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'Dance Moms' star's 2-day sentencing hearing set to begin

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:23 AM

FILE- In this June 27, 2016, file photo, "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller leaves federal court after pleading guilty in Pittsburgh to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency she brought into the country. Miller is scheduled to appear in federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the start of her sentencing hearing in her bankruptcy fraud case. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge will decide if "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller should be sentenced to prison or probation for concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of income during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Las Vegas Sands paying $7M to settle corrupt practices probe

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:25 AM

FILE - This June 17, 2014 file photo shows the Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Palazzo in Las Vegas. The properties are owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands Corp. U.S. authorities said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, that billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to settle a foreign corrupt practices investigation of the company's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company is paying almost $7 million to U.S. authorities to end a more than five-year corrupt practices investigation of the firm's former relationship with a consultant in Macao and China, company and federal officials said Thursday.

Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:20 AM

In this photo provided U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. The infamous drug kingpin who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico was extradited at the request of the U.S. to face drug trafficking and other charges, and landed in New York late Thursday, a federal law enforcement official said. (U.S. law enforcement via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will stand in a U.S. courtroom, two decades after he was first sought by federal authorities.

Facts about the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:16 AM

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures nearing 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) and rain tapering off by midafternoon. * After breakfast and a church service, Trump and his wife, Melania, will meet outgoing President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Following tradition, Trump and Obama will ride together down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

All-stars James, Irving lead Cavs over Suns

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:13 AM

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers have been named Eastern Conference all-star startersLeBron James and Kyrie Irving celebrated being named NBA all stars by combining for 47 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 118-103 rout of the Phoenix Suns. James, who led all players in fan voting, and Irving were named Eastern Conference all-star starters for the game on February 19 in New Orleans. James scored 21 points, matching his season-high with 15 assists and grabbing nine rebounds to fall one shy of a triple-double.

NYPD officer set to testify about killing of unarmed teen

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:13 AM

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, police officers and supporters clap as Officer Richard Haste, center, exits the courthouse after posting bail in New York. Haste pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Ramarley Graham. Haste was expected to offer his first public account of the slaying at his department disciplinary trial on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Haste initially faced a criminal manslaughter charge in the 2012 death of Graham, but the case was ultimately dismissed. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A white police officer who shot an unarmed, black teenager in the bathroom of his New York City apartment is expected to offer his first public account of the slaying on Friday at his department disciplinary trial.

Paramount inks $1B film co-finance deal with 2 Chinese firms

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:11 AM

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, the main gate to Paramount Studios is seen on Melrose Avenue, in Los Angeles. Paramount Pictures said it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years, in a statement released Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)HONG KONG (AP) — Paramount Pictures said Friday it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years.

Japan PM pledges 'unchanging' allegiance to US under Trump

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:10 AM

Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he plans to visit the U.S. as soon as possible to meet with incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.

ESPN drop commentator over Venus Williams 'gorilla' remark

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:09 AM

Venus Williams of the US hits a return against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele during their Australian Open second round match, in Melbourne, on January 18, 2017US broadcaster ESPN has dropped commentator Doug Adler after he compared Venus Williams to a "gorilla" at the Australian Open -- although he insisted the word he used was "guerrilla". ESPN said Adler should have been more careful during his coverage of the seven-time Grand Slam-winner's win over Stefanie Voegele. "During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection," an ESPN statement said.

Frustrated Bouchard hits 'pause' on comeback at Australian Open

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:09 AM

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard reacts after losing a point to Coco Vandeweghe of the US during their Australian Open third round match, in Melbourne, on January 20, 2017Eugenie Bouchard cut a frustrated figure after she threw away a chance to reach the Australian Open last 16 on Friday, putting her comeback on hold. The 22-year-old Canadian has returned to competitive form after a torrid period with injuries, but her promising run in Melbourne was halted by America's Coco Vandeweghe. Bouchard was a break up in the final set but she was broken back and then squandered four break points before losing 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Madonna on Trump: 'We have gone as low as we can go'

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:08 AM

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film "The Beatles, Eight Days a Week" in London. Madonna is trying to put a positive spin on President-elect Donald Trump's Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration. The superstar spoke at the Brooklyn Museum Thursday night, Jan. 19, with artist Marilyn Minter about art in a time of protest, among other things. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

'Would-be-dictator' Trump will fail: Soros

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:05 AM

Billionaire George Soros calls Donald Trump a "would-be-dictator" and says he is "gearing up for a trade war"Billionaire George Soros on Thursday delivered a scathing assessment of Donald Trump, calling the US President-elect a "would-be-dictator" who is "going to fail". On the eve of Trump's inauguration in Washington, Soros said Trump was "gearing up for a trade war" which would have "a very far reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world". The "would-be-dictator... didn't expect to win, he was surprised," the Hungarian-born financier told an audience of business leaders and journalists at a Hotel in Davos where the World Economic Forum is being held.

Doctors consider removing George H.W. Bush's breathing tube

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:05 AM

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered whether to take out a breathing tube inserted two days ago to clear his airway.

