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  • AP source: Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Orlando Magic have agreed to hire Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman as the new president of basketball operations. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, said Monday night the two sides have agreed to a deal. Weltman, who will report ...
  • Ariana Grande

    UK police: 19 confirmed dead in explosion at Grande concert

    LONDON (AP) — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured ...
  • Ex-SKorean President Park arrives for start of bribery trial

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ex-President Park Geun-hye has arrived at a Seoul court for the beginning of her corruption trial. Park emerged from a bus Tuesday in handcuffs, her inmate number 503 attached to her clothing, and was escorted into the courtroom by police. She walked with her eyes downcast, ignoring a large crowd of journalists recording her entrance. ...
  • Jeff Sessions

    Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president’s executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick for permission to file documents asking the judge to reconsider ...
  • Mike Flynn

    The Latest: Dems alarmed by report on Trump, intel bosses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Democrats are expressing alarm at a report alleging that President Donald Trump asked two top intelligence officials to publicly deny collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking ...
  • Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for calling for lynching

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states. “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific,” Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona said ...
  • Zack Snyder

    Zack Snyder exits ‘Justice League’ after daughter’s death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie “Justice League.” A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. ...
  • The Latest: Police say 19 killed in blast at Grande concert

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people. (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Greater Manchester Police say 19 people have been confirmed dead in an explosion at Manchester Arena that is being treated as a possible terrorist attack. Police said roughly 50 people were injured. Police ...
  • Mark Geragos

    Lawsuit: Fyre music fest more ‘Hunger Games’ than Coachella

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud as the music festival fell apart on an island in the Bahamas in April and fraud is the first claim in a $100 million class-action ...
  • Judge: Sound engineer can’t publish unreleased Prince tracks

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar’s work. George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006 and made at least one recording — “Deliverance” — available online last month. Prince’s estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it. On ...
  • Elvis and red velvet boost value of jet up for auction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley and featured on the National Geographic Channel is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. The red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar, one of many owned by the King of rock ‘n’ roll, has no engines and needs a restoration of its ...
  • Not just ‘Sgt. Pepper’: Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Sgt. Pepper” was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship. The rock album became an art form, ...
  • Celine Dion

    Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even on a record-setting night at the Billboard Music Awards, Drake appeared a bit star-struck in meeting fellow Canadian performer Celine Dion backstage. The rapper posted a picture of himself and his father with Dion, who sang “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” to mark the 20th anniversary of the film. Video posted by a ...
  • Gloria Steinem

    Fashion industry to honor Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fashion industry is honoring feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at its annual awards ceremony. The two women will join actress-singer Janelle Monae in receiving a special tribute from the board of directors of the Council of Fashion Designers of America on June 5, organizers announced Monday. Seth Myers will host ...
  • PBS airing live nature special from Alaska this summer

    NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. “Wild Alaska Live” will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai ...
  • Three lawsuits allege foot-dragging by Fox on harassment

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network’s legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive. Fox said Monday that the lawsuits have ...
  • Nicole Kidman

    With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material

    CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. “I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I ...
  • Billy Bush

    Billy Bush says he’s ready to get back into television

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Today” co-host Billy Bush says he’s a better man and ready to get back into television seven months after being fired from his job at NBC following the release of a videotape in which he can be heard engaging in lewd talk with Donald Trump. In an interview posted Sunday, Bush told The Hollywood Reporter ...
  • Vanessa Bayer

    Cast member Vanessa Bayer leaving ‘SNL’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” is losing cast member Vanessa Bayer following this weekend’s season finale. Bayer is finishing her seventh season with NBC’s comedy institution, and her memorable impressions include Miley Cyrus, Rachel from “Friends” and Jonah the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She’s been with the show longer than any other female cast member. Bayer, who’s acted in ...
  • English wedding: Pippa Middleton marries as royals look on

