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Review: Funny how? In ‘Joker’ a villain turns ’70s anti-hero

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer An air of menace and a cloud of controversy accompany the arrival of Todd Phillips’ “Joker” like a thick perfume. That, in itself, could be something to celebrate. Danger isn’t a quality often found in the sanitized corporate-made movies of today, least ...

Review: Banderas as Almodovar is a triumph of subtlety, wit

By Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer “Don’t get that storyteller look,” film director Salvador Mallo’s elderly mother admonishes him at one point in “Pain and Glory.” It’s hard not to chuckle, because the character is a thinly veiled stand-in for Pedro Almodovar himself _ the ...

Who inspires business owners?

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The risks Richard Branson has taken as he’s gone from founding the Virgin record label to planning space flights have been an inspiration for Elizabeth Babinski in her wedding business. When she recently redid her website, which ...

Sanders has heart procedure, cancels campaign events for now

By Nicholas Riccardi and Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders' campaign said Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances "until further notice." The 78-year-old ...

Hurricane Lorenzo batters mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

By Barry Hatton The Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves and significantly damaging one island’s main port. The Azores Civil Protection Agency said ...

Dallas officer who fatally shot neighbor faces sentencing

By Jake Bleiberg The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The father of a man who was killed last year by a Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for her own told jurors Wednesday that his son’s death has upended his life back in St. Lucia. Bertrum Jean said that after ...

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates milestone 95th birthday

By Bill Barrow The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter celebrated Tuesday his 95th birthday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally wades back into politics and policy debates almost four decades after ...

Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary

By Eileen Ng and John Leicester The Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester at close range in the chest Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground. Tens of thousands joined anti-government ...

Rotarian receives high honors

Long-time Rotarian Jack Young had already received the highest award that can be given in Rotary, the “Service above Self” award. Now he’s been given an award—actually, his fourth–from the highest office in the nation. Young, a Marietta native, was recently honored with the silver ...

Ravens must ‘clean it up’ after 40-25 loss to Cleveland

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens figured they really didn't have much to worry about after a narrow loss on the road against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Their mood changed dramatically with a blowout defeat at home against a team they've dominated for well over a decade. One ...

Trump allies in disarray as Democrats push impeachment

By Laurie Kellman The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that he expects the whistleblower at the heart of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump to testify "very soon." "All that needs to be done, at this ...

Saudi crown prince denies ordering journalist’s murder

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it. "This was a heinous crime," the 34-year-old crown prince told "60 ...

Columbus to pay Stormy Daniels $450K

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city agreed Friday to pay porn actress Stormy Daniels $450,000 to settle a lawsuit over her arrest at a strip club last year, the latest fallout traced to the city's now-disbanded vice unit. Daniels' ...

Snowstorm hits northern Rocky Mountains; Montana gets brunt

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages. Winter storm warnings were posted for ...

More violence grips Hong Kong ahead of China’s National Day

By Eileen Ng The Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in Hong Kong for a second straight day on Sunday, throwing the semiautonomous Chinese territory's business and shopping belt into chaos and sparking fears of more ugly scenes leading up to China's National ...

Police raised concerns about gunman 8 years before shooting in Texas

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Police reports describe concerns eight years ago that the gunman who killed seven and wounded 25 last month in West Texas might have been planning an attack. Officers in Amarillo, Texas, went to the home of Seth Ator's mother in February 2011 after she told them he ...

Whistleblower: White House tried to ‘lock down’ call details

By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The whistleblower at the center of Congress' impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to "solicit interference from a foreign country" in next year's U.S. election. ...

Indictment: Soldier in bomb plot wanted to set fire to home

By John Hanna The Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Kansas has indicted an Army soldier on charges that he distributed explosives information and threatened to set fire to a home. The indictment charged Jarrett William Smith with two counts related to the ...

‘We’re all in big trouble’

By Seth Borenstein AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more ...

Trump ordered aid frozen; more Democrats want impeachment

By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump personally ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before a phone call in which he pressured the Eastern European nation's leader to ...