LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says his department's helicopters were grounded due to the weather in the area where a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight other people crashed and burned Sunday morning. Conditions were extremely foggy when the NBA legend's helicopter went down northwest of Los Angeles on a hillside in the city of Calabasas, killing everyone aboard. The sheriff told a press conference that debris is scattered over an area the size of a football field. The county medical examiner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, says recovery of remains may take several days. Lucas says investigators will try to make identifications of the victims as quickly as possible.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2020 Grammy Awards has been filled with tributes to Los Angeles icons as the night honored and celebrated the lives and legacies of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and rapper Nipsey Hussle, who won his first Grammy posthumously Sunday. The Grammys kicked off with a performance in honor of Bryant, who died hours before the awards began. And later in the show Hussle’s collaborators and friends, including DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, gave an all-star tribute to the man who died last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drama over fairness and inclusion at the Grammy Awards is carrying over to music's big night Sunday. Newcomers and mainstays in the industry supported Sean “Diddy” Combs and his powerful speech putting the Recording Academy on a clock to fix the nomination process. Legend Smokey Robinson warned on the red carpet, “All that is hidden will come to light.” And soulful singer Lucky Daye said, “I think if they smart, they listen to Diddy.” Combs' words came after the academy's CEO, Deborah Dugan, was ousted and claimed the Grammys are rigged and filled with conflicts of interest.
BEIJING (AP) — China has expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by postponing the end of the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the mainland province at the center of the outbreak. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide. Increasingly drastic anti-disease efforts began with the Jan. 22 suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the outbreak began last month. That lockdown has expanded to a total of 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-control measures ever imposed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton recounts in a draft of his forthcoming book that President Donald Trump said he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided political investigations into his Democratic rivals. The revelation challenges the defense offered up by Trump and his attorneys in his Senate impeachment trial. It also raises the stakes as the chamber decides this week whether to seek sworn testimony from Bolton and other witnesses. Bolton's account was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the manuscript.