LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says he'll allow one of Farrah Fawcett's nurse assistants to testify that the late actress told her an Andy Warhol portrait hanging in her home was owned by Ryan O'Neal.
Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin ruled Thursday that the woman can be called in a trial over ownership of the artwork, even though she stepped forward with the information just last month.
The University of Texas at Austin is asking a jury to determine Fawcett left the school two Warhol portraits of her, and that O'Neal should hand over his version.
Maribel Avila told the judge she contacted O'Neal's lawyers after seeing a story about the case in the New York Post.
The school objected to allowing Avila to testify since she wasn't disclosed as a witness earlier.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Legal proceedings, Law and order
People, Places and Companies: Farrah Fawcett, Andy Warhol, Ryan O'Neal
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — A prosecutor says a top college football player will not be charged in a sexual assault case.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday regarding allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
The 19-year-old Heisman Trophy candidate was accused of raping a female student in December last year, but Meggs says there is not enough evidence for anyone to be charged in the case.
The Tallahassee Police Department turned the case over to Meggs on Nov. 12 after several media inquiries. Meggs interviewed the accuser Nov. 21.
The prosecutor says Winston's DNA matched a sample found in the woman's underwear. But Winston's lawyer, Tim Jansen, has said that was expected and doesn't prove guilt.
The top-ranked and undefeated Seminoles are playing Duke on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. A win would likely put them in the college football championship game.News Topics: General news, Sports, Criminal investigations, Sexual assault, College football, Assault and battery, Women's sports, College sports, Crime, Football, Law and order, Violent crime
People, Places and Companies: Jameis Winston, Tallahassee, Florida, United States, North America
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NEW YORK (AP) — The government's monthly survey of the U.S. job market is always important on Wall Street. It's even more important these days. Investors are trying to figure out when the Federal Reserve will decide that the economy is strong enough to thrive without its extraordinary stimulus measures.
Investors are always happy to see signs of strong hiring, which is consistent with a strong economy. What they are less happy to see is clear evidence that the economy has recovered so much that the Fed will pull back on its huge bond-buying program, which has been an important factor in this year's stock market rally.
The Fed's $85 billion in monthly bond purchases has kept long-term interest rates extraordinarily low to encourage borrowing and hiring. The Fed's actions also drive the prices of bonds higher, giving investors an incentive to buy stocks instead of bonds.
As soon as the Fed slows its purchases, the thinking goes, bond prices would fall and investors would shift money out of stocks and into bonds. In fact, the only two losing months in the market this year, June and August, occurred as investors worried that the Fed might pull back on stimulus before the economy was ready.
Here are three recent examples of big moves in the stock market on days that the Labor Department released its jobs report. The job additions are initial figures and often get revised later.
Economists expect the government to report Friday that U.S. employers added 180,000 jobs last month.
— JUNE 7:
WHAT HAPPENED: The government reported that U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, a number that struck just the right balance for investors: not too many, not too few. The report suggested that the U.S. economy was expanding, but not so strongly that the Fed was close to ending its bond purchases.
HOW THE MARKET REACTED: Stocks surged. The Dow Jones Industrial average jumped 207 points, its third-biggest gain of the year. It ended at 15,248.12.
— OCTOBER 22:
WHAT HAPPENED: The Labor Department said that just 148,000 jobs were added in September, far fewer than economists expected and a sign that employers cut back on hiring ahead of a partial shutdown of the federal government in October. The September survey was delayed by the shutdown. Investors interpreted the report as a sign the Fed would keep up its stimulus program.
HOW THE MARKET REACTED: Investors liked what they heard. The Dow gained 75 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose to its fourth consecutive record close of the year. The Dow ended at 15,467.66. The S&P 500 finished at 1,754.67, up 10 points.
— NOVEMBER 8:
WHAT HAPPENED: Employers added a surprisingly large amount of jobs in October: the 204,000 figure was far bigger than economists expected. The government also said hiring was more robust than initially reported for August and September. The number reflected consistent, solid growth in the economy but didn't necessarily guarantee that the Fed was about to pull back.
