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NBC documentary looks at images that propelled civil rights

NEW YORK (AP) — Gruesome images of a lynched Emmett Till were seared into the minds of many black Americans in 1955 and helped lead to the modern civil rights movement. But few whites knew of their existence at the time. That reality is at the top of NBC’s two-hour documentary about how images propelled the civil rights effort. The ... Read More »

Court sides with Marvin Gaye family in ‘Blurred Lines’ fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines.” In a split decision from a three-judge panel, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals awarded $5.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, who said “Blurred Lines” is illegally copied from ... Read More »

NBC lands Indy 500 and promises IndyCar increased exposure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Indianapolis 500, an American staple on ABC for 53 years, will have a new television home next season. In fact, the entire IndyCar package is moving to NBC in 2019 in what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased exposure across multiple platforms. That’s secondary, though, to ... Read More »

Cynthia Nixon’s political debut puts gay rights in spotlight


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In her first appearance as a New York gubernatorial candidate, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon hammered her Democratic opponent Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the crumbling subway, the “cesspool” of corruption in state government and inequality across the state. But she couldn’t escape what she didn’t mention in her speech, her sexual orientation. Nixon, who ... Read More »

Hearing postponed in Rose McGowan drug possession case

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A preliminary hearing for actress Rose McGowan on a drug possession charge in Virginia has been postponed until May 3. The hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Washington Post reports that the hearing was postponed after two prosecution witnesses were unable to get to court during a snowstorm. McGowan’s lawyers had been expected to argue ... Read More »

TV future at stake: Opening arguments Thursday in AT&T case

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening arguments are set for Thursday in the federal government’s efforts to block AT&T’s efforts to gobble up Time Warner in a case that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to buy Time Warner to compete with the likes of Amazon, ... Read More »

Bad weather forces Justin Timberlake to postpone NYC concert

Justin Timberlake

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake’s Wednesday night concert New York City is being postponed due to the spring nor’easter. The pop star posted a video of himself in the snow on Instagram on Wednesday, telling his fans he’s “so sorry to announce the show tonight at the Garden has been postponed due to the weather, as you can see.” ... Read More »

Actresses urge New York Gov. Cuomo to raise tipped wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sixteen actresses, including Jane Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise the wage paid to tipped workers. The women signed onto a letter to the Democratic governor as his administration examines whether to eliminate the subminimum wage paid to restaurant servers and other workers who ... Read More »

The Weeknd, Bruno Mars to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago

Bruno Mars

CHICAGO (AP) — The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys will headline this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza also were among the performers announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza’s website . More than 180 acts will play on eight stages Aug. 2-5 in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. Founder Perry Farrell ... Read More »

Chrissy Metz writes about struggles, triumph in new memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz writes about her early struggles with weight and poverty and her later success as an actress in her new memoir. In an excerpt from the book “This Is Me,” appearing in the April 2 “People” magazine, the 37-year-old describes growing up poor and overweight in Florida. She writes about her ... Read More »