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So it looks like Ann Coulter just turned the volume up to 11 and broke off the knob.

The reference is to her ongoing dispute with UC Berkeley, which declined to provide her a venue for a speech she was contracted to give on campus Thursday. As more than one observer has pointed out, in canceling a speaking engagement by the right-wing flame thrower, the famously liberal school has embarrassed, betrayed and besmirched its proud legacy as the birthplace of the free-speech movement of the 1960s. It has also more than earned the lawsuit filed against it Monday by the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation, the two groups sponsoring Coulter's appearance.

The school says free speech is not the issue here, security is. You may recall the chaos that attended a February speaking engagement by Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor and professional ass who is arguably best known for directing a racist troll army that briefly drove \"Saturday Night Live\" star Leslie Jones off Twitter last year.

His speech had to be canceled after the university was, in the words of spokesman Dan Mogulof, \"invaded by more than 100 individuals clad in ninja-like uniforms who were armed and engaged in paramilitary tactics.\" They threw objects, set fires, and left about $100,000 in damage in their wake. The area has seen other recent violent political clashes as well.

So UCB, citing what it says is a credible threat of similar upheavals, initially demanded Coulter end her speech by mid-afternoon. She agreed, but the school then canceled outright. An offer of a different date was rejected. Coulter says she is otherwise engaged and also complains that the new date falls during a week when classes are canceled and students are busy studying for finals.

Coulter had already declared that she would be in Berkeley Thursday, no matter what. Late Tuesday, she upped the ante as word came that, since UCB will not provide her a venue, she will speak outside on the school's Sproul Plaza.

No matter what your opinion of Coulter, that is one heck of a gutsy move. In the first place, Sproul Plaza is the birthplace of the free-speech movement, which began in 1964 when a previous generation of Berkeley students protested and were arrested after the school barred them from handing out fliers discussing the Civil Rights Movement.

In the second place, and more important, Sproul is, again, an open plaza. If UCB professed its inability to secure her safety in a closed building with limited ingress and egress, what can it do to secure an open space?

With one deft move, Coulter just smashed the ball back at UCB with terminal velocity.

Had the school simply lived up to its own legacy, it would not be in this mess. Even taken at face value, UCB's logic for cancellation of the engagement does not persuade. It strains credulity to believe campus police and the Berkeley Police Department, with its 170 sworn officers, could not secure the school sufficiently to allow Coulter to speak and protesters to protest while keeping 100 would-be rioters in line. Oakland's 753 officers and San Francisco's 2,293 are just down the road and across the bay, respectively, and could, one presumes, provide any needed reinforcement. Heck, if it's that bad, call out the National Guard.

Even that would be better than this act of spineless capitulation, a public university ceding veto power over free speech to a bunch of terrorists. In so doing, it emboldens these left-wing punks -- or some future army of right-wing thugs -- to believe they can shut down any opinion they dislike just by threatening to misbehave. It is hard to imagine a worse message -- or a more disheartening messenger.

There are few legitimate reasons for abridging free speech. If the speaker speaks slander, exhorts violence, or creates an abusive work environment, you might have a case. But the First Amendment carves out no exception for \"hate speech.\" Shame on Howard Dean for a recent silly tweet that claimed otherwise.

And shame on anyone else on the left who is willing to look the other way because this particular abridgment involves the vile -- and reviled -- Coulter. Freedom of speech is not the sole property of liberals, or of conservatives. It is the heritage of Americans.

Sorry, UCB, but this one is not even close. You should have simply provided a proper venue and allowed her to speak. Now the decision is out of your hands.

And whatever happens is squarely on your head.

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An elected official has two options when their mouth gets them into trouble: Own it and apologize or blame the media.\u00a0

Davenport's 4th Ward Alderman Ray Ambrose \u2014 who spent much of last week tearing down the homeless and the religious organization that feeds them \u2014 chose the latter.\u00a0

Last week, Ambrose castigated Timothy's House of Hope, which recently relocated into his 4th Ward, and concurrently undermined any of the city's otherwise legitimate zoning questions.\u00a0

But, instead of copping to his general lack of compassion, Ambrose took it to the Quad-City Times editorial board at Wednesday night's City Council meeting.\u00a0

\"The Quad-City Times editorial board did a classic John Looney hit job on me,\" likening this opinion page to Rock Island's notorious\u00a0gangster.

He then went full Sean Spicer School of Public Relations and pulled out the \"fake news\" line, \"It's really sad. Take what you read in the Quad-City Times with a grain of salt.\"

Let's revisit these troublesome quotes, which Ambrose doesn't deny saying.

\u201cI don\u2019t have a warm and fuzzy feeling for the homeless as other people do,\u201d Amrbose said, adding that the homeless who get a warm breakfast at the House of Hope have no place in the 4th Ward's \"iconic\" and \"historic\" business district.

Then he went on KWQC, clad in a Catholic school's sweatshirt, and said all that and then some.

OK. Ambrose's words are, by any conservative measure, controversial. Many consider them downright toxic.

But, obviously, it's this editorial board that's causing all the problems.

As Ambrose steamed at the dias, members of Timothy's operator, Compassion Church, and advocates for the homeless rebuked the long-time alderman.

\"I'm coming out of the homeless closet because none of my employers knew,\" said Rebecca Selix, a church member and graduate student who said she lived out of a van before finding Timothy's.\u00a0

Mayor Frank Klipsch struggled to maintain order and ruled at least two speakers, including Timothy's attorney, out of order for mentioning Ambrose by name.

