Brazil’s Sylvinho to coach Lyon next season
PARIS (AP) — Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed Sylvinho will coach the seven-time French champion next season.
Sylvinho, a former Barcelona and Arsenal player, will replace...
Openly gay Brazil congressman leaves job amid death threats
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An openly gay congressman who frequently clashed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats.
In an interview published by daily Folha de S. Paulo, Congressman Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return. Instead, he said he would work in academia but did not say where.
The Latest: France wants new Renault chief to lock in Nissan
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):
France's economy minister says he expects the future chief of Renault to consolidate the French automaker's alliance with Japanese partner Nissan.
Michael Jackson stage musical to premiere in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago later this year before heading to Broadway in 2020.
Officials said Wednesday that "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" will begin pre-Broadway performances at Chicago's Nederlander Theatre on Oct. 29 and run through Dec. 1.
Cafu to present Copa America draw in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former World Cup winner Cafu will present Friday's Copa America draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Tournament organizers said on Tuesday the Brazilian will be assisted by countrymen Zico, Ze Roberto and Marta, Argentina's Javier Zanetti, Uruguay's Diego Lugano, Colombia's Francisco Maturana and Paraguay's Romerito.
No charges to be filed in officer fatal shooting after chase
COPLAY, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says no charges will be filed against an officer in the shooting death of a man in a struggle following a 17-mile chase last month.
Carbon County District Attorney Jean Engler said the Dec. 18 shooting of 27-year-old Danny Washington of Fort Lauderdale was accidental.
Urban prosecutors in Missouri put end to most pot cases
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Missouri, but for about one-third of the state's residents, it's a crime prosecutors won't pursue.
Over the past seven months, prosecutors in St. Louis city, Jackson County and most recently St. Louis County have all announced they will no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases.
Ex-Argentina coach Sampaoli makes winning start with Santos
SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Seven months ago, coach Jorge Sampaoli was endlessly running up and down the touchline giving instructions to Lionel Messi and his Argentina World Cup teammates.
On Saturday, the 58-year-old marked his first official match in charge of Brazilian club Santos with a 1-0 victory. It was also his first game since Argentina's defeat by France in the last 16 of the World Cup.
New York mayor cancels Maine trip due to snowstorm
EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — New York mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled a visit to the nation's easternmost city due to the snowstorm.
De Blasio had planned to be in Eastport, Maine, on Saturday for a talk that serves as a fundraiser for the Eastport Arts Center. He was going to talk about progressive politics in the half-century since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
De Blasio's 92-year-old aunt, Jean Wilhelm, is active at the arts center and with the community theater, Stage East.
EU wants to exclude agriculture from trade talks with US
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington's wishes to include the vast sector, and said any overall deal will be limited in scope.
The EU Commission announced its proposals for a negotiating mandate from the 28 member states and said that the EU negotiations will be "strictly focused on the removal of tariffs on industrial goods, excluding agricultural products."
Chattanooga holds on to beat Mercer 73-70
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Jerry Johnson Jr. scored 15 points and Kenny Easley had a double-double and made two free throws for the final margin in Chattanooga's 73-70 win over Mercer on Thursday night.
Easley had 11 points and 10 rebounds, David Jean-Baptiste also scored 11 points and Donovann Toatley scored 13 for the Mocs (9-10, 4-2 Southern Conference). Johnson and Jean Baptiste had three 3-pointers each with the Mocs shooting 13 of 30 from the arc for 43 percent.
Hotel dishwasher forced to work Sundays awarded $21 million
MIAMI (AP) — Jurors say a Florida hotel dishwasher should get $21.5 million after her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her to work on Sundays and eventually firing her.
Lesbian couple’s housing discrimination lawsuit dismissed
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged a suburban St. Louis senior living community discriminated against a married lesbian couple by denying them housing.
Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday.
The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mansila in Yagha province, said ministry spokesman Jean Paul Badoum. Woodman worked for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.
Scientists: Minnesota is among fastest warming states in US
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With its famously bitter winters growing milder, Minnesota is one of the fastest warming states in the country, according to scientists.
Former congresswoman seeks Ohio legislative seat
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Republican congresswoman Jean Schmidt wants to return to Ohio's statehouse.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Schmidt says she has received encouragement to run, including from her husband. She will run in 2020 for a southwest Ohio seat held by Republican John Becker, who will be term-limited.
