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Driving With Assad: Syria’s President Tours a Destroyed Suburb

As his soldiers wage a brutal offensive near Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad takes a leisurely drive into the heart of the civil war.


California regulator proposes to regulate Uber like tour buses, limos

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California regulator issued a proposed decision on Monday classifying Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as the same type of transportation as limousines and tour buses, a finding that could change how the ride-hailing company is regulated in its home state.

Analysis: Trump does next best thing to firing Mueller

Firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of (Donald Trump's) presidency," predicted South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.


Amid Brexit deal talk, EU summons envoys, media

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU Brexit negotiators summoned national envoys and journalists at short notice on Monday as speculation mounted among diplomats of an interim deal to grant Britain a transition -- though some urged caution.

Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Oregon State Upsets Tennessee

The Beavers triumphed by a score of 66-59. In other games, Louisville beat Marquette and North Carolina State beat Maryland.

Basketball (College)

Texas A&M Swats Second-Seeded North Carolina From Tournament

A huge block in the first half set the tone in a game in which the Tar Heels were forced out to the perimeter and could not catch up.


The ‘Trust’ Equation: Wealth and Power Equals Misery

The latest dramatization of the 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson, on FX, captures the family’s dysfunction in all its Shakespearean glory.


Live in the Subway: Maybe the Best Beatles Cover Band Ever

Amiri Taylor is John Lennon. His twin brother, Rahiem, is Paul McCartney. And their stage is down below the streets of New York City.

Basketball (College)

N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament: Purdue Survives Without Isaac Haas

Butler had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Purdue made it through to the Round of 16 without its senior center.

James Comey's book is already a best seller


‘S.N.L.’ Takes Aim at Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson

In an episode hosted by Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live” addressed what has felt like round-the-clock firings and turmoil in the Trump administration.


Oakland Embraces Marijuana Sales. Compton Bans Them. How Is Justice Best Served?

A program in Oakland that offers marijuana licenses to those with prior convictions contrasts with Compton, where voters banned marijuana sales.

Dog reunited with owners after Japan detour

A dog named Irgo has been reunited with his family, after accidentally being flown to Japan by United Airlines.


Berkshire says median employee makes over half Buffett's pay

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said its median employee last year made a little over half the $100,000 salary that Chairman Warren Buffett was awarded for running the conglomerate that made him the world's third-richest person.

Zablocki, Chris (1988- )

Is Chris Zablocki the Best Extreme Marathoner?

The doctor from Connecticut has run 47 marathons in the past seven years. He won 19 of them. And he holds the world record in the indoor marathon.


Review: On Netflix, a Wild Story of Guns, Sex and a Guru

In the documentary series “Wild Wild Country,” the tale of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his Oregon colony prefigures our current cultural wars.


Portugal's flourishing tourism becomes economic mainstay

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's tourism boom has made the industry one of the biggest contributors to the national economy and the largest employer, with almost 1 million direct and indirect jobs, the...


A Word With: Bill Hader Kills With More Than Just Kindness on His New HBO Show

Mr. Hader, the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus, talks about taking on the unlikely role of a hit man in his new HBO comedy series, “Barry.”


Brazil’s Jaw-Dropping Corruption Scandal Comes to Netflix

In “The Mechanism,” José Padilha tackles Operation Car Wash, Brazil’s investigation of looting and kickbacks among the political and business elite.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Pitches for Stormy Daniels’s Legal Fund

Kimmel said, “Now you can give money to a porn star — just like the president of the United States.”

Social Media

Op-Ed Contributor: Banning Social Media Won’t Stop Hate Speech

The “digital curfew” is an incomplete solution to mob violence in Sri Lanka and elsewhere


UPDATE 4-Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

* Seeks to maintain 'business as usual' during process (Adds lawyers' comments, other details from bankruptcy court hearing)

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

March Madness Live Updates: N.C.A.A. Tournament Scores by Region

The first round of the 2018 men’s N.C.A.A. tournament begins Thursday. Stay here for live scores, updates and analysis.


Big City: A Helicopter Had a Deadly Crash in the East River. Should These Tourist Flights Finally Be Banned?

Tourist helicopters are unnecessary pollutants but a mayor who imagines himself as a climate-change visionary has done little to stop them.

