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Serena's latest shot: pregnant and nude on magazine cover

Serena Williams is showing off her pregnancy with a nude photo on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair.

The tennis superstar is seen in profile with her right arm covering her breasts and her pregnant stomach prominently on display. The magazine unveiled the cover Tuesday.

Serena announced her pregnancy with Reddit co-founder Alexis Olhanian in April. The magazine reports the couple will be married in the fall after the baby is born. Williams tells the magazine she "did a double take" and her heart "dropped" when she saw a positive test because it came just before the Australian Open, which she ended up winning.

Williams was lauded over the weekend by former tennis star John McEnroe as the greatest female tennis player, "no question." When asked on NPR how she would rank on the men's tour, McEnroe said "like 700." On Tuesday, McEnroe was asked on "CBS This Morning" if he wanted to apologize and said "no."

German museum presents artworks from collector's trove

A small number of artworks from a reclusive German collector's trove have been presented in Bonn in preparation for a wider exhibition.

News agency dpa reported that the German city's Bundeskunsthalle on Tuesday previewed works by Monet, Maillol, Boucher and Duerer and a marble statue by Rodin.

Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern plans to show several other pieces from the Cornelius Gurlitt collection Friday, and the two museums will open simultaneous exhibitions of hundreds of works in November.

Gurlitt died in May 2014 and designated the Swiss museum heir to his approximately 1,500-piece collection.

Experts have identified dozens of works in Gurlitt's collection that were likely looted by the Nazis, though they also ruled out several hundred more. So far, four works have been handed over to rightful owners.

Longtime editor of venerable Yale Review stepping down

The longtime editor of one of the world's oldest literary publications is stepping down.

J.D. McClatchy, a prize-winning poet and librettist, told The Associated Press he is leaving The Yale Review, effective at the end of this month. Harold Augenbraum, a visiting Fellow at Yale University and the former executive director of the National Book Foundation, will serve as editor until a permanent replacement is found.

"After 27 years as its editor (and for 10 years before that its unpaid poetry editor), it seemed enough," McClatchy, who first informed the school of his decision a year ago, wrote in a recent email to the AP.

Known as "Sandy" to his friends, the 71-year-old McClatchy has published eight books of poetry and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003 for "Hazmat." He has also written 16 opera libretti, including an adaptation of Stephen King's "Dolores Claiborne" that was performed at the San Francisco Opera in 2013.

Yale President Peter Salovey praised McClatchy for "bringing substantive articles and work of literary distinction to the wider public from a university where fine writing and the literary arts always have mattered. Yale is deeply grateful to him for the high distinction of the journal over so many years and looks forward to ensuring its continuity in a new age."

The Review's history dates back to 1819, when it was founded as a religious journal and called The Christian Spectator. The journal was renamed the Yale Review in 1892 and its modern form emerged in 1911, when Yale English professor Wilbur Cross became editor and vowed to make the Review a platform for "candid statements of different standpoints from writers of exceptional ability." Virginia Woolf, Eugene O'Neill and Seamus Heaney have been among the many contributors.

Published four times a year, the Review makes few attempts to be fashionable, focusing on poetry, short fiction, and literary reviews and essays. Subscriptions are little more than 1,000, although online readership has been growing and the publication is widely available at libraries. Within the literary community, the Review is highly valued. When Yale University announced plans in 1990 to close it, citing financial issues, John Hersey, Joyce Carol Oates and Adrienne Rich were among those objecting and Yale alumni formed the Committee to Save The Yale Review. The school reversed itself, and McClatchy became editor.

"The Yale Review has been a terrific magazine under the editorship of Sandy McClatchy," Oates told the AP. "Each essay, poem, story, review is of unusual interest, reflecting (one would surmise) the varied and quicksilver taste of the editor. Often when I read a contribution in the magazine I think, "Ah, I see why Sandy chose this!'"

In Yale's announcement Tuesday, McClatchy said he was proud that "in an age of sidebars and short takes, The Yale Review has provided long, thoughtful pieces on crucial issues of the day, as well as a vibrant array of prize-winning literary work." But in his recent email to the AP, he expressed some concerns. Financially, the Review is in good shape, thanks to "several generous donors," he wrote. But subscription numbers "have fallen slightly" over the years, he added, and he wondered "if that is because of the impatient readership rather than the patient editors."

"The publishing world has long since turned a big digital corner," he wrote. "Things will have to change, here as elsewhere. I'm certain that the younger generations will do better at keeping up than my old-fashioned temperament could."

LaVar Ball appears at WWE event, son LaMelo uses slur

LaVar Ball has brought his Big Baller Brand from the basketball court to the wrestling ring.