Minnehaha County stays out of opioid lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Minnehaha County won't join a lawsuit filed by more than 30 states and hundreds of local government against big pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic.
South Dakota is one of the states accusing the drug makers of misleading marketing that downplayed the risk of opioid addiction. Hundreds of similar cases filed by cities and counties have been bundled together in Ohio's federal court system.
Gabon’s ailing president returns for government swearing-in
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.
Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed and four others were arrested and face life sentences, authorities have said.
GOP: FBI should review conflict between Baker, unions
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the Missouri Republican party says the FBI should review a standoff between Kansas City area labor unions and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who is chairwoman of the state Democratic party.
Baker and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 42 are in a standoff over contract negotiations. The union represents assistant prosecutors in Baker's office.
France pledges 1B euros in aid to rebuild Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France is committing 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group.
Le Drian, meeting with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad on Monday, said the aid would go to rebuilding Iraq's most devastated areas.
Iraq's Planning Ministry has estimated the cost of reconstruction at $88 billion. Iraq was able to raise $30 billion at a donor conference in Kuwait last year.
Wine week celebrating 2 ‘Wine Dynasties’ this year
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Wine Week is celebrating two "Wine Dynasties" this year.
The husband-and-wife team of Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset are featuring a guided wine tasting at a seminar-style event on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester.
Easley scores 20 to lift Chattanooga over Samford 80-75
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Easley scored 20 points on four 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds as Chattanooga held on late to edge Samford 80-75 on Saturday night.
Ramon Vila added 18 points and led with 11 rebounds for the Mocs (8-10, 3-2 Southern Conference). Donovann Toatley added 10 points and Jerry Johnson Jr. and Thomas Smallwood had nine points apiece.
Longtime USTA CEO Gordon Smith to retire at end of year
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Gordon Smith, longtime CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, will retire at the end of 2019 after 12 years on the job.
USTA chairman Patrick Galbraith said Friday that Smith "brought our sport to new levels" and "represented American tennis with class and dignity around the world."
Driver killed after rig goes off Connecticut highway
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tractor-tractor driver has died in a crash on a Connecticut highway.
State police say the rig was heading southbound on Interstate 95 Friday morning in Milford when it went off the roadway, struck a guard rail then went down an embankment before hitting several trees.
Juncker: Romania political feuding may mar its EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top European Union official on Friday warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally."
Mashantucket Pequots announce new tribal treasurer
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced the appointment of a new treasurer.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said Thursday that Merrill "Marvin" Reels has been named treasurer effective immediately.
Reels began a three-year term on the tribal council in January 2017. He also chairs the tribe's finance and public safety committees.
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Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer's chicken dinner, detectives didn't need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.
The ID cards authorities say the suspect left behind did the trick.
The Latest: Newsom pledges to modernize troubled DMV
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on proposals by new California Gov. Gavin Newsom (all times local):
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is launching an effort to modernize the state's embattled Department of Motor Vehicles.
Taekwondo coach Jean Lopez’s ban lifted in misconduct case
DENVER (AP) — An arbitration panel has ruled in favor of taekwondo coach Jean Lopez, meaning his name has been removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport's sanctioned list and he is free to resume coaching without restriction.
Lopez was declared permanently ineligible in April for sexual misconduct involving three women. The ban was lifted and replaced by a temporary sanction in August pending the arbitration hearing, which was held Dec. 27.
Judge issues gag order in Dallas officer’s shooting case
DALLAS (AP) — A gag order has been issued in the case of a former Dallas police officer charged in the fatal shooting of her unarmed black neighbor whose apartment she says she mistook as her own.
State District Judge Tammy Kemp ordered attorneys in the case to not speak publicly after meeting in her chambers Tuesday with a prosecutor and attorneys for Amber Guyger.
Barcelona seals deal to sign young Toulouse defender Todibo
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has reached a deal to sign young Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo in July.
Barcelona said Tuesday he will join on a free transfer after his contract with the French club ends on June 30.
The 19-year-old Frenchman joined Toulouse in 2016 and made his first-team debut earlier this season. The central defender has made 10 appearances, all as a starter, and scored in the team's 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.
Congo opposition says candidate ‘presumed winner’ of vote
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congo opposition party is calling its candidate the "presumed winner" of the presidential election and indicates that Felix Tshisekedi has had contact with departing President Joseph Kabila "to prepare a peaceful and civilized transfer of power."
