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US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis

By Matthew Lee and Jamey Keaten Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-stakes talks on Friday aimed…

Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning comedian, dies at 68

By Lynn Elber Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” died Friday. He…

Meat Loaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ rock superstar, dies at 74

By Hillel Italie Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Meat Loaf, the heavyweight rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out…

White House: Russia prepping pretext for Ukraine invasion

By Aamer Madhani, Nomaan Merchant and Vladimir Isachenkov Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to further invade Ukraine, and…

Oscar winner and groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier dies

By Hillel Italie Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen and became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for…