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The new network shows to watch (and the ones to skip)
The major networks were once the centerpiece of the fall in terms of pop culture. Now, they're just one more group crying for attention, in a fourth-quarter that will see an onslaught of streaming and cable fare and the launch of studio-backed streaming service Disney+ as well as Apple TV+.

Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison
Felicity Huffman will spend 14 days in prison for her role in what authorities have called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Sam Smith's preferred gender pronouns are they/them
Sam Smith identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, and the singer took to Instagram Friday to clarify their preferred prounouns.

Rocker Eddie Money has died
Singer Eddie Money died Friday, his family tells CNN in a statement.

James Corden calls out Bill Maher for fat-shaming segment
Bill Maher has a long history of drawing ire for his remarks made on and off his HBO show, "Real Time." And now he's being called out by fellow late-night host James Corden.

Rihanna says don't expect her at the Super Bowl halftime show this year
Don't expect to see Rihanna perform at the Super Bowl this year.

Ken Burns on the love and loss of 'Country Music'
Ken Burns, the renowned documentarian known for bringing American history to vivid life, debuts his latest effort on Sunday, "Country Music." The ambitious yet intimate eight-part PBS series chronicles one of the country's indigenous and most beloved musical genres.

Another 'Game of Thrones' prequel could take wing at HBO
There could be more winter coming to HBO, with another "Game of Thrones" prequel potentially advancing to the pilot stage.

New 'SNL' hire Shane Gillis defends his comedy after bigoted comments surface
New "Saturday Night Live" cast member Shane Gillis has issued a statement in response to criticism over racially insensitive comments he made as part of his podcast.

Alexander Skarsgard to play Randall Flagg in 'The Stand'
CBS All Access has shed some light on the role of The Dark Man, confirming to CNN on Friday that "Big Little Lies" alum Alexander Skarsgard will play the villainous Randall Flagg in its limited series adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand."

Ellen DeGeneres discovered Brad Pitt sitting in her audience
Brad Pitt surprised Ellen DeGeneres when he appeared on her show Friday as an an overenthusiastic audience member.

'Scooby-Doo' wasn't just another cartoon. It was a reaction to the political turmoil at the time
Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids have been solving mysteries for 50 years.

Lily Allen says speaking out about being sexually assaulted damaged her career
Lily Allen has said speaking out about being sexually assaulted has damaged her music career.

Saturn Awards set to celebrate Hollywood's collective inner nerd
When filmmaker Dean Devlin was writing and producing the 1994 film "Stargate," one of the earliest entries in his sci-fi-centric filmography, genre projects were considered little more than potentially modest moneymakers aimed at a specific niche audience. And winning major industry awards, outside of special effects trophies? Out of the question.

Check out the new 'Charlie's Angels' movie theme
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey have released the video for their new "Charlie's Angels" song.

Meet the new 'Saturday Night Live' cast members
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has added comedians Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang as featured players for the upcoming 45th season.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello show everyone how they make out
After months of teasing a relationship, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello kissed on Instagram for their followers and it was quite a display.

Tom Hanks reveals the exact moment he knew he wanted to play Mister Rogers
Tom Hanks hadn't really watched "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" until a few years ago. But a clip of the show from 1981 solidified his admiration for the late Fred Rogers.

Post Malone debuts new 'Saint-Tropez' video
Post Malone is in a wealthy wonderland in his new "Saint-Tropez" video.

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey launching 'Office' podcast of your nostalgic dreams
Move over, Jim and Pam. It's all about Pam and Angela in a new podcast coming from former "Office" stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey.

Arrest warrant issued for R. Kelly after failing to attend a court hearing
A bench warrant was issued for singer R. Kelly after he failed to appear at a court hearing Thursday, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in Minnesota said.

Aaron Carter reveals battle with multiple mental health issues
Singer Aaron Carter revealed he's battling multiple mental health issues -- including multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression -- in a new episode of "The Doctors."

'Joker' was wild to film, it sounds like
The rave reviews are rolling in for Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker" and we are hoping someone, somewhere got behind-the-scenes footage they are willing to share.

Here's what drew Jennifer Aniston back to TV with 'Morning Show'
Jennifer Aniston has been pretty outspoken about wanting to get past playing Rachel Green on "Friends."

