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Producer Brian Grazer traces his success in 'Face to Face'

Sep. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Brian Grazer says that if weren't for Eminem making eye contact with him during a tense meeting a few years ago, the rap film "8 Mile" probably wouldn't exist. Getting people to set aside their phones and engage one another and meet eyes has been a priority of late for Grazer,...

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Youth activists expect 10,000 to attend climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Climate change activists are expecting thousands of people to participate in environmental demonstrations in the Boston-area as part of a global, youth-led day of action. The events begin Friday morning in Cambridge, where activists will gather near the Harvard and MIT campuses before...

AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

Sep. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scandal surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a yearbook photo showing him in brownface at a 2001 costume party was published is bringing attention to a practice that scholars say white people have been using for years to demean minorities. In the picture,...

Democrats shift 2020 strategies as Iowa draws closer

Sep. 20, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kamala Harris will "exponentially" increase the time she's spending in Iowa. Bernie Sanders is shaking up his operations there and in New Hampshire. And Beto O'Rourke is going broader, turning up at such places as a San Quentin prison and an Arkansas gun show. With just over four...

Today in History

Sep. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2019. There are 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 2001, during an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush announced a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland security and named...

Pence praises police officers in twist on White House visit

Sep. 19, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a twist on White House sports team visits that have become increasingly rare as athletes protest the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited New York City police headquarters and heralded its football team for winning a recent national championship among...

Galifianakis and Aukerman on 'Between 2 Ferns: The Movie'

Sep. 19, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Netflix titles involve anguished discussion over whether the movie will also get a substantial theatrical release. This was not the case for "Between Two Ferns: The Movie." "Netflix was like: Do we even want to put this on our platform? Maybe it should be a ringtone," jokes Zach...

Today in History

Sep. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2019. There are 103 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 2008, struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration laid out a radical bailout plan calling for a takeover of a half-trillion dollars or...

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...