Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics

AP Photo/Dan Elliott ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) — Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force. About 6.3 billion dead trees are...

Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is adding more firepower to its upcoming streaming service . Its “Star Wars” and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the service, making it the only way to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly...

2 more defendants in Jamaican lottery scam reach plea deals

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two more defendants have reached plea agreements with U.S. prosecutors in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars. Four of the 15 defendants have now reached such deals, including Lavrick...

California judge: Girl deemed brain dead may still be alive

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge ruled that a teen girl declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may still be technically alive, allowing a malpractice lawsuit against the hospital to proceed. Alameda County Judge Stephen Pulido ruled...

Church fight: Court eyes worship houses' use of public funds

AP Photo/Bill Sikes BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court wrestled Thursday over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line between church and state. An attorney for the group of residents who brought...

Disney streaming service just got a lot bigger

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is adding more firepower to the kids streaming service expected in the U.S. in late 2019. Its “Star Wars” and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the service, along with the previously announced Disney and Pixar movies and TV...

St. Louis judge awards $32 million to robo call recipients

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in St. Louis has ordered a Virginia man and his companies to pay $32.4 million in damages for improper robo calls promoting a movie. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber says in the ruling Thursday that Gabriel Joseph III and his companies...

James Franco doubles up for '70s New York drama 'The Deuce'

NEW YORK (AP) — You don’t have to look far to find a New Yorker who beefs about what 42nd Street has become. That stretch between Eighth Avenue and Broadway just off Times Square: It’s now a frothy family friendly cauldron of theaters, eateries and other tourist...

Longtime Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter leaving magazine

NEW YORK (AP) — Vanity Fair says its longtime editor Graydon Carter is leaving the magazine at the end of the year after 25 years at the helm. Carter became editor of the magazine, known for its coverage of celebrities, Hollywood, media and politics, in 1992. It’s...

Demi Lovato working to help those affected by DACA, Harvey

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato says she’s reached out to the nonprofit organization Voto Latino to find out how she can help after President Donald Trump said he’s rescinding a program that allows young immigrants who were brought to America as children to remain...