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After Drake battle, Kendrick Lamar turns victory lap concert into LA unity celebration

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Not content with merely taking a victory lap after winning his battle last month against fellow rap superstar Drake, Kendrick Lamar turned his Juneteenth “Pop Out” concert into a celebration of Los Angeles unity. The 37-year-old rapper curated a three-hour livestreamed concert featuring a mix of up-and-coming LA rappers and stars including Dr. Dre and Tyler, The Creator. He performed his Drake diss songs “Euphoria” and “6:16 in LA" and finally “Not Like Us," which he rapped in full four times. The audience of 17,000 people at the Forum in Inglewood, California included The Weeknd, LeBron James, Ayo Edebiri and Rick Ross.

Stonehenge not visibly damaged by protest paint. It's clean and ready to rock the solstice.

LONDON (AP) — Stonehenge monuments that have stood for thousands of years appear unscathed after climate protesters were arrested for spraying orange paint on them. Nick Merriman, the chief executive of English Heritage, said workers cleaned the stones and the roughly 4,500-year-old monument was visibly undamaged. The UNESCO World Heritage Site site reopened and was expected to host thousands of revelers celebrating the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, early Friday. A 73-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were released on bail Thursday after being arrested a day earlier on suspicion of criminal damage, damaging an ancient monument and deterring a person from engaging in a lawful activity. The climate change activism group Just Stop Oil has taken responsibility.

Issey Miyake’s wind-inspired show takes flight at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — Diaphanous origami-like sculptures that floated like spring seeds caught in the wind captured the essence of the subtle, rich, and exquisite display from Issey Miyake at Paris Fashion Week — one of the strongest in seasons. The breathtaking menswear displays in the show “Up, Up, and Away” featured couture-like poetry: seemingly weightless textiles that billowed like parachutes or kites. The garments seemed ready for flight. In Mobilier National’s cobbled courtyard, the Homme Plissé show Thursday morning took inspiration from all things windy, transforming the elements into wearable art. The collection was a testament to designer Satoshi Kondo’s ability to harness innovative fabric techniques.

The Iberian lynx is back from the brink of extinction, thanks to conservation efforts

MADRID (AP) — Things are looking up for the Iberian lynx. Just over two decades ago, the pointy-eared wild cat was on the brink of extinction, but as of Thursday the International Union for Conservation of Nature says it’s no longer an endangered species. Successful conservation efforts mean that the animal, native to Spain and Portugal, is now barely a vulnerable species, according to the latest version of the IUCN Red List. In 2001, there were only 62 mature Iberian lynx — medium-sized, mottled brown cats with characteristic pointed ears and a pair of beard-like tufts of facial hair — on the Iberian Peninsula, but the latest census of nature reserves showed more than 2,000 adults and juveniles.

Baby moose trapped in a lake is saved by Alaska man and police as its worried mom watches

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man and two police officers have joined forces to rescue a baby moose that got stuck between a floatplane and a dock in a lake. The Homer Police Department says actions of the three men saved the calf from “a sure demise.” Spencer Warren works for a wilderness guiding service. He arrived Friday to prepare the floatplane when he discovered the calf trapped. Mama moose was nearby with another baby and wouldn't let him get close to the trapped calf. A police officer eventually used a cruiser to block the mama moose, and Warren and the other officer lifted the exhausted calf to safety.

Snapchat Inc. to pay $15 million to settle discrimination and harassment lawsuit in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Snapchat Inc. will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit brought by California’s civil rights agency. The California Civil Rights Department accused the company of discriminating against female employees, failing to prevent workplace sexual harassment and retaliating against women who complained. The department announced Wednesday that the settlement covers women who worked for the company in California between 2014 and 2024. It is subject to court approval. The bulk of the settlement will pay compensation to employees who faced discrimination at the company. The company says it disagrees with the agency’s claims but that it decided to settle to avoid costly and lengthy litigation.

Climate protesters arrested over spraying orange paint on Stonehenge monument

LONDON (AP) — Two climate protesters have been arrested for spraying orange paint on the ancient Stonehenge monument in southern England. Wiltshire Police said the pair was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of damaging one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called it a “disgraceful act of vandalism.” The incident came just a day before thousands are expected to gather at the 4,500-year-old stone circle to celebrate the summer solstice — the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The act was the latest by Just Stop Oil to draw attention to global warming.

Movie Review: In 'The Bikeriders,' the birth of a subculture on two wheels

In the exhilarating first half of “The Bikeriders,” writer-director Jeff Nichols is less compelled to build a narrative around the 1960s bike gang, the Vandals, than he is to summon an intoxicating atmosphere reminiscent of the old photographs that inspired the film. The Bikeriders” eventually becomes saddled with heavier plot mechanics. The movie wants to ride, but it’s not sure how much story to pack for the trip, writes Associated Press Film Writer Jake Coyle in his review. But this is a vivid dramatization of the birth of an American subculture. “The Bikeriders” opens Friday in theaters.

Detroit Pistons fire coach Monty Williams after one season that ended with NBA's worst record

The Detroit Pistons have fired coach Monty Williams after just one season that ended with an NBA-worst 14-68 record. Last season was the first in what was a six-year, $78.5 million contract for Williams — one that, at the time, was the richest ever given to an NBA coach. At one point, the Pistons had a 28-game losing streak. It was the longest ever in a single season in NBA history and tied for the longest ever when factoring in multiple seasons.

LA Sparks rookie Cameron Brink tears ACL in left knee

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Los Angeles rookie Cameron Brink tore the ACL in her left knee in the first quarter of the Sparks’ 79-70 loss at Connecticut. Brink played just four minutes and committed one foul before getting hurt Tuesday night. Once over to the sideline, Brink hobbled toward the locker room, but was forced to stop as a result of the pain. A pair of Sparks personnel lifted Brink off her feet and carried her to the locker room.

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