Monday, August 3, 2015
Brian Williams still weeks away from reappearing at MSNBC

Next week marks the end of Brian Williams' six-month suspension from NBC News for exaggerating his role in news stories, but he isn't expected back on the air in his new job at MSNBC for at least another month.

Williams was suspended on Feb. 10 after his story about flying in a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003 was shown to be false, triggering an investigation into other incidents of self-aggrandizement in talking about his reporting. He lost his job as NBC's "Nightly News" anchor and was named a breaking news anchor at the cable news outlet.

Amazon drama 'Hand of God' is actors' delight, stars say

Ron Perlman is reveling in his role in Amazon's "The Hand of God" and the expanding TV world.

"This is the most exciting period I've ever seen in television and it's probably the most exciting place to be if you're a storyteller," Perlman told a TV critics' meeting Monday.

'Dungeons & Dragons' feature in development at Warner Bros.

Dungeons & Dragons is coming to the big screen.

The studio announced Monday that the popular fantasy role playing game is being developed as a feature film franchise at Warner Bros.

Carol Brown Janeway, award-winning editor, dead at 71

Carol Brown Janeway, a prize-winning editor, executive and translator for Alfred A. Knopf whose authors ranged from biologist E.O. Wilson to Nobel Prize-winning fiction writer Imre Kertesz, has died, Knopf said Monday. She was 71.

Knopf chairman Sonny Mehta released a companywide memo saying Janeway died early Monday at a New York hospital where she was being treated for cancer.

Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley said an attempt by Hernandez's lawyer to question the woman under oath is an "unwarranted fishing expedition."

Judge gives Bieber more time to complete vandalism sentence

A judge says Justin Bieber is complying with the terms of his probation in a vandalism case and has given the singer until later this year to complete community labor requirements of his sentence.

Superior Court Judge Leland Harris made the comments Monday in a hearing in the pop singer's misdemeanor vandalism case filed after he damaged a former neighbor's home with eggs.

Lebanon's trash crisis worsens amid rising heat, anger

It's summer in this proud Mediterranean city, with celebrities and Lebanese expats flocking to international festivals and parties at Beirut's beaches and nightclubs. But the country's own citizens are suffocating from mountains of stinking garbage collecting on the streets — yet another reflection of government paralysis and its inability to find a solution for the capital's rubbish.

Lebanon has enjoyed relative calm amid the violence afflicting neighboring countries in the past few years. Despite a massive influx of Syrian refugees and occasional outbursts of sectarian clashes, Beirut has largely survived the regional upheaval, even if its politicians have been locked in internal disputes, unable to agree on a new president for more than a year.

Increased film incentives attracting production crews

Kentucky's enhanced film incentives program has started attracting more movie makers.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reports "The Ultimate Legacy," which was filming last week at a luxury estate in La Grange, is the first to take advantage of the state's increased incentives that were adopted earlier this year.

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