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Directors guild changes eligibility rule to favor theaters

Jun. 26, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Directors Guild of America is changing the eligibility rule for its top award in favor of theatrical releases over streaming. The DGA says Wednesday that the board voted unanimously on Saturday to require that films premiere in theaters first before becoming available on any other...

'The Office' to leave Netflix as streaming battles heat up

Jun. 26, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is losing its most popular TV show, "The Office," in a sign of things to come as more TV and movie makers start their own streaming services and take back their offerings. In a tweet Tuesday, Netflix said it was "sad" that NBC will no longer license "The Office" to Netflix, but...

China renews demand on Canada for Huawei executive's release

Jun. 26, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday renewed a demand that Canada release a top executive of tech giant Huawei a day after announcing a suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products in an apparent bid to increase the pressure on Ottawa. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a daily...

Gov. Baker unveils plan to speed MBTA improvement projects

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a plan Tuesday to speed up construction projects on Greater Boston's public transit system after a pair of subway car derailments earlier this month ramped up calls for improvements to the aging system. The Republican said the plan includes a one-time injection of...

North Carolina company announces recall of frozen sausage

Jun. 24, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say a North Carolina-based food processor is recalling more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of ready-to-eat frozen andouille sausage which may be contaminated with metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that the...

Slurpees incoming! 7-Eleven begins delivery in public spaces

Jun. 24, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Craving a Slurpee but lacking the motivation to get off a park bench? No worries. 7-Eleven launched a delivery service Monday that will send a Slurpee or almost anything else carried by the chain to public places ranging from parks to beaches. The company told The Associated Press that more...

Warner Bros. names BBC's Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO

Jun. 24, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — BBC executive Ann Sarnoff was named chief of Warner Bros. on Monday, making her the first woman to head the movie studio in its 96-year history. Her appointment follows the departure in March of Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down after misconduct allegations. WarnerMedia chief executive John...

Some USDA researchers reluctant to move cross country

Jun. 23, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers are reluctant to move across the country to the Kansas City area when two research agencies move there. The USDA announced plans earlier this month to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture...

Nebraska slowly rolls out voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Jun. 23, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Marti Poll knows she should see a doctor. Sometimes she has a severe tightness in her chest. She also has chronic sinus and ear infections. But she can't afford the medical bills, so she simply waits and hopes the pain will subside. She thought her wait might end soon after voters...

10 years later, a look at people surrounding Michael Jackson

Jun. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at the status of the major figures in the life and death of Michael Jackson after 10 years, starting with the King of Pop himself: ___ MICHAEL JACKSON: Jackson, who would be 60 years old were he alive, was rehearsing for a tour intended to rehabilitate his career, finances and...