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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, Rapper Kanye West watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles. Drawings by West from when the rapper was a high school student in Chicago are now worth thousands of dollars, according to an appraiser. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill File)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13

Jun. 1, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13: June 7: Actress Virginia McKenna (“Born Free”) is 89. Singer Tom Jones is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (“The Crown”) is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (TV’s “The Crown,” film’s “The Best Exotic Marigold...

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A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids' series

Jun. 1, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new crop of superheroes coming to our TV this summer but they may need a little seasoning. After all, they're only in elementary school. The PBS Kids' animated series “ Hero Elementary ” is set inside a grade school where a diverse group of four superhero students...

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests, some violent, spread in wake of George Floyd death

May. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. Georgia’s...

In this March 21, 2019, photo, Archie Williams, who had been serving a life sentence after conviction for a 1983 rape, holds a T-shirt given to him after he walked out of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge, La., a free man, after a hearing in which he was exonerated after fingerprint technology pointed to another suspect decades after his conviction. Williams fulfilled one of his biggest dreams: singing on ”America’s Got Talent.” The NBC reality competition’s latest season premiered May 26, 2020, with Williams among the contestants. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)

Exonerated man becomes 'America's Got Talent' hopeful

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Archie Williams was freed last spring after serving almost four decades for crimes he didn’t commit, his mind kept returning to the thousands of men he was leaving behind — an untold number facing wrongful convictions and excessive sentences in Louisiana’s...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Major League BaseballCommissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the MLB draft, in Secaucus, N.J. Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday, May 8, 2020, on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Shortened MLB amateur draft to remain at New Jersey studio

May. 29, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s shortened amateur draft will remain at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the first round on June 10. MLB shortened the selections to five rounds and 160 picks in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, by far the fewest since the draft...

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New this week: Lady Gaga, 'Space Force,' Ghibli films on HBO

May. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MUSIC Lady Gaga: After taking a departure from her electro pop sound with 2016’s “Joanne” and 2018’s “A...

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AMC drama revisits 'Millionaire' quiz show coughing scandal

May. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Any misconduct that attached to ABC's “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was of the garden—variety business type. During the quiz's show initial 1999-2002 run, the network milked the unexpected hit with nightly airings until its ratings crashed. Then there was the...

In this image released by ABC, Randall Park, left, and Constance Wu appear in a scene from the new comedy series

Sitcom casts to do virtual reading for Asian Heritage Month

May. 28, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

The casts of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Kim's Convenience” are partnering for one night for charity. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the ensembles of both TV comedies will do live online table reads of their respective pilot episodes on Saturday, according to...

FILE - This April 23, 2018 file photo shows Josh Tillman performing at the 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The performing rights organization announced Thursday, May 28, 2020 that it will hold three-day virtual events for its four awards shows, which focus on pop, R&B, Latin and film music. The ASCAP Pop Music Awards will be held June 17-19; the ASCAP Screen Music Awards on June 23-25; the ASCAP Latin Music Awards on July 7-9; and the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on July 15-17. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards

May. 28, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The performing rights organization announced Thursday that it will hold three-day virtual events — that will stream on ASCAP's...