Film academy invites 683 new members to join

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization.

  • Written by By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

US stock indexes extend rally to a 3rd day

Companies that make packaged foods and other consumer goods led a broad rise in U.S. stocks Thursday afternoon, extending a rally into a third day. Investors also continued to drive U.S. bond prices higher, a sign that some traders remain cautious about the possible ramifications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

  • Written by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer

At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks. Many assumed the group was dead, a white-robed ghost of hate and violence.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press