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Sondheim an honoree, Trump a target at annual PEN gala
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Sondheim accepted an honorary prize and the Trump administration came under repeated criticism at the annual gala for PEN America, the literary and human rights organization....

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination
NEW YORK (AP) -- An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment."...

'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on "The Bachelor" two years ago, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he caused a traffic accident that killed a fellow farmer and fled the scene....

AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean?
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week....

NBC reporter, Latina journalism pioneer Cecilia Alvear dies
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Cecilia Alvear, who fought for Latino inclusion in newsrooms and reached unprecedented heights for a Hispanic woman in journalism in a decades-long career with NBC news, has died, her partner said Tuesday....

Aretha blasts Dionne Warwick but she declines to fire back
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Queen of Soul is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston's godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston's funeral....

JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe to go up for auction
BOSTON (AP) -- A diary kept by John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II is up for auction this week....

Review: 'Guardians' returns and it's better than the first
In James Gunn's sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of "The Empire Strikes Back," complete with daddy issues but with a considerably more anarchic spirit and enough acerbic interplay among its interstellar gang to make Obi-Wan blush....

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones responds to Chobani lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he's not backing down in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani....

Mick Jagger avoids limelight as Charlie Watts wins award
LONDON (AP) -- It's not often Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger tries to avoid the spotlight and shift attention to drummer Charlie Watts....

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