• A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the city that police say were committed largely by foreigners, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner

    New Year’s attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne’s annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

    DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

  • In this image made from video and provided by WMAR-TV, in Baltimore, David Eisenhauer conducts an interview discussing his athletic and academic aspirations for a weekly feature on high school athletes in the Baltimore area. Now the subject of shocking murder charges. Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman engineering student and distance runner at Virginia Tech, is jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and fatally stabbing a 13-year-old girl. (WMAR-TV via AP)

    Va. Tech murder suspects left few clues to possible motives

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, arranging a pre-dawn rendezvous online after buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, a prosecutor alleged Thursday.

  • Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, right, arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.  Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004.  A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cosby case moves forward; deposition a key trial question

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — As a sexual assault case against actor Bill Cosby moves forward, a key battle will be waged over explicit testimony he gave in a deposition more than a decade ago.

  • Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh reacts to a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Dallas. The Heat won 93-90. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Bosh’s 20, Wade’s bounce-back lead Heat over Mavericks 93-90

    DALLAS (AP) — After matching the worst shooting half of his career in the first 24 minutes against Dallas, Dwyane Wade missed his first shot of the third quarter.

  • Malaysian officer to serve 9 months for New Zealand assault

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Malaysian military officer whose legal case prompted outrage after he left New Zealand under the protection of diplomatic immunity was sentenced Thursday to nine months of home detention after pleading guilty to indecent assault.

  • Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal court documents say former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense — which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off.

  • Long Hoang Ma, a California taxi driver held hostage for a week by three escaped inmates, sits inside his taxi during an interview at the offices of Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet in Westminster, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Ma said the fugitives laughed gleefully as they watched TV reports about the search from motel rooms where they holed up during the manhunt. Ma also said he was befriended by inmate Bac Duong, who called him "uncle" and served as his protector as the fugitives argued over whether to kill him.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Kidnapped cab driver recalls ordeal with California inmates

    WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old California taxi driver expected to die when an escaped jail inmate put a gun to his stomach and kidnapped him. But on Wednesday, the driver instead thanked the man for saving his life.

  • This undated photo provided by Tammy Weeks shows her daughter, Nicole Lovell, posing when she was 10 in Blacksburg, Va. The 13-year-old girl was found dead just across the state line in Surry County, N.C., and two Virginia Tech students are charged in the case. (Tammy Weeks via AP)

    Kik Messenger app scrutinized following 13-year-old’s death

    ATLANTA (AP) — Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.

  • Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff’s deputy

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff’s deputy.