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Slavery is neither strange nor peculiar

The favorite leftist tool for the attack on our nation’s founding is that slavery was sanctioned. They argue that the founders disregarded the promises of our Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, ...

Botswana hires Hollywood firm to fight elephant hunting PR

WASHINGTON — The Botswanan government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation’s decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting. 42 West, a firm mostly known for its work with celebrities ...

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and ...

1990s drama ‘Party of Five’ reboot involves deported parents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled ...

Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land. The facility, which opened in 1883, once ...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

PONTIAC, Mich. — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul,” including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and ...

James Gunn says he’s a better person after being fired

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a roller-coaster year for James Gunn, who was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over old tweets in July, and rehired this March. But the writer-director who shepherded the first two “Guardians” films to critical and box office success said the ...

Judge refuses to toss suit over Pepe the Frog poster sales

A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday ...

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7. Her owners posted on social media that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection. ...

‘Big Bang Theory’ stars reflect on show’s end

BURBANK, Calif. — With “The Big Bang Theory” ending after 12 seasons, viewers can comfort themselves with reruns. The cast has those — and residuals— but not the reassuring workplace rhythm and camaraderie. During the closing days of taping the hour-long finale that airs at 8 p.m ...

Comedian Tim Conway dies at 85

LOS ANGELES — Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85. Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los ...

Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth

LOS ANGELES — The very name “Doris Day,” cheerful as a sunrise on a studio lot, was an invention. The beloved singer and actress, who died Monday at 97 , was a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe but seemed to exist in a lost and parallel world of sexless sex comedies and the carefree ways ...

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike, ignites social media

Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet Friday night calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. The former star of “Charmed” and current cast member of “Insatiable,” which is filmed in ...

Conan O’Brien settles joke-theft lawsuit weeks before trial

SAN DIEGO — Conan O’Brien has made peace with a man who heckled him not from the crowd but the courts. O’Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff, agreed Thursday to settle a 2015 lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who alleged the talk-show host stole ...

Wool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will win out

LONDON — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future. Meghan, a former TV star, is ...

Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn

LOS ANGELES — Court TV is ending its long recess. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a crime-story craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. “The timing could not ...

Katy Perry as chandelier, Lady Gaga in layers at Met Gala

NEW YORK — Jared Leto was accompanied at the Met Gala on Monday by his own (fake) head, Katy Perry was a candled chandelier, Lady Gaga used the pink carpet as a runway and a changing station and Tiffany Haddish brought fried chicken in a plastic bag as many of the A-list guests worked the ...

‘Avengers Endgame’ nears global record with over $2 billion

LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” continued its global domination at the box office in a second week victory lap that saw the blockbuster cross the $2 billion mark in record time and unseat “Titanic” as the second highest-grossing film ever worldwide. Domestically, newcomers, ...

Neon Future: DJ Steve Aoki’s comic book sees techno-optimism

MIAMI — Forget the dystopian future of science fiction stories, where Skynet endoskeletons stomp on dry human bones or people slumbering in fluid-filled pods serve as living batteries. Electronic music producer and DJ Steve Aoki imagines a future where humans live in harmony with ...

Summer Movie Preview: The women behind ‘Booksmart’

LOS ANGELES — If you’ve heard anything about the film “Booksmart,” you’ve probably also heard the words “female ‘Superbad’.” The high school comedy is about two best friends over the course of one epic 24-hour period. And, yes, the friends are women played by Kaitlyn Dever and ...