ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi admonished his Democratic Party on Monday to stop its internal squabbling and focus instead on defeating the populist politicians and protectionist politics gaining popularity in Europe.

Renzi repeatedly invoked the name of U.S. President Donald Trump while making a pitch to other top Democratic figures for a united front ahead of a national election that might come as soon as the spring.

The country’s next Parliamentary election is scheduled for 2018, but calls for voters to go to the polls early have been rising from some opposition leaders, including far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini and comic-turned-populist Beppe Grillo of the 5-Star Movement.

Opinion polls show the 5-Stars making headway in the movement’s bid to dethrone the Democrats as Italy’s top party.

Renzi resigned as premier after losing a Dec. 4 referendum on some key reforms. He remains the Democrats’ leader, but more left-leaning elements of the party have criticized his leadership. Ex-Premier Massimo D’Alema, a former Communist, is among his biggest detractors.

In his speech, Renzi reminded his Democratic critics to keep their focus on the 5-Star Movement and the smaller far-right parties wooing frustrated middle-class Italians disenchanted by years of virtually no economic growth.

“The politics of fear” are fueling populists’ and far-right parties’ popularity, Renzi said, adding that the Democrats should concentrate on countering “Trumpism,” or “at least Grilloism.”

“Have you seen the video of Marine Le Pen’s presentation?” Renzi asked, citing the fiery speech with which France’s far-right leader kicked off her presidential campaign.

A previous Democratic leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, spoke about the declining fortunes of the middle class, saying “large inequality isn’t being stomached” by voters anymore.

The Vatican’s No. 2 official, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said in an interview shown on state TV Monday that there were worries in the Catholic church about populism.

Parolin, who is the Holy See’s secretary of state, lamented that “politics is too distant from the people.”

“The risk is that history repeats itself,” Parolin said, noting the tendency of populists to turn inward. “The closures aren’t a good sign. They are born out of the fear (of people) and this (fear) isn’t a good adviser.”

He spoke on the eve of an annual meeting of top Vatican and Italian government officials. Pope Francis has spoken critically about Trump’s pledge to build a wall to keep out immigrants from Mexico, saying such a policy isn’t Christian.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.

The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One.

The question is whether the egg-shaped, four-legged craft will really take off as a transportation alternative in this car-clogged city already home to the world’s longest driverless metro line.

Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency, announced plans to have the craft regularly flying at the World Government Summit. Before his remarks on Monday, most treated the four-legged, eight-propeller craft as just another curiosity at an event that views itself as a desert Davos.

“This is not only a model,” al-Tayer said. “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.”

The craft can carry a passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and a small suitcase. After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft’s sole passenger selects a destination on a touch-screen pad in front of the seat and the drone flies there automatically.

The drone, which has a battery allowing for a half-hour flight time and a range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles), will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground. It has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), but authorities say it will be operated typically at 100 kph (62 mph).

Al-Tayer said the drone would begin regular operations in July. He did not elaborate.

The Road and Transportation Agency later issued a statement saying the drone had been examined by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and was controlled through 4G mobile internet. The agency did not immediately respond to further questions from The Associated Press.

The United Arab Emirates already requires drone hobbyists to register their aircraft. However, drone intrusions at Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, has seen it shut down for hours at a time in recent months.

EHang did not respond to a request for comment. In May, authorities in Nevada announced they would partner with EHang to test the 184 to possibly be cleared by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The drone may be a techno curiosity for now but Dubai — the commercial capital of the oil-rich UAE and home to the long-haul carrier Emirates — has bold visions for the future and the 184 fits right into its plans.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced in April he wanted 25 percent of all passenger trips in the city to be done by driverless vehicles in 2030. To that end, Dubai already has had the box-shaped driverless EZ10, built by France’s EasyMile, cruise nearby the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

In October, Dubai signed a deal with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One to study the potential for building a hyperloop line between it and Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital.

A hyperloop has levitating pods powered by electricity and magnetism that hurtle through low-friction pipes at a top speed of 1,220 kph (760 mph). Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla who appeared on Monday at the Dubai conference, first proposed the idea of a hyperloop in 2013.

