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Actress Fran Drescher hosts Hanukkah celebration

Actress Fran Drescher is hosting a major Hanukkah celebration in Boston.

"The Nanny" star will host a celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights on Saturday at the Union for Reform Judaism's convention at the Hynes Convention Center.

The organization says it's the largest Jewish religious gathering in North America, with some 5,500 Jewish leaders from 57 states and provinces in attendance.

The organization says the Hanukkah celebration will include stories and songs highlighting Hanukkah as a "call for more social justice and compassion in the world."

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is celebrated for eight days and nights. The holiday runs from Dec. 12 to Dec. 20 this year.

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.

The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.

"It's truly an exceptional day," Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said. "The 18th dynasty private tombs were already known. But it's the first time to enter inside the two tombs."

Al-Anani said the discoveries are part of the ministry's efforts to promote Egypt's vital tourism industry, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, that was hit hard by extremist attacks and political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

The ministry said one tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-meter (yard) burial shaft leading to four side chambers. The artifacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins. Wall inscriptions and paintings suggest it belongs to era between the reigns of King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, both pharaohs of the 18th dynasty.

The other tomb has five entrances leading to a rectangular hall and contains two burial shafts located in the northern and southern sides of the tomb.

Among the artifacts found inside are funerary cones, painted wooden funerary masks, clay vessels, a collection of some 450 statues and a mummy wrapped in linen who was likely a top official. A cartouche carved on the ceiling bears the name of King Thutmose I of the early 18th dynasty, the ministry said.

Afterward, al-Anani headed to a nearby site where the famous Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is located to open for the first time the temple's main sanctuary known as the "Holy of Holies."

Since the beginning of 2017, the Antiquities Ministry has made a string of discoveries in several provinces across Egypt — including the tomb of a royal goldsmith, in the same area and belonging to the same dynasty, whose work was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Amun.

The Latest: Macron hails late rocker as 'a part of France'

The Latest on French rocker Johnny Hallyday's funeral (all times local):

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French President Emmanuel Macron is mourning a "part of France" that has departed with the death of rock star Johnny Hallyday, calling him a prodigal son of the nation during the singer's exceptional funeral ceremony.

Tears rolled down cheeks of Hallyday's fans thronging the streets of Paris as Macron told them "Johnny was yours. Johnny was his public. Johnny was his country."

Speaking on the steps of Paris' Madeleine Church, Macron referred to Hallyday's illnesses and extreme lifestyle, telling fans, "He should have fallen 100 times but what held him up and lifted him was your fervor, the love that you brought him."

Mourning the loss of his "indispensable presence," Macron described how Hallyday's songs "make us feel less alone."

Shouts of "Johnny! Johnny!" and thunderous applause rose up as Macron finished his speech. Fans then broke out in Hallyday's songs. His death Wednesday at age 74 prompted nationwide emotion.


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Calling him France's equivalent of royalty, fans of rocker Johnny Hallyday have wept and sung to honor a man who was an icon under eight presidents and seemed to many almost eternal.

Catherine Frichot-Janin, 61, and her husband came from Switzerland to join the tens of thousands of Johnny lovers on the frosty streets of Paris watching his funeral procession Saturday after his death Wednesday at age 74.

Frichot-Janin told The Associated Press that "he's the companion who's always there when you have a worry. He's not a god but he's always been there for me."

Thirty-year-old Parisian Laura Dublot and her brother David are among many who were named after Hallyday's children. She said, "He's a national icon. This scale of funeral is not surprising — he's united three generations of French."

Laurenne Coral from Lyon said: "For the French he's like what Queen Elizabeth is for the English."


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The hearse carrying the coffin of French rocker Johnny Hallyday is rolling slowly down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in an unusually elaborate ceremony to bid farewell to the man often dubbed the French Elvis.

National television followed the funeral procession past his home in a Paris suburb to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Dozens of police motorcycles and police vans surrounded the hearse, and fans lined the route, many dressed to emulate his flashy, rebellious style.

