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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Simon Cowell arrives at the

'America's Got Talent' tops ratings, loses Cowell for now

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “America's Got Talent” topped the ratings last week, but it faces the absence of Simon Cowell, seriously injured in an electric bicycle accident. Cowell, the NBC talent contest's creator and linchpin of its judging panel, underwent surgery for a broken back last Saturday,...

FIE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Simon Cowell arrives at the

Simon Cowell has surgery for broken back after bike accident

Aug. 9, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Cowell underwent surgery to repair a broken back, the result of an electric bicycle accident, and was recovering at a hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday. “Simon has broken his back in a number of places" after falling from the new bike he'd been testing in the courtyard of...

Amber Heard arrives at High Court, in London, Monday, July 27, 2020. Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers over a story about his former wife Amber Heard, published in The Sun in 2018 which branded him a 'wife beater', a claim he denies.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Lawyer claims Depp was misogynistic abuser of ex-wife Heard

Jul. 27, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for British tabloid The Sun claimed Monday that Johnny Depp was “a hopeless addict” whose violence toward ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a toxic combination of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger. Attorney Sasha Wass was summing up at Depp’s libel...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Octavia Spencer arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. The Oscar-winning actress said Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities. She is part of a video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Octavia Spencer: Cast more actors with disabilities

Jul. 27, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer says Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities. The star of “The Help” and “Hidden Figures” is part of a new video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month....

US Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Actor Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a

Amber Heard says Depp tried to throw her sister down stairs

Jul. 21, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard dismissed accusations Tuesday that she fabricated allegations of domestic violence against ex-husband Johnny Depp, and told a British court that the first time she struck him after years of abuse was to defend her sister from being thrown down the stairs. Taking to the witness box...

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Alex Trebek expects to mark 2-year cancer survival in 2021

Jul. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Trebek says he’s responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next February. His doctor has said he’s counting on that milestone, the “Jeopardy!” host said, “so I expect to be around...

The Latest: Arizona extends pandemic moratorium on evictions

Jul. 16, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona renters dreading the expiration of a coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions will get a reprieve. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the ban on evictions would be extended until Oct. 31. Arizona’s 120-day order had been due to end July 22. It was supposed to ensure people...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks with author Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center Americas Town Hall at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital

Jul. 15, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from a hospital after being treated for a possible infection. A court spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the 87-year-old Ginsburg was “home and doing well.” Ginsburg, the court's...

No-contest plea, probation, in crash that killed 2 teens

Jul. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in a crash in Pennsylvania that killed two high school students almost two years ago. Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 64, appeared Tuesday in Lancaster County court to enter...

Deputy shot twice while searching for stolen motorcycle

Jul. 13, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A sheriff's deputy is in critical condition after he was shot twice while searching for a stolen motorcycle Monday morning. The Ada County Sheriff's Office didn't release the deputy's name or the nature of his injuries, but said he was undergoing surgery at a Boise-area hospital. The...