Musk, who took no questions from reporters on Monday, later launched his Tesla car brand in Dubai at an event organizers said was not open to international media. Musk has come under criticism for serving on a business council advising U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Online:

Dubai Road and Transportation Agency’s promotional drone video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Q2W0r5e-s

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Beyond the usual, lofty propaganda, North Korea’s test of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile contains an important, potentially worrying development.

The country’s jubilant young dictator, Kim Jong Un, said the missile provides the country with another nuclear attack capability.

Sunday’s launch — the first major North Korean challenge for U.S. President Donald Trump — is drawing intense scrutiny from outside weapons experts because of North Korea’s claim to have used solid fuel.

If true, it would be a big step forward in North Korea’s quest to boost its ability to attack the United States and its close allies, South Korea and Japan. Instead of relying on missiles that have to be fueled on a fixed launch pad, North Korea’s military could drive the new missiles anywhere and fire them at will from mobile launchers.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s launch and what it means for security on an already tense Korean Peninsula.

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“MODERN FUEL”

The fuel in solid-fuel rockets is already loaded inside, which can shorten launch preparation times, increase the weapon’s mobility and make it harder for outsiders to detect what’s happening before liftoff.

Most of North Korea’s missiles currently use liquid propellant, which usually needs to be added on a launch pad before the weapon is fired. The rockets North Korea has used for satellite launches in recent years, which were condemned by the U.N. as tests of banned long-range missile technology, relied on liquid fuel.

“Liquid fuel is like a technology from the 1960s and ’70s, while solid fuel is a modern fuel for missiles,” said Lee Choon Geun, an analyst from South Korea’s state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute. “That’s why we think their latest launch (with solid fuel) is a serious development.”

Before Sunday’s test, analysts thought North Korea’s solid-fuel weapons were limited to a submarine-launched ballistic missile that the country test-fired last August and short-range KN-02 missiles.

This latest test is important because, if confirmed, North Korea would have a missile that could be launched anywhere from a ground-based mobile vehicle. While submarines are also a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn’t have enough of them. There are doubts that the KN-02 missile, whose range is about 120 kilometers (75 miles), can carry nuclear warheads.

North Korea’s claim couldn’t be independently confirmed, but Lee said video and photos of the launch appear to show that the missile used solid fuel. A South Korean defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules, also said that U.S. and South Korean military surveillance equipment showed it probably used solid fuel.

North Korean media quoted Kim Jong Un as saying that North Korea’s rocket industry “has radically turned” from liquid-fuel engines to high thrust solid fuel-powered ones.

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PUKGUKSONG-2

North Korean state media said the missile launched Sunday was a surface-to-surface “Pukguksong-2” that can carry nuclear warheads. It is likely to be an upgraded version of the submarine-launched missile named “Pukguksong” launched in August.

South Korea’s military said the latest missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) before dropping into international waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. North Korea said the missile made a high-altitude flight because of security worries in neighboring countries.

If the missile was fired at a normal angle, it could have flown farther. Some analysts say its maximum range could be up to 3,000 kilometers (1,870 miles), while others put it at 1,200 kilometers (750 miles).

Either way, the missile could target South Korea and Japan, where about 80,000 U.S. troops are stationed.

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ICBM

North Korea’s ultimate goal is a nuclear-tipped long-range missile that can attack the U.S. mainland.

In his New Year’s address, Kim Jong Un said North Korea had reached the final stages of preparations to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. It’s not clear when that might happen.

Analysts say Sunday’s missile test isn’t directly linked to ICBM test preparations. Still, some say North Korea may have used the launch to test some technology it will need for an ICBM.

Last year, North Korea conducted its fourth and fifth atomic bomb tests and claimed a series of technical breakthroughs in its push for a long-range nuclear missile.

But foreign analysts say North Korea has yet to develop warheads small enough to be loaded on a long-range missile designed to hit targets like the U.S. mainland. South Korean officials also believe North Korea hasn’t yet developed a re-entry vehicle for a missile — something that’s needed to return a warhead to the atmosphere from space so it can hit its intended target.

