WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. The trial of fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja begins with jury selection Thursday. He … Continue reading WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

LONDON | Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie lead Brit Awards nominations

LONDON (AP) — Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards , set to be handed out at a ceremony featuring performances by “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris. Lipa, whose star status was cemented by two Grammy awards earlier this … Continue reading LONDON | Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie lead Brit Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

WEST WARWICK, R.I. | Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick. The … Continue reading WEST WARWICK, R.I. | Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

United States | Joint Statement on Escalating Conflict in South Sudan

United States – The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are alarmed about the escalating conflict around Yei, which represents a flagrant breach of the December 2017 Cessation … Continue reading United States | Joint Statement on Escalating Conflict in South Sudan

CHICAGO | Chicago prosecutor recuses herself from Jussie Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor. The office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx offered few specifics Tuesday when announcing that Foxx was recusing herself from the case, which police said … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago prosecutor recuses herself from Jussie Smollett case

SALT LAKE CITY | AP NewsBreak: Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing Utah ski crash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind. Paltrow’s attorney alleges in a counter claim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full “body blow” when … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | AP NewsBreak: Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing Utah ski crash