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November 19, 2018

WHITE HOUSE AGAIN THREATENS ACOSTA’S PASS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is threatening to again suspend White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. After a federal judge ordered that Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored Friday, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying they had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass when the judge’s order expires. The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” at a news conference when he scrapped with President Donald Trump. In a court filing Monday, CNN said the administration was creating “retroactive due process.” The network tweeted that the White House “is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution.” A judge last week issued a ruling of a “limited nature” that restored Acosta’s credentials temporarily while a CNN lawsuit against the administration proceeds.

GRIEVING DIDDY SPEAKS ABOUT DEATH OF KIM PORTER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diddy says he and former girlfriend Kim Porter were “more than best friends” and “more than soul mates.” The hip-hop star has made his first comments after Porter’s death last week. Porter died at her Los Angeles home Thursday. She was just 47 — and authorities haven’t provided a cause of death. She and Diddy had a longtime relationship, punctuated by spats that took them their separate ways. They had three children together. On Twitter yesterday, Diddy says that since he got news of Porter’s death, he has been trying to “wake up out of this nightmare.”

JUSTIN BIEBER IS MARRIED

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber is now related to the Baldwin brothers — by marriage. The Canadian-born singer has married Hailey Baldwin, daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin. The couple, in separate Instagram posts, confirmed the nuptials indirectly. Bieber posted a shot last week with him holding hands with his 21-year-old bride, declaring “My wife is awesome.” Meanwhile, Baldwin has changed her Instagram handle to “Hailey Bieber.” You could call this a whirlwind romance; they got engaged this summer in the Bahamas after dating for about a month.

BARACK OBAMA MAKES CAMEO AT WIFE’S BOOK EVENT IN D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) — These days, it takes a lot to upstage former first lady Michelle Obama. But during her latest book release event in Washington, organizers managed to divert some of the spotlight from her. Former president Barack Obama brought the crowd to its feet when he came on stage to give his wife a bouquet of pink roses. During his appearance, the former president was asked what it was about Michelle that captured his heart when they met at a Chicago law firm. Obama said says she was “one of a kind” and he knew that if she was the mother of his children, their kids would be “extraordinary.”

CICELY TYSON GETS HONORARY OSCAR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson has had a long and distinguished acting career. But she has never had the privilege of taking home an Oscar. Until now. Tyson was presented with an honorary Academy Award at the film academy’s annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. The affair is a private event that isn’t televised. And because of the wildfires sweeping southern California, it was even more low key than usual. To avoid the appearance of partying while fires destroy homes and lives, the academy decided to scrap the traditional red carpet for the event last night.

BEST-PICTURE OSCARS UP FOR SALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1936 and another given to “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1948 will go up for auction in Los Angeles starting Dec. 11. The “Mutiny on the Bounty” best-picture statuette originally went to producer Irving Thalberg, a fundamental figure in the early days of Hollywood. It’s expected to go for between $200,000 and $300,000. The “Gentleman’s Agreement” trophy is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000. The auction featuring classic movie awards also includes Hans Dreier’s art-direction Oscar for 1950′s “Sunset Boulevard” and Gloria Swanson’s Golden Globe Award for best actress in a drama for the film.

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Come Thursday, most people will probably forget what they had to eat last week — especially if they end up gorging themselves on Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings. A similar thing may be happening with people keeping an eye on the box office race. This current winner is “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” with $62.2 million in ticket sales. But that’s expected to be forgotten in the run-up to the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Two major movies are due at the multiplexes this holiday weekend: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II.”

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ROY CLARK-MEMORIAL

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — A public memorial service is planned in Oklahoma for singer-guitarist Roy Clark, who headlined the TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century. A “celebration of life” service will be held Wednesday at Rhema Bible Church in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. Clark was 85 when he died last week at his home in Tulsa from complications of pneumonia. Clark was a guitar virtuoso known for hits including “Yesterday When I was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling.” He also played the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. Clark was the “Hee Haw” host or co-host for the variety show’s entire 24-year run. He also was a frequent guest performer with top orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“STAR WARS” ATTRACTIONS

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — “Star Wars” — the rides? Yep. Disney is teasing us with some details of the new Star Wars related sections of its theme parks. The two attractions being built now are “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.” The rides will feature music from John Williams, who created the classic “Star Wars” themes. The new “Galaxy’s Edge” lands are to open next year at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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