• Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.

    Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said Tuesday.

  • ICE agent arrested after Kansas TV anchor goes to police

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - An agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is facing federal charges after a Wichita television news anchor told local police that he was sending her sensitive law enforcement material and text messages that were sexual in nature, newly released court documents show.

  • Gulf Coast wreck found near Mobile could be last US slave ship

    The remains of a wooden vessel found near Mobile, Alabama, may be the last slave-carrying ship to land in the United States.

  • Amazon opens store with no cashiers or registers

    No cashiers, no registers and no cash — this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping.

  • The Latest: Unclear if shooting case will go to adult court

    ITALY, Texas (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at a Texas high school (all times local):

    6:20 p.m.

    An assistant district attorney is declining to say whether the case of a 16-year-old boy accused of opening fire inside a Texas high school will remain in juvenile court or whether prosecutors will move to charge him as an adult.

  • Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit communities along the state's southern coast and parts of British Columbia.

    The monster waves never materialized, but people who fled endured hours of tense waiting at shelters before they were cleared to return home.

  • Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves

    NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.

    Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves Tuesday, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.

  • NFL establishes owner-player committee on social justice

    NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has established a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice initiatives.

    The league also said Tuesday it is beginning a "Let's Listen Together" campaign that includes digital content and commercials highlighting player-led work on equality issues. That platform will include social media support and letters from players and owners.

  • Manfred, Clark meet over pitch clocks, mound visit limits

    NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' association head Tony Clark met Tuesday, five days after the union rejected Major League Baseball's proposal to institute pitch clocks and limits on mound visits.

    Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball's labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.

  • Florida allows 4 suspended players to rejoin team activities

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Running back Jordan Scarlett and three other Florida players suspended last season amid felony fraud charges have rejoined team activities.

    School officials confirmed the return of the players Tuesday to The Associated Press.

    "All of our players understand the standards and expectations we have of them to be members of the Florida football program," Florida coach Dan Mullen said in a statement.

  • Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

    NEW YORK (AP) - Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning.

    His percentage of the vote more than doubled from 2015 to last year, and he is projected to be around the 75 percent needed for election when this year's voting is announced Wednesday. He could become only the second Hall of Famer who was primarily a designated hitter.

  • Quadruple-chasing Man City through to League Cup final

    BRISTOL, England (AP) - Pep Guardiola reached his first final in English soccer as Manchester City ended second-tier Bristol City's memorable run in the League Cup on Tuesday to stay in contention for silverware on four fronts.

    Man City won the second leg of their semifinal 3-2, with Kevin De Bruyne scoring off the last kick of the game, to advance to the Feb. 26 final at Wembley Stadium 5-3 on aggregate.

  • Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy _ an Oscar

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one - at the Oscars.

    Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for "Dear Basketball," based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.

  • Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.

    Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said Tuesday.

  • Oscars make history, quietly, with transgender nominees

    NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar nods for women and minorities drew many of the headlines in Tuesday's nominations, but this year's Academy Awards also mark a breakthrough for transgender filmmakers.

    Yance Ford, the director of the documentary "Strong Island" and a trans man, became the first transgender filmmaker nominated for an Oscar. His film, a Netflix release about Ford's investigation into his brother's 1992 murder, was nominated for best documentary.

  • SUNY revokes honorary degree awarded to Charlie Rose

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State University of New York officials have revoked an honorary award given to television host Charlie Rose over sexual harassment allegations.

    The Daily News reports that the SUNY Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to revoke the doctor of humane letters degree that Rose received from SUNY Oswego in 2014.

  • MPR: Allegations against Keillor far beyond single touch

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Public Radio provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor on Tuesday, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman's bare back.

  • Bill Cosby is hitting the town; legal experts see a strategy

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring.

  • United's 4Q profit rises 46 percent, beats Street forecasts

    DALLAS (AP) - Fourth-quarter profit at United Airlines jumped 46 percent and the carrier signaled that average fares would inch higher early this year, but its shares fell in extended trading Tuesday after executives spelled out aggressive growth plans.

    Like its rivals, United is benefiting from strong demand for travel, which is filling more seats.

  • The Latest: Schumer pulls back money to fund Trump's wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local):

    6:50 p.m.

    The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, is pulling back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's southern border wall.

    The turnaround comes as lawmakers scramble to make a deal to protect from deportation 700,000 or more young immigrants in the country illegally since childhood.

  • What shutdown? Frustrated voters shrug as pols point fingers

    NEW YORK (AP) - What if they shut down the government and no one cared?

  • Trump to invite France's Macron for first state visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will invite French President Emmanuel Macron on the first state visit of the Trump administration, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

    Trump is the first U.S. president in decades to wrap up his opening year without offering a counterpart the honor of a state visit, a diplomatic tool used to impress and showcase ties between allies.

  • Utah lawmaker compares Trump to Dangerfield in 'Caddyshack'

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah has compared President Donald Trump's governing style to Rodney Dangerfield's character in "Caddyshack."

    Stewart says that while the president's style is "very, very loud" and distracting, he's able to do what he's trying to achieve. The congressman made the comment Tuesday while speaking to the Utah Senate.

  • Senate approves Powell to follow Yellen as Fed chair in Feb.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month.

    Senators voted 84-13 to confirm Powell to lead the nation's central bank, a post that is considered the most powerful economic position in government.

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