California judge orders release of footage of Pelosi attack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Footage of the attack on former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband will be released publicly. A California judge ruled on Wednesday there was no reason to keep the footage secret. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office had played the footage in open court during a hearing last month. The district attorney's office argued releasing the footage would allow people to manipulate it and spread false information about the high-profile attack. A host of news agencies objected, including The Associated Press. They argued the public has a right to see the evidence in the high-profile case.

4 with Russian flags kicked out of Australian Open by police

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Police say they have kicked four people out of Melbourne Park for displaying banned Russian flags outside Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open. A Victoria Police spokeswoman said Thursday the four have not been charged but were evicted due to a ban placed on such flags by Tennis Australia. The flags, at least one of which included an image of Vladimir Putin, were being waved during a gathering outside of Rod Laver Arena after Novak Djokovic beat Russian player Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament Wednesday night.

Asteroid coming exceedingly close to Earth, but will miss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid the size of a delivery truck will whip past Earth on Thursday night, one of the closest encounters ever recorded. NASA insists it will be a near miss. The space agency said Wednesday that this newly discovered asteroid will zoom 2,200 miles above the southern tip of South America. NASA says there's “no risk” of an impact. Even if it came a lot closer, scientists say most of it would burn up in the atmosphere. Discovered Saturday, the asteroid is believed to be between 11 feet and 28 feet across.

Official: Australia could deny Ye entry over antisemitism

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian government minister says rapper Ye could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. Education Minister Jason Clare was responding to reports that the U.S. celebrity formerly known as Kanye West intends to visit his partner's family in Australia next week. Clare says he doesn’t know if Ye has applied for a visa but Australia has previously refused them to people with antisemitic views. Ye recently praised Hitler in an interview and was suspended from Twitter after he tweeted a picture of a swastika merged with the Star of David. Ye’s representative has not responded to AP's questions over whether he has married Australian Bianca Censori.

Justin Bieber sells rights to 'Baby,' rest of music catalog

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber’s record-breaking pop hits from “Baby” to “Sorry” are no longer his after the superstar sold the rights to all his early career music. Nearly 300 works, including six of the pop star's albums, have been sold to the music investment company called Hipgnosis. The deal covers Bieber's publishing rights, copyright ownership and all rights to music he's recorded since his career started when he was 13. The deal reportedly cost $200 million which is one of the biggest sales for a musician as young as Bieber, who is 28 years old. Hitmakers like Sting, Bob Dylan and Shakira have also sold their music catalogs in recent years.

Lloyd Morrisett, who helped launch 'Sesame Street,' dies

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-creator of the beloved children’s education TV series “Sesame Street,” Lloyd Morrisett has died. He was 93. Morrisett’s death was announced Monday by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit he helped establish under the name the Children’s Television Workshop. No cause of death was given. Sesame Workshop in a statement hailed Morrisett as a “wise, thoughtful, and above all kind leader.” Morrisett and Joan Ganz Cooney worked with Harvard University developmental psychologist Gerald Lesser to build the show’s unique approach to teaching that now reaches 120 million children. Legendary puppeteer Jim Henson supplied the critters.

Late Grant Wahl to get US Soccer's Colin Jose Media Award

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The late Grant Wahl will be honored with this year’s Colin Jose Media Award, given to journalists who made long-term contributions to soccer in the United States. Wahl died at age 49 on Dec. 10 after collapsing while covering the World Cup quarterfinal between Argentina and the Netherlands at Lusail, Qatar. Wahl will be honored at the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame induction at Frisco, Texas, on May 6. Wahl worked for Sport Illustrated from 1996 to 2021, then started his own website. He also worked for Fox and CBS and wrote “The Beckham Experiment” and “Masters of Modern Soccer.”

1 dead, 8 taken to hospitals in Chicago high-rise fire

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say one person has died and eight others were taken to hospitals Wednesday as firefighters responded to a high-rise apartment building fire on the city’s South Side. Sophia King, the alderman for the area, says the person who died was found in the apartment where officials believe the fire began. Video from outside the building showed bright orange flames on multiple floors. Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt says the fire began on the 15th floor and traveled up to the 24th floor as firefighters worked to put it out.

Panic! at the Disco ends; Brendon Urie to focus on family

NEW YORK (AP) — First there were four, then they became three and finally just one. Now it’s time to say a final farewell to art pop-rock group Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie, the only musician left from the original group, announced on the band’s Instagram page Tuesday that Panic! at the Disco “will be no more.” Urie shares that he and his wife, Sarah, are expecting a baby and that he plans to focus on his family. The band had 15 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, with two Top 10 hits in “High Hopes” in 2019 and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” in 2006.

Light at the end of the tunnel: Grand Central annex opens

NEW YORK (AP) — A huge new commuter rail terminal built in caverns beneath New York City’s landmark Grand Central Terminal received its first regular passenger trains Wednesday. The enormously expensive terminal opens with daily rail travel still far below pre-pandemic levels. Over the years, the cost of the project grew to more than $11 billion — more than triple initial estimates. Judged on a cost per mile of new track, it is one of most expensive rail projects in U.S. history. The new transit center is dubbed Grand Central Madison. Officials say it is an important addition to the nation’s busiest railway network.

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