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Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

NEW YORK  — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and politicians including former presidents George W. Bush and Barack …

Steve Martin’s bluegrass award faces uncertain future

NEW YORK  — One morning last week in Boston, Victor Furtado woke up to a mailman’s knock. He was handed a little unmarked package. “I opened it up here in my apartment and kind of looked at it for a second, hoping somebody would wake me up. I was shocked, completely blown away.” Inside was word …

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

NEW YORK  — A new venture backed by many of video gaming’s biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher production value than …

Kane Brown, Luke Combs among CMT Artists of the Year

We cannot wait to honor these incredible artists at the 10th Annual CMT Artists of the Year! #CMTAOTY https://t.co/iAJMnNDIkf — CMT (@CMT) September 17, 2019 NASHVILLE  — Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Thomas Rhett will be honoured as the country’s top stars at the 10th annual CMT Artists of the Year …

Saudi Arabia joins US led maritime coalition after attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it joined a U.S.-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry. The kingdom’s decision to enter the International Maritime Security Construct came ahead of a planned visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi …

Exit polls signal setback for Israel’s Netanyahu in election

JERUSALEM — In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, exit polls showed the longtime Israeli leader falling short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in Tuesday’s election. The results posted by Israel’s three major TV stations indicated his political future could be in doubt. The three stations all showed challenger …

South Korea downgrades Japan trade status as dispute deepens

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea on Wednesday dropped Japan from a list of countries receiving fast-track approvals in trade, a reaction to Tokyo’s decision to downgrade Seoul’s trade status amid a tense diplomatic dispute. South Korea’ trade ministry said Japan’s removal from a 29-member “white list” of nations enjoying minimum trade restrictions went …

Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil — Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there is talk of a looming conflict over land. The men in the Tembe indigenous group sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they brace for run-ins with illegal …

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first. The Justice Department is seeking to “recover all proceeds” from Snowden’s book, which was released Tuesday. Snowden published his …

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the “maximum pressure” U.S. economic campaign against Iran. Secretary of State Mike …