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City panel approves temporary storage for Columbus statue

Aug. 12, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia arts panel has cleared the way for the city to remove a 144-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus from a south Philadelphia park after the explorer became a focus of protesters amid nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of...

This combination of photos shows, from left, Tiffany Haddish, Weird Al Yankovic and Margaret Cho, who will be participating in the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, presented online by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, starting Friday. (AP Photo)

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival goes virtual in its 29th year

Aug. 12, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going virtual with help from Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Cho, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more than two-dozen others working in the realm of humor. The festival, presented by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown,...

This image released by Apple TV Plus shows Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso,” premiering globally on Friday, August 14, on Apple TV Plus. (Apple TV Plus via AP)

American hopes to charm Brits in soccer series 'Ted Lasso'

Aug. 12, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Sudeikis was a huge sports fan growing up in Kansas, especially basketball. Not so much that game where you kick a ball into a goal. “The beautiful game? I didn’t get it a couple of years ago. I thought, ‘Well, good for them for getting that nickname.’ But...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1999 file photo, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone smiles during the announcement of a merger between CBS and Viacom in New York.  Redstone, the strong-willed media mogul whose public disputes with family members and subordinates made him a feared operator in Hollywood, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.  (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Media mogul Sumner Redstone dies at 97

Aug. 12, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

Sumner Redstone, who joined his family's drive-in movie chain in the 1950s and used it to build a vast media empire that included CBS and Viacom, has died. He was 97. Under his watch, Viacom became one of the nation’s media titans, home to pay TV channels MTV and Comedy Central and movie studio Paramount...

This image released by O&MDKC shows, from left, Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf and Jeanna de Waal who will appear in the upcoming musical “Diana,” which tells the story of the late Diana Spencer. The production, which started previews on Broadway in early March but never officially opened due to the pandemic, is coming to Netflix. (Gavin Bond/O&MDKC via AP)

Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix

Aug. 12, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway musical “Diana” isn't waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it's going to Netflix. In an unconventional step, the cast and crew will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras and put the...

This combination photo shows, from left, songwriter Dean Dillon, singer Hank Williams, Jr., and singer Marty Stuart, who are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. (AP Photo)

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame

Aug. 12, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Announced by the Country Music Association on Wednesday, Williams, who often is referred to as Hank Jr. or the nickname Bocephus, will join his father, country...

Sumner Redstone, who a built media empire from his family's drive-in theater chain, dies at 97

Aug. 12, 2020 8:27 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Sumner Redstone, who a built media empire from his family's drive-in theater chain, dies at 97.
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Haile Thomas wrote more than a cookbook. It's a life guide.

Aug. 12, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At 19, Haile Thomas has written a book that will flummox bookstore owners whenever they reopen. “Living Lively” has several dozen vegan recipes, but it's far more than a cookbook. It also has guidance on relationships and wellness. Thomas calls it an "empowerment...

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota’s Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity, the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers. Omar, seeking her second term...

Tampa Bay Lightning players, bottom center, celebrate after Brayden Point scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fifth overtime period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boucher witnesses NHL marathon 20 years after his 5 OT game

Aug. 12, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

Brian Boucher knew how it felt. Twenty years ago, he was in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the longest playoff game in modern NHL history, a five-overtime thriller. He was between the benches Tuesday night for NBC Sports' television broadcast of the second-longest...