\"I come before the city council to express concern about Alderman Ray Ambrose....,\" one man began.

Klipsch interjected, \"You can't mention anyone by name,\" directing him to address the entire council.

The man tried again, \"The Fourth Ward Alderman...\"

\"That's not gonna work, either,\" Klipsch said with a bang of his gavel.

Anyone who regularly attends or watches Davenport City Council meetings knows that speakers often address specific members. And, ironically, Timothy's entire gripe hinges on allegations of inconsistent enforcement of the rules. Many other centers operate similar programs within similar zoning, Timothy's lawyer\u00a0Mike Meloy argued. This is a targeted campaign against Timothy's, he alleges.\u00a0

\u00a0Meloy argued that the city's cease-and-desist\u00a0order, shuttering the food center's kitchen, violates Compassion Church's First Amendment rights. That's yet to be determined. City staff clearly have real concerns about Timothy's food program under current zoning. There's a process for sorting that out, however. Hearings. Appeals. Sometimes courts.

But what's undeniable\u00a0is that the entire issue is suspect now because Ambrose decided to air his prejudices. It's no different than the Trump administration's\u00a0various bans on migrants and crackdowns on so-called sanctuary cities. The courts do consider one's statements when establishing intent.

As Timothy's Pastor Jim Swope tells it, Ambrose barged into his center and told him the \"bums\" aren't welcome in the 4th Ward just days before the city's cease-and-desist order was issued. Ambrose doesn't deny Swope's characterization. He then told the local media that poor people have no place in the 4th Ward. Again, he doesn't rebuff any of our reporting.

No, Ambrose is mad because he got called out on his vile drivel. And yes, Ambrose's words do cast doubt on the city's objectivity while handling the Timothy's zoning issue, even if only in the court of public opinion.\u00a0

That's true no matter who Ambrose tries to blame.\u00a0

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Gary M. Scott, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor\u2019s note: Arbor Day, which falls on April 28 this year, was established in the United States in 1872 as a day to plant and care for trees. To mark the event, Gary M. Scott, chair of the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Department at SUNY\u2019s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, answers five questions about the pulp and paper industry \u2013 a major consumer of trees.

1. Does paper manufacturing contribute to deforestation? Pulp and paper companies often are accused of cutting down trees to make paper. However, 39 percent of the fiber used for papermaking comes from recycled paper. Most of the remaining wood is obtained either through forest thinning (removing slow-growing or defective trees) or from lumber milling residues \u2013 materials that otherwise would go unused. Only 36 percent of timber harvested in the United States is used directly to make paper and paperboard.

Each year the amount of wood harvested from U.S. forests is much less than annual forest growth. Land covered by forests in the United States increased by 4.5 percent between 1997 and 2012, even as suburban development expanded.

The industry works very hard to protect its raw material sources. Mills have the option to use wood certified as coming from sustainable forests. Timber companies and land owners manage and harvest their forests to maintain forest productivity and health, protect water resources and biodiversity and preserve opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting and camping.

Production of timber, pulp, and paper is often described as a major driver of global deforestation. This is true to some extent, but the industry is changing its practices to be more environmentally responsible. It\u2019s also important to note that 73 percent of deforestation in tropical and subtropical areas is for agriculture, mainly producing palm oil, soybeans and beef.

Consumers can encourage sustainable use of wood by purchasing only products that display certifications from groups such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

2. Historically, pulp and paper mills have been major pollution sources. Is this changing? Yes. Over the past 50 years, this industry has become much more environmentally aware.

For mills that use wood as their raw material, almost every component of the wood is made into something useful. Bark removed from logs before pulping is usually burned for energy, which provides a biomass-based, renewable energy source. In the most common pulping process, chemicals are regenerated through a complex sequence of processes, and wood byproducts are burned for energy. Residual ash is often used in construction materials such as concrete, or for road construction.

Pulping and paper-making yields many other co-products in addition to energy. They include turpentine, rosins used to make adhesives and rubbers, sulfonated lignin (a material used in making concrete, drilling mud and drywall) and even imitation vanilla flavoring. Residual fibers from paper recycling can be used for other purposes, including mulch, animal bedding and soil amendments.

The industry also has greatly reduced the quantity of materials that it discharges to the environment over the past 40 years. In 2015, it accounted for just 5 percent of the 27.24 billion pounds of production-related waste reported by U.S. manufacturers.

Pulping and paper-making are very energy-intensive, but much of the power comes from renewable sources. In 2012 two-thirds of the energy used by U.S. paper mills, including both electricity and heat, came from renewable sources, and the pulp and paper industry accounted for 62 percent of biomass-sourced energy used in all manufacturing facilities nationwide, across all industries.

Because it uses so much biomass energy, the industry has reduced its carbon footprint per ton of product by over 55 percent since 1972. Some mills actually produce more electrical energy than they need and sell \u201cgreen\u201d energy back to the grid.

3. How much paper is recycled? Paper is one of the most-recycled materials in the world. In 2015, about 67 percent of all paper was recovered for reuse. For comparison, only 27 percent of glass, 35 percent of metals, and 8 percent of plastics were recovered. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more paper is recovered from the municipal solid waste stream than glass, plastic, steel and aluminum combined by weight.

Every ton of paper recovered reduces the amount of materials sent to landfills by 3.3 cubic yards, extending the useful life of many landfills. The paper industry has set a recycling goal of 70 percent by 2020.

