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FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.  Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks' rides, is getting a 21st century remodel in yet the latest update to a legacy theme park ride that has been criticized in years past for being racially insensitive. The ride will updated by Disney “imagineers

Disney updates Jungle Cruise after insensitivity criticism

Jan. 26, 2021 9:30 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks' rides, is getting a 21st century remodel, criticized for its depiction of animatronic indigenous people as savages or headhunters. It's the latest update to a legacy theme park ride criticized in years past as being racist. The ride will...

George Whitmore, one of the three men on the first team to climb El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, is seen on a hike to Taft Point with El Capitan in the background across Yosemite Valley on May 26, 2016. Whitmore, a member of the first team of climbers to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a conservationist who devoted his life to protecting the Sierra Nevada, has died. He was 89. Whitmore died on New Year's Day from complications caused by COVID-19, said his wife, Nancy. She said Whitmore, a cancer survivor, was extremely careful about wearing a mask and family don't know where he contracted the virus. (Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee via AP)

George Whitmore, legendary climber of El Capitan, dies at 89

Jan. 4, 2021 10:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George Whitmore, a member of the first team of climbers to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a conservationist who devoted his life to protecting the Sierra Nevada, has died. He was 89. Whitmore died on New Year’s Day from complications caused by COVID-19, said his...

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Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

Dec. 31, 2020 10:14 AM EST

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous. After five consecutive years of North American revenues exceeding $11 billion, this year they’re expected to cap out at an almost 40-year low of around $2.3 billion. That’ll be...

In this combination photo, Alan Bergman, left, and Alan F. Horn, attend the premiere of

Bergman succeeds Horn as Disney Studios chairman

Dec. 21, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Walt Disney Co. veteran Alan Bergman has been named chairman of Disney Studios, the company said Monday. Bergman will be succeeding Alan Horn, who will remain chief creative officer. Horn and Bergman have been operating as co-chairs since May 2019. “The Walt Disney Studios’ achievements under the...

Shelly R. Fyant, chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, poses for a photo on Nov. 30, 2020 in Pablo, Mont. Fyant said she was blindsided by a request to use a tribal seal on the ABC series “Big Sky” when she was unaware the Flathead Nation tribe might be written into a scene. (Amy Schlatter via AP)

'Big Sky' stumbles in addressing Native American criticism

Dec. 14, 2020 2:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After ABC's “Big Sky” drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. But the first, hurried steps were called “bumpy” and insulting by Native leaders. The...

Sanofi, Vail Resorts fall; Disney, Costco rise

Dec. 11, 2020 4:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: Qualcomm Inc., down $11.47 to $144.28. Apple is developing a cellular modem for its devices, which could replace those made by its current supplier Qualcomm, according to media reports. Sanofi, down $1.91 to $47.83. The drugmaker and...

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Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films

Dec. 10, 2020 9:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday, as the studio unveiled a galaxy’s worth of new streaming offerings including plans for 10 “Star Wars” series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+. In a virtual...

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'The Undoing' creator lured back to network TV for 'Big Sky'

Dec. 7, 2020 4:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer David E. Kelley gifted network TV with three decades of hits, including “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.” Then he switched to a new canvas, premium cable, to make HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and...

Amanda Perrone shops for Christmas decorations on Black Friday, at Corky's Garden Path Greenhouse in Scott Twp., Pa. on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

VIRUS TODAY: Black Friday shoppers stay home

Nov. 29, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Here's what's happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of...