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It’s that dark and stormy time of year again when things actually go bump in the night, ravens start tap, tap, tapping and scary monsters take a 10-month lease under your bed. Of course, TV is armed for the onslaught of Halloween with more choices than you can shake a witch’s broom at. “The Simpsons” have returned on FoxNow and Hulu with that endless treehouse and its writhing limbs of terror on ... Read more

Disney is rewriting the script for its upcoming movie release schedule. The studio on Monday moved back the opening dates for some of its high-profile films, including sequels for Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,” “Thor” and “Black Panther,” as well as “Indiana Jones 5,” according to Variety. The updated slate has the Benedict Cumberbatch-led “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” now ... Read more

Superman is leaping forward with a new motto. The hero will no longer refer to the “American way” in the DC comic books, and will instead use the phrase “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.” “Superman’s new motto of ‘Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow’ will better reflect the global storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor the character’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of ... Read more

LOS ANGELES — After decades of gazing into space, NASA is turning its technology back toward Earth to study the effects of drought, fire and climate change on the Blue Planet. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge last Thursday, scientists and state officials gathered to discuss how satellite data, 3D imaging and new radar and laser technologies can provide invaluable ... Read more

MIAMI — Kenbrell Thompkins, a former Miami Northwestern Senior High School football star who played in the NFL, has pleaded guilty to stealing other people’s identities that he used to fleece an unemployment insurance program designed to help struggling workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompkins now faces up to 12 years in prison after admitting Monday in Miami federal court that he stole ... Read more

Facebook Inc.’s Oversight Board said the social media company hadn’t been “fully forthcoming” about internal rules that allowed some high-profile users to be exempt from content restrictions and said it will make recommendations on how to change the system. In the first of its quarterly transparency reports published Thursday, the board said that on some occasions, Facebook “failed to provide ... Read more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backed COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, a move that will allow recipients of all three shots cleared in the U.S. to receive a supplemental dose to bolster their immunity against the coronavirus. Additionally, the CDC said that eligible people may choose a different booster from the vaccine they originally received, ... Read more

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Alec Baldwin fatally shot a movie crewmember with a “prop firearm” during a film shoot in New Mexico, authorities said Thursday. The shooting also injured the film’s director, a county sheriff’s office spokesman said late Thursday, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Baldwin was filming a scene for the movie “Rust” when the prop gun went off, said authorities. “There was an accident today ... Read more

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to get young children vaccinated against COVID-19, a move health officials say will help curb the pandemic, save lives and stabilize the U.S. economy. “We’re completing the operational planning to ensure vaccinations for kids ages 5 through 11 are available, easy and convenient,” Jeff Zients, a White House COVID-19 coordinator, ... Read more

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats’ hopes to expand voting rights died Wednesday afternoon when Senate Republicans blocked voting on a bill that would have established Election Day as a public holiday and created minimum standards for nationwide voting access. The failure is sure to intensify pressure from progressives on their party leaders to eliminate the filibuster. The Freedom to Vote ... Read more

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The families of the victims, as a rule, do not speak the shooter’s name. And when he finally addressed them in person Wednesday, the shooter did not look them in the eye. Nikolas Cruz, the man who terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just minutes before school let out on Valentine’s Day 2018, slouched before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, flanked by ... Read more

ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities on Wednesday said they found partial, unidentified human remains along with a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie at a Florida park near where his vehicle was found. “These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater,” said FBI Tampa special agent Michael McPherson at a news conference from the Myakkahatchee Creek ... Read more

Scammers have bilked American consumers out of more than $586 million through fraud schemes inspired by the global COVID-19 pandemic. From the start of October 2020 through Oct. 14, 2021, Americans filed more than 269,000 fraud complaints related to coronavirus, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The daily average number of reports peaked at 2,100 in April, ... Read more

WASHINGTON — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote Tuesday night to hold former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt for not cooperating with its inquiry, a significant escalation in its efforts to get answers about the insurrection from the firebrand political operative. The vote comes as the House panel is running into stiff ... Read more