HOW THE MARKET REACTED: The Dow jumped 167 points, erasing its loss from the day before and putting the index back at a record high. The blue-chip index closed at 15,761.78. The S&P 500 closed just a point below its latest record, at 1,770.61.News Topics: Business, Economy, Stock prices, Labor economy, Economic stimulus, Stock indices and averages, Employment figures, Government and politics, Leading economic indicators, Fiscal policy, Economic policy, Government business and finance, Government policy, Stock markets, Financial markets
People, Places and Companies: United States, North America
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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — FIFA has agreed a timetable for consultation aimed at switching the 2022 World Cup kickoff in Qatar to November.
A final decision is expected when FIFA's executive committee meets in December 2014 or March 2015.
FIFA says "the international football community and FIFA's business partners" will have meetings between now and August with a working group led by Asian confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
Broadcaster Fox, which owns the United States English-language rights, should be a key contributor because a November-December tournament will clash with NFL, college football, NBA and NHL schedules.
FIFA says a panel will meet in September and November to draft major tournament and national team match dates, which will affect domestic league schedules.
Clubs are obliged to release their players for FIFA international calendar fixtures.News Topics: Sports, FIFA World Cup, International soccer, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer, Events, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: Brazil, Qatar, South America, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A witness testifying in Kenya in the trial of a former diplomat charged in the killing of the acting Venezuelan ambassador said the embassy's diplomatic bag was used to traffic drugs.
Prosecution witness Kevin Lameck, who worked as a driver at the embassy in Nairobi, was answering questions Wednesday from a defense lawyer.
The embassy's former first secretary, Dwight Sagaray, is charged with murder in the killing of acting Ambassador Olga Fonseca. She was found strangled in the embassy's official residence on July 27, 2012, only 12 days after reporting to Kenya.
Prosecutors have also charged Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Sagaray's friend and an alleged co-conspirator who has been on the run since the killing. Three security guards from the embassy have also been charged.
At the trial Wednesday, Lameck testified that the drugs came in during the tenure of Fonseca's predecessor and that Sagaray was never allowed to touch the bag.
In Caracas, a spokeswoman for the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the drug claim. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to say anything.
Kenyan authorities say they suspect Fonseca was the victim of a leadership battle at the embassy.
Fonseca, a 57-year-old career diplomat, had been asked to take charge of the Venezuelan Embassy and fire all the remaining staff, her elder brother Francisco Fonseca told The Associated Press last year.
The trial resumes April 2.
Associated Press writer Fabiola Sanchez in Caracas contributed to this report.News Topics: General news, Homicide, Diplomacy, Embassies, International relations, Violent crime, Crime, Government and politics
People, Places and Companies: Kenya, Venezuela, Nairobi, Caracas, East Africa, Africa, South America, Latin America and Caribbean
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that a former top official at the Legion of Christ, who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a son, is marrying the child's mother this weekend. The bride is the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, one of Pope Francis' top advisers.
Thomas Williams, a moral theologian and U.S. television personality, is marrying Elizabeth Lev, a Rome-based art historian and columnist for a religious news agency that Williams published.
Lev's mother is Mary Ann Glendon, one of the highest-ranking women at the Vatican.
The wedding raises uncomfortable questions about who in the church knew about the child, and Glendon's ties to Williams influenced her defense of the Legion despite credible reports that its founder was a pedophile.News Topics: General news, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Religious scandals, Religion, Social affairs, Religious issues, Social issues
People, Places and Companies: Pope Francis, Vatican City, Western Europe, Europe
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Two men extradited from Britain last year on charges they supported terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya by operating websites to raise cash, recruit fighters and solicit items such as gas masks are expected to change their pleas.
Court records show Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are scheduled to change their pleas Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut to charges of providing support to terrorists. They previously pleaded not guilty.
Telephone and email messages left with their attorneys Thursday were not immediately returned.
They face up to 15 years in prison.News Topics: General news, Terrorism, War and unrest
People, Places and Companies: Connecticut, United States, North America
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off "SportsCenter."
