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Emmy show will include $2.8M donation to fight child hunger

Published On: September 20, 2020 02:15 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Every Emmy Award handed out Sunday will come with something extra — a $100,000 donation to fight child hunger. The Television Academy announced Friday that each network and streaming service competing on the telecast has pledged the donation for every Emmy they win.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

Published On: September 18, 2020 04:33 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

Global virus cases top 30 million, tally shows

Published On: September 18, 2020 03:43 PM NPT By: Associated Press

LONDON, Sept 18: Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have topped 30 million worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Published On: September 18, 2020 03:31 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex.

Australia pays $3.7 M to help news agency though pandemic

Published On: September 18, 2020 01:47 PM NPT By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept 18: The Australian government on Friday announced a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to regional journalism.

Emmys, live and virtual: ‘What could possibly go wrong?’

Published On: September 18, 2020 01:02 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel and an alpaca sharing the spotlight. Winners accepting at home in designer pajamas or maybe yoga pants. More than 100 chances for a balky internet connection to bring Sunday’s ceremony to a crashing halt.

‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

Published On: September 18, 2020 12:59 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77.

Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett tie for top prize at ACMs

Published On: September 17, 2020 12:45 PM NPT By: Associated Press

In surprise twist that fit an unexpected year of firsts, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first time the top prize has been split between two artists.

Cardi B files for divorce from Migos’ rapper Offset

Published On: September 17, 2020 12:43 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Cardi B has filed for divorce from Migos’ rapper Offset, claiming her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” The Grammy-winning rapper filed the divorce documents Tuesday in Atlanta, according to a Fulton County Courthouse filing. She said there are “no prospects for a reconciliation” for marriage with Offset.

Texas man sentenced to prison for stalking Taylor Swift

Published On: September 17, 2020 12:40 PM NPT By: Associated Press

A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift’s former record label.

6 emerging women writers receive $30,000 Rona Jaffe Awards

Published On: September 16, 2020 10:56 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Fiction writers Mari Christmas and Yalitza Ferreras and poets Elisa Gonzalez and Charleen McClure are among six winners of Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, $30,000 prizes for emerging women authors.

Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

Published On: September 16, 2020 10:47 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing an untitled film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write with “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody. Madonna said she wants the film to convey “the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world.”

Paris Hilton says she ‘feels free’ after YouTube documentary

Published On: September 15, 2020 01:47 PM NPT By: Associated Press

There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor.

India adds over 83,000 cases, nears 5 million

Published On: September 15, 2020 12:19 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW DELHI, Sept 15: India confirmed more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total caseload to nearly 5 million.

Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Published On: September 14, 2020 12:41 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Margaret Atwood, whose sweeping body of work includes “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a depiction of a nightmarish totalitarian future for the United States, is this year’s winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

Australia minister warns foreign journalists amid China spat

Published On: September 13, 2020 08:20 PM NPT By: Associated Press

SYDNEY, Sept 13: A senior Australian government minister on Sunday warned foreign journalists working in the country they might come under the scrutiny of federal agencies if they provide a “slanted view” of Australian affairs.

India cases climb to 4.75M as recovery improves

Published On: September 13, 2020 02:51 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW DELHI, Sept 13: India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million.

Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

Published On: September 13, 2020 12:50 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, Sept 13: Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say.

Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77

Published On: September 13, 2020 11:07 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Toots Hibbert, one of reggae’s founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement through such classics as “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston,” has died. He was 77.

Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” wins top prize at Venice Film Fest

Published On: September 13, 2020 10:59 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at a slimmed-down Venice Film Festival, which was held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.