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  • Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019
2014 Kennedy Center honoree Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 

Tom Hanks may officially consider himself Greek. 

Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has signed an honorary naturalization order allowing the 63-year-old actor to claim Greek citizenship, his office told The Associated Press on Friday. 

Hanks frequently spends his summer vacation on the Greek island of Antiparos and his wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, is of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry. 

Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people "who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest." 

  • Friday, Dec. 27, 2019
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 file photo,Radio personality Don Imus interviews Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., by telephone during his debut show on the Fox Business Network in New York. Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. He was 79.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- 

Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died. He was 79.

Imus died Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, according to a statement issued by his family. Deirdre, his wife of 25 years, and his son Wyatt, 21, were at his side, and his son Lt. Zachary Don Cates was returning from military service overseas.

Imus survived drug and alcohol woes, a raunchy appearance before President Clinton and several firings during his long career behind the microphone. But he was vilified and eventually fired after describing a women's college basketball team as "nappy headed hos."

His April 2007 racist and misogynist crack about the mostly black Rutgers squad, an oft-replayed 10-second snippet, crossed a line More

  • Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019
This Dec. 6, 2019 file photo shows Harvey Weinstein, center, leaving court following a bail hearing in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing eight cases accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, an official said Thursday.

The Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments each brought four investigations to prosecutors, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 

The office will decide whether to move forward with prosecution. No charges have been filed, Santiago said. He did not know details about the allegations or when the cases were presented to prosecutors. 

Juda Engelmayer, Weinstein's publicist, said he had "nothing to add right now" in an email to The Associated Press.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey created a task force more than two years ago to handle the surge in sexual misconduct allegations against entertainment figures after the accusations against Weinstein launched the #MeToo movement. He has denied allegations of nonconsensual More

  • Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019
In this Nov. 6, 2016 file photo, Ari Behn is interviewed during the Celebrity Gala 2016 and Wenche Foss' honorary award at Chat Noir in Oslo. Scandinavian author Ari Behn — the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and among the people who had accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct — died this week, his manager said. He was 47. Behn died by suicide Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 at his home in Norway, his manager told the Norwegian news service NTB. (Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Philip Marcelo, AP Reporter -- 

Scandinavian writer Ari Behn — the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and among the people who had accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct — died this week, his manager said. He was 47.

Behn died by suicide Wednesday, his manager told the Norwegian news service NTB. Authorities said he was found at his home in Norway. 

The Norwegian royal family said in a written statement that Behn was "an important part of our family for many years and we carry warm and good memories of him with us."

Behn, who was Danish-born, and Martha Louise, the oldest daughter of Norway's King Harald and Queen Sonja, were married for 14 years. The couple divorced in 2017 and have three children. 

The match had critics before it even became official. Negative coverage dogged Behn after a Las Vegas travelogue he hosted on Norwegian TV in the early 2000s briefly showed him around prostitutes, some of them using cocaine.

Behn More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo composer Allee Willis attends a post show reception in New York. Willis, a songwriter whose work included the Broadway musical "The Color Purple" as well as Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and the "Friends" theme song, has died. She was 72. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini,File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Allee Willis, a songwriter whose work included the Broadway musical "The Color Purple" as well as the theme song from the TV show "Friends" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," has died. She was 72.

The cause of death Tuesday was a cardiac event, her publicist, Ellyn Solis, told The New York Times.

The Times did not specify where she died, though she had been living in Los Angeles. The Associated Press could not immediately reach Solis.

Willis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 — more than 30 years after she won a Grammy for co-writing Patti LaBelle's "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack of "Beverly Hills Cop." 

She was nominated for but did not win, Grammy and Tony awards for co-writing the music for "The Color Purple." 

She was also nominated for an Emmy for the "Friends" theme song, "I'll Be There for You" performed by the Rembrandts but lost to the theme of "Star Trek: Voyager."