4. Is the digital revolution making paper obsolete? Not at all. Even with the growth of digital media, we still use paper for newspapers, books, letters and maps. And we all use other paper products daily, including personal care items (bathroom and facial tissue, bandages and disposable hospital gowns), packaging (envelopes, boxes, folders), building materials (insulation, gypsum board, sandpaper), toys and games (playing cards, games, kites) and paper money.

To make those products, the U.S. pulp and paper industry produces about 78 million tons of paper per year with a value of US$187 billion. It directly employs 373,400 people, with an annual payroll of over $30 billion and an average annual salary of $81,300.

The industry hires hundreds of engineers each year. Many have studied at our college or one of the other U.S. schools that offer B.S. degrees in paper engineering: North Carolina State University, the University of Wisconsin \u2013 Stevens Point and Western Michigan University.

5. What kind of innovation is happening in the paper industry? Our raw materials, manufacturing processes and products all are evolving. New technologies are spurring new uses for paper and development of more co-products, such as transportation fuel and biodegradable plastics. Nanocellulose, a very lightweight material made from wood fiber, is stronger than Kevlar and has many potential uses. That\u2019s also true for another emerging technology: cheap, flexible electronic circuits that can be printed on paper.

Some of these products could be made soon in forest biorefineries \u2013 facilities that make a wide range of products from wood, much as oil refineries make multiple products from crude oil. The U.S. Department of Energy has funded 13 pilot-scale and larger biorefineries across the nation that are producing ethanol and renewable hydrocarbons from wood. I expect that in the future, paper mills will produce a wide range of products such as transportation fuels, adhesives, chemicals and other materials \u2013 serving society\u2019s needs without a drop of oil.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/is-the-paper-industry-getting-greener-five-questions-answered-76274.

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Wendy Cage, Brandeis University

(THE CONVERSATION) Congregational membership in the United States is slowly declining. Data from the General Social Survey show that 17 percent of Americans attended a religious gathering weekly in the 1990s. By 2010, this number had dropped to 11 percent.

These changes spark new questions about how people\u2019s personal religious and spiritual beliefs are changing. They also raise questions about where, if at all, people experience the sacred.

With architectural historian Alice Friedman and photographer Randall Armor, I located and documented more than 50 hidden sacred spaces in the greater Boston area alone.

Tucked around the edges in Boston \u2013 in hospital chapels, meditation rooms in universities, and prayer rooms in airports, nursing homes and a range of other institutions \u2013 these spaces are open to the public.

Initial glimpses

While conducting research for a book about religion and spirituality in health care, I visited many hospital chapels, meditation and prayer rooms. I began a conversation with Alice and architect Karla Johnson, who built an interfaith space at Tufts, several years ago. We hoped to photograph and share these spaces with a broader audience as a next step in our conversation. Karla became ill and died in 2016, and Alice and I decided to continue these efforts in her memory.

As a first step, photographer Randy Armor and I started driving around the city last summer photographing as many chapels, meditation and prayer rooms as we could find in institutions focused on things other than religion and spirituality. In the past nine months we have located close to 80 such spaces and photographed just over 50.

Even as congregations decline, we learned, chapels, meditation and prayer rooms remain, and people are eager to talk with us about them.

Evolving over time

We found these spaces in hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and universities, the port, the airport, public parks, malls, state prisons, cemeteries and even a local museum. Some are standalone, while others are a part of larger buildings. Some were designed by well-known architects, while others were created informally by people desiring a small retreat.

The chapel at MIT, for example, was designed in 1955 by prominent architect Eero Saarinen and paired with his famous Kresge Auditorium nearby, intended to meet the religious and spiritual needs of everyone on the MIT campus. A small prayer space at the New England Seafarers Mission in the port, in contrast, has been moved and changed several times. Today it consists of a cushion for someone in a kneeling position, behind a movable screen under a tapestry of the Last Supper.

While some of the spaces we found look much as they did when constructed, others have evolved over time to accommodate people from a range of religious traditions. At Brandeis University, for example, the original chapels were built in the early 1950s for Protestants, Catholics and Jews. Today there are spaces for Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other students in various areas across campus.

At Northeastern University, a sacred space, a reflection room and an area for ablution, private prayer and meditation were literally built on the ashes of the university\u2019s tradition Bacon Memorial Chapel, which burned in the 1990s. Designed by architects Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani and opened in 1998, the area was designed to be flexible and accessible to multiple religious practitioners.

Negotiating religious differences

Many of the spaces we located are utilized by diverse people and groups. Designers and users make a range of decisions to try to accommodate everyone. Flexibility is evident in many health care organizations where religious symbols have increasingly been removed from traditional chapels and furniture put on wheels to be as versatile as possible.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, the original chapel, which opened in April 25, 1941, was created through the work of Rev. William Lawrence, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. In the late 1930s, he sent more than 1,500 letters to friends of the hospital asking for support to build it. A cross in the early chapel was removed and symbols and objects added for practice in a broader range of religious traditions.

A Muslim prayer room was opened around the corner from the chapel in 1999 and a mihrab, or special niche that indicates the direction of Mecca, was added in 2005. Verses from the Koran in English and Arabic hang in the Muslim prayer room, which is used by visitors throughout the day. Friday prayers are held in a larger conference room nearby.

Prison chapels in greater Boston have also expanded to include spaces for people from multiple religious traditions. Constructed in the 1970s, a sunken building housing the chapels sits at the center of Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Concord. A Catholic chapel, Protestant chapel and Muslim prayer room inside are staffed by full and part-time chaplains from Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds.

