Academy Awards take on issues beyond #OscarsSoWhite

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood's diversity crisis has loomed large over awards season and the big question going into the 88th annual Academy Awards was whether it would dominate the ceremony, too. It did, of course, but it wasn't alone.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

Battling outbreak, Hawaii faces small staff, pesticide fears

HONOLULU (AP) — On a farm in the heart of Hawaii's ongoing dengue outbreak, coffee grows wild among the ferns, and vanilla vines climb guava trees. It's hard to know where nature ends and the farm begins, and that's the way organic farmers there like it.

  • Written by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press

Clinton thunders to big win over Sanders in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hillary Clinton overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in Saturday's South Carolina primary, drawing staggering support from the state's black Democrats and seizing an increasingly strong position as the presidential race barrels toward Super Tuesday's crucial contests.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press LISA LERER, Associated Press

North Korea puts tearful detained American before cameras

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea presented a detained American student before the media on Monday in Pyongyang, where he tearfully apologized for attempting to steal a political banner — at the behest, he said, of a member of a church back home who wanted it as a "trophy" — from a staff-only section of the hotel where he had been staying.

  • Written by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press JON CHOL JIN, Associated Press

Cardinal admits 'scandalous' response to abuse allegations

ROME (AP) — One of Pope Francis' top advisers acknowledged he had heard that an Australian Catholic school teacher who serially abused students might be involved in "pedophilia activity" in the 1970s, but said he had no idea how rampant clergy abuse was at the time, during an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press