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FILE - In this May 25, 1967 file writer-comedian Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles. Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died, according to reports. Variety reported he died of natural causes on Monday night, June 29, 2020, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 98. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

Carl Reiner, comedy’s rare untortured genius, dies at 98

Jun. 30, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No one in the world of comedy was more admired, and loved, than Carl Reiner. Reiner was the rare untortured genius of comedy, his career a story of laughter and camaraderie, of innovation and triumph and affection. His persona was so warm and approachable — everyone’s friend...

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of

The revolution comes again: Miranda and Kail on 'Hamilton'

Jun. 30, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda likes to picture the millionaire, Mr. Howell, from “Gilligan’s Island,” saying the brag. You know the one. “Well, I saw it with the original cast.” On Friday, Miranda will steal that boast from anyone who ever saw...

Beyoncé’s message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards

Jun. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé used her platform Sunday while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superstar singer at the...

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Jun. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers,...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, a mask lies on a lawn in Willowbrook, Ill. On Friday, June 26, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. There’s no evidence that normal use of face masks can cause fungal or bacterial infections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. THE FACTS:...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jun. 25, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

1. “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press) 2. “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (One World) 3. “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 4. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 5. “Countdown...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jun. 11, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

1. “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press) 2. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 3. “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (One World) 4. “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press) 5....

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Obama said in a commencement speech Sunday, June 7, 2020, that the nationwide protests following the recent deaths of unarmed black women and men including George Floyd were fueled from

The Obamas deliver speeches during YouTube virtual ceremony

Jun. 7, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama said in a commencement speech Sunday that the nationwide protests following the recent deaths of unarmed black women and men including George Floyd were fueled from “decades worth of anguish, frustration, over unequal treatment and a failure to perform...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Jun. 4, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

1. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press) 4. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)...

This image released by ESPN Films shows Bruce Lee, the subject of the the documentary

New this week: Apollo benefit, docs on Bruce Lee, spelling

Jun. 1, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES —For the first time since World War II, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled this year due to the pandemic. The...