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In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles. Durst faces trial in the slaying of his best friend 20 years ago. Jury selection begins Wednesday, Jan.19, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Eccentric millionaire Durst faces trial in friend's killing

Feb. 17, 2020 2:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There is almost no physical evidence connecting New York real estate heir Robert Durst to the slaying of his best friend in Los Angeles 20 years ago. What does link him to the killing of Susan Berman, though, is a cryptic note sent to police with her address and one word:...

New leader of indigenous museum is educator, tribe member

Feb. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The new executive director of a museum dedicated to the indigenous people of Maine is a professional educator and member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor will be led by Christopher Newell, the museum's trustees announced this week. The museum documents...

US film crew chasing Poland Holocaust story may face charges

Feb. 14, 2020 10:38 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of U.S. award-winning documentary filmmakers pursuing a Holocaust-era story in western Poland could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison, a Polish prosecutor said Friday. Seven filmmakers, mostly from Los Angeles, are researching...

Filmmaker who wouldn't sign Georgia's Israel oath sues state

Feb. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A documentary filmmaker who refused to sign Georgia's required oath involving Israel is suing the state, saying the law is in violation of free speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. A Georgia law passed in 2016 requires some people to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel...

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, shows the entrance to SeaWorld, in Orlando, Fla.  SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020,  agreed to pay $65 million to settle a lawsuit in which the theme park company was accused of misleading investors over the impact the documentary “Blackfish” was having on its bottom line. SeaWorld did not admit to any wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. .(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

SeaWorld settles investors' lawsuit over orca documentary

Feb. 11, 2020 12:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday agreed to pay $65 million to settle a lawsuit in which the theme park company was accused of misleading investors over the impact the documentary “Blackfish” was having on its bottom line. SeaWorld did not admit to any wrongdoing...

Taika Waititi accepts the award for best adapted screenplay for

Final list of Academy Award winners

Feb. 10, 2020 6:39 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The winners at the 92nd Academy Awards, which were held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre: Best picture: “Parasite" Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” Best actress: Renée Zellweger, “Judy” Best director: Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” Best...

Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for

Making Oscar history, 'Parasite' wins best picture

Feb. 10, 2020 6:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong Joon Ho's masterfully devious class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. “Parasite” took...

This image released by Netflix shows Zach Ray at work at the Fuyao Glass America factory in Dayton, Ohio, in a scene from the Oscar-nominated documentary

Obama-backed documentary on Ohio factory wins Academy Award

Feb. 9, 2020 10:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscar for best feature-length documentary has gone to "American Factory," the first documentary released by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company. The Netflix film is about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor. It explores many issues, including the...

Seasoned meat sitting in the kitchen of the Hütte in Helvetia, W.Va, summer 2019. The town is 30 miles, or at least an hour drive, to the nearest grocery store. (Caitlin Tan/West Virginia Public Broadcasting via AP)

The Hütte: A Melting Pot Of Swiss, Appalachian Culture

Feb. 8, 2020 9:01 AM EST

HELVETIA, W.Va. (AP) — Deep within the mountains of central West Virginia, is a tiny village called Helvetia. It was originally founded by Swiss settlers in the mid-1800s, as they felt the steep mountains, thick forests, winding river, all resembled their homeland. Today the town of about 50 people is a...

FILE - In this October 2012 file photo, adobe dwellings at the Taos Pueblo are seen in Taos, N.M. The story of the return of Blue Lake and 75 square miles (195 square kilometers) of surrounding national forest land to the people of Taos Pueblo, finalized with President Richard Nixon's signature in December 1970, is being retold 50 years later, as tribal leaders and state legislators look for ways to preserve documentation and memories of the landmark victory for indigenous rights.(AP Photo/Beth Harpaz, File)

President Nixon and the sacred lake: Bill preserves history

Feb. 6, 2020 7:32 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It was 1970, the U.S. president was Richard Nixon and members of a small Native American community in northern New Mexico traveled to Washington to press their case for reclaiming a sacred alpine lake from federal control. The story of the return of Blue Lake and 75 square miles (195...