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  • ‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps its way to $150 million debut

    NEW YORK — The dinosaurs still rule the box office. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” surpassed expectations to open with an estimated $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend. While that total didn’t approach the record-breaking debut of 2015’s “Jurassic” reboot, it proved the franchise still roars loudly among moviegoers. It also gave Hollywood its first back-to-back $100 million-plus openings in a non-holiday period. After opening with $182.7 million last week, Pixar’s acclaimed sequel “The […]

  • World of Outlaws driver Jason Johnson dies after crash

    BEAVER DAM — World of Outlaws sprint car series driver Jason Johnson has died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin. He was 41. The World of Outlaws series posted a message Sunday morning on Twitter saying that Johnson had died. The series says the driver from Eunice, Louisiana, was injured during a race Saturday night on the dirt oval at Beaver Dam. World of Outlaws says he crashed on lap 18 of a 40-lap race while racing for the lead. Johnson […]

  • Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany

    BERLIN  — Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large bang, scaring people in surrounding homes so much they ran out into the street in a panic. The detonation was so severe it destroyed the building’s attic and the top three floors, the German news agency dpa reported. […]

  • 2 officers injured, suspect dead in San Diego firefight

    SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a man opened fire on police and firefighters at a San Diego condominium, wounding two officers and sending bullets into nearby units before being found dead in the aftermath of a two-hour confrontation. Police Chief David Nisleit tells the San Diego Union-Tribune the officers arrived after 10 p.m. Saturday and returned fire. But investigators were unsure whether the suspect was killed in the firefight or from a self-inflicted gunshot. The officers were being treated at a hospital. […]

  • Trump Administration says it knows location of all children

    Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them. A fact sheet on “zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification” released Saturday night by the Department of Homeland Security also says a parent must request that their child be deported with them. In the past, the agency says, many parents have elected to be deported without their children. That may […]

  • Memorial set at Florida arena for slain rapper XXXTentacion

    SUNRISE, Fla. — A major public memorial is planned at a Florida arena for rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed this week. The family of the 20-year-old rapper whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy announced Saturday that a memorial will be held next Wednesday at BB&T Center, a 20,000 seat arena that is home to hockey’s Florida Panthers. A flyer posted to XXXTentacion’s Instagram page invites fans to “come say your final goodbye.” The rapper was fatally shot […]

  • Han Solo’s Blaster from ‘Return of the Jedi’ tops auction

    LAS VEGAS — Han Solo’s Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction. Julien’s Auctions says Ripley’s Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday. The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction. The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. An Imperial Scout Trooper Blaster from the movie sold for $90,625. Julien’s says other items at the […]

  • Police: Officers killed armed man in north Minneapolis

    MINNEAPOLIS — Police in Minneapolis say officers shot and killed a man who was firing a handgun as he walked down a city street. In a statement on the department’s Facebook page, police say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the north side of Minneapolis. Authorities say two calls to 911 reported that a man was firing a handgun into the air and the ground. When officers arrived, they pursued a suspect on foot and the chase “ended […]

  • President Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

    LAS VEGAS — Eager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, President Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying “we have to be very strong” as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic. President Trump was in Las Vegas to assist Dean Heller, the only Republican U.S. senator seeking re-election in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. President Trump and Heller have papered over their […]

  • Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World’s Ugliest Dog title

    PETALUMA, Calif. — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog’s owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive $1,500 for Zsa Zsa’s win. Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site, according to the contest bio. Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections – some have hairless bodies, others […]

  • Saudi women hit the roads after driving ban is lifted

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women steered their cars through busy streets for the first time on Sunday after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted. It’s a historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers and drivers to run basic errands, get to work, visit friends or even drop kids off at school. The ban had relegated women to the backseat, restricting when and how they move around. But after […]

  • Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

    STAMFORD, Conn. — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis. Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez dropped the sculpture at the company’s Stamford headquarters. Police arrested Alvarez on a minor charge of obstructing free passage. A city worker removed the spoon with a payloader and it was hauled […]