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Making history: Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store

PARIS — Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, has unveiled her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

BOSTON — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.
Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday.
Army veteran indicted in California bomb plot against rally

Army veteran indicted in California bomb plot against rally

LOS ANGELES — A U.S. grand jury on Wednesday indicted an Army veteran in a plot to plant a bomb at a rally by white supremacists in California.
US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defences against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Michigan AG: Lame-duck ballot drive law is unconstitutional

Michigan AG: Lame-duck ballot drive law is unconstitutional

LANSING, Mich.
Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off.
Blackface photo investigation in Virginia hits a dead end

Blackface photo investigation in Virginia hits a dead end

NORFOLK, Va. — The mystery of whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved.
3 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scam

3 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scam

BOSTON — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court.
Correction: Flooding-Mississippi River Barges story

Correction: Flooding-Mississippi River Barges story

OMAHA, Neb.