Hundreds of motorcyclists are accompanying the procession, in a nod to Hallyday's lifelong passion for motorcycles and biker image, with his ubiquitous leather jackets and numerous tattoos.

Hallyday's death Wednesday at age 74 after fighting lung cancer unleashed emotion across the French-speaking world.


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France is bidding farewell to its biggest rock star, honoring Johnny Hallyday with an exceptional funeral procession down the Champs-Elysees, a presidential speech and a parade of motorcyclists — all under intense security.

Few figures in French history have earned such an elaborate send-off. It was ordered by President Emmanuel Macron, a Hallyday fan himself.

Hallyday's death Wednesday at age 74 after fighting lung cancer unleashed emotion across the country, where the man sometimes dubbed the French Elvis had been an icon for more than half a century.

Paris police expect hundreds of thousands of fans as the procession moves from his home in a Paris suburb to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe monument and down the Champs-Elysees.

Macron is expected to speak at the funeral ceremony at Madeleine Church.

Accusations of misconduct followed top gossip editor

Dylan Howard, the top editor at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc., who previously faced allegations of sexual misconduct at the gossip news giant, was also accused of harassing behavior at another employer, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Howard took over as the chief editor of the startup celebrity news site Celebuzz in early 2012, after a stint running American Media's Los Angeles office that was punctuated by allegations of sexual harassment.

Questions about Howard's behavior didn't stop at the new job.

At Celebuzz, Howard regularly asked female employees about their sex lives, talked in the office about which of his subordinates he'd like to sleep with and once threw what was described as a "c--- ring" sexual aid at an employee, according to confidential documents obtained by AP and interviews with former employees. In a letter obtained by AP, a human resources specialist said an investigation concluded that Howard had violated the company's sexual harassment policy.

After 15 months at Celebuzz, Howard left the smaller gossip publication and returned to American Media, where he is now chief content officer overseeing the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other publications and web sites.

In a statement issued through his publicist Friday, Howard acknowledged that the top reason for his resignation from Celebuzz was the way the company handled what he called "unfounded" accusations against him.

"There is nothing here that has any truth to it," he said. "Period."

"There is a fundamental difference between words and the actions of people," he said. "We have clearly lost nuance and proportionality."

An attorney for Howard, Howard Weitzman, threatened to sue the AP for news coverage he described as "false, malicious and defamatory." He accused the AP of an effort to "defame and smear the people you are writing about."

AMI said it did not know about the harassment complaint against Howard during his time at Celebuzz.

The April 2013 letter from an HR investigator that said Howard violated Celebuzz's sexual harassment policy didn't specify what exactly Howard did but laid out eight allegations against him. The letter said a human resources investigator addressed the conduct with Celebuzz's parent company "and recommended actions to help improve the work environment." The letter did not say whether Howard was disciplined for his behavior.

Howard said he couldn't respond to the letter because he wasn't aware of the investigation's findings. He said he was never suspended from Celebuzz and wasn't terminated.

Howard's publicist provided the text of a March 21, 2013, email he said Howard sent to a Celebuzz executive announcing his resignation in which he cites the company's response to "the unfounded allegations against me" as his top reason for leaving the company.

He wrote in the email that the way the company handled the case "has done my standing irreparable damage and has caused me much pain, suffering, embarrassment and humiliation."

A former senior executive at the website's parent company, BuzzMedia, confirmed that Howard's behavior was of serious concern to management and contributed to his departure from the company in April 2013, when the investigation concluded.

A complaint to HR by one Celebuzz employee that was obtained by the AP said that "Dylan has repeatedly asked interns and employees...about their sex lives."

"He's made comments about women's suggestive clothing, how good employees look when they leave the room, how much he would like to have sex with hosts from the studio floor, which celebrities he's slept with, etc.," according to the employee's complaint.

The investigation of Howard's conduct at Celebuzz was conducted by San Leandro, California,-based human resources firm TriNet Group Inc. A TriNet spokeswoman, Fatima Afzal, confirmed to the AP that BuzzMedia was formerly a client but declined to acknowledge or discuss the 2013 investigation.

