Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars' second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year's ceremony.

  • Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

US-European ocean-monitoring satellite sent into orbit

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a series of U.S.-European satellites designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena like El Nino has reached orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket that will attempt to land its discarded first stage on a floating barge.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

VIENNA (AP) — Four Americans detained in Iran will be coming home and seven Iranians in U.S. custody also will win their freedom in a breakthrough swap negotiated by the longtime foes, officials in both countries said. As well, a fifth American was freed separately.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press