Top seed Kerber hits form in Australian Open romp

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:03 AM

Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their Australian Open third round match, in Melbourne, on January 20, 2017World number one Angelique Kerber say she is fired up for a last-16 clash with America's Coco Vandeweghe after blowing away Kristyna Pliskova at the Australian Open on Friday.

Philippine protesters ask Duterte to stay away from Trump

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Left-wing and Muslim activists urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a noisy protest to keep his promise of charting a foreign policy independent of America by staying away from Donald Trump who after he is sworn in as president on Friday.

Defending champ Kerber advances to 4th round vs Vandeweghe

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:32 PM

Germany's Angelique Kerber makes a forehand return to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber had a straight-sets win for the first time in her first Australian Open title defense, starting her 6-0, 6-4 third-round victory with an eight-game streak against Kristyna Pliskova on Friday.

Oakland Raiders file application for move to Las Vegas

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:30 PM

Oakland Raiders fans hold signs before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, ColoradoThe Oakland Raiders officially filed paperwork with the NFL on Thursday to relocate the team to Las Vegas, the league announced, potentially bringing the US gambling capital its second major sports franchise. Raiders owner Mark Davis has been in talks with Las Vegas officials about construction of a new stadium that would serve as the team's new home. Last week, he updated NFL team owners on the status of those talks.

Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:28 PM

Soldiers walk at the airport after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for transportation to the U.S. on Thursday, the last day of President Barack Obama's administration and a day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend.

The Latest: Peace Ball an alternative inauguration party

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:26 PM

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, ahead of Friday's inauguration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

Surging Capitals cruise to 7-3 win over Blues

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:25 PM

Washington Capitals' Brett Connolly scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) as Blues' Colton Parayko (55) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Justin Williams normally keeps his focus on the ice.

A-listers join anti-Trump protest in hometown New York

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:21 PM

Alec Baldwin speaks at the 'We Stand United' rally outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York on January 19, 2017, on the eve of US President-elect Donald Trump's inaugurationA-list celebrities joined several thousand protesters on the streets of New York on Thursday night to demonstrate against Donald Trump on the eve of the incoming Republican president's inauguration. Hollywood actors Robert de Niro and Alec Baldwin, Oscar-winning director Michael Moore and singer Cher were among those who joined the noisy gathering close to the Trump International Hotel on Central Park South. "Fight Trump every day" and "justice and civil rights for all," read placards at the rally in the president-elect's hometown, where a majority of people voted for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in last year's election.

How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:19 PM

Vendors sell their President-elect Donald Trump wares in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, as preparations continue for Friday's presidential inauguration. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country.

China GDP beats expectations but debt risks loom

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:18 PM

A building under construction is seen in fog in RizhaoChina's economy grew a faster-than-expected 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by higher government spending and record bank lending, giving it a solid tailwind heading into what is expected to be a turbulent 2017. "We do not expect this (Q4 GDP) rebound to extend far into 2017, when a slowdown in the property market and steps to address supply shortages in the commodity sector ought to drag again on demand and output," said Tom Rafferty, regional China manager for the Economist Intelligence Unit. The economy expanded 6.7 percent in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday, roughly in the middle of the government's 6.5-7 percent growth target but still the slowest pace in 26 years.

Brazil judge dies in crash ahead of corruption probe ruling

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:16 PM

FILE- In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki attends a session of the Supreme Court in Brasilia, Brazil. Zavascki's son said that his father was on a plane that crashed off the coast of the city in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki's died in a small-plane crash just weeks before he was to rule on a major corruption case that could implicate high-ranking politicians in several Latin American countries.

Spurs C Gasol breaks finger during warmups, out indefinitely

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:11 PM

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) reacts after he was called for a foul during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 19)-Rev. Graham, Washington D.C., Inauguration

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:04 PM

The following bullet points are from the U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump's Twitter account. Reuters has not edited the tweets. * "It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country, thiscountry has been divided for a long time!" Stated today byReverend Franklin Graham." [0752 EST] * "Getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. The journeybegins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it agreat journey for.." [0800 EST] * "the American people. ...

Actors, mayors rally at inauguration eve Trump demonstration

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:56 PM

People attending an anti-Trump rally and protest hosted by filmmaker Michael Moore hold signs as they listen to speakers on a stage set up in front of the Trump International Hotel, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in New York. President-elect Donald Trump, a New Yorker, is scheduled to take the oath of office Friday in Washington. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Actors Robert De Niro, Sally Field and Mark Ruffalo joined hundreds of other people outside a Donald Trump building on Thursday for a pre-inauguration demonstration organizers said was meant to energize those concerned about the Republican president-elect's policies.

Chinese growth slows in 2016 with outlook uncertain

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:56 PM

After a tumultuous start to 2016, China's leaders managed to steer the world's number two economy with further stimulus to hit their annual target and even record the first quarterly pick-up in two yearsChina's economy grew last year at its slowest rate in more than a quarter-century but while Friday's data pointed to much-needed stability, Beijing is bracing for an uncertain outlook that could see a trade stand-off with Donald Trump. The Asian giant is a crucial driver of global growth but Beijing is trying to reduce its heavy reliance on exports and state-backed investment and instead focus on domestic consumer spending to drive expansion. The National Bureau of Statistics called the figure a "good start" for the government's goal of achieving 6.5 percent annual growth through 2020.