Some of the seven former Celebuzz employees interviewed by the AP spoke on condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from publicly discussing their former employer. Others said they were concerned about Howard's influence in the entertainment industry.

The Celebuzz website still exists though its ownership has changed since Howard's stint as the top editor. A phone message left with the publicist for the current owner was not returned.

The AP reported this week that American Media launched its own investigation in 2012 into similar complaints of sexual misconduct against Howard, before he went to Celebuzz. Former AMI employees said Howard forced women reporters to watch pornography, discussed his and their sex lives in the newsroom and nicknamed himself "Dildo," a reference to a phallus-shaped sex toy.

Howard and the company told the AP the allegations about his time in the Los Angeles office of AMI were "baseless." A company lawyer said its investigation concluded that Howard committed no serious wrongdoing and described much of Howard's behavior as "horsing around." In a statement, the company said that since rehiring Howard in 2013, the editor "has continued to have the respect of his peers and colleagues" and "has the full support of AMI and its executives."

The scrutiny of Howard's behavior comes as the New Yorker and other news organizations have published emails showing Howard's interactions with movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who is at the center of a sex harassment scandal with far-reaching consequences. The emails showed that Howard dispatched a reporter to dig up information on an actress who accused Weinstein of rape.

Weinstein, who has denied allegations of non-consensual sex, has maintained he was passing along a news tip to Howard that was never published. Howard has said he pursued the information as part of due diligence before entering into a business relationship with Weinstein.

The investigation at Celebuzz began with a complaint filed by an employee Howard had sought to discipline for what he said was substandard work.

A publicist for Howard, Howard Bragman, said in response to questions from the AP that Celebuzz's HR department told Howard to "consider the source" of the complaint since it was filed after Howard placed the employee on a performance improvement plan.

Attorneys who focus on sexual harassment said that evidence of sexual misconduct by Howard in a past job could pose a risk to AMI.

AMI said it couldn't have known about the complaint at Celebuzz because it could not have obtained Howard's human resources file.

David Yamada, a law professor at Suffolk University, said employers are within their rights to ask job candidates if they've been the subject of harassment complaints at their previous employer.

"If Howard engages in sexual harassment during his second go-round at AMI, it may impact potential legal claims" in the future, said Yamada after AP filled him in on details of the case and AMI's response. An aggrieved employee could use that information to hold AMI responsible for Howard's behavior, seek punitive damages or file a negligent-hiring lawsuit, he said.

Many of the Celebuzz employees were in their early 20s during Howard's stint as top editor. One said Howard so frequently asked about her dating life and talked about others' sex lives in the office that she began to document incidents, jotting things in a journal she believed were inappropriate or unprofessional.

At a happy hour gathering at a local bar, Howard was heard "openly encouraging a male BuzzMedia worker to take a fellow co-worker home and have sex with her as she was too intoxicated to drive," according to a February 2013 email obtained by AP that an employee submitted as part of the HR investigation.

Howard's publicist said in a statement that Howard was only making sure an employee didn't drive home drunk and denied making any reference to sex.

Another employee recalled Howard saying he could see her bra under her shirt and pressing her about whether she had sex on a recent date.

"It was awkward and inappropriate, but you don't know if it is for sure because the vibe of the office is like that," she said. "It was a very millennial company. You don't know what's ok, what's not, and what's joking."

That employee was interviewed by the HR investigator about Howard's behavior but did not formally complain about his comments to her.

In another instance, Howard encouraged staffers to guess which celebrity a male employee had had sex with, according to two former employees who witnessed the incident and the letter from HR summarizing complaints about Howard's behavior.

The senior company executive recalled that when Howard made sexually inappropriate remarks to a group of interns in their 20s in the company's bullpen-style Los Angeles office space, he decided the company had to act.

"It was a legitimate HR issue," the senior company executive said. "I remember at the time that it was not an inconsequential thing."

Howard returned to American Media the following month, after being rehired, this time working out of its New York offices, and was given a promotion to oversee all the company's newsrooms.


Horwitz reported from Washington.


