January 28, 2015

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‘Birdman’ tops Screen Actors Guilt Awards

From left, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton and Michael Keaton pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Birdman” at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The backstage farce “Birdman” topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Michael Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category. Keaton led the “Birdman” cast, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, in accepting the top honor from the acting guild, Read More…

Analysis: GOP changes tune, calls for bipartisanship

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Winners by far in last fall's elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters' desire. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON — Winners by far in last fall’s elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters’ desire. They saw things far differently when political fortunes were reversed six years ago. Then, with the president newly in office and the economy cratering, minority Republicans overwhelmingly opposed Obama’s stimulus legislation Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Jan. 23

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Clock ticking on Japanese hostages  Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group post an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill the pair if demands for ransom haven’t been met. 2. New Read More…

IS-linked militants say countdown for Japan’s hostages began

Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Friday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages. The posting which appeared Friday shows a clock counting down to zero along with gruesome images of other hostages who have been beheaded by the Read More…

New Saudi king moves fast to name second-in-line to throne

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of King Abdullah Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country’s interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, Read More…

What issues roil Washington? Obama’s veto threats are clues

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a telling hit list. The veto threats that he’s issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day, the power struggle playing out between Congress and the White House, and even the pique between the president and GOP congressional leaders. Read More…

N.Y. asks feds to probe 2013 Rikers Island inmate death

Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard who died in 2013 at the Rikers Island jail, cries as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the 2013 death of a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate who was locked in his cell for six days without care or medication, a state oversight panel concluded in a review that called the treatment “so incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience.” Read More…

Thai ex-premier says ‘democracy is dead’ after impeachment

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, leaves parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday. Thailand's military-appointed legislature is set to vote on impeachment against Yingluck over a government's rice subsidy scheme on Friday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing rice subsidy program. The twin actions by the legislature and Read More…

ECB has done its part. Now, these 5 things need to happen

WASHINGTON (AP) — What now? The European Central Bank’s plan to rescue Europe’s economy won’t work on its own. Its success hinges on whether people, governments and companies do what’s needed: Spend, hire, borrow, invest, export, expand. ECB chief Mario Draghi on Thursday delivered on a pledge to do whatever it takes to pull Europe out Read More…

Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

Snowboarders and skiers share the terrain park at Gunstock ski area in Gilford, N.H. The popularity of snowboarding that grew at a rapid pace in the 1990s and early 2000s may have reached its peak according to the National Sporting Goods Association. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at a rapid pace in the 1990s and early 2000s. Read More…