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Oscars expected to be politically charged...Bill Paxton dies...Judge Wapner dies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tonight's Academy Awards show is shaping up to be one of the most turbulent and politically charged ceremonies in recent memory. The three-hour-plus telecast is expected to resemble a glitzy protest against President Donald Trump. Protests, rallies and boycotts have been swirling around the Oscars this year. As for the awards themselves, the celebrated musical "La La Land" comes in with a record-tying 14 nominations.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of Bill Paxton is adding a sad note to tonight's Academy Award festivities. The charismatic actor appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. His friend Rob Lowe tweeted, "On this Oscar Sunday, watch 'One False Move' or 'A Simple Plan' to see this lovely leading man, at his finest." A family representative says Paxton has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family member says Joseph Wapner, the judge who presided over "The People's Court," has died. He was 97. Wapner decided real small-claims cases on the show from 1981 to 1993. He auditioned for the show soon after retiring from Los Angeles courts, where he had been a judge for more than 20 years.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices have edged higher in the past few weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.33. That's 56 cents higher than a year ago. Lundberg says the latest rise was due to small increases in crude oil and wholesale gas prices, and she expects modest increases to continue for the near term.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year. The Ohio-based chain says kiosks have already been installed at several central Ohio locations, where the company first tested the technology. Wendy's they're intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs. Customers will still be able to order at the counter, for now.

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