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NORTH KOREA’S MOTIVES

North Korea may have fired the missile to celebrate the Feb. 16 birthday of Kim’s late dictator father, Kim Jong Il. Or it could be trying to see how the Trump administration will react. Or it may just be a regularly scheduled missile test under a broader timetable for weapons development.

The test could also be an attempt to bolster internal unity in a way that doesn’t provoke the United States too much, as a long-range missile or nuclear test would do, said Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based commentator on military issues.

The missile test came as Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe condemned the launch as “absolutely intolerable,” and Trump said Washington would stand behind Japan, “its great ally, 100 percent.”

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks Monday at the United Nations, which prohibits North Korea from engaging in any ballistic missile activities.

But it’s unlikely that the meeting will lead to any serious punishment for North Korea, which is already under a slew of U.N. and other international sanctions.

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The full list of the winners of the 2017 World Press Photo contest:

WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Burhan Ozbilici, Turkey, The Associated Press. An Assassination in Turkey.

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CONTEMPORARY ISSUES — SINGLES

1. Jonathan Bachman, USA, Thomson Reuters. Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge.

2. Vadim Ghirda, Romania, The Associated Press. Migrant Crossing.

3. Daniel Etter, Germany. The Libyan Migrant Trap.

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CONTEMPORARY ISSUES — STORIES

1. Amber Bracken, Canada. Standing Rock.

2. Lalo de Almeida, Brazil, for Folha de Sao Paulo. Victims of the Zika Virus.

3. Peter Bauza, Germany. Copacabana Palace.

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DAILY LIFE — SINGLES

1. Paula Bronstein, USA, for Time Lightbox / Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting. The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War.

2. Tiejun Wang, China. Sweat Makes Champions.

3. Matthieu Paley, France, for National Geographic Magazine. China’s Wild West.

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DAILY LIFE — STORIES

1. Tomas Munita, Chile, for The New York Times. Cuba on the Edge of Change.

2. Elena Anosova, Russia. Out of the Way.

3. Francesco Comello, Italy. Isle of Salvation.

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GENERAL NEWS — SINGLES

1. Laurent Van der Stockt, France, Getty Reportage for Le Monde. Offensive on Mosul.

2. Santi Palacios, Spain. Left Alone.

3. Noel Celis, Philippines, Agence France-Presse. Inside the Philippines’ Most Overcrowded Jail.

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GENERAL NEWS — STORIES

1. Daniel Berehulak, Australia, for The New York Times. They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals.

2. Sergey Ponomarev, Russia, for The New York Times. Iraq’s Battle to Reclaim Its Cities.

3. Alessio Romenzi, Italy. We Are Not Taking Any Prisoners.

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LONG-TERM PROJECTS

1. Valery Melnikov, Russia, Rossia Segodnya. Black Days of Ukraine.

2. Hossein Fatemi, Iran, Panos Pictures. An Iranian Journey.

3. Markus Jokela, Finland, Helsingin Sanomat. Table Rock, Nebraska.

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NATURE — SINGLES

1. Francis Perez, Spain. Caretta Caretta Trapped.

2. Nayan Khanolkar, India. Big Cat in My Backyard.

3. Jaime Rojo, Spain. Monarchs in the Snow.

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NATURE — STORIES

1. Brent Stirton, South Africa, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine. Rhino Wars.

2. Ami Vitale, USA, for National Geographic Magazine. Pandas Gone Wild.

3. Bence Mate, Hungary. Now You See Me.

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PEOPLE — SINGLES

1. Magnus Wennman, Sweden, Aftonbladet. What ISIS Left Behind.

2. Robin Hammond, New Zealand, NOOR Images for Witness Change. Praying for a Miracle.

3. Kristina Kormilitsyna, Russia, Kommersant Newspaper. Fidelity.

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PEOPLE — STORIES

1. Michael Vince Kim, USA. Aenikkaeng.

2. Antonio Gibotta, Italy, Agenzia Controluce. Enfarinat.

3. Jay Clendenin, USA, Los Angeles Times. Olympians.

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SPORTS — SINGLES

1. Tom Jenkins, UK, The Guardian. Grand National Steeplechase.

2. Cameron Spencer, Australia, Getty Images. The Dive.

3. Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach, Germany, Thomson Reuters. Rio’s Golden Smile.

