LOS ANGELES - Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the year, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a criminal charge of invasion of privacy for secretly photographing a 70-year-old nude woman and was sentenced to 30 days of graffiti removal work, prosecutors said. Mathers last July posted to social media a picture of the woman in the shower area of a Los Angeles fitness center, city officials said.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election campaign last year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard when he arrived.
MANCHESTER, England - The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children had recently returned from Libya, a British minister said, and her French counterpart said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too. Interior minister Amber Rudd said Salman Abedi had likely not acted alone, and troops were being deployed to key sites across Britain to help prevent further attacks after the official threat level was raised to "critical".
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, May 23, for a hastily planned spacewalk to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. Station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Jack Fischer left at around 6:30 a.m. as the orbiting outpost sailed 250 miles over the Philippine Sea, just south of Tokyo.
CAIRO - Islamic State claimed responsibility for Monday's deadly attack at the Manchester Arena and said it was carried out with an explosive device planted at the concert, according to a statement the group posted on Telegram.
WASHINGTON - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an African-American who became a staunch critic of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and supported Donald Trump's presidential campaign, said on Wednesday he has accepted a job as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Clarke told radio station WISN in Milwaukee that he would leave his post as sheriff next month to join the Department of Homeland Security. The post would not require Senate confirmation.
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars once again, with ABC announcing Tuesday, May 16, that the late-night host will emcee the 2018 awards ceremony. This will be Kimmel's second consecutive year hosting the Oscars, which will see him reunite with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, May 13 - Pope Francis said on Saturday he would be "sincere" with U.S. President Donald Trump over their sharp differences on subjects such as immigration and climate change when the two hold their first meeting at the Vatican later this month. But the pope also told reporters aboard a plane returning from Portugal that he would keep an open mind and not pass judgement on Trump until first listening to his views at their meeting on May 24.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, fighting a storm of criticism that the ouster was aimed at blunting an agency probe into his presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election. The Republican president's abrupt move on Tuesday stunned Washington and was swiftly condemned by Democrats and by some in his own party.
LOS ANGELES - Abby Lee Miller, the star of the Lifetime show "Dance Moms," has been sentenced to one year and one day in jail for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. Miller plead guilty to both charges last year. A federal judge in Pittsburgh made the ruling Tuesday, ordering the reality TV star to pay a $40,000 fine,a $120,000 judgment, and spend two years on probation after her release.