'The Goldfinch' paints dull picture from prize-winning book
"The Goldfinch" has a painting at its center, but despite a classy palette of ingredients conjures a lifeless, disjointed picture. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the movie represents a transparent bid to bring the book's prestige to the screen, but it's another case of literary underpinnings being lost in translation.

There's going to be a 'Girlfriends' reunion on 'black-ish'
Girlfriends, assemble.

'Hustlers' works overtime, as strippers turn to crime
"Hustlers" incorporates a lot of powerful themes, with women using their sexuality to fleece men, in the process striking a blow for the working class against Wall Street fat cats. At its core, though, is a solid caper movie rooted in the challenges associated with running any criminal enterprise -- a more modest version of "Goodfellas," with less blood, and more skin.

The 25 most relatable 'Friends' episodes
"Friends," the ubiquitous sitcom about six New York City companions, turns 25 this year.

'Blinded by the Light' director shares Bruce Springsteen's perfect response to her film
Gurinder Chadha can thank her decision to seize the moment for her latest project, "Blinded by the Light."

After volunteering at the border, late-night staffers look to do more
A summer volunteer trip down to the southern tip of Texas was no laughing matter for Ana Bretón, a digital producer at late-night show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee." But she and others are hoping some laughter will bring much-needed resources to those helping on the front lines of the humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border.

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

Egypt stock market resumes decline after reopening
CAIRO -- Egypt's benchmark stock index fell for the second consecutive day on Thursday, closing almost 4 percent lower but paring steeper losses earlier in the session as investors looked to unload holdings after the market's nearly two month closure.

Texas businessman guilty in $100M insurance scheme
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Texas businessman faces decades in prison after being convicted in a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme in which his company used investors' money to buy policies at less than face value then collected benefits when the insured people died.

Europe debt market tensions worsen ahead of summit
BRUSSELS -- Europe's debt market jitters flared up again Wednesday as investors worried about the near-term fates of Portugal and Ireland, an ill omen on the eve of a summit where EU leaders plan to complete their crisis-fighting plan.

Stocks edge higher on strong gas demand
NEW YORK -- Stocks edged higher Wednesday after a government report showed stronger demand for gasoline.

Investors flock to Japanese stocks after quake
NEW YORK -- Investors are flocking to Japanese stocks in the wake of the costliest natural disaster in history.

In blow for BofA, Fed rejects its dividend plan
NEW YORK -- It was one more blow for Bank of America: the Federal Reserve didn't allow nation's largest bank to increase its dividends.

Bernanke says bank overhaul will help small banks
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a group of executives from smaller banks Wednesday that the financial overhaul will level the playing field for them with the industry's giants.

SAfrica's MTN launches mobile insurance program
JOHANNESBURG -- A South African mobile phone giant has joined with an insurance company to launch a program in Ghana that will allow subscribers to pay for life insurance through their mobile phones, a company official said Wednesday.

Egypt exchange plunges on reopening after uprising
CAIRO -- Egypt's stock market plummeted almost 9 percent in its first day of trading Wednesday in nearly two months, with foreign investors leading a sell-off that offered a window into concerns about the country's stability after mass protests toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Leggett, Montgomery County unions spar over pension costs
For years, officials in wealthy, liberal Montgomery County have avoided difficult decisions on scaling back pensions and health-care benefits for retirees. Now, the long-term shortfall is $4.8 billion.

Judge rejects Amish request to deal privately with alleged Ponzi schemer
Citing the separation of church and state, federal bankruptcy judge Russ Kendig said it would be unconstitutional for the court to cede control of the bankruptcy filing of alleged Ponzi schemer Monroe Beachy to the Amish community.

Fed to name banks that took loans
The Federal Reserve will release details of which banks it lent money to during the financial crisis, as it lost a court battle to keep the information private.

Geithner to decide on regulation of foreign-exchange swaps
The Dodd-Frank bill gave Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner broad new power, such as his upcoming decision on regulating foreign-exchange swaps.

Citi resumes dividend, will do reverse stock split
NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc., one of the worst-hit banks during the financial crisis, is taking more steps to get back in the good graces of shareholders.

