “barring an unlikely change from the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Oakland teachers get ready to strike over pay, class sizes

MONTGOMERY, Ala | GOP’s Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama has announced he’ll challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as Republicans try to reclaim the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Byrne made the announcement Wednesday in Mobile. The congressman is the first Republican to announce for what’s expected to be a crowded GOP … Continue reading MONTGOMERY, Ala | GOP’s Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020

SALT LAKE CITY | Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth. Paltrow was skiing with her children and friends … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

PORTSMOUTH, N.H | Ready to fight: Cory Booker shows his tough side to voters

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Cory Booker is known as the sunny candidate in the crowded Democratic presidential primary, but he’s also trying to play the fighter. The New Jersey senator chided “people who think my philosophy is weak” and those in his party who would simply “fight fire with fire” during a recent trip to … Continue reading PORTSMOUTH, N.H | Ready to fight: Cory Booker shows his tough side to voters

LONDON | The 1975, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa are winners at Brit Awards

LONDON (AP) — Pop-rockers The 1975, DJ Calvin Harris and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa won major prizes at the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards on Wednesday during a slick, surprise-free ceremony that set out to celebrate female talent after past allegations of neglect. Manchester quartet The 1975 was named best British group and also took British … Continue reading LONDON | The 1975, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa are winners at Brit Awards

MEXICO CITY | A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two small openings on both sides of a tree-covered path were packed with fans young and old, some with caps they wanted signed, others holding phones to capture the moment. They were screaming one word that translates in any language at the Mexico Championship. “Tiger!” Tiger Woods eventually walked by on … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods