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Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg’s name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is struggling to adjust. The former New York City mayor was caught flat-footed during much of Wednesday night’s debate when […]

Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from the U.S. Treasury chief, saying Friday his comments have “of course no effect” on her and fellow campaigners. The 17-year-old Swedish star’s comments marked a final coda to the four-day World Economic Forum summit in Davos, where a major […]

Again? Oscar noms slammed for persistent lack of diversity

Actress Issa Rae was ready with her quip, as if she had predicted the Oscar nominations that were announced Monday. “Congratulations to those men,” she said dryly, as the best director nominees — yes, five men — were announced. Rae’s expertly thrown shade echoed through social media as observers took stock of what was, yet […]

Time’s up for ‘totes:’ New batch of banned words is out

DETROIT (AP) — Sorry, Latin teachers: Quid pro quo has got to go. The centuries-old Latin phrase, which means an exchange of favors, leads a Michigan university’s 45th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.” Quid pro quo got new life during the impeachment of President Donald […]

Australian village scorched by wildfires struggles with loss

NERRIGUNDAH, Australia (AP) — Ash Graham’s dog, Kozi, wakes him at 8 a.m., eager for his morning walk. Then Graham realizes he was dreaming, and gets up from the one-man tent he’s been sleeping in each night since a wildfire swept through his village on New Year’s Eve. Graham, a volunteer firefighter, resumes his weary […]

‘1917,’ ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ win Golden Globes

The 77th Golden Globes were meant to be a coronation for Netflix. Instead, a pair of big-screen epics took top honors Sunday, as Sam Mendes’ technically dazzling World War I tale “1917” won best picture, drama, and Quentin Tarantino’s radiant Los Angeles fable “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” won best film, comedy or musical. […]

Study finds 2019 was a ‘banner year’ for female filmmakers

NEW YORK (AP) — Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Melina Matsoukas and Greta Gerwig led Hollywood to a record year for women in the director’s chair. In 2019, women directed more of the most popular movies than any year before. Women directed 12 of 2019’s top 100-grossing films in 2019, according to a study released Thursday […]

Don Draper, Eleven, Selina Meyer lead AP roles of the decade

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics say we’re in an era called Peak TV, with hundreds of original scripted streaming, cable, and broadcast series competing for eyeballs. But even in a peak era some peak characters emerge. These are some of the fictional folk that we’ll look back respectfully when we think of the 2010s. DON […]

Bill would help provide therapy dogs to vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — Some in Congress said it’s time for the Department of Veterans Affairs to do more to help veterans get therapy dogs. There’s even a new bill that would make that happen. However, members of Congress said the biggest hurdle to all of this is the VA itself. After his service ended, […]

McDonald’s CEO’s ouster reflects trend on workplace romances

NEW YORK (AP) — Workplace couples are often romanticized — think Bill and Melinda Gates or Michelle and Barack Obama. But when the relationship involves two people with unequal power, it can also be fraught with peril, especially in the #MeToo era. McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is only the latest chief executive to be ousted […]

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