Treasury: Will begin selling mortgage securities
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department announced Monday that it will begin selling its remaining $142 billion in holdings of mortgage-backed securities purchased during the financial crisis.

Lessons learned from 4 years of 401(k) volatility
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Americans who were afraid to open their 401(k) statements during the recession are finding good news inside the envelope now: For the most part, their accounts have come all the way back and then some.

Japan earthquake to exacerbate Asia's slowdown
-- Japan's devastating earthquake will further slow growth in Asia, where rising oil prices and higher interest rates are already cooling an engine of the global economy, economists say.

World Bank: Japan reconstruction may take 5 years
SINGAPORE -- Japan may need five years to rebuild from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that has caused up to $235 billion of damage, the World Bank said Monday.

Citing pension costs, Costa Mesa, Calif., plans to lay off nearly half its employees
In all, about 210 of the city's 472 employees, many of whom have worked there for decades, were given pink slips.

Volatile week underscores bull market's fragility
NEW YORK -- When it comes to the mood of the market, strategist Brian Gendreau called what happened on Wednesday Exhibit A.

Health insurers respond to overhaul law by acquiring less-regulated lines of business
Companies respond to overhaul law by acquiring less-regulated lines of business.

Insurance brokers seek protection as health-care law squeezes payments to them
Brokers, worried their livelihoods are in jeopardy from the health law, are pressing Congress and state legislatures to safeguard agent commissions and guarantee them a role in new online marketplaces where consumers will shop for coverage.

Maryland budget fights will focus on benefits for state workers, tax increases
Maryland's emerging budget plan, with which few say they are pleased, is a case study of conflicting priorities in one of only 10 states that are a fully Democratic laboratory.

Citing pension costs, Costa Mesa, Calif., plans to lay off nearly half its employees
In all, about 210 of the city's 472 employees, many of whom have worked there for decades, were given pink slips.

With planned $1.9 billion Macau resort, family enterprise hopes to extend winning run
Casino billionaire Francis Lui's family-run company holds one of six licenses to operate casinos in the biggest casino market on Earth. Now it's planning its biggest development:a $1.9 billion, 2,200-room Galaxy Macau resort with five gaming areas, three hotels, 50 restaurants and a rooftop beach.

Union-free Virginia not spared state pension woes
Virginia is one of only a handful of states that prohibit collective bargaining for public employees in state and local government.

Fed deems several major banks healthy enough to boost dividends
The nation's large banks have made major progress rebuilding capital levels that had been depleted during the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve said Friday, as it gave many of the firms the green light to pay dividends to their shareholders.

SEC accuses IBM of misconduct in providing gifts to Korean, Chinese officials
The Securities and Exchange Commission accused IBM on Friday of bribing government officials in South Korea with cash payments and free computers.

SEC moves toward charging Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac executives
setting up a clash with the housing regulator that oversees the companies.

Housing paperwork can pile up at tax time - here's what to keep, and for how long
Many taxpayers are preparing for their annual battle with IRS form 1040 by gathering up all their documents, statements, checks and other assorted papers. At the end of this process, taxpayers are often left with piles of neatly sorted, tabulated and cross-indexed piles. From a homeowner's perspe...

With short-sale offer refused, foreclosure may end up the best option
Q. We built a spec house in 2007 as the market declined. We've tried to do everything to get it sold and recently received a short-sale offer on the home.

Cisco announces first dividend
NEW YORK -- Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, on Friday said its first-ever cash dividend will amount to 6 cents per share and will be paid on April 20.

State attorneys general tackle mortgage servicing
State attorneys general will accept nothing less than wholesale changes to the way the nation's largest mortgage servicers treat troubled homeowners, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who leads the coalition of 50 attorneys general, said in an interview

EU: 2011 bank stress tests to be tougher than 2010
BRUSSELS -- Upcoming stress tests on banks will be harsher than last year's, the European Union's bank regulator said Friday, although important elements of the exercise deemed crucial to the region's crisis strategy remain undecided.

U.S., other industrialized nations join in currency intervention to help yen
Major industrialized nations will combine in a rare coordinated currency intervention to keep the Japanese yen from rising too sharply in value in the wake of the country's recent natural disaster, a sign of the deep global concern about the health of the world's third largest economy.

