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'Sesame Street' comforts children displaced by Syrian war

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian civil war. Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit,...

 

New BBC America documentary series tackles global change

NEW YORK (AP) — If sheer drama is what you crave on TV, look no further than the tale of a fearless mother at the far edge of South America. She is a puma and this big cat repeatedly launches herself over and over at a llama-like creature more...

 

Airbnb looking for 100 of the best home chefs for a trip

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is launching a global search for 100 top home cooks and treating them to a trip to Italy to learn how to refine their recipes with teachers including David Chang and his mom. The lucky chosen will travel to the University of...

 

'Goodness and humor' celebrated as 'Sesame Street' turns 50

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, beloved entertainer Carol Burnett appeared on the very first broadcast of a quirky TV program that featured a bunch of furry puppets. "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird," Burnett commented. And then — poof — she...

 

Eddie Murphy to host 'SNL' for the first time in 35 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Murphy will be returning to a place that helped launch his career — "Saturday Night Live." The comedian will be the host of the sketch comedy show on Dec. 21, marking the former cast member's first hosting appearance since...

 

3 black women win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

NEW YORK (AP) — When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed th...

 

Arts professionals respond in the year since #MeToo movement

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Kate Shindle has been backstage in a lot of theaters — on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour. But she came across something unusual a few months ago when she went to rehearsals for a new show in New Jersey. Cast members...

 

Singing the blues - Study of pop music finds rise in sadness

NEW YORK (AP) — A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the...

 

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer win hailed as 'big for music'

NEW YORK (AP) — The decision to award rapper Kendrick Lamar the Pulitzer Prize for music represents a historic moment for hip-hop and American music, according to two of the music jurors who picked the album "DAMN." as a finalist. "It's big for...

 

Ex-E! host Catt Sadler finds herself a symbol of wage gap

NEW YORK (AP) — Catt Sadler may have walked out on her job late last year after discovering she was paid far less than a colleague, but the former E! News host says she's found a better one — advocate. The former journalist is speaking out about...

 

Erykah Badu claims supportive Hitler stance 'misconstrued'

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Erykah Badu claims her words were "misconstrued" in the wake of a controversial interview in which she said she sees a "good" side to everyone, including Adolf Hitler. In a series of tweets Thursday, the singer stressed she...

 

Kimora Lee Simmons defends Russell Simmons from allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Kimora Lee Simmons has broken her public silence on the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against her former husband, Russell Simmons, offering a ringing defense of his character. Kimora Lee Simmons took to Instagram to say...

 

Logan Paul resurfaces on YouTube with anti-suicide video

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube star Logan Paul has returned to YouTube with a 7-minute suicide prevention video he hopes will "make a difference in the world." Paul was suspended by YouTube after posting video of him in a forest in Japan near what seemed...

 

Hollywood accusers named AP Entertainers of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn't a movie or a TV show. It had heroines and villains, but no script. And it went viral despite having no big publicity machinery behind it. The women who initially...

 

Louis C.K. says he misused his power and 'brought pain'

NEW YORK (AP) — With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confessed Friday to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence "irresponsibly." The comedian said in a...

 

BroadwayHD to offer West End plays and musicals

NEW YORK (AP) — The digital theater streaming network BroadwayHD is growing bigger than its name. It will soon be the first to stream hits from London's West End. BroadwayHD will start offering current and recent offerings with "Wind in the...

 

Hollywood sex accusations now levied at Ratner, Hoffman

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's widening sexual harassment crisis has ensnared a prominent film director after six women — including actress Olivia Munn — accused Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report on Wednesday....

 

The person named most dangerous online might surprise you

NEW YORK (AP) — One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory — she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said...

 

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