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The Latest: Hawaii crews installing highway barriers

Jul. 15, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Hawaii officials say crews will spend a few hours installing concrete barriers along a highway shoulder to protect large numbers of people...

Austin Butler to star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic

Jul. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its King. After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley. Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller all reportedly tested for the role ultimately won by Butler, who last year appeared in the...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Young 'Lion King' actors had Beyoncé-size shoes to fill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The pressure was on for young actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary when they got word that they'd been cast as the voices of young Nala and young Simba in "The Lion King." Not only was it an ambitious remake of an iconic film, but it was their first major Hollywood...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, sitting in chairs tied themselves together with...

Fox 2000 chief joins Sony after being jettisoned by Disney

Jul. 15, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like "Life of Pi" and "Hidden Figures" before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures. Sony on Monday announced a new production deal with the former Fox...

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Jul. 15, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S....

The Latest: Avenatti says he represents 3 R. Kelly victims

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti says that he now represents three victims of singer R. Kelly, three whisleblowers who have information about the case and three parents of victims. Speaking at a press conference in...

State investigating Wally Lamb's inmate writing program

Jul. 15, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is investigating an inmate writing program run by author Wally Lamb after a lawsuit was filed this spring by participants. The lawsuit alleges the inmates have not been paid for their contributions to Lamb's third anthology of writings designed to give female...

Police: Rapper accused of throwing meth off balcony arrested

Jul. 15, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says an Alabama rapper accused of throwing $250,000 dollars' worth of methamphetamine off an apartment balcony during a raid has been arrested. News outlets report drug and gang investigators arrested 37-year-old Kelvin James Dark, who goes by the monikers...