Actor Will Ferrell was scheduled to reprise his role on a Thursday evening edition of the highlights show on ESPN. The network announced Wednesday night that the appearance had been scrapped because of the "potential implications" of the news conference scheduled Thursday afternoon about the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
ESPN says Ferrell's guest spot hasn't been rescheduled. His character has been on a media blitz to promote "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which included covering Canada's Olympic curling trials and hosting a local newscast in North Dakota.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment
People, Places and Companies: Jameis Winston, Will Ferrell, Bristol, Connecticut, United States, North America
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn says she will race Friday in a World Cup downhill, her first competition in 10 months.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press and USA Today Sports, Vonn says she is "confident and excited" about racing for the first time since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February, when she tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg.
The 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist and four-time overall World Cup champion says she will skip Thursday's downhill training run because she feels ready to race and knows the hill well. Vonn says her right knee felt fine and did not swell up after Wednesday's training run.
Fourteen of the American's 59 World Cup victories have come at Lake Louise.News Topics: Sports, Women's alpine skiing, Alpine skiing, Skiing, Women's skiing, Lakes, Women's sports, Environment and nature
People, Places and Companies: Lindsey Vonn, Alberta, Canada, North America
PERTH, Scotland (AP) — Curling officials will apply to add mixed doubles to the Olympic program in time for the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea in 2018.
Since returning to the Olympics in 1998, two curling events have been contested at each games — the men's and women's competitions.
The World Curling Federation made a tentative bid in 2005 to include mixed doubles on the Olympic program for the 2010 Vancouver Games, but it was rejected because the discipline hadn't spread globally.
However, WCF president Kate Caithness says "mixed doubles is part of our sport that has taken off around the world," with the governing body spending the last eight years developing the spread to meet the technical requirements for Olympic admission.
Caithness says a decision will be made by the IOC in 2015.News Topics: Sports, Women's curling, Women's sports, Men's curling, Winter Olympic games, Curling, Olympic games, Men's sports, Events
People, Places and Companies: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America
DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has heard arguments in the case of a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas 2009.
An attorney for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab says his guilty plea should be thrown out and a mental competency hearing ordered. Travis Rossman also argues that a life sentence for a young man is extreme, especially when no one except Abdulmutallab was seriously injured aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
An appeals court in Cincinnati heard arguments Thursday on those issues and more. There was no immediate decision.
Abdulmutallab, now 26, pleaded guilty to trying to blow up the plane with a bomb sewn into his underwear. He told authorities that he trained in Yemen under a high-ranking member of al-Qaida.News Topics: General news
People, Places and Companies: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Detroit, Michigan, United States, North America
PARIS (AP) — France has long served as Africa's policeman, sending troops in regularly — and often meddling behind the scenes — to keep the peace and secure its interests on a continent where it was once a major colonial power. In more recent years, as it comes to terms with that colonial past, France has tried to forge a different, more equal relationship, focusing on trade.
But it remains a dominant military force for Africa, training African troops and responding to calls from African leaders themselves to help quell conflicts. The U.N. authorized an intervention force Thursday to prevent a bloodbath in Central African Republic, where anarchy is threatening to descend into genocide. France has said it is ready to double the number of troops it has there.
Here are some recent examples of France's intervention in African conflict:
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — For several years, France has provided support for troops in Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest and least stable countries. A coup earlier this year plunged the country into chaos again, and attacks are mounting between Muslim and Christian militias, raising fears of genocide. France currently has about 600 troops on the ground — providing some security in the capital and keeping the only international airport open. It plans to bring that number to 1,200, as soon as a U.N. resolution authorizes more force. A Security Council vote is scheduled for Thursday.
MALI — After al-Qaida-linked fighters took over northern Mali and threatened to make the vast country a sanctuary for terrorists who could strike Europe, Mali's government called on France for help in January. France had as many as 4,000 troops in the country at the height of the operation, which pushed the Islamists back and then rooted them out of their strongholds throughout Mali's north. While the main fighting is over, France still has around 2,800 troops in Mali — but is gradually reducing the deployment. The commitment has lasted much longer than originally expected, though France is supposed to hand over to African troops under a U.N. mandate.
