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FILE - This October 1990, file photo shows Michael Chamberlain, right, and then his wife Lindy when Lindy launched her book on the disappearance of her baby daughter Azaria in 1980. Chamberlain, who waged a long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia's most notorious case of injustice, has died, Chamberlain's ex-wife Lindy confirmed Tuesday,  Jan. 10, 2017. He was 72. (AP Photo/Russell McPhadran, File)

Michael Chamberlain, father of baby killed by dingo, dies

SYDNEY — Michael Chamberlain, who waged a decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter was killed by a dingo in Australia's most notorious case of injustice, has died, his former wife said Tuesday. He was 72. Chamberlain died suddenly, his ex-wife, Lindy Chamberlain, said in a statement. ...

Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, center, introduces an updated Lightning McQueen during a news conference at the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Detroit. The studios also unveiled an aggressive newcomer to Disney Pixar's "Cars" series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Young new car Jackson Storm tries to dominate in ‘Cars 3’

DETROIT — The third movie in Disney Pixar's "Cars" animated series features an aggressive newcomer to the race circuit who challenges wily veteran Lightning McQueen. Pixar unveiled new character Jackson Storm and gave away some of the plot for "Cars 3" on Sunday at the North American ...

SeaWorld San Diego ending killer whale show

SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld San Diego is ending its long-running killer whale show after years of outcry and falling attendance prompted it to renounce theatrical orca displays. The show that featured killer whales cavorting with trainers and leaping high out of the Shamu Stadium pool will have ...

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Reynolds, Fisher laid to rest in Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher, who has been laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds, was adored by family, friends and fans for her gallows humor and frank talk about her struggles with mental illness. What better home for her ashes then, her brother Todd Fisher and daughter Billie ...

Inventory of Prince’s estate: cash, gold bars

MINNEAPOLIS — An inventory of Prince's estate submitted to a probate court in Minnesota shows he had acquired tens of millions of dollars' worth of real estate and other personal property before he died last year. Much of the value of his estate hasn't been established yet, including ...

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In a March 7, 2011 photo, Kelly Flaherty Clark, right, director of animal training at SeaWorld Orlando, works with killer whale Tilikum during a training session at the theme park's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Tilikum, an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010, has died. According to SeaWorld, the whale died Dec. 30.

Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, dies at SeaWorld Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tilikum the orca has died after more than two decades at SeaWorld Orlando, where he gained notoriety for killing a trainer in 2010 and was later profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity. He will not be replaced. He ...

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N.C. commissioner, Whoopi, in online feud

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Comedian and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg is being targeted by a North Carolina county commissioner over her comments about President-elect Donald Trump. Local media reports New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White used Facebook to criticize Cape Fear ...

Buffett show to stop in New Orleans, Houston

NEW YORK — The Jimmy Buffett musical making its world premiere this year in California will make stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago before docking on Broadway. "Escape to Margaritaville," combining Buffett's tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will ...

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This Dec. 7, 2016 image released by CBS shows, from left, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King on the set of "CBS This Morning," in New York.

‘CBS This Morning’ marks 5 years of ‘re-imagining the news’

NEW YORK — In 1982, CBS uprooted "Captain Kangaroo" from its weekday berth after 27 years. The beloved children's show got the heave-ho to make way for a breakfast-hour news show to go up against ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today." For the next 30 years, that didn't go so well. ...

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Prosecutor: Keep venue for Cosby trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A prosecutor says Bill Cosby's trial should remain at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse despite the comedian's argument there's been widespread negative press coverage of the sexual-assault case against him. In a response to a motion filed by the 79-year-old comedian's ...

Nicki Minaj confirms split with Meek Mill

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have apparently broken up. Minaj tweeted Thursday : "To confirm, yes I am single." Minaj added that she's focusing on her work and looking forward to sharing it soon. Mill and Minaj were one of hip-hop's most prominent couples. They performed together and could be seen ...

Applause Calendar, Jan. 5

Jan. 6 Legislative Forum on Child Welfare Issues Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St. 10-11:30 a.m. Sen. Jeff Edler, Rep. Mark Smith and Rep. Dean Fisher Panel Discussion: Mental Health, Substance abuse, Childhood Black & White & Red All Over Artist’s ...

Creative by Nature: The Bohan Collection of Inuit Art

AMES — Iowa State University’s University Museums announces the exhibition Creative by Nature featuring the Bohan collection of Inuit art opening on Jan. 17 and running through July 30 at the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building, Ames. Admission is free. Several programs and a ...

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Local author Karla Ridpath publishes first book

STATE CENTER — Karla Ridpath, of rural State Center, says one of her lifelong dreams has become reality. She has written a children’s story and it has been published. It is available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Archway Publishing Bookstore, a division of Simon & ...

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CIAA’s Black & White & Red All Over

The Central Iowa Art Association invites area residents to view the January exhibit in the Fisher Community Center Auditorium, 709 S. Center St., beginning on Jan. 6. There will be wine and cheese and a “meet the artists” reception from 5–7 p.m. Following the reception, the Black & ...

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Viola Davis in a scene from, "Fences."

Washington treaded carefully in adapting ‘Fences’ for the silver screen

NEW YORK — When August Wilson's widow first toured the set for the new movie based on his play "Fences," she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope — and she wept. Constanza Romero, who lost her playwright husband in ...

Loach film is a searing call for humanity, decency

Just like a Michael Moore documentary, there's nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama. The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent, insistent, eloquent champion of the more vulnerable members of society — particularly working-class folks who are trying to do ...

Placido Domingo stars in Met’s ‘Nabucco’ HD

NEW YORK — After more than half a century as an operatic powerhouse, Placido Domingo might easily take success for granted. Instead, each time he storms onstage as the ruthless ruler in Verdi's "Nabucco," he feels he has "more than ever to prove." "Because there are no excuses right now," ...

Ballet dancer losing job because she’s too tall

PHILADELPHIA — A 5-foot-11 dancer who performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker this season says she's being dropped from the company because she's too tall. Sara Michelle Murawski says her one-year contract won't be renewed in May. The Philadelphia Inquirer ...

‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Deadpool’ get WGA nods

NEW YORK — Oscar favorites "Moonlight," ''La La Land" and "Manchester by the Sea" landed Writers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, but so did the R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Deadpool." The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the best screenplays of the year with selections ...