CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s attorneys are expected to continue presenting their case to jurors Monday morning on what might be the final day of the “Empire” actor’s trial. And as the trial nears its close, all eyes are on Smollett: Will he take the stand in his own defense? Smollett faces six counts of felony disorderly conduct after allegedly staging a hoax hate-crime attack on himself and ...

DETROIT — Detroit Police Chief James White specifically prepared his police officers to get ready in case the parents of the Oxford High School shooting suspect — who are also criminally charged in the case — fled to Detroit, the Free Press learned Sunday. "We literally talked about the possibility of Mr. and Mrs. Crumbley in the Oxford incident and the two of them actually being in our city," ...

Olivia Rodrigo, the 18-year-old pop sensation whose breakthrough song "drivers license" is one of the biggest hits of 2021, will hit the road next year on her first world concert tour. It opens April 2 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and concludes July 7 at London's Eventim Apollo. The opening acts for the tour are all young women singer-songwriters: Gracie Abrams (April 2–23); ...

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City will impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private employers. The mayor said that just about everyone working in the Big Apple will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 27. “We in New York City have decided to use a pre-emptive strike, to do something really bold to stop the further growth of COVID,” de ...

SINGAPORE — A court in Myanmar sentenced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison on charges of inciting violence and violating COVID-19 rules, dealing another blow to democracy in a country plunged into chaos by a military coup. The ruling is expected to be the first of more to come; Suu Kyi is facing 11 charges in total, including for corruption and the sharing of state ...

LOS ANGELES — Five minutes into "The Power of the Dog," we meet Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a frail-looking young man sitting alone in his room, painstakingly crafting paper flowers that will be placed as table centerpieces in the restaurant inn that his mother, Rose (Kirsten Dunst), owns. Later that evening, those flowers will turn to ash, burned by the bullying cattle rancher Phil (Benedict ...

One of Norm Macdonald's most memorable turns on "Saturday Night Live" was his impression of Bob Dole, the Republican senator and 1996 presidential candidate who wasn't afraid to laugh at himself. Dole died Sunday of lung cancer at age 98 — not three months after Macdonald died of cancer at age 61. Before his own death, Dole honored the late Macdonald on social media by sharing a photo from a ...

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DELANO, Calif. — As Marissa Zendejas waited to get her first COVID-19 vaccination shot at the headquarters of the California Farmworker Foundation, the 27-year-old rattled off the tall tales she had heard from people she knows and the internet about why she shouldn’t. “Like, your life span gets short if you’re vaccinated,” Zendejas said. “You only have this amount of time of life left. Or ...

Midway into the pandemic, University of Alabama epidemiologist Bertha Hidalgo realized her COVID-19 communication strategy needed a makeover. She was skipping basic biology lessons in favor of simply telling people the best ways to moderate their behavior in response to the virus. Instead of helping people better understand the virus, her approach sometimes backfired, introducing more doubt ...

In November, the 1982 rape conviction of Anthony J. Broadwater was overturned. Broadwater spent more than 16 years in a New York state prison after being convicted of raping Alice Sebold, the bestselling author of “The Lovely Bones” and “Lucky,” a memoir that chronicles the rape and its aftermath. He has been on the sex offender registry ever since. He has always proclaimed his innocence. When ...

CHICAGO — Melissa Gilbert is in Chicago for the next two months, starring in the play “When Harry Met Rehab,” playing opposite “Frasier” alum Dan Butler. “It’s based, more or less, on the true life of Chicago sports radio personality Harry Teinowitz, who is one of the authors of the play” said Gilbert. “I play the therapist who is also in recovery and is a former magician. It is a comedy, ...

Whiskey lends an intriguing flavor to this simple French pork dish. This is a hearty meal and takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Helpful Hints: — You can buy whiskey in small splits at most liquor stores. — Look for low-sodium, canned diced tomatoes in the market. — Find minced garlic in the produce section of the market. Countdown: — Prepare first nine ingredients. — While ...

Diplomats from Iran, the United States and five other powers gathered in Vienna last week to try to revive President Barack Obama's 2015 deal limiting Tehran's nuclear activities. It did not go well. Iran's new hard-line government showed up with maximalist demands, insisting the United States lift all its economic sanctions before Tehran takes any steps toward curbing its uranium enrichment. ...

Q. My brother and sister have not been speaking with one another for a year, and I’m caught in the middle. If my brother hosts the family festivities, it’s a sure bet my sister won’t even attend. And if my sister hosts, the reverse will be true. If they hold separate parties, whichever one I choose to go to, the other one will definitely hold it against me. My parents are getting older and I ...

While we fight with each other, foreign corporations and governments are expanding their influence over American law. One example of many: Uber and some other global companies recently spent $200 million pushing a ballot measure to rewrite California law in their favor. Now they are taking that big-money playbook to force favorable laws across the nation. Foreign money influence? But isn’t ...

Michigan prosecutors think they have a strong involuntary manslaughter case against the now-apprehended parents of the 15-year-old boy who fatally shot four of his high school classmates last Tuesday. We concur. Though it is the teen who squeezed the trigger, it was his dad who just days earlier bought him as a gift what would become the murder weapon, even though Michigan’s legal age of ...

The holiday season is sure to bring about parties and get-togethers with friends and family. But how can you make sure your party is dog-proofed as well? Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club to make sure your dog, and your guests, have an enjoyable and safe party experience. Controlling the crowd: — When inviting guests to your celebration, remind them your dog will be present and ...

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as omicron, a new COVID-19 variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot. It’s been more than six months since many Americans finished their vaccination course against COVID-19; ...