LIBYA — As Arab Spring uprisings swept the Middle East, Libyans started to protest the decades-long rule of Moammar Gadhafi. When his forces clamped down brutally on civilians, France, along with Britain, pushed for an international response. With a resolution authorizing force, French along with other NATO troops conducted bombing raids and enforced a no-fly zone that helped rebels defeat Gadhafi and establish a government. Continued violence and disorder, however, have led some to wonder if the medicine of Western intervention is worse than the disease.
IVORY COAST — After an attempted coup in 2002, Ivory Coast descended into civil war. French troops initially deployed to protect French citizens, but eventually were called upon to enforce a cease-fire and support a U.N. peacekeeping force. French troops based there also intervened in support of international efforts to oust Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to cede power after he lost elections in 2010. About 450 troops remain, training Ivorian forces and providing a measure of security.
CHAD — France sent 3,000 troops to Chad in 1983 to help it repel a Libyan-supported rebel advance. When Libya failed to pull its troops out of northern Chad as agreed under a peace deal, France sent 1,000 troops back in to oust the Libyans in 1986. Those forces have largely remained and have repeatedly helped Chad's government repel coups and rebel attacks over the years. Around 950 troops still remain, supporting Chad's army and protecting French interests.
RWANDA — Especially in cases when civilians are targeted, like in Central African Republic and Libya, France's interventions in Africa exist in the shadow of its failure to prevent the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where 800,000 people were killed. French troops were in the country when the massacre of minority Tutsis by Hutu militias began. Rwanda has sometimes accused French troops of participating in the killings — which France flatly denies. But it remains haunted by what it did not do and acknowledges that it shares responsibility with the international community for not stopping the slaughter.News Topics: Government and politics, General news, War and unrest, Genocides, Rwandan Genocide, Events
People, Places and Companies: Muammar Gaddafi, Laurent Gbagbo, Africa, France, Mali, Libya, Rwanda, West Africa, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, Chad, Central Africa, Southern Africa, Western Europe, Europe
LONDON (AP) — Two players from the sixth tier of English football have been charged with conspiring to fix matches as part of an investigation into a suspected Singapore-based international betting syndicate.
The National Crime Agency says in a statement that prosecutors have found sufficient evidence to charge Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who both play for Conference South team Whitehawk FC, "with conspiracy to defraud."
The NCA says Thursday that the players have been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
They are the third and fourth men to be charged in the wake of an undercover operation by Britain's Daily Telegraph, with Chann Sankaran and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan scheduled to appear at Birmingham Crown Court next week.
A total of seven people were arrested as part of the investigation.News Topics: Sports, Criminal investigations, Corruption in sports, Men's soccer, Soccer, Crime, Law and order, General news, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: England, United Kingdom, Birmingham, Western Europe, Europe
According to EU official, Monday’s Eurogroup is going to be “short and relaxing.”
Representatives of the IMF will join the meeting, the same source says, explaining that the main focus will be on the annual assessment of the economic surveillance. Overall, the two parts are in agreement with the evaluation of the situation: the euro area has exited the recession, however the recovery is still very fragile. A number of challenges are still to be met, such as the completion of the Banking Union and the strengthening of domestic demand within the EU and the individual member states.
The IMF will also take part in the evaluation of the review missions in the programme countries, which is to be short, as well.
On Greece, the official of the Eurozone said that the Troika is expected to go back to Athens next week for the conclusion of the 4th review. However, the confirmation from the Greek side on the completion of the last milestone of the third review is still outstanding. Unlike to Greece, Ireland and Cyprus proceed smoothly with the end of the programme and the implementation of the fiscal targets, respectively.
Finally, the issue of the Banking Union will not be addressed during Monday’s meeting, however it will be thoroughly discussed during the meeting of the finance ministers, on Tuesday.
The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:
PIXAR VS. DISNEY ANIMATION: JOHN LASSETER'S TRICKY TUG-OF-WAR
"Frozen's" success shows the house that Walt built can compete with a sibling rival that is enduring layoffs and criticism of its sequel strategy even as box office booms.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN THREATENS TO SUE WARNER BROS. OVER 'HOBBIT 2 PROFITS'
On the heels of the fight over "The Butler," the studio's lawyers are disputing the mogul's legal letters claiming he's entitled to a 2.5 percent cut of the sequel's box office take.
