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The Latest: Comedian Buress lauded online over Cosby verdict

The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Thousands of people on Twitter are crediting comedian Hannibal Buress for starting the avalanche of accusations that led to Bill Cosby's conviction on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Buress called Cosby a rapist on a stand-up comedy stage in 2014 and encouraged the audience to Google it. A fan's cellphone video of the moment went viral. Soon the allegations against Cosby became common knowledge, and his accusers were galvanized.

Cosby has denied the allegations but was convicted Thursday and could get up to 10 years in prison.

Buress has been silent about the Cosby verdict. But social media is anything but silent about it.

TV comedy writer Travon Free tweets someone should buy Buress a drink every day from now on. Political commentator John Podhoretz tweets "Hannibal Buress changed history."


5:30 p.m.

Bill Cosby's alma mater says it will reconsider an honorary degree awarded to the comedian more than two decades ago.

Temple University in Philadelphia made the announcement Thursday after a jury found Cosby guilty of drugging and molesting a Temple employee in 2004.

A school spokesman says the verdict "provides additional facts for the university to consider" with respect to the honorary degree.

Cosby received his bachelor's from Temple and served on its board of trustees for decades before resigning in 2014. He received the honorary degree in 1991.

Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O'Connor says he will recuse himself from discussions on the honorary degree. O'Connor represented Cosby in 2005 when he first faced allegations of sexual assault.

Dozens of other colleges have already revoked honors given to Cosby.


3:55 p.m.

A prosecutor says Bill Cosby showed his true colors when he went on an expletive-laced tirade after his conviction on sexual assault charges.

Cosby called District Attorney Kevin Steele an "a--hole" in court after Steele asked the judge to revoke the 80-year-old comedian's bail and send him to jail. Cosby remains free.

Steele tells reporters Thursday the outburst showed that Cosby's good-guy persona was just an act, and "we got to see who he really was."

Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, thanked prosecutors and investigators for their diligence and praised Constand for her courage. She says, "Although justice was delayed, it was not denied."


3:35 p.m.

A TV network says it is yanking all reruns of "The Cosby Show" after Bill Cosby's conviction on sexual assault charges.

Bounce TV said Thursday it is pulling the show from its schedule.

"The Cosby Show" aired on the network as recently as Thursday morning.

Atlanta-based Bounce, which caters to black viewers, is available in more than 99 million homes across the United States. It airs a mix of reruns and original series like "Saints & Sinners."

Cosby was convicted on Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.


3:25 p.m.

A prosecutor says the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault has delivered justice to the 80-year-old comedian's chief accuser.

District Attorney Kevin Steele praised Andrea Constand as the "first courageous person" to go public with her allegations that Cosby drugged and molested her.

Cosby was convicted Thursday. His lawyer promised to appeal.

Some 60 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct going back five decades. Five other accusers testified against him at the trial.

Steele says Cosby was "a man who had evaded this moment for far too long."


2:50 p.m.

Bill Cosby's lawyer says the "fight is not over" after the 80-year-old comedian's conviction on sexual assault charges.

Tom Mesereau spoke Thursday outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse where a jury found that Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004.

Mesereau says Cosby will appeal his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. He'll be sentenced in 60 to 90 days.

Cosby said nothing to reporters but acknowledged the crowd on the courthouse steps, then gave a thumbs-up as his car pulled away.


2:35 p.m.

A lawyer for some of Bill Cosby's accusers says "justice has been done" after the comedian's conviction on sexual assault charges.

Gloria Allred represents three of the five additional accusers who testified that Cosby drugged and molested them. Cosby's lawyers painted the women as home-wreckers and liars who made up their allegations in a bid for money and fame.

Allred spoke Thursday outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse where Cosby was convicted. She says her clients are grateful to the jury for seeing past "his defense attorney's lies."

Cosby accuser Janice Baker-Kinney, who alleges he drugged and raped her in 1982, says in a statement she's relieved "this toxic chain of silence has been broken" and says the women can move forward "with heads held high."


2:10 p.m.

