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Russian Film Crew Arrives to Make First Movie in Space

A Russian actress and director on Tuesday arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in a bid to best the United States and film the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by “Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

In this handout photo released by Roscosmos, actress Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, right, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov wave from a bus prior to the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko blasted off Tuesday for the …

William Shatner, 90, Headed to Space On a Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is rocketing into space this month — boldly going where no other sci-fi actors have gone. Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, announced Monday that William Shatner will blast off from West Texas on Oct. 12.

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Pat Robertson Steps Down as Host of ‘700 Club’ After 60 Years

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Pat Robertson, who turned a tiny Virginia television station into a global religious broadcasting network, is stepping down after a half-century running the “700 Club” on daily TV, the Christian Broadcasting Network announced on Friday.

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, Rev. Pat Robertson poses a question to a Republican presidential candidate during a forum at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. The Christian Broadcasting Network, which Robertson founded, says he was rushed to the nearest stroke center Friday, Feb. 2, …

Merck Says Experimental Pill Cuts Worst Effects of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Merck & Co. said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world to authorize its use.

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Judge Suspends Britney Spears’ Father from Conservatorship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a major victory for Britney Spears, a judge on Wednesday suspended the singer’s father from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years, saying the arrangement “reflects a toxic environment.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Britney Spears attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Lindsay Lohan’s Mother Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Dina Lohan, actor Lindsay Lohan’s mother, pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Tuesday and is expected to be sentenced to 18 days in jail and five years’ probation for rear-ending another car on Long Island and leaving the scene.

HEMPSTEAD, NY - MARCH 04: Dina Lohan (L) appears in court for a hearing at Nassau County First District Court on March 4, 2014 in Hempstead, New York. Lohan was arrest on September 12, 2013 for Driving While Intoxicated and speeding. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

R&B Superstar R. Kelly Convicted in Sex Trafficking Trial

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Kelly can remain behind bars awaiting multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states, an appeals court in New York said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, as a …

‘Shang-Chi’ Leads N. America Box Office for Fourth Week

Disney blockbuster “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” featuring Marvel’s first leading Asian superhero, dominated the North American box office for its fourth weekend, taking in $13.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

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At Least 3 Dead in Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

JOPLIN, Mont. — At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, toppling several cars onto their sides, authorities said.

In this photo provided by Kimberly Fossen people work at the scene of an Amtrak train derailment on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in north-central Montana. Multiple people were injured when the train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday, the train agency said. (Kimberly Fossen via AP)

Ortiz: Rubio Bill Would Hold Woke Corporations Accountable

Alfredo Ortiz of Job Creators Network writes in RealClear Politics about legislation proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio designed to protect shareholders from company CEOs who take “woke” political actions counter to sound business practices.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) questions Kelly Craft, President Trump's nominee to be Representative to the United Nations, during her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Craft has faced extensive scrutiny for her ties to the …

Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black Cinema, Dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking playwright, musician and movie director whose work ushered in the “Blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89.

Mario & Melvin Van Peebles photographed at the Philadelphia Film Festival promoting the film Baadasssss! in which Mario plays his filmmaker father Melvin. Philadelphia, PA. April 15, 2004. Credit: Scott Weiner/MediaPunch /IPX

Jane Powell, Hollywood Golden-age Musicals Star, Dies at 92

LOS ANGELES — Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood’s golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” has died. She was 92.

American actress, singer and dancer Jane Powell wearing a tennis themed top, 15th January 1953. (Photo by Virgil Apger/Archive Photos/Getty Images)