FDIC sues WaMu execs for $900M in bank collapse
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed a $900 million civil suit against three former top executives of Washington Mutual Bank, alleging their negligence and risk-taking caused the bank's 2008 collapse.

FDIC too slow to sue officers and directors at failed banks, critics say
To date, the FDIC has sued officers at only five of the 345 banks that have collapsed since 2008, or about 2 percent of the total.

Unrest hurts trade in 'business friendly' Bahrain
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Bahrain's stock exchange and a few bank branches reopened Thursday, but business remained far from normal a day after soldiers and riot police overran an anti-government protest camp in the Gulf island kingdom.

U.S. advisers didn't report early signs of trouble at Kabul Bank, probe finds
American officials could have mitigated the fallout from fraudulent loans and cronyism.

Average rate on 15-year mortgage dips below 4 pct.
NEW YORK -- Fixed mortgage rates tumbled this week and the 15-year loan dipped below 4 percent for the first time in three months. Rates followed the yield on U.S. Treasury bonds, which fell on worries that the crisis in Japan could slow economic growth.

Elizabeth Warren defends consumer agency's role in mortgage settlement talks
Federal consumer bureau headmakes no apologies for the new agency's involvement in talks with mortgage servicers.

India hikes rates by quarter point on oil fears
MUMBAI, India -- India hiked key interest rates by a quarter point Thursday - its eighth hike in a year - warning that rising oil prices will aggravate already high inflation in Asia's third-largest economy.

Japan sprays more cash over jittery markets
TOKYO -- Japan's central bank sprayed more cash over jittery money markets Thursday as ATMs at a major bank suffered a two and a half hour outage nationwide and the yen shot to a record high.

Oversight board investigates lack of warnings by auditors before financial crisis
Some observers are wondering why audit firms did not prevent or warn investors about problems that had a devastating effect on the economy.

6 banks repay bailouts; program nears break-even
WASHINGTON -- Six more banks repaid their government bailouts, bringing the bank capital program close to 99 percent recovery, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

UN chief says Afghan transition faces obstacles
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Afghans must overcome "major obstacles" to demonstrate their ability to control the country's future, including a dispute over the status of parliament and an impasse over the embattled Kabul Bank.

Nuclear crisis rocks Japanese, global markets
The worsening nuclear crisis in Japan is triggering a near-collapse in that nation's financial markets and major losses in markets around the globe.

U.S. markets plunge on fears of nuclear catastrophe in Japan
U.S. stocks dropped sharply into the red early Tuesday following a global sell-off on fears that what appeared to be a serious but contained nuclear accident in Japan is turning into a full-blown catastrophe.

Bills would delay swipe fee rules
Lawmakers embarked Tuesday on an uphill battle to delay a controversial law that would reduce the fees banks receive from merchants each time a debit card is swiped.

U.S. stocks fall despite 5.7% jump in Nikkei
U.S. stocks fell in early trading Wednesday despite large gains in Japan's Nikkei stock index overnight.

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B
Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Congressional pensions fall on high end of scale
Members receive much heftier retirement packages than most private-sector employees and state workers do.

Japan shares surge, central bank adds further $43B
TOKYO -- Japanese stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering some of the massive losses sustained the last two days following a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Other Asian indexes also bounced back even as the economic toll from the disasters, including an escalating nuclear crisis, remained...

Japan disaster another worry for global economy
-- Japan's earthquake and nuclear crisis have put pressure on the already fragile global economy, squeezed supplies of goods from computer chips to auto parts and raised fears of higher interest rates.

A look at economic developments around the globe
-- A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Tuesday:

Treasuries climb as official says Obama to seek spending freeze
Yields on 10-year notes fell the most in almost three months as the Bank of Japan's efforts to provide liquidity and expand an asset-purchase program failed to stem an equity selloff, which sent the Nikkei 225 Stock Average down as much as 14 percent and sapped U.S. stocks. Two-year note yields...

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B
Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.

Nevada's boom ends in record number of empty homes
LAS VEGAS -- The promise of palm tree groves and low-priced real estate lured Alan and Katherine Ackerly across the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Nevada in 2004, where thousands of new houses beckoned brightly as any neon sign.

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Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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