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Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest

SANFORD, Fla. — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.
Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

NEW YORK — Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

Man yells 'there's no Santa' at Florida holiday event

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — It wasn't the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed "there's no Santa Claus" over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.

Meng Wanzhou's rise through the ranks at Huawei

NEW YORK — Before her dramatic arrest in Canada, few in the U.S. had heard of Meng Wanzhou. Meng, 46, is chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of the board of Chinese telecom company Huawei. She now faces extradition to the U.S.
Oil producers join forces and cut production again

Oil producers join forces and cut production again

VIENNA — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply.
Merkel ally becomes German conservative party's leader

Merkel ally becomes German conservative party's leader

HAMBURG — Angela Merkel's centre -right party elected an ally of the longtime German chancellor as its new leader on Friday, opting for continuity and experience as it handed her the challenge of opening a new chapter and improving the party's electo

Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #metoo allegations

Rome's opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations.
Lamar leads Grammy noms, where women make a comeback

Lamar leads Grammy noms, where women make a comeback

NEW YORK — The music of "Black Panther," with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.
Destiny Child's Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off

Destiny Child's Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off

LOS ANGELES — Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance. The star announced Friday that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that "things didn't work out.
China retaliation against Canadian companies unlikely for now: experts

China retaliation against Canadian companies unlikely for now: experts

VANCOUVER — Fears of retaliation against China-based staff of Canadian companies in the wake of a Chinese tech exec's arrest in Canada are overblown at the moment, but experts say that could change if the situation escalates.