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13 Chinese killed as tour bus crashes in Laos

BANGKOK — A tour bus carrying dozens of Chinese passengers crashed in Laos, killing at least 13, officials said Tuesday.
Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

CANBERRA, Australia — Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard.
NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

NEW YORK — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a natio

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

TAMPA, Fla. — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge.

TV writers union says agents are violating antitrust law

LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between thos
It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book

It's official: Publisher announces Mark Halperin book

NEW YORK — Mark Halperin's planned book about the 2020 election has been officially announced amid protests that the "Game Change" co-author hasn't earned a second chance since facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.
Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

KULA, Hawaii — Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said.

Line 3 protesters rally at Minnesota Enbridge office

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Dozens of people rallied outside a Minnesota office of Enbridge Energy to protest the company's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan

LONDON — Singer Elton John says he's "deeply distressed" by media accounts that criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for taking a private jet to go on vacation despite the flight's carbon impact of the planet.