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NEW YORK | Alice Walker defend praise of widely condemned author

NEW YORK— Alice Walker is defending her praise of a British author widely condemned as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. Walker, best known for her novel “The Color Purple,” wrote on her blog this week that David Icke’s work was “very important to humanity’s conversation,” and disputed allegations of his anti-Semitism. She also tied the “smear” … Continue reading NEW YORK | Alice Walker defend praise of widely condemned author

LAS VEGAS | Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

LAS VEGAS — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact. Not yet, anyway. Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, joining Tampa Bay for a $30 million, two-year deal after going 15-3 with Houston last … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

NEW YORK | Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

NEW YORK  — A study organized by Time’s Up, the organization formed to promote gender equality, has found that female-led films consistently outperform male-led movies at the box office. The study analyzed the 350 top-grossing films worldwide released between January 2014 and December 2017. Researchers found that in films with small, medium and large budgets, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

WASHINGTON | Pompeo cites ‘positive momentum’ in US-Turkey ties

WASHINGTON— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says U.S. relations with NATO ally Turkey have improved since the release of an American pastor. Pompeo said Andrew Brunson’s release from Turkish custody last month has paved the way for new dialogue between Washington and Ankara. But, he says the U.S. remains concerned about several local U.S. Consulate … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pompeo cites ‘positive momentum’ in US-Turkey ties

WASHINGTON | Ready to fight? 2020 Democrats frame the race on their terms

WASHINGTON — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans. “What I’ve found myself recently saying is this: ‘If it’s worth fighting for, it’s a fight worth having,’” the California Democrat and potential presidential candidate said, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ready to fight? 2020 Democrats frame the race on their terms

NEW YORK | Correction: Lin-Manuel Miranda story

NEW YORK— In a story Nov. 11 about the MacDowell artist colony’s annual Chairman’s Evening, The Associated Press reported erroneously that “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda would be speaking at the event in Manhattan next month with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. Playwright Tony Kushner will be appearing with Weems. A corrected version of the story is … Continue reading NEW YORK | Correction: Lin-Manuel Miranda story

PARIS | The Latest: Netanyahu meets Putin at Paris WWI gathering

PARIS— The Latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Israel’s prime minister says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken in Paris, the first time the two met since the downing of a Russian plane over Syria. Benjamin Netanyahu says the conversation with Putin … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Netanyahu meets Putin at Paris WWI gathering

WASHINGTON | Trump celebrates GOP gains, threatens House Democrats

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday celebrated Senate Republican gains in the midterm election but immediately threatened Democrats, who won back control of the House and with it the power to investigate the president’s personal and professional conduct. Trump has long felt aggrieved by the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump celebrates GOP gains, threatens House Democrats