Bill Cosby is lashing out at prosecutors after a jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. He used an expletive to refer to District Attorney Kevin Steele, who was arguing to revoke Cosby's bail. Cosby shouted, "I'm sick of him!"

The judge ruled that Cosby will remain free pending sentencing.

Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago.

The 80-year-old entertainer stared straight ahead as the verdict was read. His chief accuser, Andrea Constand, remained stoic. Shrieks erupted in the courtroom and some of his other accusers whimpered and cried.

Judge Steven O'Neill told the panel of seven men and five women that it was "an extraordinarily difficult case." He says the jurors "sacrificed in the service of justice."


1:50 p.m.

Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

A jury outside Philadelphia convicted the "Cosby Show" star of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. The guilty verdict came less than a year after another jury deadlocked on the charges.

Cosby was charged with violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His lawyer called Constand a "con artist" who leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him.

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to say he drugged and assaulted them. Five of the other accusers testified against him at the retrial.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.


1:25 p.m.

The jury is heading back to the courtroom and Bill Cosby's defense team is saying there's a verdict in his sexual assault retrial.

The panel of seven men and five women have been deliberating about 14 hours.

The 80-year-old comedian is accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

He's charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. A conviction could put him in prison for up to 10 years on each count.

Prosecutors used Cosby's past admissions about drugs and sex as well as the testimony of five other women to help bolster accuser Andrea Constand's allegations. Cosby's lawyers argued Constand leveled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement.

It's the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.


10:50 a.m.

The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Thursday he planned to meet with the alternates to "let them know they're still important." After O'Neill mentioned the dog, Cosby stood up at the defense table and made a comical, barking-like motion with his mouth.

The alternate jurors are being kept away from the main panel of seven men and five women deliberating Cosby's fate.

The jury spent an hour listening to a court stenographer read back the testimony of defense witness Marguerite Jackson before they resumed talks.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says the woman consented.


10:15 a.m.

Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are having the testimony of the star defense witness read back to them.

The jury is back for Day 2 of deliberations. The panel of seven men and five women started its day Thursday by reviewing the testimony of Marguerite Jackson, who says Cosby's chief accuser spoke of framing a celebrity for the money.

Jackson is an academic adviser at Temple University, where Constand worked as a women's basketball administrator. Jackson testified that Constand told her she could fabricate sexual assault allegations and "get that money" from a lawsuit. Jackson's testimony bolstered Cosby's efforts to show Constand made up the allegations against him to extort a big civil settlement.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


8:45 a.m.

Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse where jurors are deliberating in the comedian's sexual assault retrial.

The 80-year-old Cosby arrived on Thursday and said "good morning" twice as he entered the courthouse.

The jury of seven men and five women will start their second day of weighing charges by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand's credibility.

Marguerite Jackson's testimony that Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday will be read back to the jury when court resumes.

The jurors completed a marathon, 10-hour session on Wednesday that failed to produce a verdict.


12:25 a.m.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand's credibility.

Marguerite Jackson's testimony that Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday will be read back to the jury when court resumes outside Philadelphia on Thursday.

A marathon, 10-hour first day of deliberations failed to yield a verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

The exhausted panel called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby's old deposition testimony, including his admission he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

Chance the Rapper is in hot water for a tweet that seems to defend his fellow rapper and friend Kanye West.

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The Chicago Tribune reported that West started a series of tweets Wednesday that  appeared to criticize former President Barack Obama and support President Donald Trump. West tweeted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and another of a MAGA hat signed by Trump. He also said that although he loves Trump, he doesn’t agree with everything he does.

The rapper, who in the past supported Democratic President Obama, said that he is not political. 

“I love when people have their own ideas,” he tweeted. “You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.” 

Regardless of his political affiliation, Chance appeared to support his friend’s tweets.

“Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health,” Chance tweeted, according to The Washington Post. “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”

Chance’s tweet was met with more criticism from fans who had a problem with West, a black rapper, supporting Trump, who has put in place policies that many argue disproportionately affect people of color and the LGBTQ community. Both are groups West has expressed support for in the past. 

Trump, for his part, was appreciative of West’s tweets.

