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New Zealand sale announcement highlights TV's struggles

Oct. 18, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks on Friday announced it plans to sell its struggling television business, leaving hundreds of workers wondering if they will still have jobs if a buyer can't be found. The move also raises the possibility the country of 5 million people could...

Review: 'Jojo Rabbit' seeks humor in the darkest of places

Oct. 16, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

"Oh good, another Hitler comedy! It's been too long," said no studio development executive, ever. But of course, absurd as the idea may seem, some attempts to wring humor from the horrors of Nazi Germany have stood the test of time: Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator," Ernst Lubitsch's "To Be or Not To Be,"...

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

Officers who stopped Christchurch shooting suspect get award

Oct. 15, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The two New Zealand police officers who managed to arrest a man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques were given a bravery award on Wednesday. During the attack seven months ago, the officers rammed the suspect's car off the road in the city of Christchurch and dragged...

American prosecutor slain in Pacific nation of Micronesia

Oct. 15, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Friends said Tuesday that lawyer Rachelle Bergeron planned to soon return to the U.S. after a challenging stint prosecuting criminals on the Pacific nation of Micronesia, but she was shot and killed as she returned home from a run with her dog. Bergeron's husband was inside...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon

Oct. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Rugby players don't scare easily. Not even when there's a super typhoon heading for them. Some of sport's toughest guys are waiting for the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis, which is bearing down on Japan and its ongoing Rugby World Cup and set to arrive during a weekend of crucial games. Two...

Walmart promotes Sam's Club CEO to top role at US stores

Oct. 10, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it is promoting the president and CEO of its Sam's Club division to lead the company's namesake stores in the U.S. John Furner, 45, will succeed Greg Foran, who was in that role for five years and spearheaded a turnaround at Walmart's U.S. division, company's largest with more...

AP Explains: Streaming of German synagogue attack on Twitch

Oct. 10, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue livestreamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...