Bee, Samantha

Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Celebrates Conor Lamb’s Win in Pennsylvania

“You know, I’m really enjoying this radical new Democratic strategy called ‘trying,’” Bee said.

iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy


Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

(Reuters) - IHeartMedia Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday as the largest U.S. radio station owner reached an in-principle agreement with creditors to restructure its overwhelming debt load.

His tarnished record of endorsements suggests he may not be the best thing for the GOP come the midterms

For someone who talks so much about winning, President Donald Trump is racking up quite the losing streak.


CORRECTED-Largest U.S. radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

March 15 (Reuters) - Radio broadcaster iHeartMedia Inc on Thursday said ‍the company and its units, including iHeartcommunications Inc, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


BRIEF-iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy



Third court rules Tepco, government liable over Fukushima disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyoto district court on Thursday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the Japanese government were liable for damages arising from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, the Asahi newspaper said


Golf: Tournament of Champions to launch 2019 LPGA season

(Reuters) - The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, a winners-only event, will open the 2019 LPGA Tour season in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced on Wednesday.


FBI official scorned by Trump may be fired days before retirement: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former FBI deputy director scheduled to retire on Sunday, Andrew McCabe, may be fired over allegations that he misled investigators about sharing sensitive information with the media, which would make him ineligible for full retirement benefits, according to the Washington Post and New York Times on Wednesday.

Teachers and School Employees

Media Memo: At the Fox News Site, a Sudden Focus on Women as Sex Offenders

After the harassment-related departures of executives and hosts, there was a spike in articles on female teachers abusing students.

Fallon, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Roasts Trump for Bragging That He Fired Tillerson ‘by Myself’

“Trump brags about firing people the same way a toddler brags about using the bathroom alone for the first time,” Fallon said.


Tracy Morgan Is a Survivor. And ‘a Better Man Now.’

Just a few years after a car crash left him with a severe brain injury, Mr. Morgan is back with “The Last O.G.,” a new comedy about second chances.


Vice Media names Nancy Dubuc CEO, co-founder Smith to be chairman

(Reuters) - Vice Media LLC on Tuesday named Nancy Dubuc as chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Shane Smith, three months after the millennial-focused media firm apologized for allowing a "boy's club" atmosphere to flourish at the company.


Sri Lanka to lift social media ban: minister

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is likely to lift a ban on social media networks this week, a government minister said on Tuesday, almost a week after blocking access to prevent the spread of communal violence.

Vice Media's Shane Smith out as CEO

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Asks Why Trump Is Scared of Stormy Daniels

The former pornographic film actress was recently interviewed by “60 Minutes,” and Colbert was eager to offer his take on the controversy.

Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not predicted to boost UK tourism


Witness to Charlottesville attack sues U.S. media outlets over 'false' stories

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man sued two media outlets and seven individuals on Tuesday claiming he was defamed by false stories in which he was accused of helping stage unrest last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of an effort to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump.


Japan's embattled finance minister mulls skipping G20 meeting: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's finance minister is considering skipping a Group of 20 finance leaders' gathering in Buenos Aires next week, Japanese media reported, as a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal paralyzes parliament and puts his job on the line.

Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters

Firefighter, Journalist and Tourist Among Victims of Helicopter Crash

Of the five who died in the East River crash, some were newcomers to the city, others tourists from as far as Argentina. None were older than 34.


‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi Camps

Ferdous is from Afghanistan, Florentina from Kosovo and Damian from Berlin. A German high school class visited Sachsenhausen, where 50,000 are believed to have died during World War II.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z announce a new tour

Jay-Z and Beyoncé are hitting the road again.


Review: ‘Rise’ Is No ‘Friday Night Footlights’

NBC’s new drama centers on a high school musical that divides a Pennsylvania town. But it takes a long time to find its voice.

Cooking and Cookbooks

What to Cook: The Best Monday Meals

We have them, whether it’s chicken Marengo, red beans and rice or rotisserie chicken, any number of ways.

Gun Control

No Immediate Push to Raise Minimum Age for Buying Assault Rifles, Trump Says

In a pair of tweets, President Trump cited “not much political support” now to move ahead with his pledges after the deadly mass school shooting in Florida.


The O.J. Simpson Interview on Fox: Gripping, Gross or Both?

On Sunday Fox aired “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

North Korea, East River, N.C.A.A. Tournament: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Forest fire kills nine hikers at tourist spot

Nine people were killed in a forest fire in southern India after becoming trapped while hiking, police said Monday.


