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Rapper Common surprises students at NY school, donates money

Common, Mahalia Hines

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits. The rapper-actor partnered with the nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to give Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem the funds on Thursday. Students cheered loudly after they learned the ... Read More »

Where to watch O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing

Yale Galanter

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will show O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at a Nevada prison, as he seeks freedom after spending more than eight years locked up for armed robbery and assault. CBS said it will air part ... Read More »

11 key players in OJ Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada

Malcolm LaVergne

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada parole board members who will decide if O.J. Simpson gets released from prison have experience in law enforcement, prisons, probation and social work. Others involved in Thursday’s hearing have varying ties to the former football, TV and movie star who was acquitted of murder in 1995 in Los Angeles but convicted of armed robbery ... Read More »

Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star

O.J. Simpson

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson’s story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture. A beloved football hero in the 1960s and ’70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed. He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and ... Read More »

Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star

O.J. Simpson

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson’s story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture. A beloved football hero in the 1960s and ’70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed. He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and ... Read More »

O.J. Simpson’s hearing revisits old obsession for TV

Yale Galanter

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will interrupt this presidency on Thursday to revisit an old obsession. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will show O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing at a Nevada prison, as he seeks freedom after spending more than eight years locked up for armed robbery and assault. CBS said it will air part ... Read More »

11 key players in OJ Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada

Malcolm LaVergne

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada parole board members who will decide if O.J. Simpson gets released from prison have experience in law enforcement, prisons, probation and social work. Others involved in Thursday’s hearing have varying ties to the former football, TV and movie star who was acquitted of murder in 1995 in Los Angeles but convicted of armed robbery ... Read More »

Rey finally gets place in Star Wars Monopoly sets sold in US

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hasbro is now offering a “Star Wars” Monopoly set for sale in the U.S. that includes the female character Rey after an uproar that started 18 months ago with an online plea by an 8-year-old girl to include her. The company began selling the set on its website a few days after The Associated Press reported ... Read More »

Independent feature ‘Icebox’ to film in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will serve as the backdrop for a new independent feature film about a boy who is caught by U.S. immigration authorities after leaving his home in Honduras. Officials with the New Mexico Film Office say “Icebox” is beginning principal photography this month in Albuquerque and Espanola. The work will last through early August. ... Read More »

Jury: Railroad to pay $3.9M for train death of film worker

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A railroad owner plans to appeal a jury’s decision that it must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a spokesman for the company said. The jury in Savannah decided in a civil verdict Monday that CSX Transportation shared in the blame for the deadly ... Read More »