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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Disney CEO Robert Iger arrives at the world premiere of

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

Feb. 25, 2020 5:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the absorption of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox's entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. The Walt Disney Co. named as his replacement Bob Chapek, most...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York, after pleading not guilty to charges that he defrauded his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels. Avenatti's attorney announced on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that Daniels' credibility will be the central issue when his client goes on trial in April 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Avenatti lawyer to put Stormy Daniels' credibility on trial

Feb. 25, 2020 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The credibility of porn star Stormy Daniels will be the central issue when Michael Avenatti goes on trial in April on charges that he cheated her of $300,000 from a book deal, his attorney said Tuesday. Lawyer Tom Warren spoke outside court after his client, his feet and hands shackled,...

Michelle Janavs leaves federal court, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Boston, after being sentenced to five months in prison for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters' way into college as part of a nationwide college cheating scam. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Hot Pockets heir gets 5 months in prison for college scam

Feb. 25, 2020 5:25 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters' way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. Michelle Janavs, whose father and uncle invented the microwaveable Hot Pockets turnovers before...

This image released by ABC shows Constance Wu, from left, Lucille Soong, Hudson Yang and Randall Park in a scene from the series finale of

'Criminal Minds,' 'Fresh Off the Boat' end on ratings high

Feb. 25, 2020 5:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two long-running series — CBS drama “Criminal Minds” and ABC's “Fresh Off the Boat” — ended their runs last week with modest bumps in the ratings. The investigators on “Criminal Minds” concluded their 15th and last season by chasing a...

Performers from the Sao Clemente samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazilian politicians avoid Carnival as they become targets

Feb. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At Rio’s annual Carnival celebration Monday night, comedian and composer Marcelo Adnet stood atop a float for the Sao Clemente samba school dressed in a sequin suit imitating Brazil’s far-right president. He mimicked Jair Bolsonaro’s signature finger-gun gesture...

Hannah Roemhild, right, who is accused of driving through checkpoints outside President Donald Trump's Florida home Mar-a-Lago, listens during her initial appearance hearing, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Singer who drew fire at Mar-a-Lago competent to face trial

Feb. 25, 2020 4:14 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Connecticut opera singer is now mentally competent to stand trial on charges that she sped through a checkpoint outside President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, drawing gunfire from law enforcement officers, her attorney says. Hannah Roemhild has responded well to...

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Review: A wild spin on the Peter Pan myth in ‘Wendy’

Feb. 25, 2020 4:04 PM EST

A Peter Pan story told from Wendy’s perspective sounds either too precious to be true or ripe for a skewering. But in the hands of the filmmakers behind “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Wendy” resides — ever so delicately — in the space between. It is an achingly...

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After tragedies, New Orleans celebrates end of Carnival

Feb. 25, 2020 3:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of people thronged the streets of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, reaching for beads, shimmying to the music of marching bands and celebrating the end of a Carnival season tinged by tragedy after two bystanders were killed by floats this year. Even before sunrise, the Northside...

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Review: Wayne does good job building suspense in `Apartment'

Feb. 25, 2020 3:10 PM EST

“Apartment,” Bloomsbury, by Teddy Wayne Teddy Wayne has written another campus novel. Coming on the heels of his well-received “Loner” (2016), “Apartment” also serves as something of a parable for red state/blue state America. While the earlier book was set at Harvard,...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Cleveland. On Friday, jan. 31, 2020, Mayfield, who struggled from the outset while the Browns had a disappointing 6-10 season, went face to face with one one of his biggest critics, former NFL coach Rex Ryan and current ESPN analyst, who called the former No. 1 overall pick “overrated as hell” and felt he regressed after a rocking first year when he broke the league rookie record for touchdown passes. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Columnist suspended for calling Browns' Mayfield "midget"

Feb. 25, 2020 3:03 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland sports talk radio personality has been suspended indefinitely for referring to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as a "midget." During a commercial break at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi didn't realize his microphone was still on when he...