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After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The progression has become numbingly repetitive — mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals, the mourning, the talking heads and the calls for change that dwindle into nothingness. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, though, has some pondering the improbable: Could this latest carnage actually lead …

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Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO’s John Oliver

John Oliver

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver. A segment of Oliver’s Sunday show “Last Week Tonight” in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. Oliver said the 77-year-old looked …

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Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at 97

Nanette Fabray

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nanette Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of the stage, film and television, has died at age 97. Fabray’s son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, tells The Associated Press his mother died Thursday at her home in Palos Verdes Estates. Fabray launched her career at age 3 as Vaudeville’s singing-dancing Baby Nanette. On Broadway she won a Tony in …

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Tennis association, player who fell settle liability lawsuit

Eugenie Bouchard

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury. Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, …

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HFPA investigating actor Brendan Fraser’s groping claim

Brendan Fraser

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says it is investigating actor Brendan Fraser’s claim that its former president, Philip Berk, groped him in 2003. Fraser, 49, best known for his role in “The Mummy” trilogy, made the accusation in an interview with GQ magazine . A statement from the HFPA, the organization that puts on the Golden Globes, says the interview …

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Man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defense in dispute

Chevy Chase

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defense after the comedian climbed into a vehicle and tried to punch him during a profanity-laced traffic dispute. Chase told police he was cut off by another driver on Feb. 9. Thinking his car might be damaged, he followed the car across the Gov. Mario …

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Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo. Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Trump turned around onstage and smoothed the back of his famous hair. He said, “I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks.” The crowd cheered as Trump glanced …

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Hernandez’s fiancee sues to protect assets of home sale

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee has sued the estates of three men the former New England Patriots player was charged with killing in an effort to ensure their daughter benefits from the sale of the ex-NFL star’s home. The families of Odin Lloyd, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against Hernandez’s estate. Should they …

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Comedian Stephen Fry reveals he has prostate cancer

LONDON (AP) — British comedian and actor Stephen Fry has revealed that he is suffering from prostate cancer. The 60-year-old Fry said Friday on his Twitter page that he has been fighting the disease for the past two months. He says he had surgery in January to remove the prostate. “It all seemed to go pretty well,” he said, apologizing …

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Blige, Day, Lafourcade, Common among Oscars music performers

Common, Diane Warren

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original singers of the year’s five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live on the Oscar stage. Academy Awards producers said Friday that supporting actress nominee Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Gael Garcia Bernal, Miguel, Natalia Lafourcade, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens will perform during the March 4 ceremony. Blige will sing “Mighty River” …

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