She wrote More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
This undated photo provided by ESPN images shows ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff. The sports network announced Aschoff died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 after a brief illness. Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as part of the SEC blog network, which covers the NCAA Southeastern Conference. During the past three seasons, Aschoff reported from college campuses across the U.S. for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN radio, ESPN reported. He was both a television and radio sideline reporter during games. (Rich Arden/ESPN Images via AP)
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- 

ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff, known for his outgoing and friendly personality, dapper dress and great love of sports, has died. He was 34.

The sports network announced Aschoff died Tuesday after a brief illness.

"We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff," ESPN said in a statement. "He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée, Katy."

Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as part of the SEC blog network, which covers the NCAA Southeastern Conference. During the past three seasons, Aschoff reported from college campuses across the U.S. for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN radio, ESPN reported. He was both a television and radio sideline reporter during games. 

A native of Oxford, Mississippi, and a 2008 graduate of the University of Florida, Aschoff previously covered More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
Stuart Singer

Stuart Singer has been named CEO of Schneider Optics Inc, the U.S. subsidiary of Schneider-Kreuznach.

Singer will be responsible for the sustainable growth of Schneider Optics by reinforcing business and partnerships with current customers, developing new business and new opportunities for the years to come.

“My vision is to optimize the company’s standing in industrial optics, optical filters and cine optics,” said Singer. “I am also looking forward to building the technical sales team and taking the forefront in optical solutions and applications.”

Singer has a degree in Physics from Ohio State University and a degree in Physics/Optics from Hofstra University. He started his career at Loral Fairchild Imaging Systems, NY, managing the optical engineering and fabrication departments, specializing in optical systems for space and defense.

In April 1994, he joined Schneider Optics, Inc. as SVP and CTO. He co-developed the More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019
Outsider Editorial’s roster of editors (l-r) Chris Murphy, John Gallagher, Alison Gordon and Michael Barker.
TORONTO -- 

Outsider Editorial has promoted John Gallagher from jr. editor to editor, marking the first addition to the Toronto-based company’s roster since its launch in June 2018.

Gallagher is a home-grown talent who has quickly amassed a diverse reel of high-profile clients and projects between Canada and Los Angeles, including Porsche, Netflix, Samsung, Adidas, Spirit of York, Capital Group and Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

Gallagher’s attention to detail and sound design is evident in all of his work, most notably in his latest Sapporo “East Meets West” campaign with The&Partnership, which garnered him a bronze in craft in the Mick Griffin Best Editing category of the 2019 Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC) Awards. The campaign also won bronze at the Epica awards in the Branded Content Series category.

Goh Iromoto, the director of the Sapporo campaign, said, “Every time I work with John he’s always returned a first edit More

  • Monday, Dec. 23, 2019
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Laura Dern in a scene from "Little Women." (Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Laura Dern likes the spoken word so much she even enjoys callbacks to re-record lines for her movies. 

"Some actors complain about it," she says. "But it gives me an opportunity to add something to the film."

Dern was interviewed by telephone recently about a vocal project she especially enjoyed, serving as narrator for a new audiobook production of "Little Women," the Louisa May Alcott story that's also coming out this week as a movie directed by Greta Gerwig, with Dern playing the March family mother, Marmee. The audiobook was produced by the producer-distributor Audible. Readers providing voices for the characters include Suzanne Toren, Lauren Fortgang and Allison Hiroto.

Dern's memories of "Little Women" date back to around age 13, when she and her grandmother would read it aloud together and when Dern read the novel by herself.

"It was an amazing time for me to read the book," she says. "It was around the time I was More

  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019
In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. France's competition authority has fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

France's competition authority fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) on Friday for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market.

The agency said the U.S. tech company mistreated buyers of ads based on keywords. Methods used by its Google Ads platform are "opaque and difficult to understand" and the company applies them in an "unequal and arbitrary way," it said.

It also ordered Google to clarify  the rules for Google Ads and its procedures for freezing accounts, to avoid "brutal and unjustified" suspensions.

It's the latest in a string of European fines against Google, which faces very little competition for search engine business across the continent. The company has been hit in recent years with multibillion-dollar fines imposed by European Union authorities for unrelated antitrust cases and is also facing increasing regulator pressure on other fronts in Europe and the U.S.

Google said in a statement that More

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