    ENGLEFIELD, England (AP) — Two likely future British kings were there, along with one of the world’s most photographed women, the often-adorable Prince Harry, a multilingual tennis legend and a brash TV reality star. But all eyes were on Pippa Middleton on Saturday as she walked down the aisle of a 12th-century church wearing a custom hand-embroidered gown with a ...
  • Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham cancels live Lenny tour to recover from surgery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lena Dunham is canceling her feminist newsletter’s “America IRL” tour this summer to tend to her health. Dunham said Friday in a post on LennyLetter.com that recent surgery and physical therapy to treat endometriosis has caused “the greatest amount of physical pain I’ve ever experienced” and that she isn’t up for the cross-country tour. The 31-year-old ...
  • Zack Snyder

    Zack Snyder exits ‘Justice League’ after daughter’s death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie “Justice League.” A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. ...
  • Jordan Peele

    Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ follow-up set for 2019 release

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian turned filmmaker Jordan Peele is following up the remarkable success of “Get Out” with a provocative original thriller set for release in March 2019. Universal Pictures announced the release date for Peele’s untitled film on Monday. Peele’s buzzy directorial debut “Get Out” became a box office phenomenon this year grossing $229.6 million worldwide on a ...
  • Box office Top 20: ‘Alien: Covenant’ dethrones ‘Guardians 2’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott’s space horror film “Alien: Covenant” scared reigning box office champ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” out of the No. 1 spot over the weekend — but just barely. “Alien: Covenant,” a sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus,” opened with $36.2 million, pushing “Guardians 2” to second place with $34.7 million in its third weekend in ...
  • Al Gore

    Gore says Trump can’t stop climate movement

    CANNES, France (AP) — Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president’s efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday. Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the Cannes Film Festival, claiming that new U.S. state regulations and clean-energy solutions are speeding ahead. “We now know after four months of the ...
  • Bill Condon

    Bill Condon will direct 2019 ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ remake

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After helping Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” spin box office gold, director Bill Condon has been tapped to breathe new life into “Bride of Frankenstein.” Universal Pictures said Monday that Condon’s remake will hit theaters in February 2019, making it the second film in its newly coined “Dark Universe ” series. Universal is one of ...
  • Emma Thompson, Noah Baumbach, actors Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler,Ted Sarandos

    With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

    CANNES, France (AP) — This year’s Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions. As the world’s largest and most prestigious film festival, Cannes has often been a kind of glitzy, French Riviera town hall that measures the ...
  • Nicole Kidman

    With 4 projects at Cannes, Kidman is open to ‘bold’ material

    CANNES, France (AP) — Unveiling a new chapter in her already-considerable career, Nicole Kidman has brought four projects to Cannes this year, making her almost ubiquitous at the French Riviera festival. “I’m at that place in my life where I’m trying to pretend I’m 21 and starting my career,” Kidman, who turns 50 next month, told reporters on Monday. “I ...
  • Zack Snyder

    Zack Snyder exits ‘Justice League’ after daughter’s death

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie “Justice League.” A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. ...
  • 3 white men, 2 white woman picked for Bill Cosby jury so far

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The panel that will decide Bill Cosby’s fate in his sex assault trial began to take shape Monday with the selection of five jurors, three white men and two white women. The search for 12 jurors and six alternates got off to a brisk star, even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion ...
  • Bill Cosby

    Q&A: What to expect as Bill Cosby’s jury selection continues

    Jury selection in Bill Cosby’s upcoming sex assault case got off to a quick start Monday with the selection of the first five jurors. Three are white men and the other two white women. Hundreds of potential jurors are being called to a Pittsburgh courthouse this week as the search for panel that will decide the comedian’s sex abuse trial ...
  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not running for public office

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. Instead, he says the visits ...
  • Bill Cosby

    The Latest: 3 white men, 2 white woman seated for Cosby jury

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Three men and two women have been chosen to serve on the sequestered jury that will hear Bill Cosby’s sex assault case. Two of the men say they or someone close to them has been a sexual assault victim, but both ...
  • Not just ‘Sgt. Pepper’: Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Sgt. Pepper” was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship. The rock album became an art form, ...
  • Celine Dion

    Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even on a record-setting night at the Billboard Music Awards, Drake appeared a bit star-struck in meeting fellow Canadian performer Celine Dion backstage. The rapper posted a picture of himself and his father with Dion, who sang “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” to mark the 20th anniversary of the film. Video posted by a ...