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Today in History

Aug. 24, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well...

The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

Aug. 16, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Brian Banks' home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn't commit, he never imagined his life would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned with clearing his name and regaining his freedom. Now, seven years after he was exonerated on a rape allegation, Banks hopes the film...

Cicely Tyson joins cast of Ava DuVernay series on OWN

Aug. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay's new romance anthology series on OWN, "Cherish the Day." The network said Tuesday that the 94-year-old legend will play Miss Luma Lee Langston, a star of stage and screen in decades past. She joins previously announced...

Barack Obama, Beyonce, others react to Toni Morrison's death

Aug. 6, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who transformed modern literature, has died. Highlights of reaction to her death: ___ "Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful — a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good...

'Game of Thrones' reigns with record 32 Emmy nominations

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The bloodthirsty saga's...

Brosnahan, Chlumsky, Shalhoub reaction to their Emmy noms

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars react to Tuesday's 71st Primetime Emmy Award nominations: ___ "I was watching it live on my phone. I was in a restaurant with some of my friends from high school. My manager and my mom were on the way. We were having breakfast together. ... It was a big mistake meeting in a...

Parsons snub, 'Schitt's Creek' love among Emmy surprises

Jul. 16, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Emmy Award nominations seemed like a lock: "Game of Thrones" was going to earn a haul . "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" would still charm voters. The final goodbye to "Veep" would surely end in nominations. But who would have bet against Jim Parsons? And who thought "Schitt's Creek" would...