Everyday uses

While formal religious services continue to take place in a few of these settings \u2013 especially prison chapels \u2013 the majority are mostly often used as places of quiet respite. As we traveled around the city, we saw nurses stop into hospital chapels as their shifts change and family members use them as quiet places to cry.

We saw travelers at Logan Airport sit in darkened pews, with eyes closed and a small suitcase nearby, before they hurried off to find their gates. And we saw many people come through the chapel in the Prudential Center Mall in the midst of their working days.

Some of these spaces are multi-faith, while others are Catholic. Some are mostly empty, while others \u2013 especially those in prisons \u2013 seem to often be full. Some, like Cushing Memorial Chapel in Framingham, tell stories about institutions shifting from care for veterans to the elderly to everyone \u2013 the chapel is now in a park, the rest of the institution having been demolished.

As a group, all of these spaces suggest that what makes spaces sacred in Boston and nationally is shifting from religious symbols alone to broader symbols of nature, light and air. Such spaces are used quietly by many people across the United States even as congregations decline.

We encourage people to notice them and the pause they encourage, often hidden from plain sight.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/the-changing-nature-of-sacred-spaces-74027.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 The Billboard chart-topping rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 30 months in an Illinois prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge.

The 31-year-old Gates \u2014 whose legal name is Kevin Jerome Gilyard \u2014 of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court records, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil Linehan gave Gilyard credit for 34 days already spent in jail in the case.

The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday (http://trib.in/2q7SchU) that Gates was arrested in Chicago and charged in October 2013. He avoided custody until March.

Gates came to prominence in 2013 and his studio album \"Isiah\" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 last year.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A Broadway producer admitted on Wednesday that he scammed his friends and others into investing more than $165,000 in a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle supposedly starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

Roland Scahill pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court to grand larceny and fraud charges. As part of the plea deal, the 42-year-old Scahill is to be sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation. He also must repay the investors and receive psychiatric treatment.

Scahill said in court he pretended he had secured the rights to Battle's life story and had signed a contract with Nyong'o to star in the play. He also falsely claimed Netflix had agreed to film a performance.

Scahill owns a production company called RMS2 Productions. Prosecutors said the investors in the phony play included some of his closest friends. The scheme played out between October 2014 and January 2015.

Battle is a celebrated diva who performed with the Metropolitan Opera.

Nyong'o won an Academy Award for her role in the 2013 film \"12 Years a Slave.\" She made her Broadway debut in 2016 in \"Eclipsed,\" a drama about women caught up in the Liberian civil war.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 A Hollywood producer testified Wednesday that a friend claimed to have impersonated the first wife of real estate heir Robert Durst in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead.

Lynda Obst, whose films include \"Sleepless in Seattle\" and \"Interstellar,\" took the stand during a pre-trial hearing for Durst, who is charged with shooting Susan Berman in 2000 at her Los Angeles home.

Obst said that Berman, a mutual friend, confided that she had pretended to be Kathleen Durst in a 1982 telephone call to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Center in New York.

A previous witness has said the woman claimed she was sick and couldn't make it to her first day of a clerkship in pediatrics.

Prosecutors contend that Kathleen Durst already was dead at that point.

Her body never was found but in March a judge in Surrogate's Court in Manhattan officially declared her dead.

Durst isn't charged with her murder but he is accused of killing Berman. Prosecutors contend that he was afraid she would implicate him to investigators looking into his wife's disappearance.

Durst, 74, has pleaded not guilty to murder. A Superior Court judge hasn't determined whether he will stand trial.

On Tuesday, another friend of Berman's, Miriam Barnes, told the court that years earlier, Berman had told her: \"If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it.\"

Barnes said she never went to police because she feared Durst could harm her.

Testimony is being taken from so-called secret witnesses whose names aren't made public until they appear in court.

Prosecutors have suggested that Durst, who is jailed and has health issues, could use some of his fortune to have witnesses killed. The defense has scoffed at the suggestion.

However, the witnesses' testimony is being video recorded for use in case they are not available for trial.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.

The cuts will trim ESPN's stable of on-air talent and writers by about 10 percent.

The 37-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events at the same time hordes of cord-cutting TV viewers have been canceling their ESPN subscriptions. ESPN has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.

The downturn prompted an even bigger round of layoffs affecting about 300 workers in 2015, but on-air talent was mostly spared from those cuts.

ESPN chief John Skipper said Wednesday the company wants to provide distinctive content all the time on multiple screens, with more personality-oriented \"SportsCenter\" broadcasts, and is keeping people best suited to the new strategy.

ESPN isn't saying who has been fired. Many are releasing the news on social media, including Dilfer, NFL reporter Ed Werder, baseball reporter Jayson Stark and college basketball reporter Dana O'Neil.

Former morning host Jay Crawford, football columnist Jane McManus, ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald, hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun, soccer reporter Mike Goodman, baseball analyst Jim Bowden and baseball reporter Mark Saxon were among the others to announce their departures.

\"Our goal continues to be to maximize our unparalleled scale in every medium with storytelling that stands out and makes a difference,\" Skipper said in a memo to employees. \"We are well-equipped to thrive going forward by embracing those themes.\"

ESPN's recent troubles have become a drag on the profits of its parent, The Walt Disney Co.

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This story has been corrected from an earlier version to reflect that ESPN's layoffs affected writers as well as on-air personalities, and that ESPN is 37 years old.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 YouTube is launching a new music competition series for emerging artists featuring Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo.

Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America announced Wednesday that \"Best.Cover.Ever\" will debut on YouTube later this year.

Ludacris will host the series, where pop stars will give budding artists a chance to perform a cover of one of their songs. The winner will perform a duet version of the song with the star, which will debut on YouTube.

Fans can submit videos through May 19 for the first phase. The songs include Backstreet Boys' \"As Long As You Love Me,\" Lovato's \"Confident\" and Derulo's \"Trumpets.\"

Additional artist-participants will be announced at a later date.

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Online:

https://thebestcoverever.com/

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Katy Perry's new single 'Bon App\u00e9tit' will be released on April 28.

The 32-year-old singer took to social media to announce the release of her latest single, whilst also revealing the artwork for the track.

Captioning the image, which sees Katy's head photoshopped into the middle of a plate of fruit, she wrote: \"Compliments of the chef: 4.28.17 (sic)\"

It comes after the 'Chained to the Rhythm' hitmaker took to social media on Tuesday (25.04.17) and hinted that 'Bon App\u00e9tit' is her next single.

Alongside a wink face and a set of cherries emojis, she wrote on Twitter: \"Bake me a pie and you may get a surprise (sic)\"

And then Katy sent her fans a newsletter with the \"World's Best Cherry Pie\" recipe, captioning the graphic: \"Open and swipe up (sic)\"

Fans proceeded to bake cherry pies and tweeted the singer with their photos.

When one fan asked the star to reveal the surprise, she teased: \"There's no tell but if you do (bake) there's gift in the mail (sic)\"

And eagle-eyed fans spotted that hidden in the recipe and method there appears to be lyrics for the new track, which read: \"This pie is gonna hit that sweet tooth, boy / Calm those hungry eyes / Bon app\u00e9tit, baby!\"

Meanwhile, Katy recently revealed she has an album on the way but she wants to release a few songs before giving her fans the \"full meal\" as she fells music listeners can only manage small chunks at a time.

She explained: \"I've got something swirling, but, you know, I think I want to put out some songs first before I give them the full meal. I think we are digesting things in bite-size these days and that's what we can handle. It's not shade at all anything like that - you'll know when it's shade.

\"But when someone has a 17 or 19-track album, you're like, 'Oh my God, I have to take a trip to Mars to listen to your record in full!' I mean I love you, you're my favourite dope artist, but like we want bite size. We, like, only read headlines. We don't even read the whole story!\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat.

Music was his first love and his first credit. Long before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was music coordinator for a little-seen 1970 thriller called \"Sudden Terror.\"

And Demme's death Wednesday morning at the age of 73 means that the final scenes he shot in his adventurous, hopscotching career were musical, too. His last full-length documentary was a Justin Timberlake concert film. The last scene of his final feature, \"Ricki and the Flash,\" was Meryl Streep, as an aging rocker, bringing down the house with Tom Petty's \"American Girl.\"

Few filmmakers have been so drawn to the marrying of music and image the way Demme, a self-avowed \"fanatical rock 'n' roller,\" was. He stuffed 49 songs into \"Something Wild.\" Springsteen's \"The Streets of Philadelphia\" gave his \"Philadelphia\" its melancholy heart. And, of course, his seminal Talking Heads concert film, \"Stop Making Sense,\" deftly captured the swell of David Byrne's art-funk spectacular.

Demme, and his films, were never so alive as when the music was playing \u2014 and playing loud.

\"I've come to believe, and I kind of felt this when we did 'Stop Making Sense,' that shooting live music is kind of like the purest form of filmmaking,\" Demme told The Associated Press last year. \"There's no script to worry about. It's not a documentary, so you don't have to wonder where this story is going and what we can use. It's just: Here come the musicians. Here come the dancers. The curtain goes up. They have at it and we get to respond in the best way possible to what they're doing up there.\"

The filmmaker died Wednesday morning of complications from esophageal cancer in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children, said Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s, and his prodigious, wide-ranging body of work always kept the agile curiosity of a low-budget independent filmmaker. His career spanned documentaries, screwball comedies and tales of social justice. Yet his most famous films were a pair of Oscar-winners.

\"The Silence of the Lambs,\" the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an FBI analyst, earned him a directing Oscar, as well as best picture. He followed that up with \"Philadelphia\" (1993), with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, the first major Hollywood film to confront the AIDS crisis. It remains a landmark film in the portrayal of gay life and injustice, subjects Hollywood has previously largely turned a blind eye toward.

Hopkins, Foster and Hanks all earned Academy Awards for their performances in those films. Demme's sensitive, alert eye help produce countless other acclaimed performance, too, from Melanie Griffith (\"Something Wild\") to Anne Hathaway (\"Rachel Getting Married\").

\"Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul,\" said Foster. Hanks called him \"the grandest of men.\" ''Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living,\" said the actor.

Martin Scorsese, in remembering \"my young friend,\" praised Demme's use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. \"His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground \u2014 even a story like 'The Silence of the Lambs.'\"

If there was one commonality in Demme's varied filmography, it was music. He made films with Neil Young, the Pretenders and Robyn Hitchcock. (He also memorably documented Spalding Grey performing a monologue in \"Swimming to Cambodia.\")

\"I can't play any instrument and I have a hideous voice,\" Demme said. \"But I've discovered that when I shoot music, I actually feel like I've become part of the band and I have something to do with the creation of music, which is a very good feeling for someone who loves music as much as I do.\"

Byrne said he was originally drawn to Demme for the way he'd \"slip a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected.\"

On the making of 1984's \"Stop Making Sense,\" Byrne said: \"Jonathan's skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you'd get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense.\"

Robert Jonathan Demme was born on Long Island on Feb. 22, 1944. After his family moved to Miami, he attended the University of Florida where he wrote movie reviews for the school paper. In 1971, he went to work for Corman, first as a unit publicist on \"Von Richthofen and Brown\" and later directing his own films: the women's prison movie \"Caged Heart\"; \"Crazy Mama\" with Cloris Leachman; and \"Fighting Mad,\" with Peter Fonda as a farmer.