West may clarify his support for Trump and his other tweets in an upcoming interview with radio personality Charlamagne tha God. The date for the interview has not been announced.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ stars become ‘Marvel Bunch’ thanks to Jimmy Fallon

They’re known for beating the bad guys and saving the world on the big screen, but the cast of the “Avengers: Infinity War” showed off their lesser-known group talents - singing.

On “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Pratt led their respective teams in their take on the classic “Brady Bunch” theme song, called “The Marvel Bunch.”

You’ll notice, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) on Iron Man’s side. With Pratt (Star Lord) leading Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther).

Tom Hiddleston (Loki) takes the coveted center square, egging on Hemsworth.

“Avengers: Infinity War” officially hits theaters Friday. Some theaters are premiering the film Thursday evening.

'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

“Avengers: Infinity War,” in wide release Friday, was filmed largely in Atlanta. While the Marvel stars were in town, they put their talents to use in a very special performance to raise $500,000 for a very worthy cause: hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Proceeds from the November event at the Fox Theatre benefited the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the Center for Popular Democracy.

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Scarlett Johansson came up with the idea to pull together a benefit event. Her colleagues Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. eagerly joined the effort. Atlanta’s Tony-winning director Kenny Leon served as director.

“Thank you for letting me call Atlanta home,” Leon said at the event, before turning the microphone over to Johansson.

“I knew I could count on you, Atlanta,” she said. “We love to shoot here. It’s a very inspiring city, an incredibly inspiring community.”

Leon joked early on that the audience should expect a live reading – not a full theatrical performance – saying “We had one rehearsal!”

Johansson was determined to take action after seeing the harrowing reports out of Puerto Rico, where electricity has yet to be restored on much of the island and where access to clean drinking water remains a challenge for many. When she called Leon, they kicked around some ideas before deciding a live reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1930s play “Our Town” was the perfect fit.

“‘Our Town’ is this kind of warrior cry to remind us of the fragility of life,” she said. “It reminds us to be present and live moment by moment. It’s really about people and connectivity.”

She was thrilled to report how successful the evening had been.

“Thank you for reaching into your wallets, into your hearts,” Johansson said.

Leon noted that none of the A-listers taking the stage took a paycheck.

“As artists we’re always looking in the mirror. It’s incumbent upon us to make our world the way we want to make it,” he said. “Most artists I work with are in it for a deeper reason. They want to make a difference in the world.”

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Brussels university honors director Loach despite critics

The Brussels ULB university honored British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate on Thursday despite veiled criticism from Prime Minister Charles Michel and outspoken rebukes from Jewish organizations about anti-Semitism allegations.

Loach, who is known for his strong defense of the Palestine cause, is often critical of the Israeli government. Still, he denied again Thursday that he is anti-Semitic.

"Depicting me as anti-Semitic simply because I am adding my voice to those who denounce the plight of the Palestinians is grotesque," Loach said in a statement.

Michel, a former ULB student, said in the Brussels Grand Synagogue on Wednesday night that "anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated, whatever its form. That also goes for my alma mater."

He did not explicitly name Loach as the target of his criticism but his university honor had been prominent in the Belgian media for days.

The president of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was more emphatic, saying that the honorary doctorate for Loach "can only be seen as an endorsement of someone who has played fast and loose with the historical record to the point of trivializing the Holocaust."

Loach, 81, has strongly denied he ever questioned or trivialized the Holocaust. A committed leftist, Loach said Thursday that "I know very well the history of Holocaust denial. It is the province of the far right, and I have nothing to do with that. I have nothing but contempt for that."

Brussels' francophone university said it had checked the allegations against Loach and found no objections strong enough to deny him the doctorate.

The ULB said it wanted to laud the director for his "militant" movies about social conflicts and the fight of workers and immigrants to improve their lot.

Loach has twice won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Loach urged Michel to retract his comments.

"Mr. Michel: look at the evidence and then withdraw your words," Loach said.

Loach has also been involved in the British Labour Party's scandals involving anti-Semitism and has been accused of trying to downplay its prevalence in the party.