Madcap British comedian Ken Dodd dies, aged 90

LONDON (Reuters) - British comedian Ken Dodd, well-known to the country's television audiences for his spiky hair, buck teeth and "tickling stick", has died aged 90, his publicist said on Monday.


Babies' bodies found in bottles in house in Japan: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Termite exterminators working on a house renovation in the Japanese capital uncovered the bodies of several babies preserved in bottles, some with umbilical cords still attached, Kyodo news agency said on Monday.


A Whippet named Tease wins best in show at Crufts

LONDON (Reuters) - Tease, a Whippet from Scotland, won the top prize at Britain's Crufts dog show in Birmingham on Sunday.


Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China's path was following the Communist Party.

Meredith Corporation

A Heartland Company Leads the Media Race

After buying Time Inc. for $2.8 billion, Meredith is the largest magazine company in the United States, but it’s not about to change its unassuming style.

NCAA Basketball Championships (Men)

Selection Sunday 2018: N.C.A.A. Tournament Live Updates

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier will likely be the top seeds in the tournament. Stay here for live updates, predictions and analysis on Selection Sunday.


MEDIA LINK-Insurers game Medicare to boost U.S. bonus payments, WSJ reports

March 11 (Reuters) - Humana Inc, Aetna Inc and other insurance providers enhance revenue by shuffling customers among privately managed plans, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

How the media is marking Women's History Month

Jessica Bennett, gender editor for The New York Times, speaks with Brian Stelter about "Overlooked," a new obituary project about pioneering women who never had an obit in the paper. Bennett also comments on Tucker Carlson's month-long "Men in America" series.


‘Saturday Night Live’ Parodies ‘The Bachelor’ With Another Kind of Breakup

“S.N.L.” took some unusual cultural detours this weekend, beginning with a “Bachelor” spoof centered on Robert Mueller, the special counsel.


In state media, China presents itself as crucial to U.S.-North Korea talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China helped bring about a dramatic easing of tensions between the United States and North Korea, according state media outlets, adding evidence that the government sees itself as a central player in any agreement despite largely sitting on the sidelines so far.


Best Buy CEO says turnaround done, room to compete with Amazon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc has completed a five-year turnaround and is ready to compete with market leader Inc to prove U.S. retail is not a "winner takes all" situation, Chief Executive Hubert Joly told Reuters on Friday.


Gunfire and hostages taken at California veterans home: media

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a hostage situation.


U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday in Nairobi that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


Critic’s Notebook: ‘Deception’ and ‘Instinct,’ the Latest Shows Trying to Be ‘Castle’

A pair of new procedurals are based in the subgenre of smug male civilian paired with uptight female cop. Which one gets the formula right?


Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.


Europe's tourist hot spots look for ways to cope with the crowds

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe's tourist hot spots are looking for new ways to cope with "overtourism," where cities like Venice, Dubrovnik and Barcelona are struggling to manage huge crowds arriving...


U.S. fails to keep pace with global tourism boom

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States is missing out on a global boom for tourism, hurt by a so-called Trump slump and currency exchange rates, travel industry experts said at a gathering in Berlin this week.


With ‘Rise,’ a ‘Friday Night Lights’ for Theater Kids

NBC’s “Rise,” isn’t “Glee” and it isn’t “Fame.” “The mantra is to always keep it as realistic and honest as possible,” said its showrunner, Jason Katims.


A Word With: Giovanni Ribisi Has Been Conned. So Have You.

Mr. Ribisi, of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete,” talks about the art of the con, the allure of Bryan Cranston and his own commitment to four “Avatar” sequels.

Witherspoon, Rippon meet on Colbert

Stephen Colbert brought together Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon after the two gushed about each other on Twitter.

Politics and Government

Stephen Colbert Cracks North Korea Jokes on the Fly

In an unplanned segment, the “Late Show” host tackled the breaking news that the North Korean leader had invited President Trump to meet.


Japan probes possible suicide of finance official amid cronyism scandal: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police are investigating as possible suicide the death of an official at a finance ministry bureau that handled a land deal at the heart of a cronyism scandal threatening Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity, media said on Friday.

Bribery and Kickbacks

News Analysis: Netanyahu’s Bilingual U.S. Tour: Triumphal and Defensive

The Israeli leader trumpeted his achievements in English and played the victim in Hebrew, but the visit had an inescapable valedictory cast.

