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Hunter Biden paintings pose ethical challenge for president
7/14/2021 1:08:31 PM

By Alexandra Jaffe   WASHINGTON (AP)—The White House has established an arrangement that would allow President Joe Biden's son Hunter to sell his artwork for tens of thousands of dollars without knowing the identity of the purchaser, an agreement established in attempt to avoid any potential ethical concerns surrounding his sales. Under the arrangement, a private art gallery owner will set prices for his work and will handle all bidding and sales, but will not share any information about buyers or prospective buyers with Hunter or anyone in the administration. The deal...

Warner Bros studio tour expands with DC Universe, Potter, more
7/14/2021 1:03:14 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   BURBANK (AP)—Batman's secret cave, Harry Potter's cupboard under the stairs and the apartment from “Friends” are major centerpieces to the huge Warner Bros. studio lot expansion. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood recently reopened more than a year after doors were shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, attendees will have a chance to explore the studio's nearly 100 years of television and filmmaking history, highlighting the DC Universe and “Harry Potter.” A firsthand look took place a couple of...

Mexico enters 3rd wave of coronavirus, infections up 29%
7/14/2021 12:59:21 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP)—Mexico is entering its third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections rose by 29% compared to the previous week. But the country's health department said Friday the growth is largely coming from infections among younger, less vulnerable people. Case numbers are now as high as the beginning of the last surge in September; that wave peaked in January and steadily declined until June. But at present only about 22% of the country's hospital beds are occupied; hospital beds in many parts of the country were essentially filled to capacity during the last...

FEMA offers funeral aid to those grieving COVID-19 deaths
7/14/2021 12:55:01 PM

By Noelle Alviz-Gransee and Kristin Byrne   MADISON, Wis. (AP)—Shenora Staten-Jordan felt lost when her father, Gary Lee Staten, died of COVID-19 in May. She hadn't expected to lose him so soon at age 61—or for a contagious disease to hinder her goodbye. All of that only strengthened her Milwaukee family's wishes to give Staten—a beloved father and grandfather who spent 30-plus years serving Milwaukee Public Schools—the type of homegoing service he deserved, she said. “We look at the news every day and we are seeing numbers of COVID-19...

Been to Disneyland since it reopened? SoCal ticket specials now available
7/7/2021 7:54:25 PM

ANAHEIM—Southern California residents hoping to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park can take advantage of a ticket package available starting Tuesday, offering admission for as low as $83 per day. The Southern California special is a three-day, one-park-per-day ticket for $249. For those who prefer to bounce between parks, a three-day park- hopper ticket available for $304. The tickets will be available for an undetermined, limited time. People who buy the tickets must use them by Sept. 30. There are no blackout dates, but Disney is still requiring ticket holders...

DA won’t seek death penalty for man charged in rapper Pop Smoke’s killing
7/7/2021 7:53:00 PM

LOS ANGELES—The prosecution announced Tuesday that it won’t seek the death penalty against a man who is charged along with three juveniles in the killing of rapper Pop Smoke during a robbery at a Hollywood Hills home last year. Corey Walker, 20, could now face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the Feb. 19, 2020, killing of the 20- year-old New York-based rapper, whose real name was Bashar Jackson. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery and...

LAPD officer accused of mocking George Floyd cleared by internal panel
7/7/2021 7:50:50 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles Police Department officer who was accused of distributing a Valentine’s Day-themed social media post mocking the death of George Floyd was found not guilty by the department’s administrative trial board, it was reported Tuesday. The accused sergeant, who has not been publicly identified, will not face any discipline after being cleared by the department’s Board of Rights, which comprises three hearing officers, according to NBC4. The station said the LAPD confirmed the decision, and issued the following statement: "The department...

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test
7/7/2021 7:48:19 PM

By Eddie Pells and Pat Graham   American champion Sha’Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, told of her ban Friday on the “Today Show.” She tested positive at the Olympic trials and so her result is erased. Fourth-place finisher Jenna Prandini is expected to get Richardson’s spot in the 100. Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the women’s...

Whither #MeToo? Chilling effect of Cosby reversal feared
7/7/2021 7:42:27 PM

By Jocelyn Noveck   When Indira Henard, director of the DC Rape Crisis Center, received the text message Wednesday, she thought she wasn't reading her phone correctly. “Indira oh my god,” said the message from a colleague. “Cosby's walking out of prison.” “I put on the news and there it was, and my heart just dropped,” Henard said. “I thought about how all our survivors would be feeling.” During the afternoon, Henard says the center's hotline was “off the hook, with survivors needing a place to process, and...

Fox News fined $1 million for sex harassment and retaliation
7/7/2021 7:39:53 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—The New York City Commission on Human Rights has fined Fox News $1 million, the largest penalty in its history, for violations of laws protecting against sexual harassment and job retaliation. As part of a settlement agreement announced Tuesday, Fox also agreed to mandate anti-harassment training for its New York-based staff and contributors and to temporarily allow people who allege misconduct under human rights law to bring claims and not be subject to binding arbitration. The penalty stems from an investigation that began in 2017...