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HARVEY WEINSTEIN JURY DELIBERATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has started deliberations in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein. The jury is weighing the evidence after often-emotional testimony from multiple women who accused him of sexual assault. Weinstein is charged with rape and sexual assault in two separate incidents. Other accusers testified as part of the prosecution's effort to show he used the same tactics to victimize many women over the years. Weinstein maintains any sexual conduct was consensual.

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN JURY MUST WEIGH CONFLICTING CLAIMS

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Harvey Weinstein a serial assaulter of women who had Hollywood aspirations? Or is he the victim of women who chose to have sex with him, then complained to make a name for themselves in the #MeToo movement? It’s the job of a jury in New York to hash out those conflicting views of the case. Deliberations started today. If the jury sides with the prosecution, the 67-year-old producer faces the prospect of spending most if not all his twilight years in prison. If Weinstein is acquitted, the legal journey doesn’t end there; he faces charges in similar cases in Los Angeles.

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KELLYE NAKAHARA WALLETT, FORMER “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H(asterisk)” ACTRESS DIES

NEW YORK (AP) — She played the nurse who had a crush on Hawkeye Pierce on the “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H(asterisk)” TV series. Actress Kellye Nakahara Wallett has died. Her son says Wallett died Sunday of cancer at age 72. In one episode of the TV series, her character confronts Pierce, played by Alan Alda, over his lack of interest, boldly proclaiming her attributes, including that she was, as she put it, “cute as hell.”

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ELTON JOHN CANCELS NEW ZEALAND SHOWS AS HE BATTLES PNEUMONIA

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John has canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows and rescheduled them for 2021. The move comes two days after he needed to cut short a performance due to an illness. John said in a statement he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ and sent his sincerest apologies to his fans. Video clips posted online by fans at Sunday night's performance in Auckland showed John breaking down in tears as he told the cheering crowd he couldn't go on any longer. The 72-year-old singer said he had pneumonia and was assisted off stage.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER RETURNS TO COMEDIC ROOTS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year's hiatus. Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s dinner, which takes place April 25. President Donald Trump has skipped the dinner throughout his presidency and instead has elected to hold campaign rallies. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the president would attend this year.

TAYLOR SWIFT’S FATHER CONFRONTS BURGLAR

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It looks like a burglar found out the hard way not to mess with Taylor Swift's dad. The Tampa Bay Times newspaper reports a man broke into Scott Swift’s $4 million Florida pad. It’s unclear what he was looking for — but it’s clear what he found: trouble at the hands of Swift. The men fought; the burglar fled. Police later arrested 30-year-old Terrence Hoover. Taylor Swift wasn’t there when all this went down — she lives elsewhere.

“TRUE GRIT” AUTHOR CHARLES PORTIS DIES

NEW YORK (AP) — He was the author “True Grit” — a novel so powerful it was made into a movie not just once, but twice. Charles Portis has died. He was 86. Portis was often compared to Mark Twain for his straightforward style — and fellow writers like Tom Wolfe, Roy Blount Jr. and Larry McMurtry all considered themselves fans of his.

COLIN KAEPERNICK - AUTHOR

NEW YORK (AP) — He couldn’t write the final chapter of his playing career on an NFL field. But Colin Kaepernick will be able to tell his story in a book — one being published by his very own publishing house. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is writing a memoir — and putting the book on audio, so people can have the option of reading or hearing it. Kaepernick became a national lightning rod for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. He took the NFL to court claiming owners colluded to keep him off the field. The two sides settled the case, though the terms of that settlement were never made public.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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