• Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at age 75
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    Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at age 75

    LOS ANGELES — Penny Marshall, who starred in "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.

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    Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

    The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before they get to Rome and that accountability is very much on the agenda. Francis invited the church

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    Chaos on French highways as 'yellow vests' torch toll booths

    France's biggest toll road operator, Vinci Autoroutes, said there were demonstrations at about 40 sites along its network and that some highway intersections had been damaged, notably in tourist towns such as Avignon, Orange, Perpignan and Agde. Protesters set fire overnight to the Bandol toll station

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    US pledges $5.8B aid for CentAm, $4.8B for southern Mexico

    The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to

  • Judges push back against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy
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    Judges push back against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy

    The 14 defendants had been charged with entering the country illegally. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo quickly concluded that none of the migrants could be prosecuted — a decision that struck at the heart of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, which calls for treating

  • 'Tonight Show' to air episode in Puerto Rico with 'Hamilton'
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    'Tonight Show' to air episode in Puerto Rico with 'Hamilton'

    NBC announced Monday evening that Miranda and the new touring cast will appear in the episode Jan. 15. The telecast will focus on Puerto Rico's recovery efforts to rebuild and raise awareness after Hurricane Maria massively struck the island in 2017. The episode will delve into how the deadly hurricane

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    The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

    Audible.com bestsellers for week ending December 14:

  • Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars
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    Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

    Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways. Musk also plans to show off the autonomous cars that will carry people through the test tunnel, which runs about 2 miles (3.2 kilometres ) under the streets of Hawthorne

  • Judge blasts Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays sentencing in Russia probe
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    Judge blasts Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays sentencing in Russia probe

    During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told the retired lieutenant general that he "arguably" had sold out his country. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, Russia ambassador in Washington at the

  • Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for co-operation
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    Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed to allow for co-operation

    A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country. The delay allows Flynn to continue co-operating with the special counsel

  • U.S.-Taliban talks focus on Afghan ceasefire
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    U.S.-Taliban talks focus on Afghan ceasefire

    The meeting in Abu Dhabi is at least the third time that U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met Taliban representatives as diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year war have intensified this year. Taliban officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. delegation was pressing for

  • Removal of disputed Los Angeles school mural put on hold
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    Removal of disputed Los Angeles school mural put on hold

    Amid growing objections, the Los Angeles Unified School District has paused plans to paint over a campus mural of actress Ava Gardner that Koreatown activists contend resembles the Japanese imperial battle flag. School system administrator Eugene Hernandez says there's need for "additional

  • Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest
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    Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest

    Zimbabwean soldiers and police used "unjustified and disproportionate" force to kill 6 people during election protests in August, according to an official report released Tuesday. The report was widely seen as a test of whether the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa would disown the

  • Russia, Iran, Turkey back new Syria constitution body but fail to agree makeup
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    Russia, Iran, Turkey back new Syria constitution body but fail to agree makeup

    In a joint statement read out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the trio met U.N. Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva, they said the new initiative should be guided "by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement". The foreign ministers of the three nations had

  • France's Macron turns to Sarkozy amid 'yellow vest' protests
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    France's Macron turns to Sarkozy amid 'yellow vest' protests

    In the space of three weeks, Macron, who has struggled to quell a month-long revolt against his reforms, has made two gestures toward Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 on a hardline law-and-order platform. Macron, 40, lunched with Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace on Nov. 30, an Elysee source said

  • Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads
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    Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads

    Wanted: A coach to restore Manchester United to its former status as a major force in European soccer. It was a task that proved beyond even Jose Mourinho. United brought an end to Mourinho's turbulent 2 1/2 -year spell at the storied English club by firing him on Tuesday, an inevitable move that

  • A journey through 2018's top pop culture moments
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    A journey through 2018's top pop culture moments

    Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. The first awards shows reflect a changed Hollywood, only a few months after the #MeToo movement engulfed

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    Author Alice Walker criticized for support of writer's book

    Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire after she praised an author who critics say expresses anti-Semitism and is a conspiracy theorist. In an interview in Sunday's "By The Book" column, the 74-year-old author of "The Color Purple"

  • Sandra Bullock's Oscars host solution: Call on random actors
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    Sandra Bullock's Oscars host solution: Call on random actors

    Sandra Bullock has an impromptu idea for how to solve the Oscars host problem, and it involves a lot of improvisation. The Oscar-winning actress told The Associated Press Monday at a screening of her new film "Bird Box " that she thinks random actors should be pulled out of the audience and

  • NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary
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    NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

    Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon. To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest

  • Equity markets edge up, oil drops, on growth worries ahead of Fed meeting
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    Equity markets edge up, oil drops, on growth worries ahead of Fed meeting

    Steep declines in equity markets over the last two months have sapped investor confidence, spurring fund managers to predict global growth to weaken over the next 12 months, the worst outlook in a decade, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's December investor survey showed. The index has fallen 10 percent

  • UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse
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    UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

    Britain's government ramped up preparations Tuesday for the possibility that the country could leave the European Union in 101 days without a divorce deal — putting soldiers on standby and warning thousands of businesses and millions of households to get ready for the worst. With the country'

  • Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
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    Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

    The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March. The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine-guns , according to a

  • Sri Lanka lawmakers defect from president to prime minister after dispute
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    Sri Lanka lawmakers defect from president to prime minister after dispute

    The island nation was plunged into crisis in October after Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, without the backing of parliament, leading to protests and downgrades of Sri Lanka's debt. Rajapaksa, best known for crushing a long-running insurgency in the north of

  • Olivia Newton-John memoir coming out in US in 2019
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    Olivia Newton-John memoir coming out in US in 2019

    NEW YORK — Olivia Newton-John's autobiography, released last fall in her longtime home Australia, comes out in the U.S. in 2019.