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Helmet maker vows fight against Hernandez concussion lawsuit

Aaron Hernandez

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL. Des Plaines (dehz playnz), Illinois-based Riddell says it introduced helmets designed to mitigate concussion risks more than ... Read More »

Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue

Gretchen Carlson

NEW YORK (AP) — Between the continued fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case and the mushrooming “me too” social media campaign, Gretchen Carlson’s book on fighting back against abusive behavior couldn’t be timed any better. Out Tuesday, the one-time Fox News Channel personality’s book “Be Fierce” compiles many harassment stories she’s collected since her lawsuit last year that ... Read More »

Elton John ending Las Vegas residency in 2018

Elton John

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John will be pushing back from his piano at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the last time next year. John’s last performance of his show “The Million Dollar Piano” will be on May 19, 2018, after more than 200 shows. It is John’s second residency at Caesars Palace. His “The Red Piano” shows ran ... Read More »

Robert Fairchild ends ballet career with confetti, flowers

NEW YORK (AP) — Silvery confetti has rained down on the stage at New York City Ballet for dancer Robert Fairchild, who ended his ballet career by handing out roses to each of his fellow dancers. The Tony nominee for “An American in Paris” will now focus full-time on theater and film. For his final ballet Sunday evening, 30-year-old Fairchild ... Read More »

What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

Julie McEnery

WASHINGTON (AP) — When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein. Scientists announced Monday that after picking up two faint signals in mid-August, they were able to find the location of the long-ago crash and see the end of it play out. Measurements ... Read More »

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing telescopes located on every continent and even in orbit to a distant spot in the ... Read More »

Women ID as assault, harassment victims with ‘me too’ tweets

Alyssa Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of women are identifying themselves as victims of sexual harassment or assault following a call to action propelled by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall over of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades. Milano passed along a suggestion from a friend on Sunday that women who have been sexually ... Read More »

Mayim Bialik discusses Weinstein comments after backlash

Mayim Bialik

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Mayim Bialik has clarified her comments on the sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein after an opinion piece she wrote drew accusations of victim blaming. Bialik wrote in a New York Times piece published Friday that she makes choices to be “self-protecting and wise” like dressing modestly and not acting ... Read More »

Joe Jonas engaged to ‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner

Singer Joe Jonas is engaged to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner. Turner and Jonas shared the same photo on Instagram on Sunday of her hand sporting a diamond ring and resting on top of his. Turner noted in her caption that she “said yes.” The 21-year-old Turner has starred as Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones” since she was ... Read More »

Veteran British actor Roy Dotrice dies aged 94

LONDON (AP) — Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at his London home on Monday. He was 94. Dotrice was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film “Amadeus” and his many theater and TV roles. He won many accolades throughout his lengthy career including a Tony Award in 2000 for his role in the Broadway ... Read More »