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Oprah visits Alabama grave of woman honored in Globes speech
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey has visited the grave of a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention and whose story was highlighted in Winfrey's recent Golden Globes speech....

MPR releases more details of allegations against Keillor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Public Radio has provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account in November of accidentally touching a woman's bare back....

Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88....

In Oscar nominations, fresh voices lead the way
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Academy Awards showered outsiders, on screen and off, with milestone-setting nominations that celebrated Guillermo del Toro's full-hearted ode to outcasts "The Shape of Water," embraced first-time filmmakers like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, and made "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography....

Morrison makes history as 1st female cinematography nominee
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Mudbound" cinematographer Rachel Morrison can tell you that making history isn't always glamorous....

Oscars make history, quietly, with transgender nominees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oscar nods for women and minorities drew many of the headlines in Tuesday's nominations, but this year's Academy Awards also mark a breakthrough for transgender filmmakers....

Big Apple Circus clown resigns over sexual misconduct
NEW YORK (AP) -- A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos....

New Year's resolutions? German couch potatoes say forget it
BERLIN (AP) -- It's that time of the year to fulfill those ambitious New Year's resolutions again: More vegetables, less alcohol, sign up for the gym....

Bill Cosby is hitting the town; legal experts see a strategy
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring....

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78....

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