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Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison

NEW YORK — A judge on Thursday ordered the release of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer from prison, saying the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book critical of Trump before November's election.
Watchdogs to review conduct of US agents in Portland, DC

Watchdogs to review conduct of US agents in Portland, DC

WASHINGTON — Two government watchdogs said Thursday that they had opened investigations into the conduct of federal agents responding to unrest in Portland, Oregon, following abuse of power allegations by members of Congress, local officials and the
Amber Heard says she 'did not want to expose' Johnny Depp

Amber Heard says she 'did not want to expose' Johnny Depp

LONDON — Amber Heard insisted Thursday that she never wanted the world to know the details of her years of alleged abuse by Johnny Depp, as she concluded her evidence in her ex-husband's libel case against a British tabloid.
Movie theatres implore studios: Release the blockbusters

Movie theatres implore studios: Release the blockbusters

NEW YORK — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, “Jaws” set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in.
WHO chief upbraids Pompeo over 'unacceptable' allegations

WHO chief upbraids Pompeo over 'unacceptable' allegations

GENEVA — The director-general of the World Health Organization upbraided U.S.
Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday

Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday

NEW YORK — While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday. The pop star made the surprise announcement Thursday on Instagram. “Folklore," her eighth record, comes less than a year after she dropped “Lover.

Friends share Powerball jackpot win, keeping 1992 promise

MENOMONIE, Wis. — A western Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago.
China launches ambitious attempt to land rover on Mars

China launches ambitious attempt to land rover on Mars

BEIJING — China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.
AP-NORC poll: 3 in 4 Americans back requiring wearing masks

AP-NORC poll: 3 in 4 Americans back requiring wearing masks

LOS ANGELES — Three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favour requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes, a new poll finds, reflecting fresh alarm over spiking coronavirus cases and a growing embrace of

Animals, caretakers at Disney theme park getting TV show

ORLANDO, Fla. — The lions, kangaroos and elephants at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom are ready for their closeups.