Demme's breakthrough came with the Oscar-nominated \"Melvin and Howard\" (1980), starring Jason Robards as Howard Hughes. It's about a Nevada service station owner who claims to be the beneficiary of the billionaire. From early on, music played a central role in his films, especially in 1986's music-stuffed road-trip comedy \"Something Wild,\" in which Jeff Daniels starred a tax consultant drawn into the wilder orbit of Melanie Griffith.

Some films were misfires. Demme's 1988 adaptation of Toni Morrison's \"Beloved,\" didn't click with critics, nor did his 2004 big-budget remake of \"The Manchurian Candidate.\"

But 2008's \"Rachel Getting Married,\" starring Hathaway playing a young woman released from rehab for her sister's wedding, was a return to form that seemed to combine many of Demme's talents \u2014 his buoyant, natural humanism, his joy in music performance, his fondness for troubled outsiders.

Demme most recently directed an episode of the Fox police drama \"Shots Fired,\" scheduled to air Wednesday, and a film for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to debut July 1.

Demme was initially married to Evelyn Purcell, before divorcing. He is survived by his second wife, artist Joanne Howard, and their three children: Brooklyn, Ramona and Jos. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

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AP writer Lindsey Bahr and Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report. Bahr reported from Los Angeles.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Former \"Bachelor\" Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest.

Soules told the dispatcher that he \"rear-ended a guy on a tractor\" with his pickup truck Monday night on a road near the northern Iowa town of Aurora, according to a recording of the call released Wednesday.

Soules, who starred on ABC's \"The Bachelor\" two years ago, said the man had been thrown into a ditch, wasn't conscious, and didn't appear to be breathing. He told the dispatcher that he didn't know CPR, and he could be heard asking others who were there if they did. The audio then indicates that someone tried to perform CPR on the man, but it's unclear whether it was Soules. Soules said the man had a pulse and had blood coming from his mouth.

The six-minute call ends when Soules asks whether he can call back and hangs up. The tractor driver, a 66-year-old local farmer named Kenneth Mosher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to Mosher's obituary published Wednesday by the funeral home handling his arrangements, he had a wife, two sons and three grandchildren. He also served in the Army in Vietnam.

\"Kenny loved playing golf, farming, and spending his winters in Florida biking and visiting his mother,\" the obituary read.

Authorities say Soules' pickup was damaged and that he left the scene in another truck before emergency responders arrived.

Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram said Wednesday that investigators are trying to identify the person who picked Soules up and that this person could be charged, depending on the circumstances. He said the Iowa State Patrol was trying to determine whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Soules was arrested about five hours after the crash at his farm in nearby Arlington, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Iowa City. He was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and released on bond hours later on the condition that he surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor until his trial. Additional charges are possible.

Wolfgram said that Soules refused to answer his door for officers, telling them to contact his attorney. He said it took several hours for officers to write a search warrant application and get a judge to approve it, allowing them to enter the home to arrest him.

\"We're running into some roadblocks when it comes to getting information,\" Wolfgram said, while acknowledging that Soules was acting within his constitutional rights.

Soules' attorneys haven't replied to messages seeking comment. His publicist released a statement Tuesday saying Soules was devastated to learn Mosher had died and that Soules offered his thoughts and prayers to Mosher's family.

Soules, 35, was a fan favorite when he participated in \"The Bachelorette\" in 2014, so ABC brought him back as \"The Bachelor\" the next year. He proposed to a Chicago contestant, Whitney Bischoff, at the end of his season, but their relationship soon fizzled. Soules later appeared on \"Dancing With The Stars\" and has served as a spokesman for agricultural interests while working in farm real estate.

The audio's release comes weeks after the Iowa House passed a bill that would have classified 911 calls involving injured people as confidential \"medical records\" that were exempt from the open records law. The measure, which would have blocked the release of Soules' call, died in the state Senate after The Associated Press and other critics argued it would harm the public's right-to-know.

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Follow Ryan J. Foley on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rjfoley

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The CEO of a heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.

The companies said separately Wednesday that Mindy Grossman is leaving HSN Inc. on May 24 and assuming the role of president and CEO of Weight Watchers in July. She had been HSN's CEO since 2008.

Grossman replaces James Chambers at the weight-loss program operator. Chambers stepped down in September amid the company's struggles to build on the momentum it garnered from an alliance with Oprah Winfrey.

Weight Watchers said that until Grossman's arrival, it will continue to be led by the members of its interim office of the CEO made up of Chief Financial Officer Nicholas Hotchkin, and company directors Thilo Semmelbauer and Christopher Sobecki.

Grossman had worked to reinvent HSN, which that now derives half of its revenue from e-commerce, while transforming it into a lifestyle network. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based company still broadcasts live to more than 90 million households in the U.S., but also features more than 50,000 products on its website.

But HSN, like its rival QVC, has been wrestling with sluggish sales for the same reasons as other retailers \u2014 Amazon's dominance online, and people's preference for experiences over accumulating stuff.

