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Lawsuit: 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris sexually solicited minors

FORT WORTH, Texas — Twin boys in Texas say that beginning when they were 13, “Cheer” star Jerry Harris sent them sexually explicit photos and videos of himself, and at one point cornered one boy in a bathroom at a cheer competition and begged for ora
Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

LONDON — A Zimbabwean writer who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday on a diverse list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.
Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

NEW YORK — A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself.
5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring

5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages.
Defending champion Egan Bernal withdraws from Tour de France

Defending champion Egan Bernal withdraws from Tour de France

GRENOBLE, France — Defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has pulled out of the race ahead of a mammoth stage in the Alps, his Ineos Grenadiers team said Wednesday.
Mexico honours a defiant woman on independence anniversary

Mexico honours a defiant woman on independence anniversary

MEXICO CITY — Leona Vicario defied convention.
'Say her name': City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor's family

'Say her name': City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor's family

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Backup driver in fatal Arizona Uber autonomous crash charged

PHOENIX — The backup Uber driver involved in the first self-driving vehicle fatality has been charged with negligent homicide for being distracted in the moments before fatally striking a woman in suburban Phoenix.
Shooting outside US court in Phoenix wounds federal officer

Shooting outside US court in Phoenix wounds federal officer

PHOENIX — A drive-by shooting wounded a federal security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, and a person was later taken into custody, authorities said.

Famed jewel thief, surf champ 'Murf the Surf' dies at 83

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy, who was behind one of the biggest jewel heists in U.S. history, gained membership in a surfing hall of fame and served time for murder, has died in Florida. He was 83.