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Rauner, Chance the Rapper to talk Chicago school funding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:00pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Grammy-winning Chicago artist Chancellor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, plan to meet this week.

Trump says Oscars focused hard on politics before 'sad' end

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:44pm

President Donald Trump says the Academy Awards ceremony "focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end."

Oscar envelopes explained: How presenters get winning names

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:39pm

A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage:

Advocacy groups: Forget Oscars snafu, focus on 'Moonlight'

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:06pm

because "Moonlight" made history in all the right kinds of ways.

Lauryn Hill delays makeup concert for show that started late

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:56pm

Singer-rapper Lauryn Hill has postponed a Pittsburgh concert that was scheduled to make up for one last month that started more than three hours late.

In Pittsburgh, 'Fences' and August Wilson's Hill District

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:48pm

Fans of "Fences" may be disappointed that the film won just one of its four Oscar nominations. But a pilgrimage to playwright August Wilson's hometown, Pittsburgh, might offer some consolation.

Oscars memorial leaves out Arquette's transgender sister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:34pm

Actress Patricia Arquette says she was upset the Oscars left her transgender sister out of the "In Memoriam" tribute.

Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73

Ken Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:26pm

Author and longtime newspaper columnist Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73.

Nazi's son returns art that his family looted in Poland

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:12pm

The son of a Nazi official has returned three artworks that his family had looted from the southern Polish city of Krakow during World War II.

Oscars draw 32.9 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:07pm

The 32.9 million viewers tuning into Sunday's Academy Awards represented a drop-off of more than a million from last year and Oscar's smallest audience since 2008.

A peek at off-camera happenings at the Academy Awards

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:08pm

While the whole of Oscar night was eclipsed by the unprecedented best-picture flub at the show's conclusion, the Academy Awards is a starry celebration onscreen and off. For every memorable moment during the telecast, countless others occur away from the camera's eye in the wings of the Dolby Theatre stage.

Sequestered jury from outside area to decide Bill Cosby case

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:05pm

A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial itself because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist."

Oscar-winning Syrian group hopes award will stop 'massacres'

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 12:26pm

A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop "massacres" in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as "America's loss."

Is that a joke? Oscar mix-up leads to funny memes, tweets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:56am

The best picture Oscar blunder prompted snickering from Ryan Gosling and a cascade of politically tinged jokes on Twitter, with some even declaring Hillary Clinton the winner.

Ready for a new arena in life? Rome's Colosseum seeks a boss

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:54am

The Colosseum, Rome's ancient arena, is looking for a new boss.

Serial burglar guilty of costly raid at Simon Cowell's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 11:07am

A habitual burglar has been found guilty of stealing nearly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million) of jewelry from the home of entertainment mogul Simon Cowell.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Ann Patchett voted into arts academy

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:46am

Not even an honorary National Book Award kept Ursula K. Le Guin from being surprised by her latest tribute: membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Oscars flap eclipses 'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:57am

The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect envelope, wrongly presented the top prize to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight."

Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, more to honor Merle Haggard

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:05am

The late country star Merle Haggard will be honored a year after his death with an all-star concert featuring his longtime friend and duet partner Willie Nelson as well as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp and more.

Bankruptcy fraud sentencing for 'Dance Moms' star now May 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:28am

The federal court sentencing for "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller will continue before a federal court judge in Pittsburgh on May 8.