The outspoken father of NBA draft No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball showed up with the newly minted Los Angeles Laker and another son, 15-year-old LaMelo, for a live segment on Monday's "WWE Raw" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

During the segment, LaMelo Ball twice used a racial slur that was broadcast over the air.

WWE says in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that the language "was not scripted nor reflects WWE's values."

For LaVar Ball's appearance, the ring was decorated with mannequins displaying his Big Baller Brand clothing line. He got in a heated confrontation with WWE wrestler The Miz, and took his shirt off to cheers from the crowd.

Trump sounds off after 3 CNN employees resign over retracted Russia story

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday to sound off after three employees on CNN’s new investigative unit resigned Monday over a retracted online story regarding the Senate’s Russia investigation.

"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he wrote. "What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!"

He added later: “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!”

He continued: “So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”

Thomas Frank, a veteran reporter who wrote the story; his editor, Eric Lichtblau, who recently came from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, the man who oversaw the CNN Investigates unit and has worked at CNN since 2001, chose to depart Monday. Frank and Lichtblau worked out of the CNN D.C. bureau; Haris was based in New York.

A spokesman for CNN said: “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication.”

The story, which linked Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager close to Trump, to a Russian investment fund allegedly being investigated by a Senate intelligence committee, did not go through the proper fact-checking process, CNN said. The retracted story cited a single anonymous source.

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“The story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” one of the people briefed on the investigation told CNN media writer Brian Stelter.

As The Washington Post noted, this mistake provided right-wing media fodder that feeds into the perception that CNN is improperly going after Trump. Breitbart dubbed the news “Very Fake News” in a headline.

In the past couple of years, CNN has been aggressively beefing up its investigative forces.

“CNN needs to be an organization that breaks news, not just an organization that covers breaking news or talks about breaking news on television,” Andrew Morse, the executive vice president of editorial for CNN/U.S. and general manager of CNN digital worldwide, told NPR in January. “There’s no better way to do that than to invest in investigative reporting.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Rascal Flatts surprises bride and groom at wedding reception

A bride and groom in Wisconsin got some surprise entertainment over the weekend when country music trio Rascal Flatts stopped by their wedding reception.

Video posted to Facebook shows the group at the Sugar Island Barn in Watertown on Saturday. The band performed their hit, "Bless the Broken Road" for newlyweds Sara and Brandon McInnis' first song.

Sara tells WTMJ-TV ( they had planned on the DJ playing the song. Instead, a family friend had secretly asked the band to play it in person on their way to a country music festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The band agreed, but the performance was kept a secret from the couple.

Lead singer Gary LeVox mentions in the video that the group was in the neighborhood and thought they'd stop by.

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines.

The White House quickly took advantage Tuesday with blistering presidential tweets and a media scolding at the afternoon press briefing. Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe piled on by releasing a video with a CNN producer caught on camera talking about the network's Russia coverage being ratings-driven.

CNN late Monday accepted the resignations of journalists Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris over last week's web story about Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci's pre-inaugural meeting with the head of a Russian investment fund. The network retracted the story on Friday and apologized to Scaramucci.

Trump has been unhappy with CNN since he was a candidate, and has been particularly annoyed by its reporting on connections with Russia. The misstep on a relatively minor story — it was never mentioned on any of CNN's television networks — left some White House staff members jubilant, believing it handed them a new talking point to use as a cudgel against mainstream media organizations they feel are largely biased against them.

That happened quickly Tuesday when Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on a Breitbart News reporter for the first question of the White House briefing. It was about CNN.

She said the "constant barrage of fake news" at the president has frustrated Trump. She called stories about Russia and Trump "a hoax" that is distracting from other news. Sanders urged all Americans to watch a video posted by O'Keefe's Project Veritas featuring CNN producer John Bonifield — even though she couldn't vouch for its accuracy.

"If it is accurate, I think it's a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism," Sanders said. "I think that if we have gone to a place where the media can't be trusted to report the news, then that's a dangerous place for America. And I think if that is that place that certain outlets are going — particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that's coming directly from the top, I think that's even more scary."

She was interrupted by reporter Brian Karem of the Sentinel newspapers, who accused Sanders of inflaming anti-media sentiment. "Everyone in this room is only trying to do their job," he said.

Sanders ignored CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny's attempt to ask a question before ending her briefing.

After Sanders left the stage, she was criticized on Fox News Channel, where Trump-friendly views usually dominate. Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey told Fox's Shepard Smith that "the White House could actually learn from CNN's example" about being forthright when caught saying something untrue.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that "they caught Fake News CNN cold." He lumped ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post together in the same "fake news" category. He said that "CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!"

