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Charlottesville drama teacher to get special Tony Award

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 12:09pm

The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city.

'When They See Us' actors revisit the Central Park Five case

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:39am

Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in "Moonlight," recalls walking to school a few years ago in his native New York City, worried about an upcoming test, when he was stopped by two police officers.

Britain's losing Eurovision song now lower-scoring than ever

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:43am

Britain's Eurovision song "Bigger Than Us" is an even bigger flop than previously thought after its last-place entry was stripped of five points to correct a math error.

Comedian Artie Lange awaits drug program violation hearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:28am

Authorities say a court hearing has not yet been scheduled for comedian Artie Lange following his arrest on a charge of having failed to comply with his court-ordered drug program.

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

Marcela Isaza, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:04am

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 dehumanizing.

'Real Housewives' husband wins reprieve in deportation fight

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:17am

A federal court has ruled that the husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice can stay in the U.S. as he appeals deportation to his native Italy.

Asian, Asian American heroes to power Marvel comics series

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:01am

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Kim Kardashian West locks arms with prison reform warriors

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:31am

Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform.

Museum apologizes to minority students told: 'No watermelon'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:09am

Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip.

Rotten Tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:03am

Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it.

Nik Wallenda and sister plan highwire walk over Times Square

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:38am

For his next trick, daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York's Times Square — without his feet touching the ground.

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 4:24am

Judith Kerr, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95.

Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 2:33am

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Australian record of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages by a Sydney judge on Thursday in defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress.

Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:24pm

A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali.

Rihanna feels the pressure as she makes fashion history

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:02pm

Rihanna may have looked cool and collected next to the debut collection for her new fashion label, Fenty, donning a brilliant white tuxedo dress and a 1,000-watt smile. But on the inside it was another story.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:04pm

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.

Texas 8th-grader wins National Geographic contest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:49pm

Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge.

2 film productions quit Georgia after abortion law is signed

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:46pm

Two film projects have pulled production from Georgia after the governor signed the so-called "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

No charges for actor Rick Schroder after abuse reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:59pm

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against actor Rick Schroder after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Motown legend has Alabama lawmakers 'Dancing in the Street'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:53pm

When Motown legend Martha Reeves sings her 1964 hit "Dancing in the Street" in the Alabama House of Representatives, let the record show that lawmakers feel compelled to sing along.