• Fashionistas, celebrities jam Chanel fashion show in Havana

    Updated: 26 min ago

    HAVANA (AP) — Wealthy fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights Wednesday night on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel. With hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, actors Tilda Swinton and Vin Diesel, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Cuban music stars Gente de Zona and Omara Portuondo watched slender models sashay down Prado boulevard in casual summer clothes that seemed inspired by the Art Deco elegance of pre-revolutionary Cuba.

  • Andy Murray won't stay at Olympic Village at Rio Games

    Updated: 28 min ago

    MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Andy Murray says he won't be living in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, preferring to stay at an apartment with the British tennis team. Murray stayed in the athletes' village in Beijing in 2008, but not in London in 2012, when he won the Olympic gold medal in the singles tournament. "I'm not staying in the Village," he said after a second-round victory over Radek Stepanek at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday. "I'm staying in an apartment with the rest of the team." He said he had fun socializing with athletes from other sports in Beijing, but in Rio this August he decided to repeat the winning formula from London. "To be honest, when I stayed in the village in Beijing I had a

  • Spieth refreshed, ready to return following Masters meltdown

    Updated: 33 min ago

    Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later, Spieth's not quite ready to say he's over letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony in the Butler Cabin that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse. Still, let's not get carried away. "I'm not taking it very hard," Spieth said Tuesday, while attending a FedEx event in suburban Pittsburgh ahead of a practice round on Wednesday at Oakmont, where he will try to defend his U.S. Open title next month. "I've got ladies at the grocery stores putting their hand on me and going, 'Really praying for you; how are you doing?' I'm lik

  • Lawsuit: Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology

    Updated: 34 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs. Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit April 26 against Las Vegas-based AffinityLifestyles.com, also known as Real Alkalized Water. Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. His son, Blain Jones, is executive vice president of the company and is running for a Nevada Assembly seat. "I have not seen the legal documents at this time, so I cannot comment on the alleged claims," Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

  • White Sox to cut left-hander John Danks after 10 years

    Updated: 34 min ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Sitting on top of the American League, the Chicago White Sox are going to try a new plan for one of their biggest problems. Left-hander John Danks is out after a 10-year run in Chicago, and Erik Johnson will be promoted on Thursday to start against the Boston Red Sox. Looking to build on their surprising 18-8 start, the White Sox decided they had to cut Danks and search for a more reliable option at the back end of their rotation. "This is about putting us in the best position to win ballgames going forward," general manager Rick Hahn said. "We feel we have a pretty special thing going on in this clubhouse right now.

  • Author says he now thinks father wasn't Iwo Jima flag-raiser

    Updated: 35 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The author of a best-selling book about his father and other men who raised a U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II said Tuesday he no longer believes his father was in an iconic photograph of the event. James Bradley, who wrote the book "Flags of Our Fathers," said in a telephone interview that questions raised about the photo by two amateur historians, which have prompted a Marine Corps investigation, led him to think back on comments his father made about the 1945 flag-raising. Those comments by John Bradley, who died in 1994, now lead James Bradley to believe his father participated in an earlier flag-raising, but not the one captured in the famous picture. "My father raised a flag on Iwo Jim

  • San Francisco officials save backyard pine tree from the ax

    Updated: 35 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A spindly pine tree standing all alone in a tiny backyard became an official landmark Tuesday in San Francisco, a city that boasts such picturesque sights as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. City leaders voted unanimously to grant the status to a Norfolk pine hybrid after it was championed by residents who said it gives their neighborhood its beauty and a sense of home. The owner of the property where it stands wanted to tear it down. His lawyer said the 100-foot-tall tree was dangerous and too large for the small parcel. "It's a good example of a community standing up to protect the environment," Eric Mar, a member of the Board of Supervisors, said after the vote.

  • US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

    Updated: 38 min ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — The combat death of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants. Over the course of the nearly 2-year-old campaign, the Pentagon has slowly expanded the American military role. The strategy, criticized by some as incremental and inadequate, aims to ensure that the Iraqis do the ground combat, supported by U.S. airpower, special operations advisers and others. As the Iraqis have gained competence and confidence and prepared an assault in hopes of retaking Mosul, the Pentagon has announced plans to put m

  • Obama preparing to name 1st national monument for gay rights

    Updated: 39 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to designate the Stonewall Inn in New York the first national monument dedicated to gay rights. That's according to two individuals familiar with the Obama administration's plans. The individuals weren't authorized to discuss the plans publicly and requested anonymity. The tavern in Greenwich Village was the site of a 1969 uprising widely viewed as the start of the gay rights movement. Proposals being considered would cover a small park on the street where the bar is located and the surrounding area. The Interior Department says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the head of the National Park Service will travel to New York for a public meeting on the proposals Mo

  • Iwo Jima Photo Identities

    Updated: 40 min ago

    FILE - In this Feb 23, 1945 file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. James Bradley, who wrote the book “Flags of Our Fathers,” said in a telephone interview Tuesday, May 3, 2016, that questions raised about the photo by two amateur historians, which have prompted a Marine Corps investigation, led him to think back on comments his father made about the 1945 flag-raising. Those comments by John Bradley, who died in 1994, now lead James Bradley to believe his father participated in an earlier flag-raising, but not the one captured in the famous picture.

