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Who speaks for Islam and reform? Debate heats up in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt’s president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying “divorce” three times. The country’s top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that …

Will Cabinet follow Tillerson’s lead in media access?

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has famously declared himself “not a big media press access person,” isn’t alone in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But it’s too early to call him a trendsetter, either. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho, both with extensive …

CNN at war with Trump over what reporting unleashed

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A week before the inauguration, CNN is at war with an incoming president, not necessarily for what it reported but for what its reporting unleashed. For all the noise — accusations of “fake news,” the confrontation between Donald Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta at a news …

Obama not slipping away quietly from presidency

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Barack Obama is not leaving his presidency quietly. Besides his farewell address to the nation Tuesday night, Obama has been on a media blitz during his final weeks in office. The biggest broadcast networks have all been granted interviews, culminating in a full-circle talk Sunday on …

Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 6, 2016

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Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 5, 2016

Singer Little Richard is 84. Singer Jim Messina (Loggins and Messina, Poco) is 69. Actor Brian Backer (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) is 60. Country singer Ty England is 53. Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls is 51. Country singer Gary Allan is 49. Comedian Margaret Cho is …

Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 4, 2016

Game-show host Wink Martindale is 83. Singer Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is 80. Actor-producer-director Max Baer Jr. (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) is 79. Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 74. Singer-bassist Chris Hillman (The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers) is 72. Singer Southside Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny and the …

Celebrity birthdays for Nov. 26, 2016

Impressionist Rich Little is 78. Singer Tina Turner is 77. Bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 71. Actress Jamie Rose (“Falcon Crest,” ”St. Elsewhere”) is 57. Actor Peter Facinelli (“Nurse Jackie”) is 43. Hip-hop artist DJ Khaled is 41. Actress Maia Campbell (“In the House”) is 40. Country singer …

Celebrity birthdays for Nov. 25, 2016

Actor John Larroquette is 69. “Dancing With The Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli is 61. Singer Amy Grant is 56. Singer Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age and Screaming Trees) is 52. Actor Billy Burke is 50. Guitarist Rodney Sheppard of Sugar Ray is 50. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 48. …