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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Logic shine at Jingle Ball concert

The roaring cheers and screams at Jingle Ball grew louder and louder as performers hit the stage, from Ed Sheeran to Sam Smith to Demi Lovato.

But when Taylor Swift entered Madison Square Garden on Friday night, the noise easily hit its peak.

Swift closed the nearly five-hour concert in New York City, strutting from left to right as she sang "Shake It Off," ''Blank Space" and the latest hits off her new album, "reputation."

Even the sound of her name earned screeching cheers, as iHeartRadio and Z100 teased the performance throughout the night.

"Well, thank you New York," she yelled after she kicked off her set with the thumping "...Ready for It?"

The venue, full of teenagers, their parents and the in-between, transformed into a colorful dance party when Swift sang "Shake It Off." She closed the night with "Look What You Made Me Do," performing dance moves in a loose black top, black shorts and blonde bangs.

Sheeran — who joined Swift onstage for the new song "End Game" — kicked off the concert by strumming his guitar, and belting hits like "Shape of You," ''Thinking Out Loud" and "Perfect."

The rapper Logic, who recently earned two Grammy nominations, was also a fan favorite: the audience was energetic when he performed "1-800-273-8255," the suicide-prevention anthem that recently peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Smith, who slowed things down during the mostly high-energy show, was a vocal powerhouse, while Lovato was in fine form, especially during "Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sorry Not Sorry." Others who dominated with radio hits this year performed Friday, including Halsey, Julia Michaels, Charlie Puth and the Chainsmokers.

Jingle Ball also became a stage for already-known singers showcasing their solo chops: One Direction's Niall Horan, who launched a No. 1 album this year, was a highlight during "Too Much To Ask" and "Slow Hands"; his former band mate, Liam Payne, won over the audience during "Strip It Down"; and ex-Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, whose song "Havana" is No. 2 on the Hot 100, performed excitedly.

Fall Out Boy and the rising boy band Why Don't We also performed.

Tears, pomp, extravagance as France mourns rocker Hallyday

France bid farewell to its biggest rock star Saturday, honoring Johnny Hallyday with an extravagant funeral procession down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue, a presidential speech and a televised church ceremony filled with the country's most famous faces.

Few figures in French history have earned a send-off with as much pomp as the man dubbed the "French Elvis," who notched more than 110 million in record sales since rising to fame in the 1960s.

Hallyday died Wednesday at 74 after fighting lung cancer.

In an honor usually reserved for heads of state or literary giants like 19th-century novelist Victor Hugo, Hallyday's funeral cortege rode past Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe monument and down the Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde plaza on the Seine River.

Adding a rock touch to the event, hundreds of motorcyclists accompanied the procession. It was a nod to the lifelong passion that Hallyday, born Jean-Philippe Smet, had for motorcycles. His biker image included signature leather jackets and myriad tattoos.

French President Emmanuel Macron — a Hallyday fan himself, like three generations of others across the French-speaking world — delivered an eulogy on the steps of Paris' Madeleine Church for the star known to the public affectionately by only one name.

"Johnny belonged to you. Johnny belonged to his public. Johnny belonged to his country," said Macron, whose voice was broadcast via speakers to the many thousands of often tearful mourners in central Paris.

"He should have fallen a hundred times, but what held him up and lifted him was your fervor, the love," said Macron of the star's health troubles and famously excessive lifestyle.

Hallyday's death unleashed a wave of emotion across France, where he had been a symbol of national identity and stability for more than half a century — even though his private life had been far from stable.

Aside from the drinking, smoking and partying chronicled in juicy detail by the French press, Hallyday had been linked to a string of glamorous women and had married five times.

Chants of "Johnny! Johnny!" and thunderous applause rose up Saturday as fans broke out singing Hallyday classics including "Que je t'aime" ("How I love you").

About 1,500 police officers secured the area in Paris, a police helicopter flew overhead and emergency vehicles filled nearby streets as tens of thousands of fans lined the procession route. Many dressed to emulate Hallyday's flashy, rebellious style. Some climbed on fences or stoplights or even the roof of a luxury hotel to get a better view.

