J.J. Abrams to write and direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to “Star Wars,” and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of “Episode IX.” Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday a week after news broke of Trevorrow’s departure. After several...

Networks set aside hour for hurricane benefit

NEW YORK (AP) — A one-hour hurricane relief benefit originally intended to help Texas victims of Harvey but expanded to help people affected by Irma, is set to air across more than a dozen television networks on Tuesday. The “Hand in Hand” telethon will...

Cult of 'The Room' cheers James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

TORONTO (AP) — The spoon-throwing, football-tossing cult of “The Room” was out in full force at the premiere of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” a making-of movie that earned the blessing of the notorious film’s creator Tommy Wiseau....

Investigators release findings on Tesla Autopilot crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inattentive driver using his Tesla Model S’s semi-autonomous driving system and a truck driver who made a left-hand turn in front of the car are both to blame for a fatal crash last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The...

Husband of 'Real Housewives' star challenges prison ruling

FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star says prison officials are improperly preventing him from entering an alcohol-treatment program. Joe Giudice (joo-DEE’-chay) made the claim in a court filing Friday. He says...

The Latest: Apple opens iPhone event with Steve Jobs tribute

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Apple event in California. (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Apple is opening is product event with a tribute to its late co-founder, Steve Jobs, and a nod to those impacted by the storms devastating Texas,...

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' gets 3-season renewal

NEW YORK (AP) — “Last Week Tonight” is going to last a few years longer. HBO says it has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for three additional seasons. This would carry it through at least 2010, with 30 shows presented each season. The...

Black-and-white Emmys reflect TV's narrow ethnic view

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When cameras pan across the faces of eager, anxious Emmy Award nominees at Sunday’s ceremony, TV viewers will see a record 12 African-Americans vying for comedy and drama series acting honors. But it’s a lop-sided outcome in the struggle for...

New goodies from Apple creating buzz for suppliers

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez CUPERTINO, California (AP) — The latest on the Apple event in California. (all times local): 9 a.m. The companies that supply Apple with the guts of its premier technology are on the rise in trading ahead of a product announcement at its new...

UK tries to protect 4,500 Belfast jobs from Boeing trade row

LONDON (AP) — The British government is trying to find a way to protect some 4,500 jobs in Belfast endangered by a trade dispute. The dispute pits American manufacturer Boeing against Canada’s Bombardier, which employs many people at its facilities in Northern...