LOS ANGELES — The first “American Idol” finale in 2002 was a battle of the sexes, with Kelly Clarkson the victor over Justin Guarini. The last contest settled the score as Trent Harmon defeated La’Porsha Renae for the crown.
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LONDON — The notorious British spy Kim Philby is shown in newly uncovered footage addressing East German spies about his life as a double agent secretly helping the Soviet Union.
The film of his 1981 talk was posted online by the BBC Monday after it was found in the archives of the East German Intelligence Service known as the Stasi.
NEW YORK—Michelle Fiala says her 14-year-old daughter, Laura, is fine watching humans run for their lives from snarling, flesh-eating zombies on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but if one of the characters on the show vomits, the teen has to look away.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three first-graders in Alaska’s largest city plotted to kill a fellow student with silica gel packets that the girls believed was poison, authorities said Wednesday.
The three have been suspended but not charged with any crime.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota say an 11-year-old boy is in custody after stealing a cement truck from a contractor and leading officers on a chase.
Sheriff’s officials say the chase started about 3 p.m. Sunday in Dodge Center when the boy drove the truck onto Highway 14 toward Byron.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Catholic bishop is opposing a decision by the University of Notre Dame to award Vice-President Joe Biden its top award, saying it sends a message that a politician can support abortion rights and gay marriage and still be a good Catholic.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The U.S. Marine Corps is making it easier for women to cover up tattoos by allowing them to wear crew-neck undershirts beneath their uniforms.
The Marines made the change Thursday after U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree complained that its dress policy unintentionally discriminated against female recruits. Men are allowed to wear crew-neck T-shirts.
JERUSALEM — A 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world’s oldest man, Guinness World Records announced on Friday.
Guinness said in a statement that Israel Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11.
WASHINGTON — If elected president, Donald Trump has pledged to scrap a work visa program that brings 300,000 student workers each year to the U.S. Among the businesses that would be forced to stop hiring foreign labour: Trump’s own.
Whether or not you can buy Donald Trump’s steaks, and whether or not he wins the Republican presidential nomination, one thing is for sure: Trump the Brand is alive and well.