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'The Lion King' rules and 'Endgame' scores all-time record

Jul. 21, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there was any doubt that the 2019 box office belonged to the Walt Disney Co., this weekend put an end to it. Not only did its photorealistic remake of "The Lion King" devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but "Avengers: Endgame" also crept past...

Retired couple holds essay contest for 'Hamilton' tickets

Jul. 21, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A retired Rhode Island couple who spent their professional lives in the entertainment industry wants to send two high school students to a performance of the award-winning musical "Hamilton." Lou Viola and Celeste Ferendo, of Tiverton, are asking students to write a one-page essay on...

Site records religious sounds, such as bells, birds and U2

Jul. 21, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The jaunty sound of a puja bell rings during an offering at the Jain Center of Central Ohio in southern Delaware County. Birds chirp in the background of a Druid ritual at ComFest in downtown Columbus. And the rhythmic harmony made by musicians at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church...

ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

Jul. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network's policy to avoid talking about politics unless it intersects with sports after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this...

Endangered birds halt Chicago beachfront music festival

Jul. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago beachfront music festival set for August has been cancelled following concerns about its impact on endangered shorebirds. Organizers of Mamby on the Beach say the Aug. 23-24 festival was canceled due to "circumstances beyond our control," including two federally-protected piping...

Chocolate factory owner rekindles love of art

Jul. 21, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rebecca Ruth Chocolate factory has been serving the community sweets for nearly a century. Charles Booe, who has been managing the business since he purchased it from his father in 1997, recently found a way to incorporate his lifelong love of art into his career as business owner....

Li Na sets new mark: first Asian-born player in Tennis Hall

Jul. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Li Na has broken new ground at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The 37-year-old former Chinese star on Saturday became the first Asian-born player to be inducted. She was enshrined along with Mary Pierce of France and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov during a lengthy on-court ceremony...

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

Jul. 21, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space...

Police get arrest warrant as survivor recalls Kyoto arson

Jul. 21, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio, officials said Sunday. Kyoto police said they are ready to arrest Shinji Aoba, 41, on arson and murder allegations. Aoba is accused of...

Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4

Jul. 21, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is not slowing down and only expanding in scope and diversity. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presentation at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night, announcing...