VIENNA (AP) — Olympic snowboard champion Julia Dujmovits has pulled out of a World Cup event in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday because of security concerns.
The Austrian snowboarder said Wednesday she doesn't feel safe traveling to a city where 13 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a public bus less than three months ago.
NEW YORK (AP) — In an interview following his Oscar win on Sunday, Casey Affleck addressed earlier sexual harassment claims against him and said "everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and everywhere else."
LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that's still recovering from last year's punishing Hurricane Matthew.
Richmond Film Festival kicks off with musical acts
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With an electric six-string cellist and an orchestra playing a fusion of classical-jazz and hip-hop, the sixth annual Richmond International Film Festival kicked off and will run through Sunday, featuring more than 150 films from more than 35 countries as well as more than 50 bands and other musical performers.
UK: EU citizens won’t lose rights without Parliament’s OK
LONDON (AP) — The British government promised Tuesday that it won't strip European Union nationals of any rights without lawmakers' approval, as it tries to persuade Parliament to authorize the start of divorce talks with the bloc.
By leaving the EU, Britain will be withdrawing from the bloc's policy of free movement of citizens among member states. That leaves 3 million EU nationals in Britain, and 1 million Britons living in other member countries, in limbo.
Utah Olympic Oval to host US short track speedskating trials
KEARNS, Utah (AP) — US Speedskating will hold the short track Olympic trials in December at the Utah Olympic Oval.
The event from Dec. 15-17 will decide the 12 skaters who will compete in the PyeongChang Games in 2018. Athletes will compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.
The oval, known for its fast ice that has led to over 100 world records being set, hosted the 2014 Olympic trials for short and long track speedskating. It was built for the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
Key points in the Syria statement issued in Astana
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the first face-to-face meeting between Syria's armed opposition and Syrian government in Kazakhstan this week, issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the talks Tuesday announcing their intention to establish a trilateral mechanism to ensure full compliance with a cease-fire for Syria in place since Dec. 30.
NFL to conduct summit for young women during Super Bowl week
HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL will conduct a women's summit during Super Bowl week that will focus on young women's personal development and achievement.
Trump overshadows young migrants’ emotional trip to Mexico
MOLCAXAC, Mexico (AP) — Tamara Alcala Dominguez sobbed, barely able to speak, as she buried her face in the sweater of the woman who cared for her when she was a toddler.
"My little girl, I hugged you so much," Petra Bello Suarez told her now 23-year-old granddaughter, tears dampening her own creased cheeks. "I have you in my arms, my girl. ... You found me still alive."
Chinese Pres. Xi promotes 2022 Winter Olympics with visit
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for sustainability and post-event planning while on a visit to ski venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, underscoring the government's hopes of leveraging the games to promote winter sports among hundreds of millions of its citizens living in the country's north.
Xi's trip Monday to Chongli in Hebei province adjoining Beijing marks the latest bid to ramp up enthusiasm for the games.
Wall scores 24, leads Wizards past Hornets 109-99
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — John Wall firmly believes the Washington Wizards are a good team with plenty of playoff potential.
The key, he said, "is we just got to believe it every time we step on the court."
Wall had 24 points and seven assists, and the Wizards looked plenty confident as they continued their run up the Eastern Conference standings with a 109-99 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
Reasons for area women’s trips to DC as different as the events they attended
Two Sauk County women made their way to Washington, DC last week to express their political views and be a part of history, but the events they attended were as different as their reasons for going.
Jenny Anderson of Hillpoint felt so strongly about seeing the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, she drove the more than 900 miles by herself just to be there Friday.
New Jersey Senate delays vote on gender-equality override
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's inauguration and the women's march to protest it weren't enough to persuade New Jersey lawmakers to overturn Republican Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill tightening rules on gender and pay.
The Democrat-led Senate postponed a vote Monday on the override.
The delay came after pointed debate on the legislation. The bill included provisions that permit women to seek triple damages from employers who paid men more for equal work.
Browns football boss Sashi Brown not attending Senior Bowl
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown will not attend this week's Senior Bowl following back surgery.