Catherine Frichot-Janin, 61, and her husband traveled from Switzerland to pay their respects — saying that the only thing older than their 39-year marriage was their mutual love for Hallyday.

"He's the companion who's always there when you have a worry. There will always be his music playing in a bistro," she said.

Dubbed by some "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" — Hallyday's position as one of the greatest-selling musical artists of all time is unusual as he remained largely unknown outside the Francophone world. But in France, he influenced styles, music and even children's names.

Laura Dublot, a 30-year-old Parisian, and her brother David are among many who were named after Hallyday's older children, Laura and David.

"He's a national icon. This scale of funeral is not surprising — he's united three generations of French," Dublot said.

Laurenne Coral, 25, from Lyon, explained that "for the French, he's like what Queen Elizabeth is for the English."

A lineup of speakers paid homage inside the neo-classical Madeleine Church, including actors Marion Cotillard and Jean Reno and singer Patrick Bruel.

Bruel, an old friend, said when Hallyday died "it's like they took away the Eiffel Tower in the middle of the night."

Fittingly, the words "Thank you Johnny" are being displayed on the famed Paris monument over the weekend.

Hallyday likely would have approved of this send-off, having told French media he dreaded the idea of an isolated funeral like the one he attended for his father in 1989.

"That day, I was the only one there. Not a woman, not a friend. Absolute solitude in death. I wouldn't like to end like that," he said.

Other funeral guests included actor Jean Dujardin as well as former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, who officiated at Hallyday's last marriage.

The scale of the French adoration for him impressed even those who were not fans.

"I don't know Johnny. But today is a rare opportunity to walk down the Champs-Elysees with no cars," said Qiao Pin, a 27-year-old student from Beijing. "Now, I see he's a very famous star. There's no one that popular in China."

Hallyday is expected to be buried in the French Caribbean island of St. Barts where he owned a house. He is survived by his wife Laeticia, two of his former wives, four children and three grandchildren.


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Early praise for 'The Last Jedi' after elaborate premiere

There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online.

Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed.

"She's up there flipping the bird and saying, 'Don't bring this night down with solemn tributes,'" Johnson said on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.

It was in that spirit that Johnson excitedly introduced his cast, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Laura Dern. Hamill and composer John Williams, who Johnson called one of the "greatest living film composers" were among the few who got standing ovations.

"Let's watch a Star Wars movie!" Johnson exclaimed as the cast took their seats, the lights dimmed and the yellow Star Wars logo and iconic scrawl appeared on screen to signal the start of the film. The enthusiastic audience laughed and cheered throughout much of the two-and-a-half-hour film. One audience member even shrieked "What?!" at a key scene deep in the film.

The elaborate premiere featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids that preceded the first showing of the film in advance of its Dec. 15 release. The mood was joyous and pregnant with anticipation for the highly anticipated and guarded film, which sees the return of Hamill's Luke Skywalker as well as Fisher's final performance.

Formal reviews won't be out for a few days, but journalists and others at the screening who shared their initial reactions online said "The Last Jedi" packed the adventure expected in a Star Wars film, but took it into new territory.

J.J. Abrams, who directed 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and will return to direct Episode IX told The Associated Press that the film was "great" and that "Rian killed it."

"Logan" director James Mangold also praised the film's director, calling the movie "a great chapter of a blockbuster franchise," that also had Johnson's "voice shining through."

Producer Adam F. Goldberg wrote that the film made him feel like a kid again.

Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican said the film "will shatter you and then make you feel whole again."

Many who posted online about the premiere said they were still processing the film.

Attendees at Saturday's premiere were the first people outside the cast, filmmakers and top executives at Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm who had seen "The Last Jedi." Director Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Greta Gerwig, "Stranger Things" actor Gaten Matarazzo, and Constance Zimmer were among the attendees Saturday.

Wright, who makes a cameo appearance in the film as a rebel, added on Twitter that the film was, "Really great."

At the after-party, which was modeled after Canto Bight, a casino-based city in the Star Wars galaxy seen in "The Last Jedi," attendees could play blackjack, roulette and craps to win commemorative Star Wars pins.

