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NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Torres used to wonder about the back story of her "Suits " character, Jessica Pearson.The character was the co-founder and boss of the law firm at the center of the show, but that was about all that was known.Torres wondered: "'She doesn't have family, she doesn't have …
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Jussie Smollett have filed motions contending that because the "Empire" TV actor was a victim a judge should reverse his appointment of a special prosecutor.Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin last month named a special prosecutor to investigate why State's …
WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Thursday he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks."I will be calling the very talented Prime …
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast for the weekend.OZY Fest had been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Central Park. Mayor Bill …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 40 years after first forging their friendship while working together on the nighttime soap "Knots Landing," actresses Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee and Donna Mills are now more than just friends — they're a sister act.At one point in their interview Thursday …
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal says it will release two new "Halloween" films, including one with the ominous title "Halloween Ends."The studio said Friday that the first of the films, "Halloween Kills," will be released in 2020 and the second film will come in 2021.A teaser video includes …
SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday.The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching "Avatar's" all-time box office record and even fielded questions from some unlikely …
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion.The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker's …
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32.Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday night at a North …
NEW YORK (AP) — Pam Grier's role as the owner of a hardware store in rural Nebraska in the ABC sitcom "Bless This Mess" isn't a complete departure for the film legend: She lives in rural Colorado and has spent much of her life on ranches to find serenity from Hollywood life."I commuted to …
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Leave the kids at home, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is getting an R-rating.Director Tim Miller told the audience at San Diego Comic-Con that it wasn't always going to be the plan, but the fans demanded it. The panel that kicked off the fan convention Thursday morning may also …
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country.A corrected version of the story is below:Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers of the web series "Titans" say the cast and crew are heartbroken after a special effects coordinator was killed while preparing for a stunt.In a statement, the show's executive producers say Warren Appleby was killed at a special effects facility while …
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest from Big Ten football media days (all times local):11:25 a.m.Matt Millen will be back in a broadcast booth when the coming college football season begins, new heart and all.The former Penn State star who played on four-time Super Bowl championship teams says heart …
GENEVA (AP) — China's star swimmer Sun Yang wants a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself against alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Friday, lawyers for …
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope."He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it," remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker's stepdaughter. "On a night where there was a lunar …
TOKYO (AP) — Police on Friday were investigating at the blackened, gutted building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people in a beloved animation studio, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Some were questioning why mass killings like this …
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Friday outlined the details of an impending prisoner swap with Russia, saying that Kiev is willing to release a jailed Russian journalist in exchange for a Ukrainian film director.President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's statement comes at the end of the …
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky is being held for another week in pre-trial detention to allow police to finish investigating a June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm, a Swedish court said Friday.Stockholm's District Court decided to accept the request from prosecutor Daniel …

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