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'Alita' leads a slow Presidents Day box office weekend

Feb. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sci-fi fantasy "Alita: Battle Angel" topped the charts and beat out a number of newcomers including the meta romantic comedy "Isn't It Romantic" and the horror sequel "Happy Death Day 2U" in its first weekend in theaters, but it is a victory with a few caveats. It's leading the...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Feb. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the investigation "shifted" after detectives questioned two brothers...

In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

Feb. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic...

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

Feb. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the "Pretty Woman" and "Steel Magnolias" actress on May 2. Past recipients include Lauren...

Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival

Feb. 16, 2019 12:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The voice of the female filmmaker was louder than ever at this year's Berlin Film Festival, with seven out of the 16 films in the competition section helmed by women, and female directors from all corners of the globe featured prominently. Women directors represented 63 percent of the films...

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AP Interview: Branson hopes concert saves Venezuelan lives

Feb. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson said Monday that he hopes the concert he's throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will save lives by raising funds for "much-needed medical help" for the crisis-torn country. The founder of the Virgin Group told The Associated Press that up to...

First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions

Feb. 18, 2019 3:37 PM EST

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Glance around the "Jeopardy!" set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power. There's Brad Rutter, whose overall "Jeopardy!" haul, $4.3 million, is the most won on any game show. And Ken Jennings, a 74-game...

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

Feb. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have...

Arkansas Senate passes plan to replace US Capitol statues

Feb. 18, 2019 2:29 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to replace the state's two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates. The Senate voted 33-0 Monday in favor of the proposal to replace the two statues depicting Uriah Rose and James...

Christopher Kane celebrates sensuality in London show

Feb. 18, 2019 2:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The final full day of London Fashion Week featured a stellar show by Christopher Kane, who embraced his favorite theme — sensuality. Pringle of Scotland returned to the London stage with its signature luxury knitwear, while Erdem showed dramatic, full-length dresses and shorter cape...

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

Feb. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers. She says in an emailed statement that his lawyers "will keep an...

Tennessee man changed wedding plans to compete on 'Survivor'

Feb. 18, 2019 12:30 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Much of East Tennessee native Gavin Whitson's life has revolved around the opportunity to compete on "Survivor." The 23-year-old native of Erwin, Tennessee, has watched the show since its first season and began sending in audition tapes at 18, the minimum age for "Survivor"...

UConn to host professional puppeteers for puppetry slam

Feb. 18, 2019 12:01 PM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Professional puppeteers and students from around New England are coming to the University of Connecticut for a puppetry slam. The 2019 UConn Winter Puppet Slam, similar to a poetry slam, will feature short works of puppetry. It will be held on Friday at the school's Konover Auditorium....

Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Feb. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head. Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night. Police say a man...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Feb. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint. The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the...