A spokeswoman for CNN chief Jeff Zucker didn't respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. CNN's public relations staff refuted Trump's notion that the network is hurting, saying it is completing the most-watched second quarter in its history.

The president was livid at CNN's story but also felt vindicated because it seemed to confirm his belief that the cable network was trying to undermine his presidency, according to one staffer who demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The CNN issue enables the White House to change the subject for what has been a rough stretch for the presidency, with constant questions about the Russia probe and a vote on the Republican health care bill delayed. Aides also believe that highlighting media mistakes could be a useful way of questioning reporters' credibility and convincing supporters that Trump was the victim of a witch hunt.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a link to the Bonifield video. Besides talking about ratings, the Atlanta-based producer in CNN's medical unit said the network has no "smoking gun" showing wrongdoing by Trump and that "the president is probably right to say, look, you are witch-hunting me."

CNN said in a statement that it is standing by Bonifield. "Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong," CNN said. "We welcome it and embrace it."

O'Keefe told The Associated Press that Project Veritas got the video on Friday and that a portion, in an elevator, was recorded at CNN's headquarters. He said that Project Veritas plans to release another video involving another CNN employee, with the timing dependent on how CNN reacts to the Bonifield material.

O'Keefe and Project Veritas have a track record of aiding Republican causes, often by using hidden cameras and hiding identities, and Trump's nonprofit foundation has made two $10,000 donations to the organization. His sting operation led to the downfall of ACORN, a community organizing group that O'Keefe portrayed as engaging in criminal activity via hidden camera.

Before last November's election, Project Veritas released a series of heavily edited videos that included a Democratic activist appearing to brag about deploying troublemakers at Trump rallies. The fallout included the two people most prominently featured, Scott Foval and Robert Creamer, cutting ties with the Democratic National Committee. Creamer's firm recently sued Project Veritas alleging the sting violated federal wiretap law.

O'Keefe declined to discuss how the Bonifield video came about. O'Keefe said his efforts are journalistic and, since they include video, he contends that it is more believable than media stories based on anonymous sources. The retracted CNN story was heavily dependent upon one anonymous source.

One social media exchange about the CNN story indicated how feelings about the network were running strong among Trump supporters.

John Podhoretz, a conservative columnist for The New York Post and editor of Commentary magazine tweeted that "CNN published a bad story, pulled it, apologized. 3 journalists quit. That's impressive and decisive action. Yelling 'fake news' is unfair."

That drew a quick retort from Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, an ardent Trump backer. "John wtf has happened to you?" Hannity wondered online.

Podhoretz declined to respond to Hannity online and denied an interview request.


Associated Press correspondents Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin in Washington, and Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.

Box Office Top 20: 'Transformers 5' tops with series low

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" topped the box office charts, but it was a dubious success. The fifth installment in the series took in a franchise low of $68.5 million in its first five days in theaters, $44.7 million of which came from weekend sales.

In second place, "Wonder Woman" took in an additional $24.9 million in its fourth weekend in theaters, pushing the superhero pic over the $300 million mark. It beat out Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3," which fell to $24.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic totally to $98.8 million.

Rounding out the top five were the Mandy Moore shark thriller "47 Meters Down" in fourth place with $7.1 million, and "The Mummy," in fifth place, with $6.1 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," Paramount, $44,680,073, 4,069 locations, $10,981 average, $68,475,562, 1 Week.

2. "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros., $24,906,310, 3,933 locations, $6,333 average, $318,111,468, 4 Weeks.

3. "Cars 3," Disney, $24,074,497, 4,256 locations, $5,657 average, $98,782,390, 2 Weeks.

4. "47 Meters Down," Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $7,088,262, 2,471 locations, $2,869 average, $23,914,194, 2 Weeks.

5. "The Mummy," Universal, $6,060,495, 2,980 locations, $2,034 average, $68,744,165, 3 Weeks.

6. "All Eyez On Me," Lionsgate, $5,806,975, 2,471 locations, $2,350 average, $38,599,294, 2 Weeks.

7. "Pirates Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," Disney, $5,396,243, 2,453 locations, $2,200 average, $160,161,569, 5 Weeks.

8. "Rough Night," Sony, $4,703,261, 3,162 locations, $1,487 average, $16,638,208, 2 Weeks.

9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," 20th Century Fox, $4,284,115, 2,328 locations, $1,840 average, $65,747,291, 4 Weeks.

10. "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2," Disney, $3,023,042, 1,468 locations, $2,059 average, $380,236,369, 8 Weeks.

11. "Beatriz At Dinner," Roadside Attractions, $1,759,977, 491 locations, $3,584 average, $2,953,757, 3 Weeks.