AP video journalist Sylvain Plazy contributed.

Palace: Prince William to be best man at Harry's wedding

It's a family affair: Britain's royal officials say Prince Harry has asked elder brother Prince William to be best man at his wedding next month.

Kensington Palace said Thursday that William is "honored" to be playing the key role when Harry marries U.S. actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19.

Harry was best man when William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child on Monday. The baby boy's name hasn't yet been announced. His elder children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are likely to star in key roles during the wedding, though officials haven't yet announced who will be in the rest of the wedding party.

About 600 guests have been invited to watch 33-year-old Harry and Markle, who is 36, tie the knot at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. About 2,600 neighbors, staff and specially selected members of the public will get to greet the couple outside the chapel.


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MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected.

MGM Resorts International is now targeting Aug. 24 as the new opening date for the $960 million hotel and casino complex it has been building in downtown Springfield, President Bill Hornbuckle told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The company previously envisioned the casino, which is being built on 15 acres, opening sometime in September, but relatively mild winters and steady progress on a nearby highway project impacting the casino have allowed construction to move slightly faster than anticipated, he said.

Slot machines are being placed on the 125,000-square-foot gambling floor, the 250-room hotel is being furnished and workers are turning their attention to rehabilitating of the city's historic Armory, Hornbuckle said.

But like other company officials in recent weeks, Hornbuckle declined to address reports that MGM has been quietly negotiating with Wynn Resorts to take over its more than $2.5 billion project on the Everett waterfront, which is slated to open sometime next year.

"We're not going to speak on rumors," he said. "Whatever happens in Boston is up to the gaming commission, and that story is yet to be told."

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has been investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by Wynn Resorts founder Steve Wynn and what the company's board might have known about them. The results of the investigation might impact the company's license to operate in Massachusetts.

Wynn resigned as chairman and CEO and later sold his company shares after the Wall Street Journal reported that several women said he harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement. He denies the allegations.

Wynn has filed a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press for its reporting on a separate allegation made to police.

MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said Thursday it would have to be an "extremely unique situation" for the company to consider another major project after opening new casinos in China and the U.S.

"I just don't see it," he said when asked about the possibility during the company's quarterly earnings call.

Officials also acknowledged that revenues at its U.S. casinos declined by about 1 percent year-over-year to $2.1 billion. The company attributed the drop in part to challenges drawing patrons back to Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas resort where a gunman fired on a music festival from his hotel suite, leaving 58 people dead and hundreds more injured in October.

New Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox also has tamped down on the speculation, saying in a CNBC interview Wednesday that "Boston is not up for sale."

A day earlier, however, he told investors the company would to take a "hard look" at the Boston-area project if there were indications that "contagion" from the Massachusetts controversy was affecting the rest of its business.

Taking over Wynn's development in the more desirable Boston market would require MGM to find a new owner for its casino in the western part of the state. Massachusetts law prevents casino operators from holding more than one state gambling license.

Gambling analysts have suggested the Indian tribes that operate Connecticut's Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods resorts would be the most obvious suitors if the Springfield property became available, though a spokesman for the tribes shot down the idea on Wednesday.

"Speculation about us buying Springfield is rumor mill trash," said Andrew Doba.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes broke ground in March on a 200,000 square foot casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, that is meant to directly compete with MGM just a few miles across the state line.

But the tribe's project has been delayed because the U. S. Department of Interior has not signed off on a revised revenue sharing agreement between the federally recognized tribes and the state.

The Latest: Genealogical websites helped ID suspected killer

The Latest on a decades-old serial killing and rape case in California (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Prosecutors say they used online genealogical sites to find a DNA match for a California serial killing suspect.

The Sacramento County district attorney's office said Thursday that authorities used DNA collected from a crime scene of the Golden State Killer and compared it to online genetic profiles.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested at his home.

Authorities believe he's responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes in the 1970s and '80s.

Prosecutors said at least one of the online genealogical profiles contained genetic information from a relative of DeAngelo. Investigators explored online family trees and followed clues to identify possible suspects.

The development was first reported by the Sacramento Bee.

