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‘Murphy Brown’ revival to tackle MeToo movement, free press

the Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. "MURPHY" AND METOO "Murphy Brown" will weigh in on the MeToo movement ...

Drug tests for gamers as soccer’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs

the associated press LONDON — The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples. They just had to put their controllers down first. Less than three weeks ...

Weinstein lawyers: Accuser’s emails show rapport, not rape

NEW YORK — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," according to court papers his lawyers filed Friday. The ...

CBS’ 2Q net income up as CEO faces sexual-misconduct probe

NEW YORK — CBS on Thursday reported a boost in second-quarter net income from the tax overhaul and higher fees from affiliates and subscribers, as turmoil swirls around the media company ahead of the important fall TV season. CEO Les Moonves is facing an investigation after the New Yorker ...

Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash

the Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water ...

Allegation clouds Bobby Brown’s plan for violence shelter

the Associated Press ATLANTA — Singer Bobby Brown plans to build a shelter for domestic violence victims in honor of his late daughter while declining to directly address old allegations that he once hit his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown is developing the not-for-profit Bobbi Kristina ...

National Comedy Center ready to open

the Associated Press JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Comedian Billy Crystal asks the question in a video that welcomes visitors to the National Comedy Center. "Everybody else has a place," he says. "Why not us?" It may be as good a reason as any for the construction of the high-tech new center ...

Once untouchable, ‘I Admit’ shows that R. Kelly is hurting

NEW YORK — Although Oronike Odeleye is the co-founder of the #MuteRKelly campaign, she is still excited about the embattled R&B superstar's new song, "I Admit." Not because she is blasting it on her stereo — but because the release of the track confirms that the social media campaign ...

2 New Yorker artists bring colors, smiles to Rohingya camps

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh— With his blond dreads tied in a ponytail and baggy jeans caked with paint smudges, Max Frieder first arrived at the cramped Rohingya refugee camps last December. Unlike many other foreigners, he wasn't an aid worker in one of the biggest camps for Myanmar's persecuted ...

Co-founders of self-help group plead not guilty

the Associated Press NEW YORK — An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune, a TV actress and the co-founders of a purported self-help group appeared in court together for the first time on Wednesday to face charges in a case accusing the group of branding women and forcing them to have ...

A lifelong friendship fuels the chemistry of ‘Blindspotting’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails. So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could ...

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!” thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at Comic-Con with an army of stars, surprises and new footage from films like "Aquaman ," ''Shazam! " and even "Wonder Woman 1984," which is only three and a half weeks into production. Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Chris Pratt, Johnny ...

Dax Shepard finds creative fulfillment with new podcast

NEW YORK — Dax Shepard acts, writes and directs but his latest creative venture is fulfilling him in ways he didn't expect. He's begun recording podcasts called "Armchair Expert" in a guest house attic on property he owns with his wife, Kristen Bell. New episodes drop Mondays. Shepard said ...

World Cup finale reaches 16 million viewers in U.S.

NEW YORK — The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday. While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in viewership ...

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

the Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has reinstated Hulk Hogan to its Hall of Fame, three years after he was found to have used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape. The Connecticut-based company made the announcement in a statement ...

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ tops weekend charts

the associated press LOS ANGELES — "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust. Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned ...

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101. Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died at ...

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer skyrockets to chief Trump critic

LOS ANGELES — On Monday he was accepting an award from a legal foundation in Denver. He was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, fighting to unseal a lawsuit brought by a Playboy centerfold. On Wednesday he was in New York visiting children separated from their parents at the U.S. border and on Friday ...

Build-a-Bear halts too-popular “Pay Your Age” deal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Build-A-Bear Workshop's "Pay Your Age" promotion proved too popular. The chain known for its customizable teddy bears and other stuffed toys couldn't handle the crowds Thursday, and had to turn shoppers away. The company wrote in a Facebook post that it ...

Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against Stormy Daniels just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an Ohio strip club. Her attorney said she was "set up" ...