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'The Mandalorian' gives female directors a chance to shine

Dec. 10, 2019 9:37 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” has faced criticism for having a lack of female directors, but the popular franchise is making an effort to place more women in the prominent role starting with the new series “The Mandalorian.” The Disney Plus series, which airs Fridays, broke new...

Authorities: Someone illegally shot Luke Bryan's red stag

Dec. 10, 2019 9:17 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — An exotic red stag owned by country music singer Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his private property outside of Nashville last week, Tennessee wildlife officials confirmed. Investigators think the deer was shot from the road, state Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Barry Cross...

National Spelling Bee will have fewer wild cards next year

Dec. 10, 2019 9:06 AM EST

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants next year. Whether it will have fewer champions remains to be seen. Six months after the bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie because organizers ran out of words that were difficult enough to trip up the best spellers, Scripps on Tuesday...

Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at 61

Dec. 10, 2019 8:45 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday. Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and...

'Rumors of War' statue to be installed in Richmond

Dec. 10, 2019 8:38 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Artist Kehinde Wiley’s monumental bronze sculpture of a young black man astride a galloping horse is set to be permanently installed in Virginia’s capital city, not far from the Confederate monument it mimics. An unveiling ceremony for “Rumors of War” will...

Meg Whitman joins FC Cincinnati as newest owner

Dec. 10, 2019 5:27 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The current owner of FC Cincinnati welcomed billionaire Meg Whitman as the newest owner on Monday. The tech executive joined owner Carl Lindner III at a press conference in downtown Cincinnati after making a $100 million investment to help make FC Cincinnati's ambitions for their...

Atlanta newspaper criticizes film's take on late reporter

Dec. 10, 2019 4:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and its parent corporation aren't happy with how one of their late reporters is portrayed in the upcoming film “Richard Jewell,” which shows Kathy Scruggs using sex to get information from sources. A Los Angeles-based law firm sent a letter...

Louisiana man gets 21 years for roadside crash that killed 3

Dec. 10, 2019 4:31 AM EST

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man was sentenced to 21 years in prison Monday for the drunk driving deaths of three people who were trying to help a stranded motorist. Todd Williams, 40, was sentenced on Monday, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office said. He had pleaded guilty to three felony...

Patriots go from very back luck to very bad look

Dec. 10, 2019 4:02 AM EST

One day, things aren't looking good at all for the New England Patriots. The next, the defending champs are grappling with a very bad look. A day after officiating blunders and another poor passing performance by Tom Brady were the biggest takeaways from New England's first home loss in two years, the Patriots...

Lavish bday party for DJ Khaled closes Art Basel party week

Dec. 10, 2019 3:10 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — DJ Khaled and his wife Nicole held a joint birthday bash to close out a week of star-studded parties during Art Basel Miami. Haute Living hosted the private party after hours at the Perez Art Museum on Sunday night where guests including Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and Future drank and danced at the...