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Oscars producers say the show is in 'good shape' for Sunday

Feb. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK? It's an understandable query. Producing the Oscars is guaranteed to be a stressful job, but the road to the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, has...

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

Feb. 21, 2019 9:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage...

AP Source: Kendrick Lamar, SZA not performing at Oscars

Feb. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "All the Stars" are not performing at the Academy Awards, including Kendrick Lamar and SZA. A person familiar with the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't allowed to publicly discuss it, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the duo behind "All the...

Michael Jackson estate lawsuit sues HBO over documentary

Feb. 21, 2019 6:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson on Thursday sued HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys, saying the film violates a 1992 contract to air a Jackson concert. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that by...

Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

Feb. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world's largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say....

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Oakland teachers head into 2nd day of strike

Feb. 22, 2019 1:19 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, headed into another day of strikes Friday after parents and students applauded their demands by keeping city classrooms empty. Oakland's 3,000 teachers went on strike Thursday over pay, class sizes and other issues, holding a boisterous rally at City...

Celebrities, athletes, others accused of lying to the public

Feb. 22, 2019 1:15 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested in Chicago early Thursday, one day after prosecutors charged him with filing a false police report for what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack last month. Smollett has been a trending topic on Twitter since the attack and the charges spurred an...

Chicago's vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

Feb. 22, 2019 1:08 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city's high-tech...

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

Feb. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer to the public. Whether kneeling beside Empress Michiko to speak intimately with disaster victims, or...

Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

Feb. 22, 2019 12:10 AM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and...

The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

Feb. 21, 2019 11:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an "organized law enforcement spectacle" when its superintendent detailed investigators' findings about the alleged attack on the "Empire"...

Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62

Feb. 21, 2019 11:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and the rest of the sport for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team's spring training clubhouse. He was 62. The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team's...

Correction: Oscars-Untelevised Categories story

Feb. 21, 2019 11:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about the Oscars reversing a decision to hand out four awards during commercial breaks, The Associated Press erroneously described a quote from Board of Governors member Lois Burwell as discussing changes to the Oscars ceremony. Burwell was speaking about changes to the...

Emotional ceremony honors Hall, Stenberg, Layne and Lewis

Feb. 21, 2019 10:47 PM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amandla Stenberg brought the audience to their feet as she talked of being protected by the ancestors. KiKi Layne evoked tears as she talked about having the comfort of black women during an exciting but "terrifying" time. Regina Hall kept people in stitches as she cracked...

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

Feb. 21, 2019 9:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage...