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Report: Disney dropping the 'Fox' from movie studio names
1/24/2020 6:10:19 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports. Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. But trade publication Variety reported that 20th Century Fox will become 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will be Searchlight Pictures. Variety said the studios' logos are largely unchanged except for the removal of the Fox name. Variety said the Fox name created brand confusion with...

‘Parasite’ wins at SAG Awards, so do Pitt and Aniston
1/24/2020 6:09:17 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Parasite” has officially infected this year’s award season. Bong Joon Ho’s Korean film became the first foreign language film to take top honors from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, setting itself up as a legitimate best picture contender to the front-runner “1917” at next month’s Academy Awards. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston both took home awards at the 26th Screen Actors Guild on Sunday. Pitt, who is headed toward his first acting Academy Award for his performance in “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” won...

Kardashian West pursues criminal justice reform in TV show
1/24/2020 6:07:56 PM

By Beth Harris   PASADENA (AP)—Kim Kardashian West is a step closer to becoming a lawyer, having finished her first year of study as an apprentice. She told The Associated Press on Saturday that her next step is taking the “baby bar,” so-called because it's a one-day exam. If she passes, she plans to study for another three years and then take the California bar exam. “I'm super-motivated, and I really want to see it through,” she said in an interview after promoting a television documentary on criminal justice reform. “There's...

2 years after 'step up,' Grammys step into another mess
1/24/2020 6:07:05 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—The leadership at the Recording Academy thought they were in the clear: After the Academy's then-CEO made comments that seemed to belittle women at the height of the (hash)MeToo movement, leaving the organization in a firestorm that further exposed their diversity problems, it set out to make a change. It issued a task force focused on inclusion. It hired Michelle Obama's former chief of staff to run it and also launched an initiative to create more opportunities for female music engineers and producers. And they hired Deborah...

FEMA funds earthquake safety for Good Samaritan Hospital
1/24/2020 6:05:04 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $1.7 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the City of Los Angeles to ensure Good Samaritan Hospital’s Emergency Department can deliver life-saving services after a major earthquake. As a first-tier hospital in the National Disaster Medical System, Good Samaritan’s emergency staff are trained to receive and treat victims of mass casualty events, such as a large-scale disaster. But violent shaking from an earthquake can damage essential medical equipment and...

LA County monitoring novel coronavirus as CDC conducts screenings at LAX
1/24/2020 6:03:46 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.  Since December 2019, Chinese authorities preliminarily identified more than 45 human infections,...

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules
1/24/2020 6:02:36 PM

By Mark Sherman   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The justices agreed Friday to yet another case stemming from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, this time about cost-free birth control. The court probably will hear arguments in April. The high court will review an appeals court ruling that blocked the Trump administration rules because it did not follow proper procedures. The new policy on contraception,...

Newsom cheers Kaiser $25M pledge to California housing fund
1/24/2020 6:01:08 PM

OAKLAND (AP)—Calling California's homeless crisis a public health issue, hospital giant Kaiser Permanente on Friday pledged $25 million to a new state fund aimed at getting people off the streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week creating what he proposes to be a $750 million fund that providers could use to pay rents, subsidize affordable housing or help board and care homes. Kaiser said its donation is one of the first of its kind from the private sector. “Safe and stable housing is key to a person's physical, mental and social...

Neil Peart, drummer for influential rockers Rush, dead at 67
1/17/2020 1:58:43 PM

SANTA MONICA (AP)—Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the influential Canadian band Rush, has died. He was 67. His representative, Elliot Mintz, said in a statement Friday that Peart died at his home Tuesday in Santa Monica, California. The band posted a message on Twitter also confirming the news. “It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer,” the band wrote....

Netflix leads all nominees for NAACP Image Awards
1/17/2020 1:56:56 PM

By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Netflix will make its presence felt at next month's 51st NAACP Image Awards. The streaming giant on Thursday emerged with a leading 42 nominations, including for Ava DuVernay's limited series “Whey They See Us” and the Eddie Murphy-led film “Dolemite is My Name.” Thirty of Netflix's nominations came in television categories and the rest were for its film releases. “When They See Us” was a four-part series chronicling the true story of five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem...