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Correction: Oscars-Untelevised Categories story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 16 about the Oscars reversing a decision to hand out four awards during commercial breaks, The Associated Press erroneously described a quote from Board of Governors member Lois Burwell as discussing changes to the Oscars ceremony. Burwell was speaking about changes to the Governors Ball, not the…

Emotional ceremony honors Hall, Stenberg, Layne and Lewis

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amandla Stenberg brought the audience to their feet as she talked of being protected by the ancestors. KiKi Layne evoked tears as she talked about having the comfort of black women during an exciting but "terrifying" time. Regina Hall kept people in stitches as she cracked jokes and celebrated her…

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including…

Oscars producers say the show is in 'good shape' for Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK? It's an understandable query. Producing the Oscars is guaranteed to be a stressful job, but the road to the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, has been unusually…

Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one…

A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed. Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference Thursday, saying he paid the brothers $3,500…

Monkees' lovable bass-guitar player Peter Tork dead at 77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77. Tork's son Ivan Iannoli told The Associated Press his father died Thursday at the family home in…

Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

MILAN (AP) — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years. The fashion house said in notes for its Milan Fashion Week show that the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection "is the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld, representing a lifetime of…

Duke's Zion Williamson day to day with mild knee sprain

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 1 Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson is day to day with a mild right knee sprain. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday night that Williamson is progressing as expected after he injured his knee when his left shoe ripped apart as he slipped while dribbling during the first minute…