At New York-based Weight Watchers, Grossman will face another challenge. The company is confronting stiff competition as people seeking to trim pounds turn to popular step-counting fitness gadgets like Fitbit and free weight-loss apps.

Weight Watchers' stock jumped more than 7 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday on news Grossman is joining the company.

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BOSTON (AP) \u2014 A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday.

Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $200,000. Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said.

The diary is mostly typed but includes 12 handwritten pages. It was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and traveled through a devastated Europe.

Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said the auction was thrilling, with bidders from around the country vying for the personal observations of the man who'd become president.

\"My expectations were exceeded, but I'm not surprised because it's such a significant and historic manuscript,\" Livingston said.

The diary's new owner is the nephew of Joseph Alsop V and the son of Stewart Alsop, two brothers and influential columnists during the Kennedy presidency.

\"I'm happy to own it,\" said Alsop, who was 16 when he met Kennedy at his uncle's home in 1960. \"I think it's a wonderful object and a tribute to Kennedy's development as an individual. He displays a remarkable degree of insight into world affairs at a very young age.\"

Kennedy gave the diary to Deirdre Henderson, a research assistant in his campaign office in the late 1950s who now lives in the Boston area.

In the diary, Kennedy reflected on his time in a gutted Berlin and even saw Hitler's bunker, speculating that he was not killed. He wrote that Hitler \"had in him the stuff of which legends are made.\" But Henderson said in an interview last month that should not be misinterpreted as sympathy for the German dictator.

\"He said that in reference to the mystery surrounding him and not the evil he represented,\" Henderson said.

Kennedy expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the fledgling United Nations, questioning whether it \"will prove effective in the sense of its elaborate mechanics being frequently employed or vitally decisive in deterring war or peace.\"

Henderson said she put the diary up for sale so it can be properly preserved, and she's confident the winning bidder will respect her wish. She said she wanted the sale to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kennedy's birth this year.

\"I'm more than pleased with the outcome,\" Henderson said. \"I think it was the right price at the right time.\"

Kennedy, the 35th U.S. president, served from January 1961 until he was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

___

This story has been corrected to show the diary's new owner is Stewart Alsop's son, not nephew.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) \u2014 An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has been transferred to Paris from the University of Oklahoma.

The painting, \"Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,\" will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2pi2PPe ) reported.

The rotating display arrangement is part of an agreement between the university and Leone Meyer, whose father, Raoul Meyer, owned the painting during the German occupation of Paris in WWII.

\"Decisions made on behalf of the university throughout this detailed process have maintained great sensitivity to the history behind the painting as well as the families involved,\" University of Oklahoma President David Boren said.

Leone Meyer sued the university to recover the painting, which has been with the university since 2000. The university acquired the painting as part of a collection left to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Clara Weitzenhoffer, the widow of Oklahoma oilman Aaron Weitzenhoffer.

The settlement reached acknowledges Meyer's inheritance rights and determined the Weitzenhoffer family acted in good faith in acquiring the painting and sending it to the university.

An attorney for Meyer said she was pleased \"that the painting will be put on public display in France, so that the public may see the painting and, more importantly, learn about its history.\"

Boren said \"a fair and just resolution among all parties has been reached.\"

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) \u2014 Bill Cosby and his delegates are speaking out in select media interviews Wednesday, a month before jury selection starts in his Pennsylvania sex assault trial.

Cosby tells a black news service that he is working on new material and hopes to resume his entertainment career.

\"I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career,\" Cosby said in what his publicist described as an email exchange with the National Newspaper Publishers Association that began several months ago.

\"I miss it all and I hope that day will come. I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on,\" Cosby said.

Cosby, 79, also told the outlet that he lost his vision suddenly two years ago, calling out one morning to his wife, \"I can't see.\" He did not elaborate on the cause of the disability, and publicist Andrew Wyatt declined to discuss the actor's diagnosis or medical history.

Lawyers have told the trial judge that Cosby is legally blind, making it impossible to even identify women who said he sexually assaulted them over the past 50 years. The trial involves one accuser, former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who said she was drugged and sexually assaulted in 2004 at Cosby's home.

Jury selection is set to start May 22 in Pittsburgh, where the jury is being chosen because of pretrial publicity. The jury will then be sequestered about 300 miles away in Montgomery County, near Philadelphia, where the trial is set to start June 5. Lawyers expect it to last about two weeks.

Cosby's youngest daughter, Evin, released a letter Wednesday to several news outlets, describing her father as a man who \"loves and respects women.\"

\"We live in a scandalous country where the more sexualized and provocative the story, the more attention it gets,\" she wrote. \"If enough people think you are a bad person, you are branded a bad person and the media just reinforces that. My dad, like anyone in this country, deserves to be treated fairly under the law.\"

Wyatt said the surprise public statements are not part of any broader pretrial media strategy.

\"I am not trying to influence a jury pool,\" Wyatt told The Associated Press. \"She felt the need to speak up on her dad's behalf.\"

One of Cosby's lead lawyers also spoke to the media for a story Wednesday. Los Angeles lawyer Angela Agrusa told The Hollywood Reporter the defense hopes to attack the reliability of witnesses' memories, given the 13-year gap since the encounter took place. The defense has previously tried, unsuccessfully, to have the charges dismissed based on expert studies that cast doubt on the accuracy of witness memory. She also said lawyers hope to mount a comeback story and \"rehabilitate his reputation.\"

In addition to Constand, one other accuser will be allowed to testify at the upcoming trial, a woman who worked for Cosby's agent at the William Morris Agency and says Cosby drugged and molested her in 1996.