African forces suspend operations in Gambia for talks

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:52 PM

People celebrate the inauguration of Gambia's new President Adama Barrow at Westfield neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in BanjulLong-ruling Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, has until midday Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action, regional bloc ECOWAS has said. West African troops entered The Gambia on Thursday to bolster its new President Adama Barrow but the military operation was suspended a few hours later, in favour of a final diplomatic effort to convince Jammeh -- who has refused to quit -- to exit the country. "We have suspended operations and given him an ultimatum," said Marcel Alain de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States.

Three dead, 20 hurt after car ploughs into Melbourne shoppers

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:45 PM

Three people died and 20 more were hurt in Melbourne on January 20, 2017, when a car ploughed into pedestrians, but police said it was not a terror attackMelbourne (AFP) - Three people died and 20 others were injured Friday when a car ploughed into pedestrians in the heart of the Australian city of Melbourne, police said.

China's growth edges up but 2016 weakest year since 1990

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:40 PM

In this Dec. 13, 2016 photo, workers buy their lunch outside a construction site at the Central Business District in Beijing. China's economic growth accelerated slightly in the final quarter of 2016 but its full-year performance still was the weakest in nearly three decades. The government reported Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 the world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter over a year earlier, up from the previous quarter's 6.7 percent. Full-year growth was 6.7 percent, down from 2015's 6.9 percent and the weakest since 1990. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth ticked up in the final quarter of 2016 but its full-year performance was the weakest in three decades as it heads into a potential trade battle with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Asian markets mixed ahead of Trump's inauguration

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:30 PM

FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. World stocks were mostly lower Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, ahead of comments from the European Central Bank's president and after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled more interest rate increases in the months to come. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Asian markets were mixed in cautious trading Friday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. China's report that its economy grew at a 6.8 percent pace in October-December was in line ...

Extradited Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrives in US

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:19 PM

Jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was handed over to US authorities after the Supreme Court and a court of appeals rejected his latest bids to avoid extraditionMexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, was extradited to the United States to face charges on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration. Guzman heads the Sinaloa cartel, which is accused of generating much of the deadly violence in Mexico's decades-long drug war and providing tons of narcotics to the United States.

U.S. national security handover to Trump bumpy, officials say

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:09 PM

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence O'Sullivan answers questions during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reform bill while on Capitol Hill in WashingtonPresident-elect Donald Trump's national security transition has been more chaotic than others in recent memory, with important positions unfilled and many of his people less able, or willing, to engage on substance, U.S. officials said. The uncertainties surrounding Trump's personnel, policies, and rise to power have rattled many of America's allies, including Japan, Germany and Britain, at a time when China is more assertive, Russia more aggressive, terrorism more diffuse, the Middle East still unstable and North Korea nuclear-armed and unpredictable, said U.S. and foreign diplomats. "But what is seriously in doubt is whether Trump's disruption will be strategic or beneficial to U.S. foreign policy interests.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:08 PM

This image released by CBS shows Miguel Ferrer in character as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in "NCIS: Los Angeles." Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS' hit "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to NBC crime drama "Crossing Jordan," has died.

Silence, mourning since fatal crash turn to hope at Chapeco

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:56 PM

Vagner Mancini, the new coach of Chapecoense soccer team attends a training session in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Three Chapecoense players survived and 19 players perished in an air crash that killed 71 people almost two months ago in Colombia. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Silence and mourning are slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope.

Hastert to assault victim: Pay back $1.7M in hush money

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:52 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former House speaker Dennis Hastert wants one of his sexual abuse victims to return the $1.7 million in hush money the Illinois Republican paid him over several years, according to a court filing this week in an ongoing civil case.

Croc kills Australian man at dangerous river crossing

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:49 PM

Australia is home to freshwater and saltwater crocodiles with the more feared 'salties' growing up to seven metres longA large crocodile has killed a man at a notorious crossing on the East Alligator River in northern Australia, police said Friday. Official guidelines warn against trying to walk over Cahill's Crossing which has seen numerous attacks and was swollen by recent rains. Despite danger signs, the 47-year-old from a remote community in the Northern Territory waded across behind two women on Thursday afternoon.

Washington braces for anti-Trump protests, New Yorkers march

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:45 PM

People hold signs at a protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump near Trump Tower in New York CityBy Ian Simpson and Joseph Ax WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, while thousands of people took to the streets of New York and Washington to express their displeasure with his coming administration. Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday's inauguration ceremony, according to organizers' estimates. The number of planned protests and rallies this year is far above what has been typical at recent presidential inaugurations, with some 30 permits granted in Washington for anti-Trump rallies and sympathy protests planned in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, and outside the U.S. in cities including London and Sydney.

Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:43 PM

Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDAWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

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