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Nevada man central to Howard Hughes inheritance fight dies

Dec. 10, 2018 7:34 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Melvin Dummar, a delivery driver who falsely claimed that billionaire Howard Hughes left a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million, has died in rural Nevada. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly (WER'-lee) said Dummar died Sunday under hospice care. He was 74. Dummar's brother, Ray...

Shameik Moore slings webs as 1st biracial Spider-Man in film

Dec. 10, 2018 6:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A journal entry penned when Shameik Moore was teenager laid out one of his dreams — to play Spider-Man on the big screen. That dream is now partially realized with Moore serving as the voice of the web-slinger in the new animated film, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ." Moore...

DuVernay, Witherspoon and others join for Time's Up auction

Dec. 10, 2018 5:28 PM EST

Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon, Geena Davis and Kerry Washington are among the Hollywood figures teaming up to mark the one-year anniversary of Time's Up with a celebrity auction to benefit the group's legal fund. The Time's Up campaign kicked off at the Golden Globes in January. To date, the legal fund has...

Study: Social media surpasses newspapers as news source

Dec. 10, 2018 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A survey says Americans today are more likely to get news from social media web sites than newspapers. The Pew Research Center said Monday that 20 percent of Americans cited social media as a frequent news source, compared to 16 percent that credited newspapers. It's the first time since...

Meek Mill, Fat Joe attend DJ Khaled's Miami birthday bash

Dec. 10, 2018 5:14 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Meek Mill, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe were among the rappers who came out to celebrate DJ Khaled's birthday at an over-the-top party at the Perez Art Museum to close out Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Haute Living party celebrated birthdays for both DJ Khaled and his wife Nicole with...

Crew member of Starz series 'Power' hit, killed at shoot

Dec. 10, 2018 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A production assistant on the Starz network drama series "Power" has been struck and killed by a vehicle while setting up traffic cones for a film production in Brooklyn. Police say 63-year-old Pedro Jimenez, of Manhattan, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident just before...

Imagine Dragons to perform during halftime of CFP champ game

Dec. 10, 2018 4:20 PM EST

Grammy Award winners Imagine Dragons will perform at halftime of the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 7. ESPN and Interscope Records announced the performance Monday. For the second consecutive season, the College Football Playoff will feature a Super Bowl-style halftime performance for the...

'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

Dec. 10, 2018 4:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother. Hyland detailed her lifelong health struggles in an interview in Self magazine, and tweeted Monday that she hopes it "spreads awareness...

English announcer Champion to become lead MLS voice for ESPN

Dec. 10, 2018 3:56 PM EST

Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer. The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN during...

Teacher nixes ban on 'Large Afros' at concert after uproar

Dec. 10, 2018 3:54 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A middle-school music teacher apologized Monday and backed off his instructions that students should not have "Mohawks, Large Afros, or any other outlandish" hairstyles at an upcoming chorus concert. Vocal music teacher Steven Reeves' letter to students touched off a social media...