Fans at the premiere were also treated to up-close looks at new characters, including an elite squad of guards clad in red armor as well as a collection of droids, including the droids C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, who walked and rolled down the red carpet before the film's stars arrived.

"It's a Star Wars movie, and the energy tonight is pretty amazing," said a beaming Andy Serkis, who plays the villain Supreme Leader Snoke.

Ridley, who plays Rey, arrived wearing a shimmering dress adorned with stars. Ridley was in good spirits, saying about her dress, "I mean, it's just fun. It's fun. And I feel fun. And it's got stars on it."

Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran wore a bright red dress with a lengthy train behind it. John Boyega, who earlier in the day tweeted that he might miss the premiere because a snowstorm had snarled travel out of Atlanta, arrived sporting a dark blue tuxedo and turtleneck.

Secrecy about the film remained in place on the red carpet. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for details on the film, "I'm going to let you work out everything for yourself."

"The Last Jedi," which arrives in theaters on Dec. 15, is one of the year's biggest releases. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.


Associated Press Writers Nicole Evatt and Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.

The Latest: Packed room for Anita Hill harassment discussion

The Latest on Anita Hill speaking to entertainment industry professionals about sexual harassment and its broad impacts on society and culture (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Anita Hill has told a room full of entertainment industry professionals her 1991 testimony about Clarence Thomas and the flood of sexual harassment allegations surfacing now are part of "an arc that had been bending toward justice."

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Frances Fisher and filmmaker Kirby Dick were among those who attended the event Friday at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, California.

Hill brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness when she testified during Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Hill and National Women's Law Center President Fatima Goss Graves told the audience of more than 100 people that they want to continue the momentum Hollywood generated with the Harvey Weinstein revelations and parlay it into lasting social change.


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Anita Hill is meeting with Hollywood actors and executives Friday to discuss how the sexual harassment scandal roiling the entertainment industry can lead to broad and sustained cultural change.

National Women's Law Center president Fatima Goss Graves will host the discussion with Hill and more than 100 entertainment industry representatives in Beverly Hills, California.

Hill brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness when she testified during Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991. She said the current conversations about harassment make her hopeful.

Graves said the aim of the discussion is to connect the center's legal work with the cultural shift the Harvey Weinstein revelations have inspired. She hopes those in Hollywood will continue to use their platforms to push for new policies and better laws.

Report: Toxic combo of prescription drugs killed rapper

Medical investigators in southern Arizona have determined that a toxic combination of prescription drugs resulted in the death of rapper Lil Peep.

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on Friday released details from a toxicology report.

The budding star, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, was found dead in November on his tour bus ahead of a scheduled concert in Tucson. He was 21.

With the report, the medical examiner certified the cause of death as the effects of the pain medication fentanyl and alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety. The death was certified as accidental.

Ahr built his career on homemade mixtapes released on the audio sharing platform SoundCloud. Millions of online listens led to the August release of his first full-length album, "Come Over When You're Sober, Part 1."

The Latest: San Diego wins 'comic con' trademark battle

The Latest on a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions over the phrase "comic con." (all times local):

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A jury is siding with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over naming rights to the phrase "comic con."

Salt Lake City-based KUTV reports the jury decided Friday Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademark without permission. They awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they'd sought.

Utah organizer Dan Farr says they plan to appeal.

San Diego lawyers argue Salt Lake City stole their name to benefit from their work. Utah organizers contend the phrase is generic and used by 140 different events nationwide.

San Diego Comic-Con, considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit, filed the trademark violation lawsuit in 2014 against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention. Both are known for guests elaborately costumed as superheros and movie villains.


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A jury is deliberating in a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah who are battling over the phrase "comic con."

The Deseret News reports the panel weighed the case for a second day Friday. Lawyers for the San Diego convention argued at trial the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their decades of hard work.

Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of "comic book convention" that's used by 140 different events around the country.

San Diego Comic-Con, considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit, filed the trademark violation lawsuit in 2014 against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention. Both are known for guests elaborately costumed as superheros, movie villains and more.

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