• NYC rail tunnel, bridge could get boost from spending bill

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A key infrastructure project seen as critical to the future of rail travel in the northeast could get a jump-start from money contained in a spending bill being negotiated in Congress.

    An aide to Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said the bill contains more than a half-billion dollars toward the Gateway project to build a second rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey and replace a century-old bridge.

  • Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

    PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) - A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years.

    El Rancho Unified School District President Aurora R. Villon announced Gregory Salcido's dismissal at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

  • Sacramento police shot 20 times at unarmed man in his yard

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents' backyard.

    Police say the man was spotted breaking vehicle windows Sunday night. Sheriff's deputies in a helicopter say they saw him break a neighbor's sliding glass door.

  • Kentucky teachers leave school to rally against benefit cuts

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hundreds of Kentucky teachers flexed their political muscle with a rally Wednesday outside the state Capitol, seeking to bury a proposed pension overhaul and win more state education funding from the Republican-led legislature.

  • Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights.

    A corrected version of the story is below:

    Quick court fight as Mississippi sets 15-week abortion ban

  • Austin bombing suspect was unemployed college dropout

    The man suspected of planting four bombs in the Texas capital this month that killed two people and injured four others was an unemployed college dropout who doesn't appear to have left much of a trail online aside from some 2012 blog posts about gay marriage and other topics.

  • Duke, Kentucky again rely on freshmen in NCAA Tournament

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters.

    Both programs have a chance to do it again.

    After several potential one-and-done phenoms were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the opening weekend, the Blue Devils and Wildcats are the teams still playing that have rosters stacked with high-profile freshmen.

  • Louisville parts ways with Padgett, begins search for coach

    Louisville didn't take long to make its first offseason move, parting ways interim men's basketball coach David Padgett less than 24 hours after the Cardinals season ended.

    The former Cardinals player was brought in to bring calm amid turmoil and upheaval after the school placed coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave following its acknowledgement that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball .

  • The Latest: No winners or losers in Group 15 at Match Play

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):

    2:50 p.m.

    The four players in Group 15 are tied after the opening round of the Dell Technologies Match Play.

    Pat Perez rallied from 3 down with seven holes to play to halve his match with Si Woo Kim. Perez stuffed his tee shot to 3 feet for birdie on the 17th to square the match, and Kim missed a 10-footer on the 18th that would have won it.

  • Alex Cobb and Orioles finalize 4-year contract

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Free agent pitcher Alex Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a four-year contract.

    Cobb was the last big-name starting pitcher still available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joins Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

  • Nancy Lieberman to coach team in BIG3 league

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman will coach a team in the BIG3 this season.

    Lieberman, a former basketball star who has coached in the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League, will lead the Power team, the league announced Wednesday. She replaces Clyde Drexler, who recently accepted a job as commissioner of the 3-on-3 league of former NBA players.

  • NHL GMs call for change on goalie interference challenges

    Coach's challenges for goaltender interference and the ensuing arguments aren't going away.

    There will just be a new place to direct the complaints.

  • NBC documentary looks at images that propelled civil rights

    NEW YORK (AP) - Gruesome images of a lynched Emmett Till were seared into the minds of many black Americans in 1955 and helped lead to the modern civil rights movement. But few whites knew of their existence at the time.

    That reality is at the top of NBC's two-hour documentary about how images propelled the civil rights effort. The film premieres Saturday as the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination approaches.

  • Court sides with Marvin Gaye family in 'Blurred Lines' fight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal appeals court upheld a copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines."

    In a split decision from a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday awarded $5.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, who said "Blurred Lines" illegally copied from the late soul singer's "Got to Give it Up."

  • Hearing postponed in Rose McGowan drug possession case

    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for actress Rose McGowan on a drug possession charge in Virginia has been postponed until May 3.

    The hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Washington Post reports that the hearing was postponed after two prosecution witnesses were unable to get to court during a snowstorm.

  • Britney Spears lands 1st high fashion campaign with Kenzo

    PARIS (AP) - Britney Spears has landed her first high fashion modeling campaign as the new face of Paris-based Kenzo.

    The 36-year-old singer said she had been waiting for the "right fit and the right opportunity" to represent a luxury brand.

    Celebrity photographer Peter Lindbergh snapped Spears in relaxed styles that feature denim, baseball caps and florals, as well as the princess of pop's signature exposed midriff.

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  • The Weeknd, Bruno Mars to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) - The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys will headline this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

    Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza also were among the performers announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza's website . More than 180 acts will play on eight stages Aug. 2-5 in Chicago's lakefront Grant Park.

    Founder Perry Farrell launched Lollapalooza as a touring festival in 1991. It's been held in Chicago since 2005.

  • Trump pushing Europe to fix Iran deal he may blow up anyway

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump administration negotiators have a tough sales job as they pressure European allies to accept new restrictions on Iran: Even if Europe agrees, President Donald Trump may blow up the nuclear deal anyway.

    Given a mid-May deadline by Trump, U.S. negotiators are working with Britain, France and Germany on a follow-on pact to address Trump's three major complaints.

  • Talks on spending bill drag on as shutdown deadline nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill are dragging on as lawmakers find themselves tangled in side issues ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for avoiding a shutdown.

    Republican leaders had hoped that a deal could be announced Tuesday evening, allowing for votes in the House and Senate this week.

  • The Latest: Powell's press briefing shorter than Yellen's

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):


    3:55 p.m.

    New Fed chairman Jerome Powell's first press conference clocked in at about 45 minutes, shorter than his predecessor Janet Yellen, who typically went for about an hour.

    Powell took plenty of questions, but his answers were shorter than Yellen's, who frequently gave careful, economically complex responses that sometimes seemed intended to run out the clock.

  • Background check measure on guns included in spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchases will be included in the $1.3 trillion government spending bill being negotiated by congressional leaders, aides said Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Trump defends call congratulating Putin

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's call to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory (all times local):

    3:05 p.m.

    President Donald Trump is defending his decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, saying his predecessor, Barack Obama, did the same in 2012.

    In a Wednesday afternoon tweet, Trump says, "Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing."

  • Experts: Plenty of reasons for Greitens to seek bench trial

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has claimed to be the victim of a political witch hunt since the day a St. Louis grand jury accused him of taking a compromising photo of a woman during a sexual affair.

    So legal experts say it's only logical that the Republican governor, facing trial in a heavily Democratic city, would request trial by judge, not jury.


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