In Milan, Gucci, Sunnei and Missoni focus on transformation

MILAN — Milan Fashion Week’s third day, mostly womenswear previews for next spring and summer, was all about transformation. Sometimes inner transformation, like at Gucci, or brand transformation, like at Missoni. And sometimes it was about upgrading the style game, like at Sunnei. Here are some highlights from Friday’s shows. GUCCI’S ‘TWINSBURG’ Gucci’s creative director … Read more

Book shows personal side of ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — To the world, Harper Lee was aloof to the point of being unknowable, an obsessively private person who spent most of her life avoiding the public gaze writing despite one of the best-selling books ever, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” To Wayne Flynt, the Alabama-born author was his friend, Nelle. Flynt, a longtime … Read more

Tiffany Haddish says she lost all her gigs after abuse claim

CNN — Following a notice of dismissal filed by the plaintiffs for a lawsuit involving allegations of molestation against comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears, Haddish says the suit has cost her work. The “Girls Trip” star talked to TMZ about the aftermath of her and Spears being accused of having “groomed and molested” two … Read more

Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

WATERBURY, Conn. — Conspiracy theorist Alex took the stand Thursday at his defamation trial in Connecticut as he tries to limit the damages he must pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax. More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six educators … 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

Marilyn Manson sex assault investigation goes to prosecutors

LOS ANGELES — Detectives have handed the results of their 19-month investigation into sexual assault claims against Marilyn Manson to prosecutors, who will consider whether to file criminal charges, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gave the case of the 53-year-old rocker, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, to … Read more

With ceremonies over, King Charles III faces biggest task

LONDON — The cannons have sounded, the bells have rung and the mourners have paid their respects. Now King Charles III faces the task of preserving a 1,000-year-old monarchy that his mother nurtured for seven decades but that faces an uncertain future. The challenge is immense. Personal affection for the queen meant that the monarchy’s … Read more

Q&A: Amanda Gorman talks UN poem, future presidency, novel

LOS ANGELES — When Amanda Gorman was invited to read a newly developed poem at the UN General Assembly, the young sensation took a deep look at how several social issues — such as hunger and poverty — have impacted Earth’s preservation. Just like her stirring inauguration poem last year, Gorman felt compelled to express … Read more

Q&A: Amanda Gorman talks UN poem, fame, future presidency

LOS ANGELES — When Amanda Gorman was invited to read a newly developed poem at the UN General Assembly, the young sensation took a deep look at how several social issues — such as hunger and poverty — have impacted Earth’s preservation. Just like her stirring inauguration poem last year, Gorman felt compelled to express … Read more

‘The US and the Holocaust’ review: Ken Burns’ latest PBS series connects history to the present

CNN — Adding to Ken Burns’ legacy of classy historical fare for PBS, “The US and the Holocaust” is documentary filmmaking with a purpose, a three-night production that directly links undercurrents of American society that influenced the decades featured to lingering strains of White supremacy and anti-Semitism. It’s fascinating as history, but sobering as current … Read more