Charlie Hebdo: Proud to provoke Islamists, despite violence
PARIS (AP) — It’s been targeted again and again, threatened and firebombed and struck in an attack that killed a dozen staff members, but satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo won’t stop poking fun at Islamic extremism.
New channel offers fare for women in the LGBTQ community
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An online channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama.
Girl Scouts tweet, then delete post about Amy Coney Barrett
A tweet by the Girl Scouts congratulating new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett drew such outrage from Barrett’s critics that the youth organization swiftly deleted it – only to draw a new backlash from Barrett’s supporters.
US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted political views of hundreds of celebrities for a planned $250 million ad blitz aimed at portraying President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak in a positive light, according to documents released Thursday by a House committee.
Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November.
The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove
NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks.
Khloe Kardashian confirms she had coronavirus in video
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Khloe Kardashian says she had tested positive for the coronavirus. The reality star confirmed her previous diagnosis in a Wednesday sneak peek clip of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The bedridden Kardashian spoke in the video with a hoarse voice.
'Extraction' producer David Guillod arrested in sex assault
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Extraction" and “Atomic Blonde" producer David Guillod was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault only months after being charged with drugging and assaulting women in Santa Barbara, authorities said.
Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.
Porn star Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to new rape charges
Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of rape and sexual assault involving six victims, including a teenage girl, prosecutors said.
Country artist Cam confronts hard truths on 'The Otherside'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The five-year journey between albums for country singer Cam was an evolution in coming to grips with hard truths about a music industry that had left her a bit bruised but not broken.
Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86
NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86.
Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outlaw country singer songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote songs like “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” has died He was 81.
'Masked Singer' begets 'Masked Dancer,' set for December
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox's hit series “The Masked Singer” is getting company with “The Masked Dancer,” a chance for celebrity contestants to show off their moves in disguise.
Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area
SEATTLE (AP) — Football star Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara, the Grammy-winning performer, are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school — though the celebrity couple say they’re not focused on the politically charged school choice issue and undeterred by challenges that have plagued Washington state’s charter sector.
Gang member who says he beat up R. Kelly sentenced in deaths
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A convicted gang member who said he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell in August has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders.
Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery
NEW YORK (AP) — This coming weekend, CNN's Sam Feist will distribute to his staff copies of the testimony news executives gave to Congress when they tried to explain how television networks got 2000's disputed election so spectacularly wrong.
Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries
NEW YORK (AP) — The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday.
Review: A rom-com gone wrong in Netflix's ‘Holidate’
If it didn’t actually exist, “Holidate” would sound like one of those fake movies within a movie. A couple of attractive singles decide on a low-stakes, no-commitment arrangement to be each other’s dates on holidays? It’s a perfect rom-com concept in that it’s equal parts ridiculous and shamefully appealing.
Author of best-selling 'Maid' takes on college in 'Class'
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephanie Land, who shared her story of single parenthood and working life in the best-selling memoir “Maid,” is writing a book about the hard truths of college education.
Love blossoms amid pandemic, TikTok turmoil for two creators
NEW YORK (AP) — With love and pranks, Ian Paget and Chris Olsen are among millions of U.S. newbies looking to soak up social media stardom on TikTok.
Whitney Houston makes history with 3rd diamond album
NEW YORK (AP) — The late Whitney Houston has earned her third diamond-certified album, becoming the first Black artist to achieve the feat.
Tokyo festival opens with grueling boxing 'Underdog' film
TOKYO (AP) — Masaharu Take’s films have always focused on painful stories about Japan's “under-class,” people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do.
Review: With high sorcery, 'The Craft: Legacy' casts a spell
More than a few Halloweens ago — two dozen to be exact — came a film that looked like a treat but ended up as a trick. “The Craft” was about four teenage witches who eventually turned their powers against each other and lost everything, leaving the film with a conventional, conservative message: Don’t unleash your power.
Lawsuit demands California museum forfeit Thai artifacts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S.