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August 08

'Stockton on My Mind' shows mayor's hopes for ailing city

A new HBO documentary dives into the dreams of an unlikely mayor who defied odds to lead his impoverished, Central California city
August 08
In this image released by HBO, Mayor Michael Tubbs speaks to high school students in Stockton, Calif., in a scene from the documentary "Stockton On My Mind." The film dives into the dreams of an unlikely mayor, who became the community’s youngest and first Black mayor in 2016, and who defied odds to lead his impoverished, Central California city. (HBO via AP)
August 08

MTV VMAS scraps indoor performances, moves to outdoor sets

MTV is ditching plans for indoor performances for its upcoming Video Music Awards, opting for outdoor shows spread throughout New York City instead
August 08
FILE - The MTV Moon Man appears on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. MTV says it is changing its plans for indoor performances for its upcoming Video Music Awards, opting for outdoor shows spread throughout New York City instead. Organizers had planned for some performances inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Aug. 30 show, but say they will follow the guidance of state and local officials to move them outside. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
August 07

Lorenzo Soria, president of Golden Globes group, dies at 68

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says its president, Lorenzo Soria, has died
August 07
FILE - Lorenzo Soria speaks at the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
August 07

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
August 07
August 07

Eminent scholar of early U.S., Bernard Bailyn, dies at 97

One of the country’s leading historians of the early United States, Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Bailyn, has died at age 97
August 07
Bernard Bailyn poses in his Harvard University office in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 26, 2003. Bailyn, one of the country’s leading historians of the early U.S., has died at age 97. Bailyn was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution,” among the most influential historical works of the past few decades. (AP Photo/Julia Malakie, File)
August 07

Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

As the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity
August 07
This image released by Discovery Channel shows a scene from "Sharks of Neptune," airing Thursday as part of Shark Week 2020 on Discovery Channel. (Discovery via AP)
August 07

Comedian Andy Dick sues man who punched him in New Orleans

Comedian Andy Dick has filed a lawsuit in New Orleans against a man who punched him last year outside a French Quarter nightclub
August 07
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, actor Andy Dick arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at The Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif. Comedian Andy Dick has filed a lawsuit in New Orleans against the man who punched him last year outside a French Quarter nightclub. Documents in the July 30, 2020, lawsuit were made public Thursday, Aug. 6, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
August 07

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

The filmmakers behind the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” have had to regroup twice ahead of its Sunday premiere
August 07
This combination of photos released by Lifetime shows participants in the new docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” top row from left, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Jena Lisa Jones, Kiki, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, Chaunte Davies, and Courtney Wild. The series premieres on Sunday. (Lifetime via AP)
August 07

Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties

Two Jewish comedians riffing in a podcast about the idiosyncrasies of their shared heritage have sparked an uproar
August 07
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, Seth Rogen speaks at the 33rd American Cinematheque Award in Beverly Hills, Calif. A conversation between two Jewish comedians about Jewish culture and Israel has sparked an uproar by American Jews and an international spat. The fallout from the back and forth between Marc Maron and Seth Rogen highlights the tenuous relationship between Israel, its supporters and its liberal Jewish critics in the diaspora. In his interview on the popular “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast on July 27, 2020, Rogen said amassing Jews in one country to keep them safe “doesn’t make sense.” The comments were interpreted as denying Israel’s right to exist. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
August 06

Grammy-winning producer Detail accused of sexual assault

Grammy Award-winning music producer Detail faces more than a dozen felony charges including multiple counts of rape and sexual assault
August 06
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, music producer Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, attends the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Detail was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said. The 41-year-old producer was held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
August 06

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending August 2, 2020
August 06
August 06

After recovering from virus, Domingo vows to clear name

Placido Domingo is back in Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after recovering from the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from sexual misconduct allegations
August 06
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo is back in Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after recovering from the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. The opera legend’s appearance Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, to accept the award from the Austria Music Theater will be his first in public since recovering from the virus at his home in Acapulco, Mexico. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)
August 06
Former President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)
August 06

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS FOR WEEK ENDING 8/1/2020
August 06
August 06
This cover image released by earMUSIC shows "Whoosh!" by Deep Purple. (earMUSIC via AP)
August 06

Phelps, Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new doc

Olympians including Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Shaun White, Lolo Jones and Sasha Cohen are opening up about their mental health struggles in a new sobering documentary about suicide and depression among the world’s greatest athletes
August 06
August 06

Vogue UK spotlights Black activists, social change

The British issue of Vogue is devoting its September issue to activism, with a cover featuring two Black activists and produced by a predominantly Black team on set
August 06
In this image made available Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, by British Vogue magazine, showing the September 2020 issue devoted to activism, with a cover featuring two Black activists and produced by a predominantly Black team. The influential magazine’s cover features 22-year-old Manchester United soccer player Marcus Rashford, who successfully campaigned during coronavirus lockdown to force Britain’s government to grant free food vouchers to poor families, alongside model and mental health, racial justice and sustainability activist Adwoa Aboah, who has said "Now I have hope it’s changing." They were photographed by Misan Harriman, the first black photographer tasked with shooting the magazine’s September issue. (Original photography by Misan Harriman/Vogue Magazine via AP)
August 06