Kabila adviser Kikaya Bin Karubi, however, on Tuesday denied any such contact.
Connecticut man charged in fatal hit and run on Long Island
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Connecticut driver has been charged in the hit and run deaths of a husband and wife on Long Island.
Prosecutors said Monday that 24-year-old Patrick Poillon, of Darien, was indicted on charges including manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and reckless endangerment.
His lawyer says he's innocent. Bail was set at $1 million cash or $5 million bond and he's due back in court Feb. 4.
The Latest: Dutch-based Brits get Brexit transition period
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):
The Dutch government says it will let British citizens living in the Netherlands remain in the country for 15 months in the event of a no-deal Brexit and offer them the opportunity to apply for residency permits.
Romania insists it’s up to the EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc's executive branch.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was "technically well-prepared" for the role.
New Haven festival to honor singer-songwriter Roseanne Cash
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Roseanne Cash is being honored by the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
The Americana and country artist is being given the festival's Visionary Leadership Award for what the festival calls her "trailblazing work" in music.
The Visionary Leadership Award was established in 2010 in honor of Jean Handley, one of the three women who co-founded Arts & Ideas in 1996.
2 injured in 9-vehicle crash on I-15 in southern Nevada
PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people were injured, one seriously, in a crash involving two tractor-trailer rigs and seven passenger vehicles on southbound Interstate 15 about 44 miles (71 kilometers) southwest of Las Vegas.
The crash Saturday near Primm along the California-Nevada line shut down the freeway for hours and backed up traffic for miles.
Fish fumes could have sparked boy’s fatal allergic reaction
NEW YORK (AP) — Fumes from cooking fish combined with asthma could have killed an 11-year-old boy in New York City but such a death would be rare, medical authorities said.
The city medical examiner has yet to rule on what caused the death of Cameron Jean-Pierre on New Year's Day, but allergy experts said it's possible the boy could have suffered a fatal reaction to fish cooking in his grandmother's kitchen.
Woman accused of neglect, homicide in death of grandmother
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman is accused of neglecting her 71-year-old grandmother, who was found dead with untreated bedsores.
News outlets report 33-year-old Brenda Ann Gomez-Lazarski was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges including felony homicide and neglect of an incapacitated adult. Search warrants say police officers responding to a report of someone not breathing in August found Dorothy Jean George dead with "obvious severe sores."
Chattanooga continues 3-ball assault in downing W Carolina
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Easley scored 21 points making all five of his 3-point shot attempts and David Jean-Baptiste added 13 to lead Chattanooga past Western Carolina 73-62 Thursday night.
Ramon Vila scored 10 points with seven rebounds and the Mocs (7-9, 2-1 Southern Conference) finished 24-of-47 (51.1 percent) shooting and made half their 22 3-point shot attempts. It was the seventh time this season they've made 11 or more from long range.
5 charged in maritime projects scheme in Mozambique
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors charged five people Thursday in a $2 billion fraud involving sham naval, fishing and other projects meant to benefit the African nation of Mozambique.
An indictment made public in federal court in Brooklyn names Manuel Chang, Mozambique's former minister of finance, as one of the defendants. Prosecutors say Chang was arrested and detained in South Africa last week pending the outcome of an extradition request.
Acquaintance suspected in killing of California woman, 75
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in connection with the killing of a 75-year-old woman last month in Southern California.
Officers conducting a welfare check discovered Jeri Douglas dead inside her Pasadena condo on Dec. 17. Her daughter had called police after being unable to contact her mother.
Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials on Monday slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency.
Underlining the fractious mood between Romania and Brussels, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for alleged prejudices.
Women known as ‘the church ladies’ bring comfort inside jail
LIMA, Ohio (AP) — They're known around the Allen County jail simply as "The Church Ladies." Like clockwork, they arrive each Thursday morning and go through doors most women hope to never enter.
They go through metal detectors and up the elevator, into a small, non-descript room containing little more than a table and a dozen or so chairs.
EU’s Juncker urges Britain: get your act together on Brexit
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain to "get your act together" and decide what exactly the country wants as Brexit looms.
Britain is due to leave the EU March 29 but its Parliament hasn't approved the government's divorce deal with the EU, which many lawmakers loathe. A vote is scheduled in mid-January.
EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.
Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule
PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea.
Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey to the Caribbean in about three months.