  • Wildfires cause chaos in Canada town

    Updated: 42 min ago

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — At least half of a northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. A local radio reporter said a trailer park that had been evacuated on Monday was on fire and flames were advancing toward businesses. "It's chaos on the roads. People are panicking. It's gridlock on the roads. Flames are right next to a gas station," said Carina Van Heerde with radio station KAOS. The main road into Fort McMurray, was closed at the southern entrance to the city after flames jumped the road. Pictures posted on Twitter showed long lines of traffic and skies darkened by thick smoke as flames licked the edges of roa

  • Spieth Returns Golf

    Updated: 45 min ago

    FILE - In this Friday, April 8, 2016 file photo, Jordan Spieth tees off on the 15th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later Spieth’s not quite ready to say he’s over letting a five-shot in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony in the Butler Cabin that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse.(AP Photo/David J.

  • FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games

    Updated: 45 min ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games. The Student Government Association approved the nonbinding, formal opinion by a 27-4 vote on April 20 asking the university's administration to consider adding the wearing of headdresses as a violation of the student code of conduct. The SGA said it passed the resolution because many of the headdresses worn at athletic events are representative of other tribes, in particular Plains tribes like the Sioux, and not the Seminoles. Part of the resolution reads that the Senate "does not condone the wearing of headdresses because it inaccurately depicts the cu

  • Agency: Proposed mine near Tucson won't jeopardize species

    Updated: 47 min ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed copper mine near Tucson isn't likely to jeopardize the continued existence of more than a dozen endangered and threatened species and their habitats, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency on Tuesday submitted its opinion on the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine to the U.S. Forest Service. It's the last major report before the Forest Service issues a decision on the mining project first proposed in 2007 but delayed by the certification process and environmental reviews. The project also faces approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but federal environmental regulators reportedly could refer the proposed mine for a higher-level review beforehand.

  • Navy SEAL killed in Iraq identified as an Arizona native

    Updated: 47 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on Tuesday was identified as Charlie Keating IV, a former Phoenix high school star distance runner and the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Keating died in an Islamic State group attack near the city of Irbil. He's the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014, according to military officials. Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday in honor of Keating, who also was the cousin of former Olympic swimming champion Gary Hall Jr. Kea

  • Documentary ‘Oriented’ captures lives of gay Palestinian men in Israel

    Updated: 48 min ago

    Straightforwardly shot but astute in the way it captures the texture of the friendships at its center, the documentary “Oriented” offers a peek into the lives of three gay Palestinians in their 20s who live and work in Israel. Khader, Fadi and Naeem bring us into their homes in Tel Aviv, but also into the city’s nightlife of pulsating nightclubs and leisurely get-togethers over drinks at outdoor cafes. These moments stand in contrast with a scene that takes place inside Khader’s apartment building. He lives with his Jewish boyfriend David, and as air raid sirens go off, we see them shuffle into a hallway outside their front door. The faint sounds of explosions can be heard over the persistent whining of their anxious

  • Argentina plays "Trump" card in Copa America advertising

    Updated: 50 min ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine TV advertisement is sending a message to Donald Trump: you should fear some Latin Americans about to arrive in the United States. The advertisement for the June 3-26 Copa America soccer championship, being staged in the U.S., mocks the immigration rhetoric of the Republican front-runner for president. Referencing comments about unwanted people entering the U.S. and border protection, the advertisement uses images of Argentina players stepping out of a plane and also depicts chanting fans waving white and blue flags and passing through the stadium turnstiles.

  • TV series focusing on drug lord 'El Chapo' in development

    Updated: 50 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The History Channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on the drug lord known as "El Chapo." The series will explore global drug wars through Joaquin Guzman's story, the channel said. The drama's title is "Cartel," preceded by a hashtag. A pilot script was ordered from writer-producer Chris Brancato, whose credits include Netflix's "Narcos," the History Channel said Tuesday. Last year, Guzman had broken out of prison and was on the run when he had a secret meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn. Penn wrote about it for Rolling Stone magazine. Accounts have varied as to whether Guzman wanted to discuss a film based on his life or was intent on meeting del C

  • Staying grounded: Castroneves knows goal of IndyCar changes

    Updated: 51 min ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Helio Castroneves has no desire in being airborne and upside down again at Indianapolis. Neither does IndyCar, which is making changes in hopes of preventing those kinds of scary flips at high-speed tracks. "For safety, that's what we're looking at," Castroneves said during testing Tuesday in Texas that included curved plates affixed to the bottom of cars to help prevent them from flying into the air after spins. "It doesn't matter what car it is." Those domed skid plates are among significant changes the IndyCar Series has made since last year, when Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter — all driving Chevrolets — went airborne in separate incidents at the Brickyard leading up to the Ind

  • Frida Ghitis: Around the world, it’s Clinton by a landslide

    Updated: 53 min ago

    Now that American voters are drawing a clearer outline of November’s presidential contest, the rest of the world’s opinion about who should become the next president of the United States is also turning crystal-clear. With a couple of notable exceptions, the verdict is all-but unanimous: Just about everywhere, people want Hillary Clinton to replace President Barack Obama. That is the undeniable and overwhelming impression one hears when exploring opinions in different parts of the globe. I heard it asking individuals of a wide variety of backgrounds while traveling in several countries. But don’t take my word for it. A recent poll of people in 20 countries — the G20 group of the world’s largest economies — confirm