DeAngelo is charged with eight counts of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.


3:20 p.m.

A retired policeman who previously worked with the man accused of being a serial killer and rapist said it's possible that suspect Joseph James DeAngelo helped with a search in a killing he's now suspected of committing.

Farrel Ward helped investigate a 1975 slaying in Visalia that police have tied to DeAngelo.

Ward doesn't recall DeAngelo directly working on the case. But said it's possible he joined the search for the killer.

Ward said he worked with DeAngelo for several years at the Exeter Police Department and was shocked when DeAngelo was arrested in the Golden State Killer case.

Ward said DeAngelo was quiet and didn't fit in with other officers.


2:30 p.m.

Central California police say the former police officer accused in a series of killings and rapes is also the prime suspect in the 1975 death of a community college teacher.

If the link is confirmed, it would boost the number of victims to 13 in the serial killing case.

Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar says detectives are working to tie suspect Joseph DeAngelo to the 1975 killing and about 100 burglaries committed in the region while DeAngelo was a police officer in nearby Exeter.

Salazar believes DeAngelo is the so-called Visalia Ransacker who terrorized the farming community about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Fresno in 1974 and 1975.

DeAngelo was arrested at his suburban Sacramento home and investigators have alleged he is also the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for 12 murders and dozens of rapes from 1976 to 1986 throughout California.

Investigators said they have tied DeAngelo to some of those crimes through DNA.

Salazar said there is no DNA evidence connecting DeAngelo to the 1975 death of teacher Claude Snelling, who was fatally shot when he caught a man trying to kidnap his 16-year-old daughter.


2:10 p.m.

James Huddle said he always hoped police would catch the culprit who terrorized Northern California and prompted him to buy a pistol.

But he says he's stunned to find out the man arrested Tuesday in the serial killing and rape case, Joseph DeAngelo Jr., is his former brother-in-law.

Huddle told The Associated Press it is "still just going crazy in my mind."

Huddle says he recalls discussing the East Area Rapist once with his brother-in-law.

He told that he couldn't remember who brought up the subject.

Huddle said he is stunned thinking now about who he was talking to.

It has been more than 10 years since they spoke.

Huddle said he hasn't spoken with his sister, Sharon Huddle, DeAngelo's ex-wife, but had sent her a text message.


1:40 p.m.

Investigators are scouring the home of a man accused in a string of California killings and rapes, looking for class rings, earrings, dishes and other items possibly taken from crime scenes.

Sacramento County sheriff's Lt. Paul Belli said Thursday that authorities are also looking for weapons and other items that can link 72-year-old suspect James Joseph DeAngelo to the crimes in the 1970s and '80s.

Belli declined to say what investigators have found.

Police officers, FBI agents and crime scene technicians were spending a second day in DeAngelo's Citrus Heights home in suburban Sacramento.

DeAngelo was arrested after a nearly four-decade search for a criminal known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist and other monikers.

Investigators took two vehicles, motorcycle and fishing boat out of his three-car garage and put up tarps to block news cameras.

DeAngelo has not entered a plea.


1 p.m.

News that police had arrested a suspect in the decades-old "East Area Rapist" case gave Betsy Reamer a nightmare about the time in 1979 when she thinks she may have seen him.

Reamer says she spotted a man in a ski mask riding a bicycle down the street of her Danville, California, neighborhood in the middle of the night.

She called police, who quickly arrived and asked her for details. She never learned for certain if the man she saw was the notorious serial killer and rapist who was tied to multiple crimes in Danville.

Still, Reamer says living in her quiet neighborhood was never the same.

She lived in the home with her two young children and husband, who often traveled for work. The family moved to Canada in 1981 and Reamer says she quickly shed memories from the time.

Reamer, who now lives in Delaware, is the mother of an Associated Press reporter.


12:10 p.m.

A teenager who was friends with the granddaughter of a man accused of killing a dozen people and raping dozens of women throughout California says she spent many weekends at his home and never noticed anything odd.

Sierra Creech says she was friends with John DeAngelo's granddaughter and spent almost every weekend for six months at his home in Citrus Heights, near Sacramento.

