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Sen. Al Franken issues a fuller apology after broadcaster says he groped her

11:20 am Nov. 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken expanded on the tepid sort-of apology his press office issued immediately after broadcaster Leeann Tweeden said his actions left her feeling “disgusted and violated” when they were both part of a 2006 performance for troops. He said he will cooperate with any ethics investigation launched to investigate the matter.

“There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care

Ad campaign will pay $7,500 to cast a transgender 29-year-old black woman

10:15 am Nov. 16, 2017

We see lots of casting calls for extras, doubles, background actors and such and the going rate in Atlanta is usually $64 for eight hours. Higher rates available for more specialized gigs, such as when casting folks need someone who can play a musical instrument, has martial arts training or who has some other skill.

A recent posting for a national pharmaceutical ad campaign is offering quite a bit more but

Donald Trump was “forced” to watch CNN and is really mad about it

6:42 am Nov. 15, 2017

President Donald Trump is back from Asia. On Tuesday he tweeted that he’d be “making a major statement from the White House” upon his return (time and date TBD). But first, he wants to let everyone know he was “forced” to watch CNN while abroad (it’s unclear what exactly caused the compulsory TV viewing) and he’s really upset.

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Snapchat knows you can’t figure out how to use it and plans to fix that

9:36 am Nov. 8, 2017

Snapchat is the social media platform of choice for younger users but no one else can figure it out, it seems. It wants to fix that.

In an earnings report, CEO Evan Spiegel was pretty straightforward:

Compounding the company’s challenges (especially given the advent of Instagram and Facebook Stories, which look really familiar to Snap fans), no one wants those Snapchat glasses.

Someone paid $16,000 for a sketch by President Donald Trump

1:13 pm Oct. 23, 2017

Someone has a new presidential addition to his or her art collection and paid $16,000 for it: a sketch of the Empire State Building by President Donald Trump.

Julien’s Auctions reports that a portion of proceeds from the hand-drawn work, created in “black market” and signed by Trump (before he was president), will be donated to National Public Radio. It was an item in the auction house’s biannual “Street, Contemporary & Celebrity

VIDEO: What it’s like in Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maria hit

5:41 pm Oct. 17, 2017

Mark Davis of the US Fish & Wildlife Service has been in Puerto Rico for about a week as part of the agency’s disaster response efforts. He and his colleagues have been responding to various needs, such as helping to distribute water and other supplies.

Agency staff members stayed through the storm to protect endangered Puerto Rican parrots by bringing them indoors and securing them in cages in concrete cages and

Designer Donna Karan apologizes after defending Harvey Weinstein

5:19 am Oct. 10, 2017

Designer Donna Karan issued an apology of sorts after prompting outrage with comments calling disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “wonderful” and wondering whether provocatively dressed women are “asking for it.”

In a statement released to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Karan basically said she didn’t mean what she said: “I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe,” she said,