A team spokesman said Brown underwent the procedure last week and is not permitted to travel while he recovers. He should be cleared in the coming weeks.
Brown, though, will miss this week's Senior Bowl event in Mobile, Alabama, a showcase for some of the nation's top college players.
FIFA going to Kremlin for World Cup draw in December
ZURICH (AP) — The 2018 World Cup draw will be staged on Dec. 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow.
The draw will take place at the 6,000-capacity State Kremlin Palace, a grand structure built inside the Kremlin walls in the Soviet era to hold Communist Party conferences. Nowadays, the venue usually plays host to veteran Russian pop stars, ballerinas and awards shows.
ICYMI: School District responds to criticism, Beech Island woman sentenced to prison & Women’s March
Aiken Public School District responds after complaints over viewing of live Trump inauguration
The Aiken County Public School District released a statement on Friday related to complaints involving students not being able to watch the live inauguration of President Donald Trump.
FOXBORO — One for the thumb? The Patriots may have another finger in mind.
The Pats thoroughly deconstructed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17, last night in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium to secure a date with the Falcons at Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 in Houston. It’ll be their record-setting ninth trip to the Super Bowl, including their seventh with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in charge of the show, and they’re seeking their fifth victory.
Column: Brotherhood only gets you so far against Brady
The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory podium.
Blank could be excused for his exuberance. The Falcons have only been this far one time before, long before their second-year coach won his players over with a message of unity, love and toughness that landed them in the Super Bowl.
They’re Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs Steelers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl.
After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh.
The Latest: Watchdog group says it will sue President Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):
A legal watchdog group says it will file a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.
Wagner joins Chen, Bell on US team for world championships
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ashley Wagner will have an opportunity to improve upon her silver medal at the world championships.
The 25-year-old Wagner will join U.S. champion Karen Chen and fellow youngster Mariah Bell on the team headed to Helsinki, Finland in March. It will be the seventh time Wagner has competed at worlds, yet it may be the three-time national champ's best chance yet to win an elusive gold medal.
Tribal council favors asking pipeline protesters to leave
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council is supporting the district of Cannon Ball's wish that all Dakota Access pipeline protesters leave the area.
The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2k53Ebl) that the resolution was passed by the full council Friday. It applies to all three protest camps in North Dakota.
Matthew Dellavedova, tennis player? Nope, it’s his cousin
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Basketball fans may have done a double take upon seeing the Australian Open schedule on Sunday: Matthew Dellavedova was playing his first-round match on Court 7.
It wasn't the Australian-born NBA player, though. It was his cousin, 16-year-old Matthew Dellavedova, who's entered in the boys' singles and doubles events at Melbourne Park.
Missouri, Kansas rallies against Trump draw thousands
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in disapproval of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president.
Packing a park across from Kansas City's landmark Union Station, the throng Saturday was urged by organizers to be vigilant about the new Trump administration's policies and not let their activism wane.
Crowds turn out for women’s marches across Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — Dorothy DeCarlo burned her bra during college 50 years ago to fight for women's rights. As she stood among a sea of people gathered for a women's rally and march in downtown Chicago on Saturday, she carried a sign that stated: "I can't believe I still have to protest this (expletive)."
"I thought we took the bruises. I thought it was over," said DeCarlo, 69, of Chicago. "I never thought we would be in 2017 and even have to consider this."
Women’s march draws thousands to Helena
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Despite below-freezing temperatures, thousands of people attended a march and rally in Helena in answer to President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Organizers estimated about 10,000 attended the event Saturday. Many were dressed snuggly with ski and stocking hats and winter coats against the cold.
The event included songs and speeches, including one by first lady Lisa Bullock.
Trump’s children revel in first 24 hours in White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Backstage photos from the black-tie inaugural balls. A quick peek out the Truman Balcony to admire the view of Washington. A visit to the basement White House bowling alley.
President Donald Trump's grown children and their families have reveled in the first hours as the first family and have enthusiastically documented it all on social media.
Events in Indiana coincide with national women’s march
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Indianapolis and elsewhere in Indiana in a protest against President Donald Trump and a call for women's rights and other causes.
