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A cadre of casually-clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals 25 Feb 2017 at 10:00pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an award....

Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor' has heads scratching 25 Feb 2017 at 9:59pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials....

AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged 25 Feb 2017 at 8:53pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making....

'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor 25 Feb 2017 at 8:29pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Sunday might be dominated by "La La Land," but Saturday belonged to "Moonlight."...

Wagner leads Michigan over No. 14 Purdue 82-70 25 Feb 2017 at 8:24pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Moe Wagner is becoming a fan favorite at Michigan - and the type of sharp-shooting big man the Wolverines haven't always had....

Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination 25 Feb 2017 at 7:49pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations....

Supreme Court weighs law banning sex offenders from Facebook 25 Feb 2017 at 7:47pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Fresh from a trip to traffic court, Lester Packingham Jr. celebrated his turn of good fortune by announcing to friends on Facebook that his pending ticket was dismissed without him saying a word....

Transgender boy wins controversial girls state title 25 Feb 2017 at 7:45pm
CYPRESS, Texas (AP) -- A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he's taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage....

Reed grabs Xfinity Series win in wreck-fest at Daytona 25 Feb 2017 at 7:37pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Reed picked up the second Xfinity Series victory of his career - both at Daytona International Speedway - by winning the wreck-filled season-opener Saturday....

LeBron James to miss Cavs' game against Bulls with illness 25 Feb 2017 at 7:31pm
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James will not play in Cleveland's game against the Chicago Bulls because of an illness....

Rickie Fowler builds 4-shot lead in Honda Classic 25 Feb 2017 at 7:31pm
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Another strong finish over the closing stretch Saturday. Another big lead after 54 holes....

Malaysia says airport safe, au 25 Feb 2017 at 7:24pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin....

Arizona recruit to be first openly gay scholarship player 25 Feb 2017 at 7:14pm
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history....

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring 25 Feb 2017 at 6:58pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner - sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes....

Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars 25 Feb 2017 at 6:57pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 89th Academy Awards show promises to be equal parts pomp and politics....