Coroner: TV host Flack killed herself before assault trial

A British coroner has ruled that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny
August 06
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, Love Island TV presenter Caroline Flack, centre, as she arrives at Highbury Magistrates' Court in London. A British coroner has ruled Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)
August 06

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.”
August 06
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 06
FILE - Viola Davis arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast on Dec. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. Davis, Sterling K. Brown and LeBron James are among several honorees at the AAFCA TV Honors later this month. The African American Film Critics Association announced the recipients of the second annual event on Wednesday. The virtual ceremony is scheduled to air Aug. 22. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 06

FBI raids California home of YouTube star Jake Paul

FBI agents including a SWAT team have raided the home of YouTube star Jake Paul
August 06
FILE - Internet personality Jake Paul arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2017. FBI agents including a SWAT team have raided the apparent home of YouTube star Jake Paul. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at the Calabasas, California mansion in connection with an ongoing investigation. She could not say what the probe is about or who the target was. Helicopter video from local TV news showed agents gathering guns from the home that can frequently be seen on Paul's YouTube channel, which has over 20 million followers. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 05

Biden campaign announces $280 million ad buy through fall

Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign is reserving $280 million in digital and television ads through the fall
August 05
August 05

Ren, Stimpy to make TV comeback in new Comedy Central show

The brazen humor of “The Ren & Stimpy Show” will be revisited in a new Comedy Central version of the animated show
August 05
This image released by ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group shows the title characters from the animated series "The Ren & Stimpy Show." Comedy Central announced a reimagining of the 1990s cult hit. (ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group via AP)
August 05

Kaley Cuoco takes to skies in 'The Flight Attendant'

Kaley Cuoco was looking for her next project three years before “The Big Bang Theory” ended
August 05
FILE - Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 5th annual InStyle Awards on Oct. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. Cuoco was looking for her next project three years before “The Big Bang Theory” ended. She found it reading a snippet about a book on Amazon. “The Flight Attendant” is a dark thriller with comedic overtones, letting Cuoco employ the love of laughter she honed for 12 seasons on the CBS comedy. It's based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, and Cuoco said she won “a bidding war” for the rights. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 05

Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

Longtime New York City newspaper columnist and author Pete Hamill has died
August 05
FILE - In this June 5, 2007 file photo, Pete Hamill responds during an interview at the Skylight Diner in New York. The longtime New York City newspaper columnist and author has died. His brother Denis Hamill said Pete died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
August 05

Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

Five high school juniors, residing everywhere from Lake Worth, Florida to Saratoga, California, have been named National Student Poets
August 05
This combination of photos released by the National Student Poets Program shows, from left, Madelyn Dietz, Manasi Garg, Isabella Ramirez, Ethan Wang and Anthony Wiles who have been named finalists in the Class of 2020 National Student Poets Program. Each receives a $5,000 cash award. (National Student Poets Program via AP)
August 05

Financially struggling zoos could be latest pandemic victims

Zoos and aquariums from Florida to Alaska are struggling financially because of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic
August 05
A chimpanzee holds an enrichment treat at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., on April 14, 2020. Zoos and aquariums from Florida to Alaska are struggling financially because of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet animals still need expensive care and food, meaning the closures that began in March, the start of the busiest season for most animal parks, have left many of the facilities in dire financial straits. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 05

HBO's 'Coastal Elites' cast tackles social satire, anxiety

For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO’s “Coastal Elites” in pandemic-forced isolation was an unsettling challenge
August 05
This combination of images shows actors, from left, Sarah Paulson, Issa Rae, Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever and Dan Levy who will star in the HBO comedy "Coastal Elites," premiering September 12. (AP Photo)
August 05

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Shirley Ann Grau has died at the age of 91
August 05
FILE - In this May 3, 1965, file photo, Shirley Ann Grau, winner of a Pulitzer for her third novel "The Keepers of the House," is shown in New Orleans, with her children, Nora, 5, William, 6 months, and Ian, 8. Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died at age 91. Her daughter Nora McAlister said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, that Grau died Monday in a memory care facility of complications from a stroke. (AP Photo, File)
August 05

Book Review: Deceit and desire await in White's new novel

In a review of “A Saint from Texas” by Edmund White, Associated Press critic Molly Sprayregen writes that while the book contains artful prose, vivid storytelling, and a darkly whimsical tone
August 05
This cover image released by Bloomsbury shows "A Saint from Texas," by Edmund White. (Bloomsbury via AP)
August 05

Review: A superb Rylance lifts up languorous 'Barbarians'

On stage or screen, the remarkable Mark Rylance seems incapable of hitting a false note
August 05
This image released by Samuel Goldwyn Films shows Mark Rylance, second from right, in a scene from "Waiting for the Barbarians." (Fabrizio Di Giulio/Samuel Goldwyn Films via AP)
August 05

