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WASHINGTON — Civil and human rights groups on Wednesday criticized the White House’s immigration policies for inflicting “cruelty on Black, Brown and Indigenous immigrant communities,” according to a letter sent by the organizations to President Joe Biden. “We fear that commitments made on the campaign trail ... are being shredded before our eyes,” said the letter, which was signed by the ...

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NEW YORK — The Godfather of Black Cinema has died. Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker known for writing, co-producing, scoring, editing and starring in the 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song,” died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan. His family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films confirmed his death in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “In an ...

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WASHINGTON — As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday she opposes the Democrats’ bill, which would prohibit states from enacting restrictions on abortion through fetal viability. ...

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Film crews are on the brink of a strike that could shut down the film and TV industry nationwide. Negotiations have broken down between the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents almost all primary crew members on major TV and movie sets, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios like Netflix, Hulu, ...

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Big-screen talents such as Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges, Taika Waititi, Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen can all be found in various television projects this fall. No one has yet cajoled Tom Cruise into doing a TV series. But the way things are going, it doesn't seem like a mission impossible. More and more movie stars are abandoning the notion that television is beneath them. Steve Martin has ...

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden tried to extend his global honeymoon with the international community during his first speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, promising “relentless diplomacy” now that the United States has “turned the page” on the war in Afghanistan. In a speech that asserted the world was at the beginning of a “decisive decade,” Biden urged countries to cooperate with one ...

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WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine a more inopportune moment for Joe Biden to debut on the largest world stage of his presidential term. Biden goes before the annual United Nations General Assembly this week on a mission to restore credibility and trust in the U.S. as a reliable global partner following a series of disparate crises from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, to France and ...

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Forget relegation; “Ted Lasso” is taking home gold. The sweet, hysterical Apple TV+ comedy about an American college football coach who lands a gig with an English soccer team cleaned up at the Emmys Sunday night, dominating the comedy categories and taking home seven trophies, including outstanding comedy series, lead actor and supporting actor and actress. “Heck of a year,” deadpanned star ...

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DEL RIO, Texas — A week after Haitian migrant Junior Desterville, 30, and his family had made it all the way from Chile to the burgeoning migrant camp here on the U.S. banks of the Rio Grande, the dark-haired mechanic set back out to the Mexican side early Sunday to buy food for his hungry wife and 4-year old daughter, Nayalla. By noon, Desterville, garbed in a blue T-shirt and black shorts, ...

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WASHINGTON — A key Senate advisor on Sunday said existing rules will not allow Democrats to include a pathway to citizenship for up to 8 million immigrants as part of their upcoming social safety net bill, a significant setback for Democrats, President Biden and so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats are next expected to pitch a back-up plan that ...