Woman describes frequent abuse by R Kelly before she was 18

Woman describes frequent abuse by R Kelly before she was 18

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has been central to R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades tested Thursday that the R&B singer sexually abused her “hundreds” of times before she turned 18 years old, starting when she was 15. Jane — the pseudonym for the now 37-year-old woman at Kelly’s trial on … Read more

Wolfgang Petersen, blockbuster filmmaker of ‘Das Boot,’ dies

Wolfgang Petersen, blockbuster filmmaker of 'Das Boot,' dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose World War II submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has died. He was 81. Petersen died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles … Read more

R. Kelly jury selection focuses on 2019 documentary

R Kelly accuse to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection in R. Kelly’s federal trial on charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial began Monday with the judge and attorneys quickly focusing on whether would-be jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sex abuse allegations against the R&B singer. After denying a request from Kelly’s attorney to automatically … Read more

No. 1 Alabama tops preseason AP Top 25; Ohio St, ‘Dawgs next

No. 1 Alabama tops preseason AP Top 25;  Ohio St, 'Dawgs next

With two of the best players in the country leading the way — and a championship game loss as motivation — Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and ninth time overall. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, national defensive player of year Will Anderson Jr. … Read more

R Kelly accuse to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

R Kelly accuse to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that starts Monday is in many ways a do-over of his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted the singer on charges that he produced a video of himself when he was around 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14. There’s … Read more

Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

CHAUTAUQUA, NY (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a Reading in Western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to … Read more

Judds asks court to seal report of death investigation

Judds asks court to seal report of death investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of country singer Naomi Judd filed an amended court petition Friday to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death. The family filed the petition in Williamson County Chancery Court, saying the records contain video and audio interviews with relatives in the immediate aftermath of … Read more

Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

NEW YORK (AP) — The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the US in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday. The presence of the poliovirus in the city’s wastewater suggests likely local circulation of … Read more

Serena Williams says ‘countdown has begun’ to retire

Serena Williams says 'countdown has begun' to retire

Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. In an essay released Tuesday by Vogue magazine, and a post … Read more

Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ pulls into station with $30.1M

Brad Pitt's 'Bullet Train' pulls into station with $30.1M

NEW YORK (AP) — The stylized action romp “Bullet Train,” starring Brad Pitt, arrived with a $30.1 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, as the last big movie of Hollywood’s summer recovery landed in theaters. The “Bullet Train” debut for Sony Pictures was solid but unspectacular for a movie that cost $90 million … Read more