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Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere. Read More

Alexa can help with holiday shopping this year

Voice shopping is supposed to be the future, and Amazon — which was far ahead of its competitors in offering it — has pushed customers to use it this holiday season by offering earlier access to deals that way. Other retailers are betting on voice shopping, too: Walmart, Target and dozens of others have teamed up with Google to sell merchandise through the technology company’s voice-activated devices. Read More

‘The Last Jedi’ a welcome disturbance in the Force

A welcome disturbance in the Force, Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” is, by wide measure, the trippiest, scrappiest and most rule-breaking “Star Wars” adventure yet. Read More

ESPN pulls McNabb, Davis amid misconduct suit

ESPN says former NFL players Donovan McNabb and Mike Davis have been pulled from the air while it investigates a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against NFL Network. Read More

Kimmel brings son on-air, pleads for health care

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm
Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy’s heart surgery. Read More

New Linkin Park live album packs a punch of sorrow

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm
It’s unescapably heartbreaking to listen to Linkin Park’s new album. The reason is right there in the title: Live. Read More

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 7:53 am
Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale “The Shape of Water” swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama “Big Little Lies” led television nominees with six nods. Read More

Los Angeles subway construction unearths fossil trove

Since work on the Los Angeles subway extension began in 2014, fossilized remains have routinely turned up from creatures that roamed the grasslands and forests that covered the region during the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. Read More

Can a museum sell its art to stay in business?

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 6:20 pm
The intensifying legal tussle over whether a struggling Massachusetts museum should be allowed to auction 40 works of art, including two by Norman Rockwell, has raised questions about when — if ever — it’s appropriate to unload the collection. Read More

Swift leads Jingle Ball full of hardheaded women and nice guys

It was the New York City rollout for the new image — grown-up and nearly invulnerable — that goes with Swift’s latest pop blockbuster, “Reputation,” which sold more than 1 million copies in its first week of release in late November. She headlinedZ100’s annual Jingle Ball, a marathon of pop hitmakers, at Madison Square Garden. At this time of year, even the biggest stars pay obeisance to the “contemporary hit radio” stations that are still a gateway to mass attention. Read More

Early praise for ‘The Last Jedi’ after elaborate premiere

There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online. Read More

Fonda uses 80th birthday to help others raise funds

Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 8:01 pm
An 80th birthday celebration called “Eight Decades of Jane” will be held on Saturday with hopes of raising at least $1 million for Jane Fonda’s nonprofit organization, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which has sought to prevent teen pregnancy and improve adolescent health since it was founded in 1995. Read More

Monae explores surveillance in 1st art exhibit

Janelle Monae is exploring the intersection between technology and surveillance in a new art installation she created in partnership with the women’s website Refinery 29. Read More

HBO renews ‘Big Little Lies’ for second season

HBO has announced that its smash hit limited series will get a second season with seven episodes. When the network began airing “Big Little Lies” in February, it was expected to be a one-and-done. Read More

Florence, Moore top Surfer Poll rankings for 2nd straight year

Updated on  December 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Hawaii surfers John Florence and Carissa Moore repeated as this year’s top vote-getters in the annual Surfer Awards, held Wednesday at Turtle Bay Resort. Read More

‘Last Jedi’ cast reveals tidbits about next ‘Star Wars’ film

There are times when a lot can be said without saying anything. Add that to the tiny tidbits revealed and there are a few things that are known about “The Last Jedi.” Don’t worry. None of this information is big enough to fall under the header of being a spoiler. Read More

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