Villains and vixens dominate cartoon roles for women

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP)(STL.News) — More women are entering the field of animation, and one of their goals is to create more realistic female characters — not just the stereotypical nerds, sex bombs and villains that dominate now. Women depicted in animation these days typically fall into a handful of archetypal roles. Here’s a look … Continue reading Villains and vixens dominate cartoon roles for women

Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ rules inauguration weekend with $40.2M

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller “Split” blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Though many were focused on Friday’s presidential inauguration and Saturday’s nationwide women’s marches, “Split” doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again brings … Continue reading Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ rules inauguration weekend with $40.2M

Tough at the top: Murray, Kerber make 4th-round exits in Oz

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)(STL.News) — Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber had much in common heading into the first Grand Slam of the season as the No. 1 seeds. They shared an unwanted link on Sunday, though, when both were upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open. By the end of a chaotic first week … Continue reading Tough at the top: Murray, Kerber make 4th-round exits in Oz

Royals’ Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)(STL.News) — Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his … Continue reading Royals’ Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

WASHINGTON/January 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump on Sunday offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests against his new administration, sarcastically undermining the public opposition and then defending demonstrators’ rights a short time later. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people … Continue reading Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

How Trump’s executive order impacts future of ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON/January 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump’s first executive order targets the sweeping “Obamacare” law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good. Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office Friday, hours after being sworn … Continue reading How Trump’s executive order impacts future of ‘Obamacare’

Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio/January 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Ohio’s agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie. The first of its kind requirement is one of several … Continue reading Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algae

4 dead mourned in Mississippi storm as living begin recovery

PETAL, Miss./January 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Cynthia Holland has to repair her liquor store. William Carey University has to find a place to hold classes. Michelle Kirk has to allay her 11-year-old daughter’s anxieties while living in a damaged house. And families will mourn four people who died after a tornado with winds above 136 … Continue reading 4 dead mourned in Mississippi storm as living begin recovery