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SPORTS — STORIES

1. Giovanni Capriotti, Italy. Boys Will Be Boys.

2. Michael Hanke, Czech Republic. Youth Chess Tournaments.

3. Darren Calabrese, Canada. Adaptive Athlete.

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SPOT NEWS — SINGLES

1. Jamal Taraqai, Pakistan, European Pressphoto Agency. Pakistan Bomb Blast.

2. Abd Doumany, Syria, Agence France-Presse. Medics Assist a Wounded Girl.

3. Felipe Dana, Brazil, The Associated Press. Battle for Mosul.

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SPOT NEWS — STORIES

1. Burhan Ozbilici, Turkey, The Associated Press. An Assassination in Turkey.

2. Ameer Alhalbi, Syria, Agence France-Presse. Rescued From the Rubble.

3. Mathieu Willcocks, UK. Mediterranean Migration.

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DIGITAL STORYTELLING

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IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING

1. The Dig

Team:

Topaz Adizes, Executive Director, Creative Director

Mike Knowlton, Executive Director, Creative Director, Creative Technologist

Carla Tramullas, Creative Director, UX Designer

Julia Gorbach, Creative Director

Mark Harris, Creative Director, Creative Technologist

Joe Wheeler, UX Designer

Olivier H. Beauchesne, Data Visualization

Season 1:

Julia Gorbach, Director, Producer, Additional Camera & Sound

Carla Tramullas, Director, Cinematographer

Dane Benko, Editor

Nicholas D’Agostino, Editor

Mériem Dehbi-Talbot, Associate Producer

Grace Larkin, Associate Producer

Julius Bowditch, Associate Producer

Paige Polk, Associate Producer

Hans Lueders, Associate Producer

Organization:

The Skin Deep + Murmur

2. The Fine Line: Simone Biles Gymnastics

Team:

Rodrigo de Benito Sanz, Producer

Alicia DeSantis, Producer

Alexandra Garcia, Producer, Video Editor

Mika Gröndahl, Producer, Graphics

Evan Grothjan, Producer, Graphics

Taige Jensen, Producer, Video Editor, Color, Audio

Yuliyah Parshina-Kottas, Producer, Graphics

Bedel Saget, Producer, Reporter, Videographer

Joe Ward, Producer, Reporter, Videographer

Larry Buchanan, Reporter, Videographer

Leslye Davis, Reporter, Videographer, Photographer

Juliet Macur, Reporter

Meghean Felling, Video Editor

Ben Laffin, Color

Jeremy White, Graphics

Michael Cordero, Audio

Gregg Matthews, Photographer

Wilson Andrews, Contributing Producer

Danny DeBelius, Contributing Producer

Alexandra Eaton, Contributing Producer

Grant Gold, Contributing Producer

Steve Duenes, Supervising Producer

Organization:

The New York Times

3. The Injustice System

Team:

Ed Pilkington, Chief Reporter

Laurence Mathieu-Leger, Senior Video Producer

Kenan Davis, Interactive Editor

Rich Harris, Interactive Editor

Nadja Popovich, Interactive Editor

Kenton Powell, Interactive Editor

Organization:

The Guardian US

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INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING

1. A New Age of Walls

Team:

Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter

Anthony Faiola, Berlin Bureau Chief

Reem Akkad, Senior Video Producer

Kat Downs Mulder, Graphics Director

Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor

Douglas Jehl, Foreign Editor

Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor

Organization:

The Washington Post

2. The Waypoint

Team

Zoeann Murphy, Video Reporter

Samuel Granados, Senior Graphics Editor

Emily Chow, Assignment Editor, Story Design

Kevin Schaul, Graphics Editor

Kat Downs, Graphics Director

Griff Witte, London Bureau Chief

Organization:

The Washington Post

3. Future Cities

Team:

