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Pistorius sentencing: What it means

  PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world’s most recognizable athletes? Here’s what Pistorius’ five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide in Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting [...]

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Review: Play reveals tense birth of a classic film

NEW YORK (AP) — Two tough guys, one tough script and their Herculean team effort to cram steamy sex and violence into a strictly-censored Hollywood studio film is the subject of Mike Bencivenga’s fascinating play “Billy & Ray.” A smartly humorous, suspenseful production, featuring Vincent Kartheiser (of TV’s “Mad Men”) as legendary Hollywood writer and [...]

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Police contacted actress before she was found dead

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — Suburban Seattle police say they contacted actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” ”Frozen River” and “Django Unchained,” several times before she was found dead in a ravine last week. Auburn police said Tuesday that officers contacted Upham four times since July 2013, and each time she [...]

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Review: A twist on the man-child romp in ‘Laggies’

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low production value. She has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups: two pals trying to follow through on a dare to make a gay porno (“Humpday”); a man betwixt two interested sisters, one of them a lesbian, in a remote cabin (“Your [...]

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Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says [...]

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Oscar De La Renta dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed [...]

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Truth campaign outs celebrity tobacco users

  By Richelle Hammiel “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” is a message that flashes across television screens and this message has generated the attention of fans, celebrities and lawyers. The Truth Campaign, active enforcers of change, has compiled numerous photos as well as facts to stop the use of tobacco, especially in teens. The photos were made [...]

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NBC’s Snyderman faces credibility issues

    NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is [...]

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Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and [...]

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Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album

  NEW YORK (AP) — At 69, Bob Seger says he’s ready to hit the road again: He’s scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. “I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Seger said in a phone interview, noting that a colonoscopy from a few years ago [...]

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Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former “Tonight Show” host Sunday when he received the nation’s top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno’s famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy [...]

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