BBC names ex-judge to lead probe into 1995 Diana interview

The BBC’s board of directors has approved the appointment of a retired senior judge to lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around a controversial 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana, the broadcaster said Wednesday.

Gucci, Gus Van Sant challenge fashion cycle with film collab ‘GucciFest’

Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Sat Nov 14 2020 09:56:13 MILAN — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has been looking to transcend the runway show, and the coronavirus pandemic has provided an apt moment. Michele teamed up with American film director Gus Van Sant to create a seven-part miniseries revealing Gucci’s latest collection, titled “Ouverture.” […]

AC/DC is back and fighting off the black with new album

Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press11/13/2020LOS ANGELES — Through decades, deaths and disasters, AC/DC keeps thundering on.Forty-seven years along, and with the closest thing possible to their original lineup, the rockers on Friday are releasing “Power Up,” their first album in six years.It’s also the first since the 2017 death of Malcolm Young, who founded the […]

Rihanna on new album: ‘I just want to have fun with music’

By Leanne Italie, The Associated PressThu Oct 01 2020 09:59 NEW YORK — It’s been four years since Rihanna released an album but the singer is working hard on recording new music. The pop star, 32, told The Associated Press for her new album she’s already held “tons of writing camps” — where songwriters are […]

AP sources: Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

By Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker, and Colleen Long, The Associated PressMon Sep 21 2020 04:00 WASHINGTON — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. The letter had been […]

Barr announces $100M more to combat human trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. […]

Horrors of slavery at centre of Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum’

By John Carucci, The Associated Press NEW YORK — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” In the movie, set for release Friday, the pop star and actress plays a successful modern−day author that […]

Pandemic forces journalists to rethink campaign coverage

By David Bauder, The Associated PressTue Sep 15 2020 12:34 NEW YORK — When the coronavirus shutdown began, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz figured her plan for a cross−country road trip to meet voters would be shelved, too. Instead, this week Raddatz nears the end of a 6,000−mile journey, where in Ohio she found a man […]

Met Opera skips this season, 1st black composer opens ’21-22

By Ronald Blum, The Associated PressWed Sep 23 2020 12:04 NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140−year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in […]

George Takei, Ocean Vuong win American book awards

NEW YORK — Fiction by Ocean Vuong and Yoko Ogawa, a prison memoir by Alfred Woodfox and a graphic memoir based on actor George Takei’s childhood in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese Americans are the among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards. The awards were announced Monday by the Before Columbus […]