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People watch from their vehicles as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Viewership for 2nd Trump-Biden debate drops to 63 million

Oct. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden drew 10 million fewer viewers than their first meeting. An estimated 63 million viewers tuned into the debate featuring Trump and Biden Thursday night, the Nielsen company said Friday. The...

This image released by HBO Max shows Chelsea Hander during her comedy special

Chelsea Handler’s personal ‘Evolution’ inspires new special

Oct. 23, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

New York (AP) — When Chelsea Handler decided to pursue therapy, the comic may not have realized the level of introspection she’d encounter. “It was nice to find out why I’ve been such a b---- for so long, and to also gain self-awareness. To know that, ’Oh, I came across that...

This image released by PBS shows activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors during the filming of the documentary “Not Done: Women Remaking America,”  debuting Tuesday on PBS stations. (PBS via AP)

Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

Oct. 23, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary genre’s power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America," which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice president and the loss of Breonna Taylor. The film depicts a powerful female-driven advocacy, one...

This image released by Netflix shows animated characters, from left, Chin, voiced by Robert G. Chiu, Mrs. Zhong, voiced by Sandra Oh, Fei Fei, voiced by Cathy Ang and Father, voiced by John Cho in a scene from

Sandra Oh celebrates Asian culture in film 'Over the Moon'

Oct. 22, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Oh’s role in the new animated feature “Over the Moon” may not be her largest, but it has deep meaning. The story is set in China and Oh voices the stepmother of a girl named Fei Fei, grieving after the loss of her mother. So she builds a rocket to fly to the moon...

Jerry Lewis performs during the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sept. 5, 2005, left, and Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of

Kevin Hart: Hosting MDA telethon is a 'major level-up'

Oct. 22, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Hart says hosting a re-imagined online fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is “a major level-up for me.” “It’s different from anything that you’ve really seen me do. And there’s a great reason behind it,” said the comic...

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Maine Press Association announces contest winners

Oct. 25, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — The Portland Press Herald, The Ellsworth American, York County Coast Star and Maine Sunday Telegram have won top honors in their divisions in the Maine Press Association annual contest. CentralMaine.com, The Maine Monitor and The Camden Herald won for digital presentation. The...

FILE - This Sunday, June 23, 2019, file photo shows Offset arriving at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Police say a passenger in a car driven by Migos rapper Offset was arrested in Beverly Hills, California , Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, on charges of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm in public. The Beverly Hills Police Department tweeted that 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar is being held on a $35,000 bail. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Passenger in Offset's car arrested for concealed weapon

Oct. 25, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A passenger in a car driven by Migos rapper Offset was arrested in Beverly Hills, California Saturday evening on charges of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm in public, police said. The Beverly Hills Police Department tweeted that 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar is being held...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 1977 file photo, Screenwriter William Blinn, left, Ed Asner, center, and David Greene pose with their Emmy statuettes at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song”, “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)

'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83. Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, his...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Robeson County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lumberton, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

Oct. 25, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at a trio of rallies Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest: Pence's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 photo, Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle after a mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The three congregations sharing space at the Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. In March 2020, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. (Steph Chamber/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope

Oct. 24, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. On Tuesday, as they...

Kelsey Waldon was soaring. COVID killed mentor John Prine.

Oct. 24, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Last year at this time, Kelsey Waldon was enjoying autumn by watching her career take several encouraging leaps forward. First, there was her newly released “White Noise, White Lines” album, a record that furthered the heavily traditional country slant of the...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2005 file photo shows Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker at a campaign fundraiser at Willie Nelson's ranch outside Austin, Texas.  The Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

Oct. 24, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. “He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,”...

The premier Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson Convention Center, on Feb. 15, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz., part of the larger Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s producers are reviewing health safety guidelines to see whether a scaled-back version of their high-profile event can be staged next February 2021. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a punishing blow to the southern Arizona city where dozens of winter and spring events normally attract crowds big and small.  (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Pandemic a whammy for Tucson's normally busy events season

Oct. 24, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The El Tour De Tucson cycling event has ben postponed from November to April. The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, an open-air retail extravaganza, was canceled. The Tucson Festival of Books will be held virtually next March. And the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s...

North Carolina's music: From Nina Simone to ‘American Idol'

Oct. 24, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sometimes being a packrat pays off. Over David Menconi’s nearly three decades writing about music for The News & Observer, he got into the habit of tucking away the notes and mementos he collected in the course of research and interviews for his articles. It made for a...