Tony Verna, inventor of instant TV replay, dies at 81

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports games 51 years ago, has died. Verna’s daughter, Tracy Soiseth, said her father died Sunday at his Palm Desert, California, home after battling acute...

Tony Verna, inventor of instant TV replay, dies at 81

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports games 51 years ago, has died. Verna’s daughter, Tracy Soiseth, said her father died Sunday at his Palm Desert, California, home after battling acute...

Kim Fowley, Runaways producer and LA-based rock artist, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Fowley, the colorful rock musician who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, has died after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75. His wife, Kara Wright Fowley, said in an email Friday to The Associated Press...
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Film academy president inspired to push for more diversity

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2014 file photo, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The film academy has been under fire for the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees: All 20...
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AP Interview: Damian Szifron lives his own wild tale

Damian Szifron gives a press conference about the film “Relatos Salvajes,” or Wild Tales one day after it earned an Oscar nomination, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The film includes six independent stories about people who lose control in...
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Review: Hiccups in getting hitched in ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Rob McClure, left, and Catherine Ricafort in a scene from “Honeymoon in Vegas†in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown; Joan Marcus) This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Rob McClure, left, and Catherine...
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Lawyer: Cosby wasn’t in Los Angeles at time of alleged abuse

Chloe Goins, a model who claims entertainer Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, appears before reporters outside Los Angeles police headquarters after meeting police investigators Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Her attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said...
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NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby

FILE – This photo taken Nov. 6, 2014 shows entertainer Bill Cosby gesturing during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington. BC’s...

New accreditation shot for clinic linked to Rivers’ death

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal agency says the New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure will get another chance to keep its accreditation. Rivers died Sept. 4 at age 81. The city’s medical examiner found she died of...

Best-seller about journey to heaven is pulled

NEW YORK (AP) — A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy’s journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story. Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday that Alex Malarkey’s...