Paralympic Games

Steve Cash Was Already the World’s Best Sled Hockey Goalie. Then He Got a Coach.

Last year, USA Hockey tasked Jason Wolfe with a weighty mission: make a two-time gold medal-winning goaltender even better.

Ultimate tours with wild animals

Watching a wild animal prowl its prey, nuzzle young babies or dance its mating ritual is thrilling.

Anti-Clinton video game may have tracked players on social media


Germany looks to revise social media law as Europe watches

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German law requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to quickly remove hate speech from their sites is set to be revised following criticism that too much online content is being blocked, according to officials.


Lionel Richie Wants to Teach You How to Be a Real ‘American Idol’

He’s been a Commodore, a solo superstar, a parent to children in the public eye. Now the man who made it from Motown to memes will dole out tough love on TV.


Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Doesn’t Think Trump White House Has ‘Great Energy’

Stormy Daniels was a comedic reservoir for late night comedy on Wednesday, as another storm ravaged the East Coast.

Stephen Colbert warns Trump of oncoming 'storm'

Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers criticize President Donald Trump after documents surfaced showing a non-disclosure agreement signed by porn star Stormy Daniels.

Inmate gives tour of his living quarters

This Norwegian inmate gives a tour of his living quarters at a minimum security prison. Watch the documentary, "Welcome to Prison" on now.

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors


Three people seriously hurt in knife attack in Vienna: Austrian media

VIENNA (Reuters) - Three people were seriously injured in a knife attack in the Austrian capital Vienna on Wednesday evening, the Austrian Press Agency (APA) quoted a police spokesman as saying.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media

The activist students of Stoneman Douglas, where 17 people were killed last month, are social media naturals. But it’s not entirely true that they’ve been tweeting all their lives.


Review: ‘Jessica Jones’ Returns, Well Timed for the Time’s Up Moment

The Netflix-Marvel superhero series, already more focused on female characters than most dramas, was entirely directed and mostly written by women in Season 2.


Review: Mindy Kaling’s ‘Champions’ Is Off to a Winning Start

In this NBC sitcom, which Ms. Kaling created with Charlie Grandy, a melodramatic boy moves in with the father he’s never met.


Women's Tour of Britain ups prize money to match men's race

(Reuters) - The prize money for the 2018 Women's Tour has been increased to match the corresponding men's race, the Tour of Britain, for the first time, organizers said on Wednesday.


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits southeast Iran: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit southeast Iran on Wednesday evening, state media said.


Saudi prince says Turkey part of 'triangle of evil': Egyptian media

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a "triangle of evil" along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt's Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday.


Sri Lanka blocks social media as Buddhist mobs attack mosques

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country's minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island.

Academy Awards (Oscars)

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Trump’s Oscar Barb

Jimmy Kimmel replied to President Trump’s crack about the Oscar ceremony’s low ratings, adding that he felt “The Shape Of Water” mirrored Trump’s own life.


Trending: Four Wildlife Tours in the United States Worth Taking

Travelers often think they have to travel far abroad to take in majestic wildlife, but there’s an abundance of natural beauty right here in the U.S. worth checking out.

Could that Carter family tour really happen?

Are Beyoncé and Jay-Z playing with our emotions?


Review: On ‘Life Sentence,’ Life Is a Little Too Beautiful

The new CW series, beginning Wednesday, tracks a young woman who is newly free of both cancer and dramatic conflict.

These are the best US airlines of the year


Israeli healthcare startup Medial EarlySign raises $30 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Medial EarlySign, whose machine-learning based technology is meant to help improve patient management, said on Tuesday it raised $30 million, bringing its total funding to $50 million.


Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Is Delighted by Sam Nunberg’s Media Tour

The Oscars, a former Trump aide and tariffs were on the minds of late-night comedy hosts as they began the week.


Frances McDormand wins, loses and reunites with best actress Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Like a scene from a Hollywood caper film, a tuxedo-clad photographer foiled another man's attempt to make off with Frances McDormand's Oscar from an official Academy Awards after-party on Sunday.

Sam Nunberg's epic, jaw-dropping media circus

Jimmy Kimmel's 5 best Oscar jokes

We can always count on Jimmy Kimmel to be the host we need right now.


‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ at 50: 5 Memorable Moments

The public television show, a fixture for generations of children, made its national debut in 1968. PBS will celebrate the anniversary with a special.

'The Shape of Water' takes best picture

Despite stiff competition in one of the most unpredictable best picture races of recent memory, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" took the top prize at Sunday's Academy Awards.


The Best and Worst of Oscars 2018

From the red carpet scene to the stage, we share the highs and lows of the 90th Academy Awards.


Turkish court rejects request from Greek soldiers to be released: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Monday rejected a request for the release of two Greek soldiers who were detained after crossing the border into Turkey in bad weather, private broadcaster CNN Turk and other local media said.


Guatemala envoy tours Jerusalem for embassy site, Palestinians fume

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Guatemalan ambassador was on the streets of Jerusalem on Monday to look at properties for when it joins the United States in moving its embassy there, a move Palestinians said was illegal and could kill any chance of peace.


Frances McDormand wins best actress Oscar for 'Three Billboards'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frances McDormand won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for playing an angry woman seeking justice in the dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."


'Shape of Water' takes best picture Oscar; Oldman, McDormand are best actors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honor, at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.


WRAPUP 8-'Shape of Water' takes best picture Oscar; Oldman, McDormand are best actors

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - Fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" won best picture, the film industry's most prestigious honor, at Sunday's Oscar ceremony.


Gary Oldman wins best actor Oscar for 'Darkest Hour'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gary Oldman won his first Oscar on Sunday for his performance as British wartime leader Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour."


UPDATE 1 -Gary Oldman wins best actor Oscar for 'Darkest Hour'

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - Gary Oldman won his first Oscar on Sunday for his performance as British wartime leader Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour."


Chile's 'A Fantastic Woman' wins Oscar for best foreign film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.


UPDATE 2-Chile's 'A Fantastic Woman' wins Oscar for best foreign film

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," a drama about a transgender woman who battles her lover's family after he dies, won the Oscar on Sunday for best foreign language film.


WRAPUP 2-Oscars best picture suspense crowns tumultuous Hollywood year

* Jimmy Kimmel hosts movie industry's biggest night (Adds "Three Billboards" previous awards)


Golf: Coetzee claims fourth European Tour title at the Tshwane Open

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African George Coetzee carded four birdies on the back nine to claim the European Tour’s Tshwane Open with a tournament total of 18 under par on his home course at the Pretoria Country Club on Sunday.


Oscars best picture suspense crowns tumultuous Hollywood year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The red carpet has been rolled out and the champagne is on ice for an Oscars ceremony on Sunday filled with suspense over the movie industry's biggest prize — and whether Hollywood's campaign against sexual harassment will steal the spotlight.


WRAPUP 1-Oscars best picture suspense crowns tumultuous Hollywood year

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) - The red carpet has been rolled out and the champagne is on ice for an Oscars ceremony on Sunday filled with suspense over the movie industry's biggest prize — and whether Hollywood's campaign against sexual harassment will steal the spotlight.


Playing Trump on ‘S.N.L.,’ Baldwin Takes On White House Turmoil

After a Twitter feud with the real President Trump, Alec Baldwin lampooned him again on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ while the host Charles Barkley gave a pointed monologue.


Russia tells EU gas supplies via Ukraine under no immediate threat

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia's Energy Ministry said on Saturday that gas giant Gazprom's intention to terminate contracts with Ukraine poses no immediate threat to natural gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.


11 of Our Best Reads

Get some help with your Oscar pool ballot. Meet the Met’s new maestro. The pain of loving an old dog and more.


Critic’s Notebook: ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘The Chi,’ Near Neighbors and Worlds Apart

Two of TV’s more rewarding dramas share a Chicago setting and a head-on approach to questions of race, but not much else.


Trump and Alec Baldwin, His ‘S.N.L.’ Impersonator, Sling Insults Across Twitter

Though he has lately resisted the impulse to criticize “Saturday Night Live,” President Trump was lured into an online war of words with Mr. Baldwin, who plays him on the show.


The Creator of ‘Jessica Jones’ Serves Up a Dark Mirror for Our Moment

Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the “Twilight” movies and a former head writer on “Dexter,” is the fury behind the Marvel TV avenger.