Yvonne Brandwijk, Director, Photographer, Video

Stephanie Bakker, Director, Writer, Reporter

Maaike Holvast, Video Editor

Sara Kolster, Interactive Design

Martijn Pantlin, Development

Hay Kranen, Development

Edgar Vijgeboom, Development

Casper van Deuveren, Sound Design

Ivo Schmetz, Visual Design

Organization:

Future Cities

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LONG FORM

1. When The Spirit Moves

Team:

Justin Maxon, Director, Cinematographer

Jared Moossy, Director, Cinematographer

2. The Forger

Team:

Samantha Stark, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer

Alexandra Garcia, Senior Producer, Editor

Pamela Druckerman, Producer

Adam Ellick, Senior Producer

Murat Gökmen, Field Producer, Cinematographer

Stu McCardle, Field Producer, Cinematographer

Taige Jensen, Editor, Post-Production

Léa Khayata, Additional Production

Neil Collier, Additional Production

Antoine Goubin, Additional Production

Ainara Tiefenthäler, Additional Production

Manual Cinema Studios, Shadow Animation, Original Music, Sound Design

Organization:

The New York Times

3. The Convention

Team:

Jessica Dimmock, Producer, Director, Cinematographer

Ian Olds, Editor

Adam Forkner, Composer

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SHORT FORM

1. Claressa

Team:

Zackary Canepari, Director

Carter Gunn, Editor

Christopher ISenberg, Producer

Christopher Gary, Producer

Drea Cooper, Producer

Sue Jaye Johnson, Producer, Cinematography, Additional Interviews

Sophia Rose, Cinematography

Jessica Dimmock, Cinematography

Mo Scarpelli, Cinematography

Matthew Joynt, Original Music

Nate Sandberg, Original Music

Gregg White, Coloring

Brian Susko, Sound Mix

Lindsey Phillips, Additional Editing

Organization:

Co-produced by Great Big Story and Victory Journal

2. Trapped

Team:

Nikos Pilos, Producer, Journalist, Videographer and Director

Arsinoi Pilou, Second Unit Camera

Natasha Blatsiou, Script

Pantelis Liakopoulos, Video Editor

Orestis Kamperidis, Music Sound Designer

3. How China Is Changing Your Internet

Team:

Jonah Kessel, Director, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing

Paul Mozur, Writer, Video, Graphics, Editing

Sarah Li, Production Assistance

Organization:

The New York Times

If Doc Rivers had any advice for Steve Kerr, it would probably be to forget about Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry at the All-Star Game.

Worry about making Russell Westbrook happy, instead.

Rivers said his strategy when he coached the midseason game was to make sure the guys who could beat him later weren’t mad at him, even at the expense of playing time for his own players.

“I made sure they loved me, the other ones,” Rivers said. “I knew my guys liked me. That was not my concern.”

Kerr will coach the Western Conference in Sunday’s game in New Orleans, and his team includes four of his own Golden State players and Westbrook. Judging by the way Durant and Westbrook barked at each other Saturday when the Warriors played in Oklahoma City for the first time since Durant switched teams over the summer, it’s clear some icy feelings remain.

Rivers coached the East in 2008 and 2011 while with Boston, and he didn’t bother asking his Celtics who they wanted to play with, or how much they wanted to play.

“Like, I would bench them,” Rivers said. “But I didn’t want some guy trying to score 50 on us when we played them, so I was really good at that and I went to each guy, ‘How much do you want to play? Do you want to play?'”

Kerr led the West to victory in 2015 as a rookie coach. He remembers congratulating the players selected and poking fun at them with a light-hearted video — which may not work again with Westbrook’s intensity — and recalls doing little coaching until the end.

“I remember handing the ball to Chris Paul seven straight times and turning to the assistants and saying, ‘You know, what a phenomenal coaching job that was, giving the ball to Chris like that,'” he joked. “Nobody else could have thought of that.”

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ELSEWHERE THIS WEEK

NO LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY: Kevin Love will sit out Cleveland’s game against Minnesota on Tuesday because of a sore left knee that will require treatment during the week and may put his ability to play in the All-Star Game in jeopardy.