The 17-year-old says she and DeAngelo's granddaughter, who were 8 or 9 at the time, were supervised by his daughter.

She says DeAngelo "was just nice."

Her mother, 43-year-old Candace Creech, says she was shook up when she learned that the man who used to pick up and drop off her daughter is accused of such heinous crimes.

Candace Creech says she started crying from the shock of hearing the news of DeAngelo's arrest.


1 a.m.

Comedian Patton Oswalt says it's "great news" that police arrested a suspect in the brutal murders and rapes that his late wife had spent years investigating.

Oswalt appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" early Thursday and said news of the arrest felt like "a beginning of this whole other chapter."

His late wife, Michelle McNamara, was a journalist who coined the name Golden State Killer and wrote a book on the 12 killings and 50 rapes. She died in her sleep in April 2016.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo on suspicion of the murders.

Police didn't give McNamara credit, but said her book kept interest up and tips coming in.

Oswalt says he's relieved because "now it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is done."


AP writer Michelle A. Monroe contributed to this report.


This version corrects the spelling of Seth Meyers.


12:01 a.m.

The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

Prosecutors say Joseph DeAngelo carried out his most violent crimes in the months after he was fired for shoplifting in 1979.

DeAngelo was charged Wednesday with eight counts of murder for killings in the late '70s and early '80s. He is suspected of killing 12 people and raping about 50 and could face more charges.

Authorities say DeAngelo is the man once dubbed the East Area Rapist for some four dozen sexual assaults in the suburbs east of Sacramento.

After losing his job on the police force, the suspect committed fewer crimes, but 10 were slayings and all were in Southern California.

Because the crimes spanned 10 counties the culprit was later dubbed the Golden State Killer.

Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl

A member of the popular Japanese male pop group Tokio apologized Thursday for forcibly kissing a teenage girl at his home.

Tatsuya Yamaguchi, 46, said he would suspend work with the band and other entertainment projects.

Yamaguchi acknowledged at a news conference that he kissed the girl at his home in February when he was drunk. The girl, who was with her friend, fled and reported it to police, prompting an investigation into an alleged "indecent act."

"I'm so sorry that I caused her to suffer," Yamaguchi said, his voice trembling. "As a minor, she must have been frightened by an adult male."

Yamaguchi has not been charged and his agent, Johnny & Associates, said in a statement that the two sides have reached a settlement. Public broadcaster NHK said prosecutors are likely to drop the case after the girl's side retracted their complaint.

The case is the latest in a series involving sexual misconduct that have rocked Japan, where awareness and support for victims and the #MeToo movement have been slow to grow.

Yamaguchi said he was not aware of what he had done to the girl until he was contacted by police more than a month later. He said he fell asleep after talking to the girls for about an hour and they were gone when he woke up.

Yamaguchi and the four other members of the group are "special ambassadors" in an Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour project promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The organizing committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government are co-sponsors.

"Given Mr. Yamaguchi's significance to us as a special ambassador to the Flag Tour, it is very disappointing for Tokyo 2020," the organizers said in an email to The Associated Press. They said they will discuss how to respond to the situation.

"It's extremely regrettable. That's all I can say," Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said.

Since its 1994 debut, Tokio has been a regular on music and variety shows, and the suspension of Yamaguchi's work has forced Japanese television networks to change their scheduled programs. Fukushima prefecture removed posters showing Tokio, which helped campaign for the region's recovery from a severe accident at a nuclear plant.

In recent weeks, a senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat resigned over sexually suggestive remarks to a female reporter, and the governor of Niigata prefecture stepped down after acknowledging he gave cash and gifts to women he dated from an internet site.

Former Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda resigned last week after a magazine published sexual comments he allegedly made to a female reporter.

Responses by the ministry and other top officials have tended to put the blame on the victim instead. Finance Minister Taro Aso has defended Fukuda, repeatedly suggesting that the reporter might have framed him, adding to the outrage of women's groups and opposition lawmakers who are now demanding Aso's resignation.


Associated Press sports writer Stephen Wade contributed to this report.


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