BRIEF-Pattern Energy Announces Remediation Of Material Weakness


'Star Trek' Klingon tourist center opens in Sweden

A theater in Stockholm has been transformed into a "Klingon tourist center" in a good-humoured bid to lure visitors to the warrior species' home planet Qo'noS.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Colbert Skewers Trump Over White House Dysfunction

Stephen Colbert said, “White House tours must be getting really interesting.”


U.S. issues alert after tourist ferry explosion in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A blast last month on a tourist ferry in the Mexican beach resort of Playa del Carmen was caused by "an explosive device" that injured passengers, including U.S. tourists, the U.S. embassy in Mexico said on Thursday.

The Best TV Shows and Movies New to Netflix, Amazon and More in March

Every month, subscription streaming services add a new batch of movies and TV shows to their libraries. Here are the titles we think are most interesting this month.


China media makes war threat over U.S. Taiwan bill

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media threatened on Friday that the country could go to war over Taiwan if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer U.S. ties with the self-ruled island that China claims as its own.

United States Politics and Government

Justice Dept. Report Is Expected to Criticize Andrew McCabe Over Media Disclosures

The leaks contributed to coverage critical of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. That does not fit neatly into President Trump’s view of Mr. McCabe as a “deep state” adversary.


North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria: state media

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday.


Russians used social media to stir divisions on U.S. energy policy: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian operatives attempting to discourage U.S. energy production posted thousands of messages on social media supporting environmental activists in their campaign to limit oil and gas projects, a report by Republican lawmakers said on Thursday.

Ranking best picture winners since 2000, from best to worst

The past 18 Oscar winners for best picture, ranked, from "American Beauty" to "La La Land."


Best Buy sales jump during key holiday quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc , the No.1 U.S. consumer electronics retailer, reported a jump in quarterly comparable sales on Thursday that exceeded forecasts amid strong demand, less competition, and robust sales in the gaming category.


Women looking for Oscar love in best picture cliffhanger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Women are hoping for some long overdue love at the Academy Awards on Sunday, where the biggest prize in the movie industry is wide open after an awards season dominated by Hollywood's sexual misconduct scandal.

Colbert: 'Duh' Hope Hicks lied for Trump

Late night comedians poked fun at the former White House communications director Hope Hick's claim that she told "white lies."

Noah, Trevor (1984- )

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Is Stunned by Trump’s Turnabout on Gun Control

The “Daily Show” host said the president’s attacks on fellow Republicans at a meeting reminded him of “a drunk uncle calling everyone out at a wedding.”

Colbert grills Omarosa on Trump presidency and her 'plantation' comment

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman responded to a question Tuesday night on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" about the fate of the country under President Trump by saying, "we'll have to wait and see."

A social media tycoon is now China's richest man

Cosmetics and Toiletries

The Best Makeup You Can Buy at the Drugstore

Most drugstores are wall to wall with cosmetics. Let’s pick through the rest and find the best.

Comedy and Humor

Tour Marc Maron’s Garage Before He and His Podcast Move

The space is filled with mementos both reputable (a presidential cup) and disreputable (a frame used for famous drug-taking).


Best Buy plans to shut 250 small U.S. mobile phone stores

(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc , the No. 1 U.S. consumer electronics retailer, on Wednesday said it will shut 250 small mobile phone stores in U.S. malls as it looks for ways to operate more profitably and turn around its business amid intense competition.

Attacks on media freedom are spreading


Musical 'Evita' kicks off Asian tour in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Forty years after opening in London's West End, the musical "Evita", about Argentina's legendary first lady, Eva Peron, made its Asian debut in Singapore this month.


U.S. tourist arrested in Cambodia accused of killing masseuse

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian police arrested a 24-year-old American tourist on Wednesday on suspicion of killing a masseuse by slitting her throat, police said.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Attacks Trump for Reluctance to Act on Russian Meddling

The “Late Show” host compared the president to a fire chief who keeps tweeting, “We don’t know that that’s a fire.”


Review: ‘Atlanta’ and the Surreal Larceny of Life

The second season of Donald Glover’s hip-hop comedy is a different show — more serial and structured — and blessedly the same.


The Cast of ‘Atlanta’ on Trump, Race and Fame

The breakout FX comedy, created by Donald Glover, returns with a grittier new season.


Review: ‘The Looming Tower’ Is a History of 9/11, Minus Most of the History

Hulu’s fictionalized adaptation of the prizewinning account of the Sept. 11 attacks cuts the back story and focuses on the detective thriller.

