After #FreeBritney, California to limit conservatorships

After #FreeBritney, California to limit conservatorships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill limiting conservatorships that grant legal guardianship over individuals, a move that comes after Britney Spears’ conservatorship case garnered national attention amid her attempts to regain control over her finances and livelihood. The new law, authored by Democratic Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, will require that … Read more

Victim’s family to appeal Syed’s release in ‘Serial’ case

BALTIMORE — The family of a young woman who was killed in 1999 will appeal a Baltimore judge’s recent decision to overturn the conviction of Adnan Syed, the man imprisoned for decades for Hae Min Lee’s death, according to an attorney for the family. Syed, whose case was examined in the popular true-crime podcast “Serial,” … Read more

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies at age 59

LOS ANGELES — Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s with hits including “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” died Wednesday at age 59, his manager said. Coolio died at the Los Angeles home of a friend, longtime manager Jarez Posey told The Associated Press. The cause was not immediately clear. … Read more

Arizona museum exhibit marks end to de Kooning painting saga

PHOENIX — After a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions was brazenly stolen in 1985 from an Arizona museum, the staff clung to the hope that it would turn up one day. But nobody could have predicted “Woman-Ochre” would find its way back through the kindness of strangers in a state. “I would kind of … Read more

Danielle Pinnock went from spoofing Hollywood to starring in one of its hottest comedies

CNN — Danielle Pinnock can thank her mother’s wig for helping her get the role of a lifetime. The actress stars as Alberta, a Prohibition-era lounge singer living her best afterlife in the CBS comedy “Ghosts,” which returns for its sophomore season on Thursday. Pinnock, who was familiar with the UK version of the series, … Read more

Amusement park announces new security changes after shooting

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania amusement park announced new security measures Wednesday following a shooting that wounded three people, including two teenagers. Kennywood Park officials said the measures would include more police, more security along perimeter fences, limits on bag sizes and masks covering faces, and require adult chaperones for all juveniles at … Read more

‘Hostages’ review: An HBO docuseries covers the Iran Hostage Crisis from all angles, including then to now

CNN — “Hostages” tells several major stories in one, from the history of US intervention in the Middle East to the Iranian hostage crisis’ impact on presidential politics to that period’s influence on media, launching “Nightline” as a byproduct. The result is a highly resonant trip down bad-memory lane, highlighting how those ripples remain evident … Read more

Harrowing film tells of Las Vegas shooting and its aftermath

NEW YORK — A pair of cowboy boots that Ashley Hoff never thought she would see again helped unlock a powerful story about the worst mass shooting in modern US history. The resulting film, “11 Minutes,” is an inside account of the 2017 mosque at a country music festival in Las Vegas and, more importantly, … Read more

Annette O’Toole savors ‘Virgin River’ role as real, freeing

LOS ANGELES — Annette O’Toole is reveling in her “Virgin River” role as the unpredictable mayor of a small town whose woodsy, peaceful setting belies its residents’ roller-coaster lives. Her character is older but not always wiser, including in love. That goes against Hollywood’s tendency to view midlife-plus as past the sell-by date for nuanced … Read more

‘Captain America’ fixes hurricane hit roofs in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Actor Anthony Mackie was not carrying his Captain America shield when he returned to his hometown of New Orleans to help repair hurricane-damaged roofs but for people in his old neighborhood knowing their tarp-covered roofs were getting repaired was a blockbuster hit. Mackie is working with GAF, one of the country’s leading … Read more