OTHER ALL-STAR INJURIES? Besides Love, a couple players with All-Star weekend plans are battling injuries. Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, back in the dunk contest after losing a thriller to Zach LaVine last year, is battling a bone bruise in his right foot. Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid, set for the Rising Stars Challenge and the Skills Challenge, has missed nine straight games with an injured left knee.

KLAY’S OK: Klay Thompson will defend his 3-point title after outdueling teammate Stephen Curry last year in Toronto. Curry is not entered but three other All-Stars are in the field: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte).

BIG CHALLENGE: For the second straight year, big men will compete in the Skills Challenge, the timed obstacle course featuring dribbling, passing and shooting. Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis will try to make it 2 for 2 after Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns won last year. The guards entered are Isaiah Thomas, John Wall and Devin Booker, along with small forward Gordon Hayward.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RIVALRY: Golden State and Sacramento meet again Wednesday for the first time since the Kings knocked off the Warriors in overtime on Feb. 4 in their last meeting.

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STAT LINE OF THE WEEK

Draymond Green, Warriors: four points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in Golden State’s 122-107 victory over Memphis on Friday. The All-Star forward became the first player in league history to have a triple-double with fewer than 10 points.

 

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and designers, models and fashionistas are abuzz with excitement about the latest trends. Throughout history, fashion has greatly influenced societies and cultures and has now turned into an international multi-billion dollar industry. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, US households spent on average $1,700 annually on apparel, footwear and related products and services—3.5 percent of average annual expenditures.

If you have an eye for design and fashion, check out these careers that can help you turn your passion into a living.

Model

model and potographer working together

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll do: Fashion models help advertise a variety of products — clothes, shoes and accessories. They pose for photo shoots for magazines, catalogs, store fronts and billboards. High fashion models walk the runways during fashion shows, presenting designer apparel to an audience that can include celebrities, fashion magazine editors and store buyers.

What you’ll earn: Although you may have heard of high fashion models that make millions a year, the median hourly wage for models in the US is estimated at $9.02 an hour or $18,750 per year. In addition, certain perks could include free clothes and access to industry events.

Degree you’ll need: There are no formal education requirements  to become a model, but some aspiring models choose to enroll in modeling school where they learn how to pose, apply makeup, walk the runway and other basics. To snag a gig, you’ll have to build a portfolio of photos and submit it to fashion agents. You will also have to attend auditions and open calls.

Fashion Designer

Young Female Designer

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll do: Fashion designers create original clothing, shoes and accessories. They draw sketches of their design ideas, select the fabrics and patterns and oversee the product creation process.

What you’ll earn: The median pay for designers in the US is $30.22 per hour or $62,860 per year.

Degree you’ll need: Fashion design or fashion merchandising. You’ll learn how to sketch, select fabrics, apply different design techniques and use design technology. Some schools also include fashion business training to help designers start their own business.

Purchasing Manager/Buyer

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll do: Purchasing managers and buyers work for department stores, boutiques or online retailers and purchase merchandise directly from designers and fashion labels. They attend meetings, trade shows and conferences, connect with suppliers, evaluate merchandise and negotiate contracts.

What you’ll earn: The median pay for purchasing managers/buyers is $29.11 per hour or $60,550 annually.

Degree you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree program in business or economics with some accounting classes.

Photographer

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Image credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll do: Fashion photographers take promotional photos of models wearing fashion apparel. These photos are then used in magazines, catalogs, ads and even on billboards.

What you’ll earn: The median pay for photographers is $13.70 per hour or $28,490 per year. The top 10 percent of photographers can make more than $32.21 an hour.

Degree you’ll need: Photographers don’t need a formal degree, but taking photography classes to develop your creative eye and technical skills is helpful. Check with your local university, community college or vocational–technical institute for any photography classes that they may offer.

Art Director

Image credit: Bureau of labor Statistics

Image credit: Bureau of labor Statistics

What you’ll do: Art directors  create the visual styles of fashion magazines — think the glossy pages of Vogue, Elle and Glamour. They create the design and layout for these magazines.

What you’ll earn: The median pay for art directors is $38.88 per hour or $80,880 per year. The top 10 percent earned more than $162,800 annually!

Degree you’ll need: Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in art or design and, of course, industry experience.