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Kobe Bryant's body identified by coroners

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:50 AM

(UPDATED) NBA legend Kobe Bryant's remains as well as those of 3 others on board the aircraft have been identified

Photo by Adam Davis/EPA-EFE

All 9 bodies recovered from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:05 AM

Los Angeles authorities say the remains have been 'removed from the crash site and transported' for examination and identification

CRASH SITE. This still image taken from a January 27, 2020 video released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows the remains of a helicopter which crashed near Calabasa, California on January 26, killing retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and 7 others. Photo by Jose Romero/NTSB/ AFP

Panelo to U.S.: State reason for Dela Rosa's canceled visa 'out of courtesy'

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should give an explanation since there should be courtesy 'among allies'

'COURTESY.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should disclose why it cancelled Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang file photo

Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Netanyahu, praising Trump as 'the greatest friend that Israel's had in the White House,' describes the peace plan as 'the deal of the century'

SLAMMING TRUMP. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by said Khatib AFP

Ken Starr defends Trump amid Bolton's explosive revelations

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:59 AM

'Like war, impeachment is hell,' Starr tells the 100 senators who will decide Trump's fate. 'At least presidential impeachment is hell.'

DEFENSE. Kenneth Starr, counsel to the President, speaking in the Senate Chamber at the US Capitol during the impeachment trial, on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by HO/US Senate TV/AFP

Trump defense lawyers attack Bidens at impeachment trial

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 AM

Hunter Biden had been paid 'millions' of dollars to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was Barack Obama's vice president, claims one Trump lawyer

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2019, former US vice president Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Prince Andrew accused of 'zero cooperation' in Epstein case

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:35 AM

Andrew denies having sexual relations with Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with friends of Epstein when she was 17

DENIAL. Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L) denies meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims. AFP file photo

WATCH: The best performances from the 2020 Grammys

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

From Lil Nas X and BTS to Lizzo, here's what went down

SEOUL TOWN ROAD. Lil Nas X (center) performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope and Jungkook of BTS onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Trump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to probe

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) John Bolton says US President Donald Trump wanted to tie Ukraine aid to a probe against his political rivals. Trump says Bolton's statements were made 'only to sell a book.'

BOLTON. Former national security advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018, when he was still in office. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

IN PHOTOS: All the best looks at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Which look was your favorite?

GRAMMYS. Billie Eilish arrives at the red carpet. Photo from The Recording Academy's Instagram

California confirms third case of China virus in U.S.

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County. The current risk of local transmission remains low,' says the Orange County Health Care Agency

White House lawyers say voters should decide Trump's fate

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Pat Cipollone argues that Democrats are asking the Senate to 'tear up all of the ballots' from the 2016 presidential election and attempting to prevent Donald Trump from running for reelection in November

TRUMP LAWYERS. White House counsel Pat Cipollone (R) and US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow (L) arrive at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 22, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China stiffens its defenses against epidemic as death toll hits 56

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) The United States and France prepare to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the outbreak's epicenter

EPICENTER. In this photo taken on January 25, 2020, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against a previously unknown coronavirus arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

5 things to watch for at the Grammys

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The awards show is expected to see women musicians getting top honors

Celebrities join in as U.S. country singer Dolly Parton launches viral meme

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:42 AM

The photos range from a professional-looking Dolly Parton for LinkedIn to a Playboy pose for Tinder

Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:27 PM

Democrats continue to hope for subpoenas on 4 potential witnesses, while Trump's victory is virtually assured in a Republican-led US Senate

IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrives for a New Year's celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. confirms 2nd case of China virus, 50 under investigation

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The Chicago patient had traveled to Wuhan, China, in late December before returning to the US on January 13

PROTECTION. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Large explosion rocks Houston, houses damaged

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Security camera video footage appears to show a huge blast and a fireball rising into the air

EXPLOSION. Firefighters and emergency services arrive at a scene of a reported explosion in Houston, Texas, on January 24, 2020. Photo by Mark Felix/AFP

NFL player Brown surrenders himself to Florida police

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Police say Antonio Brown allegedly refused to pay for the goods delivered to his home and threw a rock at the delivery vehicle

CONTROVERSIAL. Antonio Brown starts the new year on the wrong foot. File photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

'Sopranos' actress Anabella Sciorra tells Weinstein trial: 'He raped me'

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:43 AM

Sciorra is the first of Weinstein's accusers to testify in proceedings symbolic to the #MeToo movement

ANNABELLA SCIORRA. The actress leaves the courtroom in Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 23 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele / AFP

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver to stump for Bernie Sanders

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Folktronica band Bon Iver will play a rally show on January 31, and the next day Vampire Weekend will jam in support of the leftist Sanders, a self-described socialist candidate popular especially among young voters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 05: Vampire Weekend on stage at "Not So Silent Night," a RADIO.COM Event at Barclays Center on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For RADIO.COM/AFP

Local election in U.S. to allow voting via smartphones

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Experts object: 'There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea'

Rapper Juice WRLD died of accidental opioid overdose – autopsy

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:14 PM

One month after the rising artist suffered a seizure at the airport, the autopsy results of Juice WRLD reveal that he died due to 'oxycodone and codeine toxicity'

At least one killed, several injured in Seattle mass shooting

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:06 AM

(UPDATED) One witness interviewed by local media says he had seen two men arguing loudly before they started shooting at one another, hitting bystanders

Brazil prosecutors charge U.S. journalist Greenwald with cybercrimes

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Greenwald takes to Twitter to denounce the charges as 'an attack on press freedom'

