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BERLIN | Volkswagen shakes up management pay after diesel scandal

BERLIN — Volkswagen says it is changing the pay system for its senior management, dropping personal performance bonuses and increasing the extent to which the company’s performance is reflected in variable pay. The German automaker, still grappling with a diesel emissions scandal that erupted in 2015, said Wednesday the new system is based on one … Continue reading BERLIN | Volkswagen shakes up management pay after diesel scandal

LA VILLA, Italy | Hirscher dominates to take first-run lead in Alta Badia GS

LA VILLA, Italy — Seven-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher dominated the first run of the Alta Badia giant slalom Sunday. The Austrian led Matts Olsson of Sweden by 0.94 seconds with Marco Odermatt of Switzerland third, 1.00 behind, on the challenging Gran Risa course. Odermatt’s performance with the No. 27 bib showed … Continue reading LA VILLA, Italy | Hirscher dominates to take first-run lead in Alta Badia GS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Kelly Clarkson backs lip-synching mom who embarrassed son

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Kelly Clarkson is sending some love to the mom who was captured lip-syncing on a fan cam while her son dove for cover in his hoodie. The video of Mandy Remmell’s performance of Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” at Tuesday’s University of Maryland basketball game, and her 10-year-old son’s reaction, has … Continue reading COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Kelly Clarkson backs lip-synching mom who embarrassed son

LOS ANGELES | Christina Aguilera headlines New Year’s Eve in Times Square

LOS ANGELES  — Christina Aguilera will perform live minutes before the ball drops to usher in 2019 in New York’s Times Square. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Aguilera will be joined by Bastille, Dan and Shay and New Kids On The Block leading up to the countdown on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Christina Aguilera headlines New Year’s Eve in Times Square

VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Chen overcomes mistakes, takes 1st at Grand Prix Finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia— Nathan Chen made some mistakes at the Grand Prix Finals, yet was good enough to win the gold medal. Chen, the first American men’s world champion since 2009, overcame a fall on his quad Lutz in Friday’s free skate, but still took the top spot with a combined score of 282.42. Americans … Continue reading VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Chen overcomes mistakes, takes 1st at Grand Prix Finals

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After rescue, Gaza’s only grand piano makes public comeback

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The only grand piano in the Gaza Strip was played in public for the first time in a decade on Sunday — following a complicated international restoration effort to fix the instrument after it was nearly destroyed in an Israeli airstrike. Some 300 fans attended Sunday’s performance, staring in awed … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | After rescue, Gaza’s only grand piano makes public comeback

NEW YORK | Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

NEW YORK — Walmart, armed with grocery and other online services, is proving it can do battle with Amazon. The world’s largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that showed it’s pulling shoppers online and in the store. It also raised profit expectations for … Continue reading NEW YORK | Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

NEW YORK | Walmart sales strong, both online and in stores

NEW YORK — Walmart reported strong sales online and in its established store sales for its fiscal third quarter, and raised profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. The report Thursday suggests that efforts by Walmart to improve the experience of its customers is paying off in its battle with online … Continue reading NEW YORK | Walmart sales strong, both online and in stores

NEW YORK | Aerosmith’s Perry tweets ‘doing well’ after hospitalization

NEW YORK  — Joe Perry is feeling the love from fans after he was hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York. The Aerosmith guitarist on Tuesday tweeted: “Doing well, thanks for the love and support.” Perry’s publicists said in a statement Sunday the 68-year-old felt short … Continue reading NEW YORK | Aerosmith’s Perry tweets ‘doing well’ after hospitalization

NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for … Continue reading NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

NEW YORK | Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise

NEW YORK — Stocks and bond prices are climbing Wednesday morning after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the U.S. midterm elections, while Republicans kept a majority in the Senate. The outcome was largely what investors expected. While the potential for political gridlock in Washington increases, the market reaction has not been … Continue reading NEW YORK | Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise

DOHA, Qatar | Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold

DOHA, Qatar  — Simone Biles made history by picking up her record 13th career gold medal at the world gymnastics championships when she cruised to victory in the vault final on Friday. Yet it’s the silver she captured on uneven bars that the Olympic and world champion may cherish more. For years Biles viewed bars … Continue reading DOHA, Qatar | Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold

LOS ANGELES | Neil Young acknowledges he and Daryl Hannah are married

LOS ANGELES — Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife. The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the 57-year-old “Splash” actress had been utterly mum on the subject of their marriage since reports that they wed in California in August. But Young said in a pro-gun-control post on … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Neil Young acknowledges he and Daryl Hannah are married

LOS ANGELES | Unbeaten LA Rams rolling behind Aaron Donald’s dominance

LOS ANGELES— Although Sean McVay was standing on the sideline to watch it, the head coach still had to check the video before he truly realized the scope of Aaron Donald’s dominance in the Los Angeles Rams’ latest win. The All-Pro defensive lineman was in vintage form against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, leading … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Unbeaten LA Rams rolling behind Aaron Donald’s dominance

