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  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages August 18, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.
  • Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally August 18, 2017
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.
  • What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle August 18, 2017
    MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.
  • California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.
  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.
  • No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - The Wayne County jail in downtown Detroit is not liable to inmates who were subjected to group strip searches when the number of inmates awaiting processing made individual searches impractical, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
  • Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A San Francisco area man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack in Spain, his family told a local television station on Friday, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American citizen was dead.
  • Tillerson condemns racism, calls for national reconciliation August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of "bigotry in all its forms" on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.
  • Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons August 18, 2017
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.
  • Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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  • Judge Again Rebuffs Roman Polanski’s Effort to Dismiss Rape Case
    For the second time in four months, Judge Scott Gordon on Friday refused to dismiss the 40-year-old rape case against director Roman Polanski. In his ruling, Gordon reiterated that no deal can be worked out before Polanski returns to the U.S. and submits to the court’s authority. Gordon made the ruling in spite of the... Read more »
  • Dr. Luke Has a New Protege — and She’s Not What You’d Expect
    Dr. Luke’s name has been noticeably absent on pop track credits over the last couple of years, though it’s certainly seen its share of headlines, thanks in no small part to a contentious legal battle with Kesha over allegations of contractual servitude and abuse (her claims) and defamation (his). But he does have a new... Read more »
  • Sony Pictures Television Promotes Marketing Executives Jaime Blanc, Cathy Goldman
    Sony Pictures Television has promoted marketing executives Cathy Goldman (pictured above, left) and Jaime Blanc (pictured above, right). Blanc has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president of marketing and advertiser sales. She joined the company in 2013, and has nearly 20 years of experience within the industry. She has previously held positions... Read more »
  • ‘The Conjuring’ Series, Spinoffs Top $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office
    New Line’s four-film “Conjuring” series has scared up more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, thanks to “Annabelle: Creation” taking in more than $110 million. The low-cost franchise launched in 2013 with “The Conjuring,” starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators, and was spun off with 2014’s demonic doll “Annabelle,” followed... Read more »
  • Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases
    In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label. ACQUISITIONS Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as... Read more »
  • Steve Mnuchin’s Former Yale Classmates Urge Him to Resign From Treasury
    Over 300 of Steve Mnuchin’s Yale University Class of 1985 classmates have signed a letter asking him to resign as Secretary of the Treasury in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on recent events in Charlottesville. The letter, which was posted on lettertostevemnuchin.com, addressed Yale’s legacy of graduates serving as presidents, members of the cabinet, and... Read more »
  • Steve Bannon Returns to Breitbart News After White House Exit
    WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News on Friday, after he was ousted as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. Charlie Spiering, the White House correspondent for Breitbart, tweeted that Bannon returned as executive chairman and chaired their evening editorial meeting. 🚨Siren🚨 Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News and... Read more »
  • Summer Late-Night Ratings: Stephen Colbert Grows Total Viewers Lead, Gains Ground on Jimmy Fallon in Key Demo
    As the summer begins to wind down, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has shown no signs of slowing down in the ratings. According to Nielsen data from May 25 to Aug. 13, Colbert is averaging a 0.53 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 3.38 million viewers per episode. “The Tonight Show Starring... Read more »
  • ‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76
    Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76. The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels.... Read more »
  • Carl Icahn Steps Down as Trump Special Adviser
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is stepping down as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform, he announced Friday. In a letter posted on his website addressed to POTUS, Icahn responded to criticism on the Democratic side that his role might create a conflict of interest. “I never sought any special benefit for... Read more »


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