‘Mulan’ Disappoints At Box Office With $23 Million Opening In China

Moviegoing audiences in North America are not rushing back to the theater just yet and “Mulan” is also faltering in its China release as the global box office slowly comes back online in the COVID-19 era. In the second major weekend for U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” earned only $6.7 million from 2,910 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Warner Bros’ sci-fi thriller was viewed as the main litmus test for whether audiences were ready to embrace the theatrical …

Warren G. Harding’s Grandson, Lover Want President’s Body Exhumed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927. James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation. The dispute looms as benefactors prepare to mark the centennial of Harding’s 1920 …

Paul Walker’s daughter commemorates the late actor on what would have been his 47th birthday

Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow shared a commemorative post of her late father on what would have been the actor’s 47th birthday. The photo she posted on Instagram shows her as a baby beside a young Walker. VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER’S KIDS UNITE FOR SELFIE: ‘FAMILY, FOREVER’ “The moment I realized we are twins,” Meadow captioned her post on Saturday. “Happy birthday to the most beautiful soul.” Walker died at the age of 40 in a fatal car crash on Nov. …

Duquesne University professor on paid leave after repeatedly using ‘N-word’ during online class: reports

A professor at a Pennsylvania university has been placed on paid leave after a video shared on social media showed him using the “N-word” repeatedly during an online class. Duquesne University confirmed that education professor Gary Shank was no longer teaching, pending an investigation. Another faculty member will take over the educational psychology course, WTAE reported Friday. According to audio from the Friday class posted to Twitter, Shank – who is White – tells students he is giving them “permission” to use the racial slur because …

Shooting near Rutgers University under investigation, several hospitalized in serious condition

Several people were hospitalized in serious condition after a shooting broke out at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., police said. The Rutgers University Police Department confirmed the off-campus incident happened around 1:30 a.m. when an unknown assailant – or assailants – fired several shots, striking several people. The shooting happened at Delafield Street. COMPTON ‘AMBUSH’ LEAVES 2 LA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ‘FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES’ “Those injured were transported …

Twitter And Facebook Flag Trump’s Mail-In Voting Post for Platform Violations

President Trump’s latest flagged social media posts come just days after the North Carolina State Board of Elections reminded voters that it is illegal to cast a ballot twice, in response to another series of disputed tweets from Trump.   Twitter and Facebook both flagged posts by President Trump on Saturday that encouraged Americans to vote by mail as early as possible and then follow up that vote by going to the polls on Election Day to check that it …

Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA

The appointment of a climate change denier to NOAA comes as Americans face profound threats stoked by climate change, from the vast, deadly wildfires in the West to an unusually active hurricane season in the South and East.   Updated at 6:15 p.m. David Legates, a University of Delaware professor of climatology who has spent much of his career questioning basic tenets of climate science, has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Legates …

Toots Hibbert, a Father of Reggae, Is Dead

The first to use the word reggae on a record, he sang in a soulful tone and wrote songs with subtle social commentary, helping bring the sounds of Jamaica to the world. Toots Hibbert in 1974. He was adored by critics and fellow musicians for a body of work that helped establish some of reggae’s fundamentals.Credit…Michael Putland/Getty Images Sept. 12, 2020Updated 9:07 a.m. ET Toots Hibbert, one of the fathers of reggae music, whose vocals imbued the genre’s sound with …

Biden, Trump commemorate 9/11: US elections live news

Joe Biden and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence start the day in New York City at the 9/11 memorial museum at Ground Zero. Biden and President Donald Trump both visit the Shanksville, Pennsylvania memorial site. Kamala Harris speaks at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over a moment of silence at the US Capitol building.  Here are the latest updates: Friday, September 11 15:30 ET – Kanye West will remain off …

Hungary drafts ‘war plan’ as cases surge in eastern Europe: Live

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his government was drafting a “war plan” to defend against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Greece, France and Palestine have all reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases. UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged countries to find $15bn during the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a WHO-led global collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and treatments. More than 27.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

Trump’s Visa Ban Has Sent Foreign Workers And Families In A Panic: “We Don’t Know What Else To Do”

  Sraboni Bose was sitting in her parents’ home in India this week closely reading a proclamation signed by President Trump that restricted the entry of thousands of foreign workers and their families. As she did, she looked for any confirmation that it wouldn’t affect her family. Her husband, a software engineer, was in Texas and had a current H-1B visa. Check. She had come to India in February for her brother’s wedding, but had her H-4 visa —for spouses …

I Look White To Many. I’m Black. This Is What White People Say To Me.

I am a Black woman who for most of my life has often been mistaken for white. And I’m here to tell you that for four decades white people have openly, even sometimes proudly, expressed their racism to me, usually with a wink and a smile, all while thinking I’m white too.  The incidents pile up, year after year — at a friend’s wedding, when I met a new roommate, at the grocery store, while riding in a taxi, and …

Layoffs Stuck At Historically High Level As 884,000 Seek Jobless Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures released by the Labor Department Thursday coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s improvement may be weakening after solid gains through spring and most of summer. The number of people seeking jobless aid each week still far exceeds the number …

Woodward book lands, quotes Trump acknowledging ‘deadly’ virus early on

The Bob Woodward book that dropped Wednesday is far harder for President Trump to denounce as fake news, given that he granted the investigative reporter 18 tape-recorded interviews. Oh wait. The president issued a preemptive denunciation last month: “The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been. But, believe it or not, lately I’ve been getting lots of GREAT books!” (That presumably doesn’t include the volumes by Michael Cohen, Peter Strzok, …

New York City To Resume Indoor Dining, With Restrictions, Later This Month

Starting Sept. 30, New York City restaurants will be able to open their dining rooms at 25% capacity after being closed for months due to COVID-19.   Months after it was tabled due to COVID-19, indoor dining is coming back to New York City. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that restaurants can resume indoor service on Sept. 30 at 25% capacity and with other safety precautions in place. “We want to thank New Yorkers for the increase …

George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela, Dies at 92

A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s. George Bizos in 2011 touring the building where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had a law office in Johannesburg.Credit…Denis Farrell/Associated Press Sept. 9, 2020Updated 5:28 p.m. ET George Bizos, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Greece at age 13 to become one of South Africa’s most prominent human rights lawyers, championing Black …

Live Covid-19 News Updates

Britain will ban most gatherings of more than six people starting Monday. Indoor dining in N.Y.C. will return with limits on Sept. 30.   Top U.S. health officials update Congress on vaccine development and distribution plans. Video transcript N.I.H. Director Has ‘Cautious Optimism’ for Covid-19 Vaccine by End of 2020 Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, emphasized to senators that coronavirus vaccine development and distribution would be determined based on science and not politics. I …

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 898,000 have died from the virus worldwide and the number of reported cases has exceeded 27.6 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 18.3 million people have recovered so far. More: International fears grow with virus deaths in Italy, South Korea …

A US Marine Who Killed A Transgender Woman In The Philippines Has Been Pardoned

Joseph Scott Pemberton is set to be released after serving less than six years of a 10-year sentence for the killing of Jennifer Laude. Posted on September 7, 2020, at 4:15 p.m. ET Aaron Favila / AP Protesters hold slogans outside the courts at Olongapo city. A US Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines in 2014 was pardoned Monday by President Rodrigo Duterte. The pardon came five years after Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton admitted to …