JERUSALEM | NZ activists dismiss Israel court order over Lorde concert

JERUSALEM — Two New Zealand activists dismiss an Israeli court order to pay damages for allegedly helping persuade pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel. The women say the ruling aims “to intimidate Israel’s critics.” Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said on Friday that instead of paying the $12,000 damages to Israeli ticketholders … Continue reading JERUSALEM | NZ activists dismiss Israel court order over Lorde concert

PORTLAND, Ore | Comedian Katt Williams jailed on assault charges in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore — Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a hired driver during an argument about taking him and his dog from the Portland, Oregon, airport to a performance in the city. Williams is in jail Sunday. He had come to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” comedy … Continue reading PORTLAND, Ore | Comedian Katt Williams jailed on assault charges in Oregon

LONDON | Fanfare, red velvet cake for Princess Eugenie’s wedding

LONDON— There will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie weds this week — Britain’s second royal wedding of the year. The 28-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II is due to marry liquor company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry, her cousin, and American … Continue reading LONDON | Fanfare, red velvet cake for Princess Eugenie’s wedding

DES MOINES, Iowa | The Latest: Sen. Booker brushes off Trump’s criticism

DES MOINES, Iowa— The Latest on Sen. Corey Booker‘s trip to Iowa (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker says President Donald Trump‘s recent criticisms don’t bother him, and he welcomes a discussion of his record as the former mayor of Newark and his work in the Senate. The New Jersey Democrat is in … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | The Latest: Sen. Booker brushes off Trump’s criticism

NAIROBI, Kenya | Melania Trump visits Kenyan national park, plans safari

NAIROBI, Kenya — Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady arrived at Nairobi National Park on Friday to learn about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants and rhinos. She’ll also go on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump plans to visit … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Melania Trump visits Kenyan national park, plans safari

PHILADELPHIA | 76ers Embiid sings his heart out in video from Sheeran show

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers fan favorite Joel Embiid is apparently a fan himself — of Ed Sheeran. The British singer-songwriter made a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, performing for a sold-out crowd at the Lincoln Financial Field. Embiid posted a video of Sheeran’s performance on his Instagram and the All-Star center can be heard singing … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | 76ers Embiid sings his heart out in video from Sheeran show

WASHINGTON | US economy grew at robust 4.2 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade. The performance of the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US economy grew at robust 4.2 percent rate in Q2

REDMOND, Wash. | Cirque du Soleil audience sprayed with oil, show canceled

REDMOND, Wash.  — A Cirque du Soleil performance in Washington state ended abruptly when a hose on a hydraulic system broke and sprayed audience members with what the theatrical company says was vegetable-based oil. The equipment malfunction happened Friday evening during a performance in the Seattle suburb of Redmond. No one was hurt. King County … Continue reading REDMOND, Wash. | Cirque du Soleil audience sprayed with oil, show canceled

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Lego earnings hurt by Toys R Us closures

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  — Lego said Tuesday its revenue dipped in the first half of 2018, with business in North America hurt by changes in the retail industry such as the bankruptcy of store chain Toys R Us. The privately-held company says revenue fell 5 percent to 14.3 billion kroner ($2.2 billion) in January-June compared with … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Lego earnings hurt by Toys R Us closures

HAMDEN, Conn | Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow

HAMDEN, Conn — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast. But on Sunday, troopers stopped and ticketed 10 cars for going too slow. Police received several calls from angry motorists Sunday about what were described as high-performance, racing-type cars slowing traffic to a crawl on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in … Continue reading HAMDEN, Conn | Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow

NEW YORK | MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin

NEW YORK  — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they’re just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is “working on a lot of different options.” Franklin, … Continue reading NEW YORK | MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. | Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own … Continue reading SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. | Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

Central Florida | UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach

Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations. The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season. UCF lost its coach when the lure of his alma mater prompted Scott Frost … Continue reading Central Florida | UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach

LOS ANGELES | Cejudo stuns long-reigning flyweight king Johnson at UFC 227

LOS ANGELES — Henry Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson’s nearly six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night, earning a split-decision victory for a stunning upset at UFC 227. Cejudo (13-2) is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler who only started training in mixed martial arts in 2013, but he used five takedowns and relentless offense … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Cejudo stuns long-reigning flyweight king Johnson at UFC 227

The Latest: Owens, Moss, Lewis among newest Hall of Famers

MINNEAPOLIS /February 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the NFL Honors (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Hard-hitting linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and big-play receiver Randy Moss all made the Pro Football Hall of Fame on their first try, while controversial receiver Terrell Owens got in on his third time on the ballot. Safety Brian … Continue reading The Latest: Owens, Moss, Lewis among newest Hall of Famers

AP FACT CHECK: Trump oversells economic performance

WASHINGTON/January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Just last month, President Donald Trump was crowing about his chances for seeing the U.S. post 3 percent economic growth in 2017 and scoffing at the skeptics who predicted much less. Turns out the skeptics — actually, mainstream economists — were right and he was wrong. This became clear Friday just as … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump oversells economic performance