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Huffman, 12 other parents to plead guilty in college scheme

BOSTON — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and a dozen other prominent parents have agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scam that ensnared wealthy families and athletic coaches at some of the nation’s most selective universities, federal authorities said ...

‘Shazam!’ debuts with $53.5M

NEW YORK — Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted “Shazam!” debuted with $53.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing DC its latest critical ...

Ex-US Sen Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 97. Family spokesman Andy Brack, who also served at times for Hollings as ...

‘Queer Eye’ star France bridges divides on TV, in real life

SALT LAKE CITY — The Netflix show “Queer Eye “ caught on by doing something unusual: creating reality TV that touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism. Alongside sleek new haircuts and rehabbed wardrobes, the makeover program starring five gay men ...

Artist who created first paint-by-numbers pictures dies

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dan Robbins, an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s, has died. He was 93. Robbins, whose works were dismissed by some critics but later celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution’s ...

As celebs hit court in bribe case, 1 parent to plead guilty

BOSTON — A packaged-food entrepreneur from California became the first of the 33 parents charged in the college bribery scandal to agree to plead guilty, disclosing the deal Wednesday as Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in court along with some of the other ...

Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes

State lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill joined forces Tuesday to push for an overhaul of Pennsylvania’s probation system. House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris said at an event in downtown Philadelphia that he will soon introduce a bill designed to put fewer ...

Mourning for Nipsey Hussle goes well beyond his music

LOS ANGELES — Nipsey Hussle thought Marathon Clothing could be a seed to revive the impoverished Los Angeles community where he grew up. The 33-year-old rapper and his business partner purchased property in the Crenshaw neighborhood, intending to knock it down and erect a six-story ...

Live-action ‘Dumbo’ struggles to soar at box office

LOS ANGELES — Disney’s “Dumbo” isn’t exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the Tim Burton-directed film has earned an estimated $45 million domestically from 4,259 ...

Angelina Jolie: Fighting for women and justice are crucial

UNITED NATIONS — Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. “But in many ways, they go hand in hand,” she said in an interview late Friday with The ...

Cancellations of Latino-themed shows spark anger, reflection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Netflix’s cancellation of “One Day at a Time” has led to an outcry on social media by the show’s viewers. And fans of CW’s “Jane the Virgin” are preparing to say goodbye a show entering its fifth and final season. The departure of the two Latino-themed ...

Ken Burns hits the road to promote new ‘Country Music’ doc

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — At 5 a.m. on a cold Sunday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, filmmaker Ken Burns climbed aboard a spacious, rumbling tour bus that that would become his home on wheels for the next four days, as well as a rolling advertisement for his upcoming PBS documentary “Country ...

Chinese viewers balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film censorship

BEIJING — A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October. It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to ...

Prosecutors dismiss charges against Smollett

CHICAGO — Infuriating Chicago’s mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the “Empire” actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his ...

Apple belatedly jumps into the streaming TV business

CUPERTINO, California — Jumping belatedly into a business dominated by Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced its own TV and movie streaming service Monday, enlisting such superstars as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg to try to overcome its rivals’ head start. Apple ...

Get Out! Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ shatters records with $70.3M

NEW YORK — Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening, well above forecasts, had few ...

Review: DC superhero pic ‘Shazam!’ is a joy…seriously

Holy superhero fatigue, Batman, “Shazam!” is actually good. OK, so it’s basically “Big” with superheroes and villains instead of businesspeople and girlfriends, but director David F. Sandberg has infused his film with so much heart and charm that it hardly matters. Even the ...

Gary Clark Jr. is confronting racism with ‘This Land’

BURBANK, Calif. — Gary Clark Jr. has created a lot of conversation with “This Land,” the provocative first song off his latest album that shares the same name. In the angry blues-rock song, he recounts racial epithets hurled his way and other racist taunts before he defiantly asserts ...

Candy Crush vs. Mortal Kombat for Video Game Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The World Video Game Hall of Fame fielded thousands of nominations for the Class of 2019 from more than 100 countries, hall officials said Thursday after narrowing the field to 12. “Will ‘Centipede’ devour the competition? Can ‘Mortal Kombat’ fight its way to ...

Harvard profits from early photos of slaves, lawsuit says

BOSTON — Harvard University has “shamelessly” turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves’ descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League ...