12. "The Book Of Henry," Focus Features, $948,369, 646 locations, $1,468 average, $3,105,724, 2 Weeks.

13. "Tubelight," Yash Raj Films, $930,058, 338 locations, $2,752 average, $930,058, 1 Week.

14. "It Comes At Night," A24, $800,325, 819 locations, $977 average, $13,043,493, 3 Weeks.

15. "Baywatch," Paramount, $748,404, 480 locations, $1,559 average, $56,656,293, 5 Weeks.

16. "Paris Can Wait," Sony Pictures Classics, $572,743, 408 locations, $1,404 average, $4,153,090, 7 Weeks.

17. "The Big Sick," Lionsgate, $421,577, 5 locations, $84,315 average, $421,577, 1 Week.

18. "Alien: Covenant," 20th Century Fox, $341,308, 294 locations, $1,161 average, $73,334,769, 6 Weeks.

19. "The Boss Baby," 20th Century Fox, $330,791, 241 locations, $1,373 average, $173,080,163, 13 Weeks.

20. "The Hero," The Orchard, $297,927, 81 locations, $3,678 average, $555,891, 3 Weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

The evening at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square also featured performances by rapper Michael Franti, Jack Garratt, reggae singer Chronixx, Macy Gray, and The Lumineers, who are currently appearing with U2 on their "Joshua Tree" tour.

Clayton was introduced by British record producer Chris Blackwell as someone who "lived through addiction and came out the other side, and has been courageous enough to admit it."

Taking the stage, the bassist quipped: "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own."

Turning serious, he said: "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential."

He said part of the reason he had a hard time quitting drinking was that, "I didn't think you could be in a band and not drink. It is so much a part of our culture."

It was Eric Clapton, he said, who finally told him he needed help.

"He didn't sugarcoat it. He told me that I needed to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," Clayton said. He credited another friend, The Who's Pete Townshend, for visiting him in rehab, where he "put steel on my back."

As for his bandmates, Clayton said, "I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing. Bono, The Edge, and Larry (Mullen) truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which offers musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.

Arriving at the theater earlier, he told reporters the fund was especially important given the current epidemic of opioid addiction. "MusiCares ... really provides funding for a lot of people to look into those things and find help," he said.

He added that his bandmates had been supporting him for 40 years.

"You know, I guess they loved me before I knew how to love myself," he said. "So it's really important that they share this with me."


John Carucci in New York contributed to this report.

Cosby rejects 'sexual assault tour' idea floated by reps

Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Attorney Angela Agrusa said after a hearing to set a trial date in a sex abuse lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the comedian that Cosby won't be discussing sexual assault and she "can't imagine" his legal team would let him perform or speak publicly as representatives said he planned to do this summer.

"He doesn't take lightly these criminal charges," Agrusa said. "He would never do anything that undermined the importance of this issue. I don't see him speaking publicly like that."

Talk of the forums after a jury deadlocked in Pennsylvania in the criminal case sparked a backlash from groups that advocate for sexual assault victims and educate about sexual abuse.

Spokespeople for Cosby and his wife had said the forums — at least one planned in Birmingham, Alabama, next month when Cosby turns 80 — were aimed at educating young people how to stay out of trouble and be aware of changing sex assault laws.

After those plans were criticized, though, a spokeswoman said the meetings were never intended to be about sexual assault but an effort to restore Cosby's legacy.

Cosby himself took issue Tuesday with the notion of a "sexual assault tour," dismissing it as propaganda, though he left open the possibility of some future event.

"The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false," Cosby said in a statement. "Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate time."

The comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role on "The Cosby Show" as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable has had his reputation tarnished with accusations of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women.

One of those accusers is Judy Huth, who accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles around 1974 when she was 15.

Judge Craig Karlan tentatively scheduled that trial for July 30 next year with the expectation it would occur after a retrial in Pennsylvania. Cosby is due to give a second deposition in the case, but that won't occur until after the criminal case is concluded because he could assert his right not to testify against himself.

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania said they plan to retry Cosby, possibly this fall.

A mistrial was declared June 17 on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand, the former Temple University director of women's basketball, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter was consensual.

Cosby's legal team declared victory after the mistrial and then his representatives announced the town hall tour.

Huth's attorney Gloria Allred said if Cosby does stage public meetings, she may hold her own forums in those cities to discuss sexual assault.

"All I can say is, Mr. Cosby, be careful what you wish for because if you go on that tour, I will be there," Allred said outside the Santa Monica courthouse.

Cosby is fighting lawsuits by 10 women on both coasts. Three have filed sexual battery or defamation cases in California, and seven have sued for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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