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Spinoff of ABC's 'black-ish' to Focus on Mixed-Race Issues
5/9/2019 5:53:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A spinoff of the ABC sitcom “black-ish” will focus on a young Rainbow Johnson and her challenges growing up in the 1980s. ABC said Thursday that the new series, titled “mixed-ish,” will be narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross. She stars in “black-ish” as the adult character with the nickname of Bow. In the spinoff, preteen Bow and her mixed-ethnicity family face the dilemma of assimilation or staying “true to themselves,” according to ABC. Bow and her siblings also must adapt to suburbia and a mainstream school after...

Peabo Bryson Recovering After Heart Attack, Cancels Concerts
5/9/2019 5:51:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—A representative for R&B singer Peabo Bryson says he is on his way to making a full recovery after suffering a mild heart attack. Bryson's representative says Friday he is improving but has to cancel several planned concerts so he can rest. The statement reads, “Mr. Bryson is still listed in stable condition and is improving rapidly.” Bryson, 68, is a two-time Grammy winner known for hits such as “Beauty & the Beast” and “A Whole New World.” His rep says his family continues to ask for privacy, “but extends...

Officials Announce New Southland Measles Cases
5/9/2019 5:50:31 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Officials are investigating another confirmed case of measles in a Los Angeles County resident and an additional non-resident measles case who traveled throughout Southern California, part of a renewed outbreak of the disease nationally and across the Southland. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that persons who may have been on-site at the date and time for any of the below locations may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed: • 4/27: Peet's Coffee, 175 S. Fairfax Ave., Unit D, 9...

Drug Firm Founder Guilty of Bribing Doctors to Push Opioid
5/9/2019 5:49:37 PM

By Alana Durkin Richer   BOSTON (AP)—A pharmaceutical company founder accused of bribing doctors across the U.S. to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy after 15 days of jury deliberations. Four ex-employees of the Chandler, Arizona-based company, including the former exotic dancer, were also convicted. Some of the...

Cocaine Deaths Up in U.S., Opioids Are Big Part of it
5/9/2019 5:48:42 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Cocaine deaths have been rising in the U.S., health officials said Thursday in their latest report on the nation's deadliest drug overdose epidemic. After several years of decline, overdose deaths involving cocaine began rising around 2012. And they jumped by more than a third between 2016 and 2017. The increase at least partly reflects trends in deaths from heroin, fentanyl and other opioid drugs. Many overdose deaths involve several different drugs. The CDC researchers found that nearly three-quarters of the deaths involving cocaine...

Schumer Calls on CDC to Declare Emergency in Superbug Fight
5/9/2019 5:47:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to declare an emergency and unlock special funding to stem a potentially deadly drug-resistant fungus that's been spreading at health care facilities. Schumer, the Senate Democratic Leader, says declaring an emergency over the Candida Auris fungus could make his home state of New York eligible for potentially millions of dollars in public health crisis response funding. More than half of the 613 confirmed cases in the U.S. have been in New York. Illinois has had 156 confirmed cases of the...

Street art of Nipsey Hussle in LA Breathes Life into Legacy
5/1/2019 4:03:33 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Along busy highways, on the sides of buildings and inside a school basketball court, more than 50 colorful murals of Nipsey Hussle have popped up in Los Angeles since the beloved rapper and community activist was gunned down outside his clothing store. Some show the rapper gazing into the sky or bowing his head. One has him standing with angel wings. Others include inspiring quotes. The street artists who created the work said they want his legacy to grow and his entrepreneurial spirit to live on. “He wasn't the...

‘Boyz n the Hood' Director John Singleton Dead at 51
5/1/2019 4:02:32 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Flowers were placed Tuesday morning on the star honoring Oscar-nominated director John Singleton on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one day after he was removed from life support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a massive stroke earlier this month. "John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," according to a statement released by the family's publicist. "We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want to thank all of...

Aliyah Royale Undaunted by Pace of New Success
5/1/2019 4:00:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Aliyah Royale imagined her TV series debut might be a comedy. Instead, she plunged into an emotionally demanding role in a police-shooting drama that brought the 19-year-old into the daunting orbit of a veteran star and heavyweight producers. Whatever the challenges, Royale said she felt compelled to be part of “The Red Line,” which details the devastating effect an unarmed African-American doctor's killing has on his husband, played by Noah Wyle of “ER” and “The Librarians” fame, their adopted daughter Jira (Royale) and the...

Recent Infectious Disease Outbreaks Among Children are a Cause of Concern for Parents
5/1/2019 3:57:59 PM

By Staff Reports   PASADENA – With measles and whooping cough cases happening regionally and across the country, many parents across Southern California are rightfully concerned about how to best protect the health of their children. Los Angeles County health officials on April 22 reported five confirmed cases of measles – the first in the county in 2019 – were linked to international travel. Also, Orange County health officials earlier this month reported that an infant died following a bout with whooping cough – the first death from that disease since...