OBAMA: I WANT TO HOST ESPN'S 'SPORTSCENTER' WHEN I RETIRE
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation.
SOURCES: NBC'S LIVE 'SOUND OF MUSIC' COST CLOSE TO $9 MILLION
The broadcast starring Carrie Underwood will likely lose money in its first airing, but the network and chairman Robert Greenblatt are betting on at least one repeat, as well as revenue from the soundtrack and DVD.
NBC'S 'SOUND OF MUSIC' PRODUCERS ON LIVE SHOW FEARS, BIG EXPECTATIONS (Q&A)
"Somebody could trip and fall. Somebody could forget their lines. Somebody could hit a bad note when they are singing," says producer Neil Meron. "Anything could happen so you're all sitting there going are we going to get through this intact?"
MARTIN SCORSESE, LEONARDO DICAPRIO FINALLY OPEN UP ABOUT 'WOLF OF WALL STREET'
In a candid roundtable with Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter, the film's major players open up about airplane orgies, scoring Quaaludes, Steven Spielberg on set and why DiCaprio was drawn to the real-life story: "It was like a modern-day Caligula."
PAUL WALKER'S DEATH: WHY 'FAST & FURIOUS 7' INSURER MAY DECIDE MOVIE'S FATE
Both Universal and Fireman's Fund have a lot to lose if the $150 million latest film in the lucrative franchise is canceled, but each has its own interest to protect.
PAUL WALKER'S DEATH: PORSCHE CARRERA GT A 'CRAZY CAR'
Drivers from Jay Leno, who spun out in one, to seasoned racing pros have an abiding respect for -- even fear of -- the $450,000 sports car.
PAUL WALKER'S DEATH: 'FAST & FURIOUS 7' PRODUCTION POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
After a Dec. 2 meeting with NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, the studio is still uncertain about when to release the franchise's latest installment, which would have paid Walker from $9-13 million.
PAUL WALKER'S DEATH: DIRECTOR GARY ROSS PENS REMEBERANCE (GUEST COLUMN)
"When I think of Paul, I can't help smiling," recalls the filmmaker who cast the "boyish, exuberant, happy and surprisingly wise" Walker in "Pleasantville," his first major movie role, at the age of 23.
People, Places and Companies: Dreamworks Animation Skg, Inc., John Lasseter, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Carrie Underwood, Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Terence Winter, Steven Spielberg, Paul Walker, Jay Leno, Steve Burke, Gary Ross
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The international airport at Nigeria's capital, Abuja, reopened Thursday after being closed for nearly 20 hours because a Saudi cargo plane had an accident on landing and blocked the runway, the Aviation Ministry said.
Hundreds of angry passengers trying to get to Abuja were stranded at domestic airports around this oil-rich West African nation. One British Airways flight from London was diverted to Lagos and another flight from Abuja to London was postponed from Thursday morning to Friday.
Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said the Saudi Boeing 747 blocking the runway at Abuja's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport had been moved, allowing flights to resume late Thursday afternoon.
He said the cargo-carrying jumbo jet had veered off at the runway's maneuvering after landing Wednesday night.
Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau said it was investigating an accident involving the plane but gave no details.News Topics: Business, Air travel disruptions, Accidents, Transportation accidents, Transportation, General news, Accidents and disasters
People, Places and Companies: Nigeria, Abuja, West Africa, Africa
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Witnesses, aid groups: At least 98 dead in Central African Republic after clashes.News Topics: General news
People, Places and Companies: Central African Republic, Bangui, Central Africa, Africa
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A major international airline carrier is introducing flights to Haiti.
JetBlue Airways spokesman Mike Miller says the flights will leave twice a day from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and land in the Caribbean nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. One flight will depart each day from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Miller says that the carrier plans to bring lower fares to the market.
Many in impoverished Haiti have complained for years that flights from Port-au-Prince to the United States are too expensive. Part of the fees stem from taxes that are collected by the Haitian government.
A JetBlue executive and Haitian officials kicked off the first flights by flying to Port-au-Prince Thursday.News Topics: General news
People, Places and Companies: Jetblue Airways Corporation, Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean