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February 23, 2019 - 12:00 am

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Lawyer: Kelly a 'star' with no need to force sex

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's lawyer rejects the allegations that the R&B singer sexually abused anyone, telling reporters: "He is a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex."

Greenberg made the comments Saturday after a judge set a $1 million bond for Kelly, who was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four females, including three who were underage at the time.

Greenberg says he's happy with the bond amount, but Kelly doesn't have much money because he says mismanagement by others put the singer in financial straits.

He says Kelly is trying to get the bond money together and hopes to get out of jail later Saturday.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

Mueller team's sentencing memo on Manafort is released

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has filed its sentencing memo in one of two criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Prosecutors had filed the document under seal on Friday. It was publicly released Saturday after a judge had a chance to review and approve proposed redactions of sensitive information.

Mueller's team isn't recommending a particular sentence for Manafort. He pleaded guilty in September in federal court in Washington to two counts of conspiring stemming from his Ukrainian political consulting work.

Prosecutors also aren't taking a position about whether the prison sentence in the Washington case should run consecutively or concurrently with a separate punishment that Manafort faces in a bank and tax fraud case in Virginia.

CARGO PLANE CRASH

Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with 3 aboard crashes near Houston

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard has crashed into a bay just east of the city.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine plane crashed Saturday into Trinity Bay.

Lunsford did not know the status of the people aboard and the Chambers County Sheriff's Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The office said in a Facebook post the plane has been located at the north end of the bay. No other details were immediately available.

Lunsford says Atlas Air Flight 3591 had departed Miami earlier and an FAA alert was issued after officials lost radar and radio contact with the craft when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-THE LATEST

The Latest: 2 killed, 18 injured in Venezuela border clashes

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — An emergency doctor says two protesters have been killed and another 18 have been injured during clashes between soldiers and residents of the southeastern Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen, near the border with Brazil.

Earlier, a woman told The Associated Press that her brother had died after being injured in clashes with Venezuelan armed forces.

However, the doctor told the AP that the woman's brother was still alive.

The doctor added that the two deceased have not been identified.

The clashes occurred as the Venezuelan opposition attempted to carry out a plan to bring humanitarian aid into the South American nation over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro.

FEINSTEIN-STUDENTS CLASH

Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media.

The 15-minute video of the impromptu Friday meeting captures the students and Feinstein debating the merits of the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democrat plan to shift the U.S. economy from fossil fuels and to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

The students passionately urged the California Democrat to support the legislation. But Feinstein, a 27-year veteran of the Senate, argued that the legislation had no chance of passing the Republican-controlled chamber.

Instead, Feinstein said she supported an alternate plan.

The students are members of Sunrise Movement, an activist group that encourages children to combat climate change.

OBIT-STANLEY DONEN

Stanley Donen, director of 'Singin' in the Rain,' dies at 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Stanley Donen, whose "Singin' in the Rain" provided some of the most unforgettable moments in movie history, has died. He was 94.

Donen died Thursday in New York from heart failure, his sons Joshua and Mark Donen confirmed Saturday.

Donen often teamed with Gene Kelly but also worked with Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. He received an honorary Oscar in 1998.

Other films Donen worked on include "On the Town," ''Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Funny Face."

OSCARS-YALITZA APARICIO

US Latinas rally around 'Roma' actress Yalitza Aparicio

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oscar-nominated "Roma" actress Yalitza Aparicio (yah-LEET'-zah ah-pah-REE-SEE'-oh) is finding strong support among Mexican-American women who identify with her indigenous roots in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Some Mexican-American women say they are glad Aparicio's role is challenging the typical images of light-skinned Latinas in Spanish-language films and TV shows despite the backlash she is experiencing in Mexico.

Astrid Silva, an immigrant rights activist in Las Vegas, says many Mexican-American women and Mexican immigrants see themselves in Aparicio because she's a dark-skinned woman of Mixtec descent who comes from a poor region in Mexico.

The support comes as Aparicio faced racist attacks online after she appeared on the cover of Vogue México last year.

Aparicio, a 25-year-old primary school teacher, is nominated for best actress for her role as the domestic worker Cleo.

ICELAND-WHALING

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new regulation issued by the Nordic nation's government.

The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced this week an annual quota of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales for the next five years.

While many Icelanders support whale hunting, a growing number of businessmen and politicians are against it based on the island's dependence on tourism.

The Icelandic Travel Industry Association on Friday criticized the move, saying the government was damaging the country's economic interests as well as its international reputation to benefit a small whaling sector that is struggling to sell its products.

VIETNAM-SUMMIT-KIM'S ROUTE-THE LATEST

The Latest: Train possibly taking Kim to summit enters China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A train similar to one used in the past by Kim Jong Un has entered China, possibly carrying the North Korean leader on a multiday journey to Vietnam's capital for his summit with President Donald Trump.

An Associated Press reporter saw the green and yellow train cross into the Chinese border city of Dandong through a bridge on Saturday evening.

Russia's TASS news agency reported hours earlier that Kim departed from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on his personal train.

The Trump-Kim meeting is slated for Wednesday and Thursday in Hanoi. Their first summit last June in Singapore ended without substantive agreements on the North's nuclear disarmament and triggered a months-long stalemate in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

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