The events were held Saturday in connection with a women's march in Washington. People gathered at the Indiana Capitol with colorful signs and slogans, including a woman whose sign said, "You can't grab our rights."
Tim Kaine to speak about public service at Tufts University
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will talk about the importance of public service, U.S. policy priorities and America's role in the world during a visit to Tufts University.
The U.S. senator from Virginia will visit Tufts in Medford, Massachusetts, on Monday to participate in a conversation with Alan Solomont, dean of Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life and former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
The event is open to members of the Tufts community.
Thousands march for women’s rights in Ohio cities
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans rallied in Washington or in their home area by the thousands Saturday, with many saying they felt the need to stand up for women's rights and the nation's diversity the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Thousands gather for Women’s March on Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An estimated 10,000 people gathered Saturday in Hartford to protest President Donald Trump and call for protecting the rights of women and immigrants.
The Women's March on Hartford was among more than 600 marches around the world, with the main event in Washington drawing hundreds of thousands of people.
Palmetto Politics: Scenes from the South Carolina Inaugural Ball
The scene: The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The event: The S.C. State Society Inaugural Ball
Attendance: More than 2,000
Menu: Shrimp and grits, tiny sweet potato pies
Cost: $160 for an open bar, plenty of snacks and a live band
South Carolina Republicans got a jump on President Donald Trump's inauguration Thursday night, partying, dancing and mixing with the few Democrats who dropped by — Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg included.
Thousands gather in Trenton to support women’s march
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several thousand people have packed the War Memorial in Trenton to take part in a "sister event" to show support for the national Women's March on Washington.
Lobster and salmon from Maine served at inauguration
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials say farm-raised salmon from Eastport, Maine, was on the menu at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington.
New England fare was well-represented at the event with attendees also dining on Maine lobster at the luncheon on Friday.
Refreshed Johnson shoots 64, in contention in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Over his jet lag and familiar with the golf course, Dustin Johnson is finally a real factor at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The U.S. Open champion shot an 8-under-par 64 in the third round on Saturday to catapult into title contention in his first event of 2017. He started the day eight shots off the lead and finished it in a five-way tie for second at 12 under par, one stroke behind new leader Tyrrell Hatton.
Patriots notebook: Ball security major concern heading into AFC Championship Game
FOXBORO — If the Patriots are going to advance to Super Bowl LI, they’ve got to treat the football with a lot more respect tomorrow when they host the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
The Pats were careless with the ball during their 34-16 divisional round victory against the Texans, as Tom Brady was intercepted twice and running back Dion Lewis put the ball on the ground a couple of times, losing one of those fumbles to yield a momentum-swaying turn of events.
Trump draws far smaller inaugural crowd than Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) — Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday than his predecessor's swearing-in eight years ago.
Photos of the National Mall from President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009 show a teeming crowd stretching from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol all the way to the Washington Monument. Photos taken from the same position on Friday show large swaths of empty space on the Mall.
Melania Trump’s hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration
SEVNICA, Slovenia (AP) — The inauguration of Donald Trump is a big thing for a small town in Slovenia where the new U.S. first lady traces her roots.
Residents of Sevnica watched live coverage from Washington at the town's cafes or at their homes, dazzled by Melania Trump's appearance in a sky blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck combination by Ralph Lauren.
Will Trump end globalization? The doubt haunts Davos’ elite
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — It's been impossible to escape the shadow of Donald Trump at this year's gathering of the business elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Uncertainty over whether Trump's presidency will mark the end of globalization dominated discussions all week at an event synonymous with international business.
How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV
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.
Soundtrack to golf: Music played on range at Abu Dhabi event
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Looking relaxed in his black shorts and ankle-length socks, Thongchai Jaidee took aim at the range and hit a shot into the cloudless sky to the backdrop of "The Zephyr Song" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Minutes later, the playlist had moved on to a dance song by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.
Europe announces changes to Ryder Cup qualifying system
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Europe's team for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France will have an extra captain's pick and is set to contain more in-form players following a revamp of the qualifying system in the wake of a big loss to the United States last year.
The aim is clear: To give captain Thomas Bjorn the best possible team to regain the cup.