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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....

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....

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....

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....

Grammy winning artists reflect on what makes a song a hit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- What makes a song THE song of the eyes of The Recording Academy? In the history of the 59 record of the year winners at the Grammy Awards, sometimes those songs captured the mood or sentiment of a universal emotion, or showcased a singer's supreme talent. Sometimes the Grammy-winning song benefited from being featured in a hit film, or became a cultural touchstone for a year. And often these songs are just insatiably catchy and fun....

MPR releases more details of allegations against Keillor
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Public Radio has released additional details of the sexual harassment allegations against humorist Garrison Keillor....

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy _ an Oscar
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one - at the Oscars....

 
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