CHARGED. US journalist Glenn Greenwald, founder and editor of The Intercept website, gestures during a hearing at the Lower House's Human Rights Commission in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP)

U.S. confirms 1st case of China virus on American soil

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:11 AM

The man, a US resident in his 30s who lives near Seattle, is in good condition, according to federal and state officials

FIRST CASE. People walk by the New York Stock Exchange on January 21, 2020, in New York City. Markets are down slightly in morning trading as investors weigh concerns over a virus outbreak in China and continued trade concerns between the US and China. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump trial opens with clash over witnesses

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Flexing his solid 53-47 majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes clear he would summarily block any Democratic attempts to change his rules

TRIAL OPENS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) heads toward the Senate Chamber before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump brief assails impeachment, demands immediate acquittal

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:49 AM

(UPDATED) One source working with the president's legal team says impeachment process was 'illegitimate from the start,' adding, 'The president did nothing wrong'

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

IN PHOTOS: All the best looks at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:34 AM

See the stars in their red carpet looks

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Charlize Theron attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

WINNERS: Screen Actors Guild Awards 2020

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:55 AM

And here are the winners!

View of the "Actor" statue at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards preparations at The Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California, on January 26, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Maduro says still in control, open to talks with U.S. – report

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'A relationship of respect and dialogue brings a win-win situation. A confrontational relationship brings a lose-lose situation,' says the Venezuelan President

MADURO. In this file photo on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Mexican troops block U.S.-bound caravan travelers

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

National Guard General Vincente Hernandez tells migrants they would be allowed to cross the border into Mexico from Guatemala in a 'controlled' manner

AT THE BORDER. Honduran migrants wait to cross the international border bridge from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Experts warn over scale of China virus as U.S. airports start screening

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Scientists from the MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis say the number of cases in Wuhan, China was likely closer to 1,700 than the 45 earlier reported

MORE CASES? A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

In Washington, women march against Trump as election looms

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:19 AM

The protesters of the annual Women's March strike a defiant note despite dwindling attendance numbers since 2017

MARCH AGAINST TRUMP. Demonstrators gather for the 4th annual Women's March in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

LIST: Countries offer aid amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Foreign countries start to offer aid for affected communities as the Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 4 with hazardous eruption 'imminent'

DESTROYED. Large fissures wrecked homes, roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay Bangin in Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

11 U.S. troops wounded in last week's Iran attack on Iraq base – Central Command

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The US military has previously maintained there were no casualties

An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. - Iran fired "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles, against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. "At approximately 5.30 pm (2230 GMT) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. (Photo by - / IRAN PRESS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAN PRESS NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED - NO RESALE - NO ACCESS ISRAEL MEDIA/PERSIAN LANGUAGE TV STATIONS/ OUTSIDE IRAN/ STRICTLY NI ACCESS BBC PERSIAN/ VOA PERSIAN/ MANOTO-1 TV/ IRAN INTERNATIONAL /

Talk show host Wendy Williams sorry for mocking Joaquin Phoenix 'cleft lip'

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

On live television, the 'Wendy Williams Show' host pulls up her lip with her finger while joking about how she found Phoenix's 'cleft lip scar' attractive

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

'Liar!': Rival White House bids strain Sanders-Warren friendship

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:06 AM

The first signs of tensions emerge earlier in the week with reports that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in a private meeting in December 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win a presidential election

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 30: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Historic Trump impeachment trial begins in U.S. Senate

Jan 17, 2020 - 2:33 AM

The formal proceedings carry deep historical significance, as it marks only the 3rd time an impeachment trial has been held for a US president

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. - President Donald Trump leaves Washington for a rally with supporters and a Thanksgiving break at his Florida home on November 26, 2019 but impeachment storm clouds threaten to spoil the party. Before boarding Air Force One, the president will act out the quirky annual ritual of pardoning two enormous turkeys, sparing them from the national day of feasting on Thursday. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The Ukrainian interior ministry says it could not ignore 'illegal activities' on its territory

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. - Public impeachment hearings resume Friday with the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who says she was ousted because the Trump administration believed she would not go along with plans to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, a potential Trump White House rival in 2020. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Iran crown prince predicts regime will collapse within months

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 AM

'It's just a matter of time for it to reach its final climax. I think we're in that mode,' the former crown prince tells a news conference in Washington, which he lives near in exile

Reza Pahlavi, former Crown Prince of Iran, speaks about current events in Iran at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020, during a conversation with host Michael Doran. (Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP)

U.S. House delivers Trump impeachment articles to Senate

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:44 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So sad, so tragic for our country, that the actions taken by the president...has taken us to this place,' House Speaker Pelosi says

IMPEACHMENT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump participates in an event at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Democrats name prosecutors for Trump impeachment trial

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:12 AM

Adam Schiff, the Democratic lawmaker who led the House impeachment investigation into Donald Trump, will lead the prosecution team

PROSECUTION LEAD. In this file photo, U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China set to sign vital trade truce

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The truce will allow businesses around the globe to breathe a sigh of relief

Delta jet dumps fuel on California school playground

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:53 AM

In a statement, the Los Angeles Unified School District says students and staff were on the playground of the elementary school when the incident happened

U.S. prison guards request clemency for heroic death row inmate

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The prison guards claim the inmate saved the lives of 3 staff members

This undated photograph shows the holding cell at San Quentin Prison where Stanley "Tookie Williams" will be held prior to his scheduled execution by lethal injection early 13 December 2005. (Photo by California Department of Corrections/AFP)