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‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel. The writer’s bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by … Continue reading ‘Mockingbird’ author compared hometown to Elvis’ Graceland

College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case

BOSTON (AP) — College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court. The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were brought against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students … Continue reading College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case

NCAA tournament selection show back to bracket-first format

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament selection show is returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness. Last year, the Selection Sunday show aired on TBS for the first time since CBS and Turner became broadcast partners for the men’s basketball tournament in 2011. The presentation of … Continue reading NCAA tournament selection show back to bracket-first format

Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

NEW YORK(AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat’s wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. Fox said it “strongly condemned” Pirro’s Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro … Continue reading Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli celebrity in a spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gadot, who typically shies away from politics, is rallying behind Rotem Sela, one of Israel’s top models and TV hosts, who drew fire from Netanyahu for criticizing his fearmongering … Continue reading Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu

Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP)  — A documentary about an Israeli human rights lawyer has won the top prize in its category at the Thessaloniki International Festival. “The Advocate,” a 108-minute film directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, focuses on Lea Tsemel, who has defended Palestinians of every stripe, from protesters to known … Continue reading Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

NEW YORK (AP)  — A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The man then … Continue reading Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ after reports of on-set misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — Showtime says the comedy series “SMILF” has been canceled. The announcement Friday comes after a Hollywood Reporter story in December that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violation of industry rules by the show’s creator and star Frankie Shaw. Shaw denied the allegations, saying she sought a safe and healthy set … Continue reading Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ after reports of on-set misconduct

R. Kelly: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support. Kelly, who was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after Kelly said he didn’t have the entire $161,000 he owed, briefly spoke with reporters, telling them: … Continue reading R. Kelly: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury’s 16-count indictment announced Friday against Jussie Smollett might be the result of prosecutors looking to charge the “Empire” actor for individual lies they contend he told about the night he says he was attacked by two masked men. The reasons are not explained in the indictment, but legal experts say … Continue reading For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

R. Kelly released from jail after payment made

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $161,000 he owed in child support. As … Continue reading R. Kelly released from jail after payment made

Richmond exhibit seeks to reimagine Confederate statues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They are towering figures, larger-than-life statues that honor heroes of a bygone era. The Confederate leaders memorialized on Richmond’s Monument Avenue were once revered, but have become flashpoints in a national debate about how symbols of slavery and white supremacy should be treated today. The angst over what to do with … Continue reading Richmond exhibit seeks to reimagine Confederate statues

Don’t stop the music: Campaign songs tell candidates’ story

When Elizabeth Warren took the stage to launch her presidential run to the strains of Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5,” the song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake. Only days earlier, fellow Democrat Kamala Harris had exited her own campaign kickoff rally with an equally … Continue reading Don’t stop the music: Campaign songs tell candidates’ story

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ dies at 73

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the “Airwolf” television star whose sleek good looks belied a troubled personal life, has died. He was 73. A death certificate shows that Vincent died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, 2019, in an Asheville, North Carolina, hospital. The certificate signed by a doctor says he died of natural causes and no … Continue reading Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ dies at 73

Emoji gods approve skin-tone options for couples of color

NEW YORK (AP)  — In 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the Fourteenth Amendment held for more than 80 years. While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, … Continue reading Emoji gods approve skin-tone options for couples of color

Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

CHICAGO (AP)  — A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment filed Thursday says he made a false report about an offense. Smollett was … Continue reading Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team’s broadcast territory. The deal for the team’s parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values YES … Continue reading AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court denied a new trial Friday for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” In a 4-3 opinion, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed‘s legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness, but it disagreed that … Continue reading Court denies new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast murder case

‘Zorba the Greek’ composer Theodorakis hospitalized

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — “Zorba the Greek” composer Mikis Theodorakis has undergone surgery in Athens to have a pacemaker installed. A hospital statement says Theodorakis, who is 94, had the operation Friday and is recuperating in his room. Theodorakis won international acclaim and inspired millions at home with his prolific work and political defiance during … Continue reading ‘Zorba the Greek’ composer Theodorakis hospitalized

Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they are conducting an internal investigation to determine the source of information leaked anonymously to media during the probe into “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s claims he was attacked. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. Investigators say Smollett … Continue reading Chicago police looking for source of leaks in Smollett case

Festival co-founder: Lineup for Woodstock 50 coming soon

NEW YORK (AP) — Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang says the wait is almost over regarding performers for Woodstock 50, despite media reports claiming Jay-Z, Black Keys and others will perform at the event in August. “We are thrilled with all the excitement about Woodstock 50, but we have an obligation to our fans, artists and … Continue reading Festival co-founder: Lineup for Woodstock 50 coming soon

Actor drops ‘Carlton Dance’ suit against video game maker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro has dropped a lawsuit against the makers of the video game “Fortnite” over its use of the “Carlton” dance he did on the show. Ribeiro’s lawyers filed documents Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles saying he’s voluntarily dismissing the suit against North … Continue reading Actor drops ‘Carlton Dance’ suit against video game maker

Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

NEW YORK(AP)  — A man recently jailed for breaking into Taylor Swift‘s New York City townhouse was arrested early Thursday after, police say, he did it again. Roger Alvarado, 23, of Homestead, Florida, climbed a ladder and smashed a glass door to get inside the pop star’s pad around 2:30 a.m., police said. No one … Continue reading Police: After jail, Taylor Swift’s stalker breaks in again

After making millions, R. Kelly could be left with nothing

CHICAGO (AP)  — R. Kelly grew up in a public housing project in one of Chicago’s toughest South Side neighborhoods and built a worldwide musical brand that earned tens of millions of dollars over a nearly 30-year career. But tax and legal issues — including recently filed charges that he sexually abused three girls and … Continue reading After making millions, R. Kelly could be left with nothing

Paley Center TV festival goes live online with PaleyTV

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — When stars of “The Walking Dead” and “This Is Us” appear at an upcoming TV festival, fans can be part of the audience without trekking to Los Angeles. The Paley Center for Media said Thursday it will offer on-demand streaming of its programs, including conversations with the casts and makers of … Continue reading Paley Center TV festival goes live online with PaleyTV

Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man who served jail time for breaking into Taylor Swift’s Manhattan townhouse has been arrested for doing it again. Roger Alvarado of Homestead, Florida was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after he allegedly climbed a ladder to a second-floor patio and smashed a glass door to get inside. No one … Continue reading Police: Taylor Swift stalker re-arrested

Egyptian actor says military court sentenced him to 8 years

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actor known for his criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi‘s government says a military court has sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison in two separate cases. Amr Waked, a 45-year-old actor living in Spain, said on Thursday his lawyer told him he was convicted of “disseminating false news … Continue reading Egyptian actor says military court sentenced him to 8 years

Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has posted her first Instagram image. The media-savvy queen posted from the Science Museum Thursday to help promote the museum’s summer exhibition. Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family Instagram account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen … Continue reading Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

Annie Lennox pushes for global feminism on Int’l Women’s Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Annie Lennox has a sweet dream — that the world will embrace the term global feminism and continue to push for the advancement of women’s rights around the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday in support of global feminism to coincide with … Continue reading Annie Lennox pushes for global feminism on Int’l Women’s Day