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ABC News sued for defamation over ‘pink slime’

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime,” claiming the …


Key facts after fallout from prophet film

Anti-American protests have erupted in the Middle East over a crudely made film mocking the prophet Muhammad, resulting in violent embassy protests around the Middle East, fallout in the U.S. …


Q&A: Coptic Christians on film sparking protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California man who made “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, is a Coptic Christian. The film has sparked protests in …


White House: Deplores prophet film inciting raids

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — The White House says the U.S. deplores the content of an amateur film that denigrates Islam, but America’s free speech rights allow such films to air. …


Feds ID California man’s role in anti-Islam film

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. …


BPI sues ABC News for ‘pink slime’ defamation

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime,” claiming the …


Jewel pens new song, ‘Flower’ for cancer survivors

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jewel has penned numerous lyrics empowering women after heartbreak and loss, and now she hopes to do the same for breast cancer survivors. Jewel’s latest …


APNewsBreak: US identifies anti-Muslim filmmaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim …


APNewsBreak: BPI sues ABC News for defamation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Beef Products Inc. filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against ABC News for its coverage of a meat product that critics have dubbed “pink slime,” alleging that …


Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Chanting “death to America,” hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag on …


California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The anti-Muslim film implicated in mob protests against U.S. diplomatic missions in the Mideast received logistical help from a man once convicted of financial crimes and …


Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal, an award recognizing his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian …


Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali is coming to Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction …


Kathy Bates recovering from double mastectomy

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathy Bates says she is recovering from a double mastectomy. The Oscar-winning actress tweeted on Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. …


Hoffman, Letterman among Kennedy Center honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years after playing a Washington newspaper reporter, Dustin Hoffman is returning to the nation’s capital to share an honor with David Letterman — who appears surprised at …


California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film that triggered mobs in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial …


Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding after protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after a YouTube trailer of his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims …


AP Exclusive: Knox boyfriend maintains innocence

SEATTLE (AP) — Raffaele Sollecito, whose budding love affair with American exchange student Amanda Knox helped land him in an Italian prison for four years, maintains the couple’s innocence in …


Anti-Islam filmmaker in hiding after protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Israeli filmmaker went into hiding Tuesday after his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and …


AP Exclusive: Knox boyfriend maintains innocence

SEATTLE (AP) — Raffaele Sollecito, whose budding love affair with American exchange student Amanda Knox helped land him in an Italian prison for four years, maintains the couple’s innocence in …


Ga. woman who had flesh-eating illness tells story

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia woman who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease told Katie Couric on Tuesday that she doesn’t take life for granted anymore. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old …


Ga. woman battling flesh-eating disease talks

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia woman who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease told Katie Couric she doesn’t take life for granted anymore. Twenty-four-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student …


Michael J. Fox participates in 9/11 charity event

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael J. Fox did his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others. The actor spent Tuesday participating in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, along …


Jury awards casino mogul $20M in slander case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million in his slander case against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis, who claimed the creator …


Naomi Wolf pens paean to good sex

“Vagina: A New Biography” (Ecco), by Naomi Wolf We have a pinched nerve to thank for the latest book from Naomi Wolf, author of the best-selling “The Beauty Myth,” about …


Shark expert Ron Taylor dies; helped make ‘Jaws’

SYDNEY (AP) — Ron Taylor, a beloved Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the terrifying underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller “Jaws,” has died after a …


Son: ‘Seagull’ author Bach speaking, slowly heals

Writer Richard Bach, author of the inspirational best-seller “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” is able to speak a few words and respond to simple commands as he remains hospitalized in intensive care …


‘Possession’ remains No. 1 at weak box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Possession” occupied the top spot at a nearly comatose box office. The fright flick with Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing the parents of …


NYC cleans up from 2 twisters after Eastern storms

NEW YORK (AP) — Damaging storms that spawned tornadoes in New York City, darkened tens of thousands of homes in the Washington, D.C., area and flooded New England streets turned …


Tulane safety Devon Walker hurt in game at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a game in Tulsa, the team doctor said Saturday. Dr. Buddy …