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Alaska protesters interrupt campaign event with animal heart

Jul. 12, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska carrying a banner and a caribou heart interrupted a campaign event for a U.S. senator seeking reelection. The small group of protesters were restrained and escorted out by staff and attendees at Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign launch event in a...

This July 2020 photo taken from video released by Locksmith Animation shows Locksmith Art Director Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn during the filming of a video diary. The London animation studio Locksmith had been in production on

London animation studio adapts to finish Disney film

Jul. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hanging under blankets for audio soundproofing and working around patchy home Wi-Fi, a London animation studio is following the British motto of “keep calm and carry on” during the coronavirus pandemic to complete its first feature film in time for Disney’s planned...

In this image released by Disney Plus, from left, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Anthony Ramos appear in a filmed version of the original Broadway production of

How many people saw 'Hamilton'? For now, that's a secret

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend. Just how big, however, remains a mystery. Disney knows, but it's not telling. Data is coming in to the Nielsen company, too, but won't be released until Disney gives...

Thunder create program to help Black Tulsa-area students

Jul. 7, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and Creative Arts Agency Sports have formed the Thunder Fellows Program, designed to create opportunities in sports, technology and entertainment for Black students in the Tulsa area. The Thunder announced Tuesday that the program will launch next year. The...

Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. The protesters called for Krewson's resignation for releasing the names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

Jul. 2, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance...

In this June 2, 2020 photo, journalist Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at the Revolutionary Court, in Tehran, Iran. Iran. The judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, announced Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that Zam, a journalist whose online work helped inspire the 2017 economic protests and who returned from exile to Tehran was sentenced to death. The Persian writing on the podium reads,

Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam's website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings...

Power outages reported along Colombia's Caribbean coast

Jun. 24, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A power blackout Wednesday hit several large cities near Colombia’s Caribbean coast that are experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases, raising worries about operations at hospitals treating COVID-19 cases. The mayor of the popular tourist destination of Cartagena warned...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Twitter flags Trump's tweet of doctored 'racist baby' video

Jun. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

Twitter has slapped another label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, this time warning that a video he shared was doctored and escalating the social media company's crackdown on one of its most widely followed users. After Trump tweeted the video late Thursday, Twitter took the rare step of adding a warning...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Peter Jackson poses for photographers at the BAFTA awards in London. Jackson's company, Weta Digital, one of the world’s premier visual effects companies, will begin producing original content. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Peter Jackson to make original animated content for Weta

Jun. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Weta Digital, the Academy Award-winning visual effects company that made “The Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar” possible, is making original animated content for cinemas and streaming for the first time in its 25-year history. The company also said Thursday that Prem Akkaraju had joined...

An anti-government protester, right, sits near Lebanese army soldiers standing guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities in mostly peaceful gatherings against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon protesters call on government to resign amid crisis

Jun. 13, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress. The protests come after two days of rallies spurred by a dramatic collapse of...