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US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job.
Billy Porter helps examine origins of gay rights movement

Billy Porter helps examine origins of gay rights movement

Billy Porter is busy, pandemic or not. He’s just appeared in a virtual play about nurses on the front lines. His series “Pose” is returning to production. He's soon to appear in the “Cinderella” remake.
Review: Cary Grant bio a perceptive look at captivating star

Review: Cary Grant bio a perceptive look at captivating star

“Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise” by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster) Self-trained English actor Archie Leach pulled off the role of a lifetime: becoming Hollywood legend Cary Grant.
Priest and abstract-expressionist painter Bill Moore dies

Priest and abstract-expressionist painter Bill Moore dies

LOS ANGELES — Father Bill Moore, a Catholic priest and prominent abstract expressionist who spent decades spreading spiritualism through his paintings, has died at age 71.
Toobin suspended by the New Yorker, steps away from CNN

Toobin suspended by the New Yorker, steps away from CNN

NEW YORK — Author-commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker and is stepping away from his job as CNN's senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.
Jeff Bridges says he has lymphoma, cites good prognosis

Jeff Bridges says he has lymphoma, cites good prognosis

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good. The 70-year-old actor channeled his The Dude character from “The Big Lebowski” in a statement on social media about the diagnosis Monday evening.
Robert Redford's son, James, dies of liver cancer at 58

Robert Redford's son, James, dies of liver cancer at 58

LOS ANGELES — James Redford, a filmmaker, activist and son of actor Robert Redford, has died. He was 58.
Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

NEW YORK — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available.
Veteran TV executive Channing Dungey jumps to Warner Bros.

Veteran TV executive Channing Dungey jumps to Warner Bros.

LOS ANGELES — Veteran TV industry executive Channing Dungey was named chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group after tenures at ABC and Netflix in which she shepherded hit series including “Scandal.
Q&A: Adam McKay on the lessons of the 2000 recount

Q&A: Adam McKay on the lessons of the 2000 recount

NEW YORK — Adam McKay was head writer at “Saturday Night Live” during the 2000 election — a heady era for the sketch show that saw the phrase “strategery” become lodged in the nation’s consciousness, Darrell Hammond’s Al Gore explain his “lockbox” an