Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

Asia & Pacific 05/05/19, 23:06

Brunei's sultan has said a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry.The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 "draconian" while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei ...

Oxford University to rethink degree given to Brunei sultan

Europe 04/06/19, 08:40

The University of Oxford says it will reconsider an honorary degree it awarded the Sultan of Brunei following the outcry over new Islamic laws in the Southeast Asian nation that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death.The university said on Saturday it shared the "international revulsion" the ...

Webby Award nominees announced, new categories available

Entertainment 04/02/19, 07:02

Apple, Spotify, Instagram and some of the year's most talked-about personalities are among those nominated for the 23rd annual Webby Awards for lighting up the internet through excellence and innovation.The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday. They include such celebrities as Will Smith, Oprah ...

David Letterman: I stayed on network TV for too long

Entertainment 03/21/19, 10:09

David Letterman says he stuck around on network television about 10 years too long.He made that admission during an appearance Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. Letterman quit in 2015 after 33 years as a late-night host on CBS and NBC, and is beginning his second season on his more ...

Basketball players sue ‘Fortnite’ game makers over dance

Basketball 02/26/19, 11:07

Two former University of Maryland men's basketball players are suing the makers of "Fortnite," claiming the video game's creators misappropriated a dance they popularized online. The federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Maryland, accuses North Carolina-based Epic Games Inc. of unfairly profiting from the "Running Man Challenge" dance that Jared Nickens and ...

Kevin Hart says he’s considering Oscar hosting gig again

Entertainment 01/04/19, 11:17

Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he'll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards.Hart had backed away two days after being named host last month when some homophobic tweets he had made a decade ago resurfaced. But DeGeneres urged him to host the ...

Column: A look back at the best (and mostly worst) in sports

Football 12/21/18, 14:03

Wanted: a host for the sixth annual Newby awards.Yes, we're in a bit of a bind, though nothing like the good folks at the Academy Awards.You see, we never even got to the point where Kevin Hart accepted the honor, then had to withdraw because people capable of working the ...

Hart’s fallout raises questions about Oscars, social media

Entertainment 12/07/18, 18:03

The dust is still settling from the fallout of comedian Kevin Hart's short stint as host of the 91st Academy Awards.Hart announced on Thursday night that he was bowing out of the gig after public outrage over old anti-gay tweets reached a tipping point.Faced with declining ratings and a critical ...

Iowa Powerball winner gives $500K to veterans group

New York 11/14/18, 16:22

An Iowa woman who shared a nearly $700 million Powerball lottery jackpot has donated $500,000 to a veterans group.Lerynne (lah-RINN) West announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show broadcast Wednesday that she gave the money to the Travis Mills Foundation. The Maine-based organization offers programs for disabled veterans.Before announcing her gift, ...

Melania Trump hosts students for movie at the White House

Politics 10/23/18, 17:58

First lady Melania Trump invited sixth graders on Tuesday to watch a movie about kindness at the White House as part of her anti-bullying campaign, but perhaps she's the one getting bullied.Earlier in the day, Andy Lassner, the executive producer for Ellen DeGeneres' television show, tweeted that he was more ...

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