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Police: 'Empire' Actor Faked Attack to 'Promote His Career'

Police: 'Empire' Actor Faked Attack to 'Promote His Career'

NEWS | By Don Babwin | Feb 21
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career" when he made a false police report about an attack in Chicago, the city's police superintendent said Thursday.

Twitter Reacts to Ariana Grande & Piers Morgan Ending Feud

Twitter Reacts to Ariana Grande & Piers Morgan Ending Feud

ENTERTAINMENT | Feb 21
Twitter is reacting to the news that Ariana Grande and Piers Morgan have seemingly ended their feud after having an impromptu dinner date together.

Watch: Randy Rainbow Tuts Trump with Madge-tastic 'Border Lies'

Watch: Randy Rainbow Tuts Trump with Madge-tastic 'Border Lies'

NEWS | By Kilian Melloy | Feb 21
Though his usual oeuvre lies more with Broadway show tunes revamped for political satire, Randy Rainbow has taken leave of the Great White Way for a foray into Material Girlhood with a version of the 1983 Madonna hit that tuts Trump for his "Border Lies."

Trump Plan to Beat HIV Hits Rough Road in Rural America

Trump Plan to Beat HIV Hits Rough Road in Rural America

NEWS | By Jackie Fortier, StateImpact Oklahoma | Feb 21
Strategies that work in progressive cities won't necessarily work in rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina where stigma around HIV and AIDS and around being gay runs deep.

Watch: Trump on US Effort to Globally Decriminalize Homosexuality: 'I Don't Know Which Report You're Talking About'

Watch: Trump on US Effort to Globally Decriminalize Homosexuality: 'I Don't Know Which Report You're Talking About'

NEWS | Feb 21
President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday about the United States' effort to decriminalize homosexuality around the globe but his response was confounding.

3 Myths About Transition-Related Care for Trans People

3 Myths About Transition-Related Care for Trans People

Insurance carve-outs for transition-related care are illegal. But that hasn't stopped some from continuing to deny transgender people the care they need. Here's the truth about transition-related healthcare.

Police: 'Empire' Actor Turns Self in to Face Charge

Police: 'Empire' Actor Turns Self in to Face Charge

NEWS | By Don Babwin | Feb 21
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him.

Mormon Church Won't Oppose Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

Mormon Church Won't Oppose Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

NEWS | By Lindsay Whitehurst | Feb 21
The Mormon church won't stand in the way of a proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in its home base of Utah, leaders said Wednesday, a position that advocates heralded as a milestone in the conservative state.

Brothers in Smollett Case are Bodybuilders, Aspiring Actors

Brothers in Smollett Case are Bodybuilders, Aspiring Actors

NEWS | Feb 21
The brothers, identified by Schmidt as Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo, are of Nigerian descent. But they told a reporter at CBS2-Chicago that they were "born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."

N. Carolina Transgender Inmate Denied Move to Women's Prison

N. Carolina Transgender Inmate Denied Move to Women's Prison

NEWS | Feb 21
A transgender woman convicted of insurance fraud is serving time at a men's prison in North Carolina despite her repeated requests to transfer to women's housing.


News

Law center: Hate Groups in US at Highest Level in 2 Decades

Law center: Hate Groups in US at Highest Level in 2 Decades

NATIONAL | By Michael Kunzelman | Feb 21
The U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists.


Entertainment

 Review :: Greta

Review :: Greta

MOVIES | By Charles Nash | Feb 21
"Greta" is a goofy, wildly entertaining stalker-thriller with Isabelle Huppert hamming it up to 11.


Business

Court: Constitutional Ban on High Fines Applies to States

Court: Constitutional Ban on High Fines Applies to States

LEGAL | By Mark Sherman | Feb 21
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects.


Technology

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

Japanese Spacecraft to Attempt Landing on Distant Asteroid

SCIENCE | Feb 21
A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.


Cars

Edmunds Compares Toyota 4Runner and Subaru Forester

Edmunds Compares Toyota 4Runner and Subaru Forester

AUTO NEWS | By Calvin Kim | Feb 21
Many Americans count on their vehicles for outdoor pursuits, which is one reason why SUVs and crossovers have become so popular. But there are some critical differences between their handling, hauling and off-road capabilities.


Style

Pittsburgh's Food Scene Turns the Rust Belt City Shiny Again

Pittsburgh's Food Scene Turns the Rust Belt City Shiny Again

FOOD/DRINK | By Jill Gleeson | Feb 21
With the recent influx of companies like Google and Uber and some trailblazing cookery in the Lawrenceville gayborhood, Pittsburgh fare is getting national attention. Here's your ultimate must-eat list.


Travel

'Firefall' Phenomenon Wows Visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

'Firefall' Phenomenon Wows Visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

Feb 21
California's Yosemite National Park is again wowing visitors and photographers with its annual "firefall." Every February for a few days, the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.