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The scoop on how your cat’s sandpapery tongue deep cleans

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Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are learning how those sandpapery tongues help cats get clean and stay cool. Read More

Legal groups argue in court against Trump asylum ban

Legal groups argued today that a judge should prevent the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on asylum for anyone who illegally crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. Read More

‘Fantastic Beasts’ flies to top of weekend box office

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. Read More
 
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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally in theaters

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Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace,” which had been lost to the archives until Elliott spent decades restoring it so it could finally be seen. Read More

First African-American top network executive exiting ABC

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network’s shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down. Read More
 

Michelle Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out against Trump during 2016 campaign

Michelle Obama spoke Thursday at an event at The Forum near Los Angeles as the former first lady promotes her best-selling book “Becoming,” which was released last week. Read More
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FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

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Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Read More
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California fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

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Fire refugee Anna Goodnight sat on an overturned shopping cart today in a Walmart parking lot as she ate scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser. Read More
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Statue of Liberty’s original torch moved to museum site

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The Statue of Liberty’s original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island today to its new home in a museum that will open next year. Read More

North Korea says it has tested ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” the nation’s state media reported today, though it didn’t describe what sort of weapon it was. Read More

Apple signs multiyear deal with film studio A24

Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” Read More
 

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