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  • 4 injured in drive-by shooting during vigil in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four people have been injured in a drive-by shooting in Ohio during a vigil for a man who was killed on the same street earlier this week. Police were called to the scene in Columbus shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say two people were taken to a hospital in critical […]
  • China reacts to Fed rate hike by nudging up key policy rate

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank responded to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate increase by nudging up a key policy rate Thursday on lending to commercial banks but left the benchmark rate for borrowing by companies and the public unchanged. The People’s Bank of China said it was responding to market forces by raising […]
  • Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on ‘Frida’

    NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida,” into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein’s relentless advances. “For years, he was my monster,” […]
  • Oprah Winfrey to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Globes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at January’s Golden Globes. Morgan Freeman made the announcement for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during its broadcast of the “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” Wednesday on NBC. HFPA President Meher Tatna called Winfrey “one of the most respected and admired figures […]
  • EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration […]
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. The 57-year-old Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On […]
  • Director of Colorado pension fund dies snorkeling in Hawaii

    DENVER (AP) — The executive director of the board that oversees Colorado’s public employee pension fund died while snorkeling in Hawaii. Public Employees’ Retirement Association spokeswoman Katie Kaufmanis says 56-year-old Gregory Smith died Tuesday while vacationing with family and friends in Maui. Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto says Smith was found face-down and unresponsive […]
  • Scott Air Force Base official under sexual misconduct probe

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Scott Air Force Base officials say a commander who was ousted from his job this week is being investigated for sexual misconduct. A news release from the Illinois base says details about the investigation of Colonel John Howard won’t be released while it’s happening “to ensure the integrity of the process.” […]
  • Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation

    NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a […]
  • Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere. Simmons vehemently denied what he called “these horrific accusations,” saying in a statement emailed to The […]