Archive for month: February, 2018

Native American actor Wes Studi relishes rare Oscar invite

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wes Studi will take the stage at Sunday's Oscars to present an award. But the actor, among the few Native Americans included in the ceremony's 90-year history, has reason to feel like a winner. "Exciting News!" the veteran actor tweeted when he and Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Eva Marie Saint and others were announced as presenters for ABC's 8 p.m. EST telecast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. "I see it as an acceptance of my participation in the business over a number of years," Read more [...]

PBS launching new conservative political talk show

NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS is bringing some more conservative political voices to the mix. It is starting a new talk show in April hosted by columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes. The new program, titled "In Principle," is modeled after William F. Buckley's long-running show "Firing Line." The hosts plan to interview two guests each show, hoping for an in-depth discussion on issues and formative political experiences. Gerson says the Trump era has been a difficult time for Read more [...]

APNewsBreak: Woman tells police Steve Wynn raped her in ’70s

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A woman told police she had a child with casino mogul Steve Wynn after he raped her, while another reported she was forced to resign from a Las Vegas job after she refused to have sex with him. The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained copies of police reports recently filed by the two women about allegations dating to the 1970s. Police in Las Vegas revealed earlier this month that they had taken the statements after a news report in January revealed sexual misconduct Read more [...]

Challenge to Murdoch: US giant Comcast also bids for Sky

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- Comcast, the owner of NBC and Universal Pictures, has launched a bid for European pay TV broadcaster Sky that threatens to thwart a rival offer by media mogul Rupert Murdoch' 21st Century Fox. The move appears not only opportunistic but aimed at disrupting the European expansion of arch-rival Disney, which is currently looking to take over Fox. Comcast said Tuesday it is offering 22.1 billion pounds ($29.5 billion) for London-based Sky. The proposed cash deal values Read more [...]

Top intel official: US must do more to stop Russian meddling

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow's activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday. Adm. Mike Rogers, director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said he's taken steps to respond to the threat, but that neither President Donald Trump nor Defense Secretary James Mattis has granted him any additional authorities to counter Russian efforts to sow discord Read more [...]

Site says YouTube dinged it for slamming shooting survivors

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
Infowars, a conspiracy website that suggested survivors of the Florida school shooting were coached on their pleas for gun control, said its video account was temporarily frozen by YouTube. The suspension for harassment and bullying was subsequently lifted, the site said. YouTube, which is owned by Google, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Infowars said Tuesday it had multiple videos removed from YouTube, including one in which host Owen Shroyer alleged that Marjory Stoneman Douglas Read more [...]

Man charged with eluding police in stolen U-Haul _ again

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
STANDISH, Maine (AP) -- A Maine man has been arrested for the second time in a year on charges he led police on a chase in a stolen U-Haul truck. The Portland Press Herald reports a Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop a U-Haul driven at high speeds by 41-year-old William Wyman in Standish Sunday night. Police say Wyman and the stolen truck were later found. Authorities say the Portland man had minor injuries and the vehicle sustained minor damage. Wyman faces multiple Read more [...]

Man with red sauce on face charged with meatball theft

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a damning clue led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man charged with stealing a pot of meatballs - red sauce smeared on his face and clothes. Authorities in Luzerne County have charged 48-year-old Leahman Glenn Robert Potter with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking for allegedly swiping a pot of meatballs from a man's garage on Monday. Police say the victim reported his meatballs missing and told officers at around 2:30 p.m. Read more [...]

Suspects on the run scale fence, land in police lot, custody

28 Feb 2018 0 Comments
PHOENIX (AP) -- Two shoplifting suspects running from police scaled a fence to get away from officers and landed in a secure parking lot of a police station - and in custody. Officials tell KTAR-FM ( ) that officers were called to a gas station for possible shoplifting at 6 p.m. Friday. Authorities say as officers arrived, the suspects, 28-year-old Marwan Al Ebadi and 29-year-old Salma Hourieh, took off running. The pair ran along the side of a building and jumped Read more [...]

New study finds diverse audiences drive blockbusters

NEW YORK (AP) -- Just as "Black Panther" is setting records at the box office, a new study finds that diverse audiences are driving most of the biggest blockbusters and many of the most-watched hits on television. UCLA's Bunche Center released its fifth annual study on diversity in the entertainment industry Tuesday, unveiling an analysis of the top 200 theatrical film releases of 2016 and 1,251 broadcast, cable and digital platform TV shows from the 2015-2016 season. Among its results: Read more [...]
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