For Liam Neeson and son, ‘Made in Italy’ was a family affair

The new film “Made in Italy” hit close to home for Liam Neeson and his 25-year-old son, Micheál Richardson
August 05
This image released by IFC Films shows Michaél Richardson, left, and his father Liam Neeson in a scene from "Made In Italy." They play father and son in the film but their characters are dealing with the loss of their wife and mother. Neeson's wife and Richardson's mother, Natasha Richardson, died over a decade ago in a skiing accident. (IFC Films via AP)
August 05

UK judge: Meghan friends can stay anonymous in privacy case

A British judge has ruled that the Duchess of Sussex can keep her friends’ names secret while she brings a privacy-invasion lawsuit against a British newspaper
August 05
FILE - Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5, 2020. A judge in London on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 is hearing the latest stage in the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy-infringement lawsuit against a British newspaper, as Meghan tries to keep the names of five of her friends out of the public eye. The former Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday at Britain’s High Court over five articles that published portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
August 05

Man killed in Chicago shooting was local rapper, police say

Police say a man who was fatally shot as he stood with another man on one of Chicago's most fashionable streets was a local rapper
August 05
August 05

Review: A low-key 'Secret Garden' that still blooms

For more than a century, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden,” first published in 1911, has endured
August 05
This image released by STXfilms shows Dixie Egerickx in a scene from "The Secret Garden." (STXfilms via AP)
August 05

Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America

A key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America
August 05
August 05

Rapper Kanye West files in Wisconsin to run for president

Rapper Kanye West has filed signatures in Wisconsin to run for president as an independent candidate in November
August 05
August 05

'Who's the Boss?' gets reboot with Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano

A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”
August 05
In this combination photo, Alyssa Milano, left, arrives at the premiere of "Insatiable" on Aug. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles and Tony Danza arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons on Jan. 27, 2018, in New York. A sequel to “Who’s the Boss?” is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, with Danza and Milano set to reprise their father-daughter roles from the 1980s-'90s sitcom. (AP Photo)
August 04

Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes

Neil Young has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for what he calls a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate
August 04
FILE - In this Saturday, May 25, 2019, file photo, Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo in Napa, Calif. Young has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for what he calls a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
August 04

Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

“Mulan” is no longer headed for a major theatrical release
August 04
This image released by Disney shows Yifei Liu in the title role of "Mulan." The film is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4. Customers will have to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription to rent “Mulan.” (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP)
August 04

Disney 3Q revenue drops 42%, missing expectations

Walt Disney Co. has reported that its net income fell dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June
August 04
FILE - Park guests enter the Magic Kingdom during the reopening of Walt Disney World, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney Co. reported net income that plummeted dramatically in the third quarter, when it most of its theme parks remained closed and theatrical movie releases were postponed. Net income results were better than the loss analysts expected, however, but revenue missed expectations. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
August 04

Fox News Channel viewers tune out for John Lewis' funeral

Fox News Channel viewers are usually a loyal bunch, but thousands reached for the ‘off’ switch when the network aired civil rights icon John Lewis' funeral last week
August 04
Rev. Dr. Bernice King offers a prayer at the start of the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)
August 04

Audible best-sellers for week ending July 17th

Audible best-sellers for week ending July 31 st
August 04
August 04

Review: More supernatural horror from ‘The Strain’ writers

Did you like “The Strain” trilogy or the FX television series of the same name
August 04
This cover image released by Grand Central Publishing shows "The Hollow Ones" by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. (Grand Central Publishing via AP)
August 04

Ben Samuel shares lessons learned from 'Dating Around'

Ben Samuel says the internet attention he's receiving after being on “Dating Around'' has been overwhelming
August 04
This image released by Netflix shows Ben Samuel in an episode of “Dating Around.” Set in New Orleans for its second season, “Dating Around” features a principle dater each episode who goes on five blind dates. At the end of each episode, a person is chosen for a second date. (Annie Flanagan/Netflix via AP)
August 04

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US-Apple-Books-Top-10 for week ending 8/2/20
August 04
August 04

Kanye West withdraws petition to get on NJ's 2020 ballot

Kanye West withdrew his petition to appear as a presidential candidate on New Jersey’s ballot
August 04
FILE - Kanye West answers questions during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Houston. West says he is no longer a Trump supporter. The rapper, who once praised President Donald Trump, tells Forbes in a story published Wednesday that he is “taking the red hat off” — a reference to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap. West also insisted that his weekend announcement that he’s running for President was not a stunt to drum up interest in an upcoming album. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
August 04

Roc Nation partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to launch new school

Jay-Z’s entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment
August 04
FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, Jay-Z performs on the 4:44 Tour at Barclays Center in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
August 04

Review: A sweet fable in Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

Seth Rogen plays two roles in “An American Pickle,” a sweet immigration fable about a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice and gets a crash-course in modern life from his great grandson
August 04
August 04

Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

Oprah Winfrey has chosen Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste” as her new book club selection
August 04