Isla Mujeres: See one of Mexico's best sunrises

Like most great destinations in Mexico (see also: Tulum), Isla Mujeres started out as something of a secret: a small, sleepy island just off the coast of Cancun with sugary soft white-sand beaches, sweeping coastlines and fewer people than the busy shores of Cancun's hotel zone.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Bringing Down a Media Empire

In “Conspiracy,” Ryan Holiday describes the blockbuster case that killed Gawker.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Doesn’t Think Trump Would Have ‘Run’ Into Florida School

“There’s a lot in there that I doubt, but the part I really don’t believe is that he can run,” the “Late Show” host said of the president’s comments.


Comcast's Sky bid pushes European media stocks to month high

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - M&A activity spiced up a more reserved start to European share trading on Tuesday after Comcast made a surprise counterbid for pay-TV group Sky , sending its shares soaring.


Liberty Media offers $1.16 billion for 40 percent in restructured iHeart

(Reuters) - Certain lenders and noteholders of iHeartMediaInc on Monday said John Malone's Liberty Media Corp proposed to buy a 40 percent stake in a restructured version of iHeart for $1.16 billion.

Reality Television

24 Hours in Bachelor Nation

Our reporter immerses herself completely in America's favorite(?) reality television franchise.


Review: Who Killed Biggie and Tupac? ‘Unsolved’ Might Know

A 10-part limited series on USA is a lightly fictionalized account of the various investigations into the two rappers’ deaths two decades ago.

Justin Theroux breaks his silence on social media

Justin Theroux has been laying low he and Jennifer Aniston announced they had separated.


Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist of 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artist of 2017 on Monday, thanks to his album "Divide" and singles "Shape of You" and "Perfect."

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Syria Cease-Fire Must Take Effect Immediately, U.N. Chief Warns

The secretary general said it was “high time to stop this hell on earth,” and the U.N.’s top human rights official said permanent members of the Security Council must share the blame.

10 best foods for your heart

Keeping your heart healthy is about more than avoiding fast food and overly processed chow. You can also pump up your heart's health by choosing foods that will help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.


Australia media firms join fight against Rebel Wilson's record $3.6 million defamation payout

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian media companies on Monday sought to join German magazine publisher Bauer Media in fighting a record A$4.56 million ($3.6 million) defamation payout to Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, arguing it set a dangerous precedent.


China launches propaganda push for Xi after social media criticism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely has sparked social media opposition, drawing comparisons to North Korea's ruling dynasty and charges of creating a dictator by a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist.


NHL absence led to many firsts in men's tournament

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The lengthy list of firsts witnessed in men's ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics is both impressive and in many cases outright stunning, contributing to one of the most topsy-turvy tournaments in memory.


Thomas wins Honda Classic in playoff for eighth PGA Tour title

(Reuters) - Justin Thomas improved to third in the world rankings and enhanced his reputation as clutch performer when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff against Luke List in Florida on Sunday.

Democrats have their best chance in a decade to win governor's races

For Democrats, this year's governors' races present a once-in-a-decade opening.


UPDATE 1-Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

* Samsung faces competition, lost ground in India, China in Q4 (Adds events details, analyst reaction)


Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

BARCELONA/SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown.


Ask a Showrunner: ‘One Day at a Time’: Gloria Calderon Kellett on Crafting Latino Stories in a Changed America

Ms. Kellett discussed the show’s poignant season finale and what lies ahead for the Alvarez family in Season 3.


Review: ‘Good Girls’ Offers Equal Time for Antiheroines

NBC’s suburban-crime caper is well cast and enjoyable, but it needs time to figure out how seriously it wants to take its premise.


England's Pepperell edges Fisher for maiden European Tour title

(Reuters) - England's Eddie Pepperell held off compatriot Oliver Fisher to claim his first European Tour title at the Qatar Masters on Sunday.


Ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin Is Detained After Social Media Post Shuts School

An Instagram post by Martin, the N.F.L. player at the center of a bullying scandal in 2013, led officials at the school he attended in Los Angeles to close for the day.


BRIEF-UBM Says Selling Print Publication, Website And Related Businesses To Wainscot Media​



Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix

In “Ugly Delicious,” the star chef chases the best pizza and barbecue, talks about authenticity and racism, and whips up some Spam fried rice.

