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6 new rules to prevent Oscars envelope gaffe

LOS ANGELES – After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the dozens of people affected by it: The show’s producers, presenters and stage managers, and the filmmakers behind “La L [...]

2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. – A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school. “He was determined. He knew what he was doing,” said Alexandria Caporali, who grabbed her stunned friend and ran into a classroom as their c [...]

Vice President Mike Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

JERUSALEM – Vice President Mike Pence placed his hand on the hallowed Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday as he wrapped up a four-day trip to the Mideast that ended with Palestinians still fuming over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. On a solemn visit to the holiest site wh [...]

In Oscar nominations, fresh voices lead the way

NEW YORK – The Academy Awards showered outsiders, on screen and off, with milestone-setting nominations that celebrated Guillermo del Toro’s full-hearted ode to outcasts “The Shape of Water,” embraced first-time filmmakers such as Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, and made “Mudbound” director of photography Rachel Morrison the first woman ever n [...]

Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Report says not clear yet

WASHINGTON – Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes. The report issued Tuesday wrestles with the potential benefits and harms of the vapor-emitting devices [...]


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