Police shootings of blacks influence crime fiction genre

NEW YORK (AP) — In “Underground Airlines,” an upcoming novel by Ben Winters, a black bounty hunter rides through a poor neighborhood in Indianapolis alongside a white policeman. “As we crossed Broad Ripple Avenue,” Winters writes, “we passed a...

Netanyahu’s office disputes US surprise at canceled DC trip

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday disputed a White House claim that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “surprised” the Obama administration by canceling a planned visit to Washington, saying that the White House knew Netanyahu was considering not coming....

Automatic voter registration takes hold on West Coast

AP Photo/Ben Margot SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a typical month, 2,000 people register to vote in Oregon. In the first six days of this year, more than 4,300 joined the voter rolls under a new initiative that automatically signs up voters when they apply for driver’s...

Global stocks fall after weak Chinese trade report

AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks slipped on Tuesday amid renewed concern about China, which reported sharply weaker trade figures for February. The price of oil and other commodities stabilized after strong gains the day before. KEEPING SCORE:...

A push for a board shakeup at United Continental

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of activist investors is pushing for a board shakeup at United Continental, including a seat for former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune. Altimeter Capital Management and PAR Capital Management, which own a combined 7.1 percent stake of United...

Muslim fundamentalist gets jail for threats to noted author

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A Muslim fundamentalist who called for the death of journalist and author Kamal Daoud has been handed a six-month jail sentence with three months suspended. Abdelfatah Hamadache, the leader of a Salafist group, was also fined 50,000 dinars ($460) by...

Mood loose as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ cast makes album

NEW YORK (AP) — A nondescript building near Times Square was turned for a day into a small Russian village in 1905 when the cast and orchestra of the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” recorded the cast album. MSR Studios, where albums such as Kanye...

‘The Force Awakens’ leads MTV Movie Awards nominees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the leading nominee at next month’s MTV Movie Awards, where it will compete with “Creed,” ”Deadpool,” ”Jurassic World,” ”Avengers: Age of Ultron” and...

Curry is first player to make 300 3s in a single season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As all the records keep piling up for Stephen Curry, he is far from ready to pick a favorite. There’s still too much yet to accomplish — like that best-ever Bulls’ mark of 72 wins, another championship, maybe the MVP again. Curry...

Jury awards Erin Andrews $55M in lawsuit over nude video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame. After a full day of...