Trump Jr. slams American media, praises India

During the Global Business Summit in India, Donald Trump Jr. doubles down on his comments about the spirit of the people of India while criticizing the Washington Post's reporting on the comments.

What young conservatives at CPAC think of the media

A recurring theme at CPAC: bashing the media. CNN's Tom Kludt asked young conservatives what they think about the media, and where they get their news.


On ‘Good Girls,’ They’re the Criminal Moms Next Door

In this new show on NBC, three suburban mothers take an unusual approach to self-empowerment: They rob a grocery store. That’s just the first episode.

Best hotel beds and where to buy them

Pillow menus, crisp linens, cooling mattresses, blackout curtains -- hotels know a thing or two about sleep-through-your-alarm-good bedrooms.

Rubio, Marco

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Ridicules Marco Rubio After a Combative Town Hall

“Maybe bullying isn’t that bad after all,” Noah said of the Florida senator’s grilling over gun control by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Comedy and Humor

Comedian Going to White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What About Trump?

Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comic and contributor to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” takes on one of the most prominent — and perilous — gigs in comedy.

Many in the media love mass shootings, NRA spokeswoman says

A National Rifle Association spokeswoman argued Thursday that "many in legacy media love mass shootings" during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.


Paris tourism shakes post-attack lull to record decade-best 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - Tourists flocked back to Paris last year as safety concerns following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants appeared to ease, making 2017 the city's best year for foreign...


Review: ‘Seven Seconds,’ a Grim Account of Whose Lives Matter

This Netflix series, the latest from Veena Sud (“The Killing”), is about a racially charged hit-and-run case. Though heavy-handed, it has a purity of dark vision.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Attacks Conspiracy Theorists for Trying to Discredit Students

Kimmel asked, “Do you really think these kids, these teenagers who spoke out after a shooting at their school, are actors?”


NBC’s Olympic Nerve Center Is in ... Connecticut

In a building that once housed a Clairol factory, hundreds of NBC staff members are working through the night to manage the video content pouring in from Pyeongchang.


South Korea's Moon says relations with U.S. are 'rock solid': media

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said relations with the United States are "rock solid" and "as strong and robust as ever" in a media interview, as his administration gears up for a possible summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Tiger enjoying getting back in the swing of tournament golf

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods said on Wednesday he still had adjustments to make going into this week's Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, where the former world number one will compete in successive weeks for the first time since 2015.


Woods makes rare back-to-back starts as PGA Tour revs up

(Reuters) - Missing the cut last week provided a reality check for Tiger Woods, who nevertheless will be the focus of attention again as he headlines a major-worthy field at the Honda Classic starting in south Florida on Thursday.

Graham, Billy

Billy Graham, Media Pioneer

Over the course of his career, the Rev. Billy Graham capitalized on modern communication technologies — from television to satellite to the internet — to give his ministry a global reach.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Stands With Florida Students Fighting for Gun Control

“I hope these kids don’t give up,” Colbert said on Tuesday. “Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them.”


Alabama policeman killed trying to apprehend murder suspect: media

(Reuters) - A police officer in Mobile, Alabama was shot and killed as he was attempting to apprehend a murder suspect late on Tuesday, local media reported.


Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said.

Colbert: Adults aren't cutting it anymore

Stephen Colbert praises the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism in the wake of the mass shooting on their campus.


Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state's witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country's biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.


Snowboarding: NZ's Garcia Knight best of big air qualifiers

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - New Zealand's Carlos Garcia Knight topped qualifying for the men's snowboarding big air competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Wednesday, while Olympic slopestyle champion Redmond Gerard also scraped into the final.


Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder

Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Jack Kingston express suspicion toward the teenage survivors. The website Gateway Pundit claims they were coached.

Meet Trump's new best frenemy

Trump endorses Romney despite both saying terrible things about each other. Jeanne Moos has the insult-fest.

Social Media

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Millions of “bots” posing as real users are promoting celebrities, spreading misinformation and sowing discord. And it’s far easier to build a bot than to kill one.


Op-Ed Columnist: The Madness of American Crowds

There’s nothing new about Trump, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.

Lincoln named best President. Trump is ...

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan enjoyed upward bumps in their greatness rankings, while President Donald Trump was ranked historically low, according to a presidential "greatness" survey released Monday.