Cosby, long beloved as America's Dad for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his sitcom \"The Cosby Show\" from 1984 to 1992, testified during Constand's related 2005 lawsuit that he engaged in sexual contact with her after giving her wine and three unidentified pills. He said she did not cry out or otherwise object as he put his hand down her pants. Constand, who is gay, told police the pills left her in a stupor.

Police reopened their 2005 probe after Cosby's testimony was unsealed in 2015.

The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they give permission, which Constand has done.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) \u2014 Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59.

The coroner in Cape Girardeau County says Turman was found dead at a local hotel early Sunday, shortly after performing Saturday night in Cape Girardeau. The vocal group is currently touring with the Beach Boys.

Turman had performed with The Temptations since the 1980s. The group had several hits in the 1960s and '70s, including No. 1 song \"My Girl.\"

Coroner John Clifton says an initial autopsy indicates Turman died of natural causes. The full autopsy report won't be available for several weeks.

The group announced Turman's death on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, saying: \"The Temptations lost a dear member of our family. ... Rest In Peace, much love, much respect.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama's administration has a book coming in November.

Little Brown and Company announced Wednesday that it had acquired Pete Souza's \"Obama: An Intimate Portrait,\" which will include more than 300 pictures. Souza's time with Obama dates to 2005, when Obama was a freshman senator from Illinois, and continued through both terms of his presidency.

Souza has built a large internet following in recent months by posting photographs of Obama that contrast with images from President Donald Trump's White House.

Recently, he posted a photo of Obama seated respectfully under a painting of Ronald Reagan, a counterpoint to a photo of Trump guests Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent mocking a portrait of Hillary Clinton.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday that the network marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity.

Kelly Wright, who primarily works an overnight shift at Fox, said at an emotional news conference that his efforts at promoting diversity at Fox have largely failed. He said former Fox host Bill O'Reilly rejected a piece Wright had prepared after racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri, because it showed blacks in \"too positive\" a light.

\"This hurts,\" Wright said.

The lawsuit adds to troubles at Fox that had largely been focused on the treatment of women. Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes lost his job last summer and O'Reilly was fired last week after harassment charges surfaced. So far, there's little evidence that the problems have affected cable news' top-rated network with its audience. Fox said late Tuesday the latest lawsuit contained \"copycat complaints\" and denied its allegations, and didn't have any comment after Wright's news conference.

Wright said he was moved to speak after off-air colleagues complained publicly about racial hostility, primarily coming from a recently fired comptroller at the network, Judith Slater. She has denied any wrongdoing through a lawyer. Thirteen people \u2014 eight who still work at Fox \u2014 joined the lawsuit, which also expanded to include the behavior of others.

\"I can no longer sit in silence, collect my paycheck and act like I didn't experience racial bias on my own level as an on-air personality,\" Wright said. He said he wasn't part of any left-wing effort to hurt Fox and that he admires and likes many of the people there, \"but I don't like what they do.\"

He said he was the only black male anchor at Fox and that his career had stalled with promised opportunities never materializing.

\"Somewhere along the line there's an inbred way of thinking that the audience we have attracted perhaps wants to watch only one color on the air,\" he said. \"I think we can definitely do better.\"

A female anchor who is black, Harris Faulkner, has a prominent role on Fox's daytime show \"Outnumbered.\"

The lawsuit alleges that Fox employees took their complaints about Slater in 2008 to Dianne Brandi, chief counsel at Fox, and were told that nothing would be done about her because Slater \"knew too much\" about the behavior of Ailes, O'Reilly and others. Fox has specifically denied the allegations against Brandi.

This charge led Douglas Wigdor, the plaintiff's lawyer, to suggest that it was time to clean house among management at Fox. Ailes' former top deputy, Bill Shine, is co-president of the network and Brandi still works there.

Catherine Foti, Slater's lawyer, criticized Wigdor for using inflammatory language dating back to the days of slavery in his complaint. Wigdor had compared Fox's workplace to a plantation.

\"These frivolous charges are solely aimed at generating headlines, inflaming racial tensions and poisoning potential jury pools and judges,\" Foti said.

Wigdor said his law firm has heard from others at Fox even since the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, and suggested it will expand further. His clients are looking for financial compensation, he said.

\"Our hope is that Fox will take a more conciliatory approach,\" he said, \"although I doubt that.\"

Among the new charges:

\u2014A Bangladeshi man, Musfiq Rahman, said he mistakenly wandered into Ailes' office in 2014, prompting the then-boss to build a wall to prevent other unauthorized entries. Rahman said he was no longer permitted on Ailes' floor without an escort.

\u2014A former financial worker, Mark LeGrier, said Slater retaliated when he complained to Brandi about her by subjecting him to \"humiliating and weekly vicious attacks\" about his performance. He left after nine months, \"on the verge of a nervous breakdown,\" the lawsuit said.

\u2014After President Donald Trump announced a halt in immigration from seven countries, Slater allegedly asked black employees \"who is going to Africa?\" because she intended to start looking for replacements. Trump's election prompted her to warn black employees that they would not be able to return to the country if they left, the lawsuit said.

\u2014A financial employee who is black, Griselda Benson, alleged that when she returned from a surgery, Slater said that her \"people\" were high maintenance with their health and were driving up the company's health insurance premiums.

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An artificial womb resembling a plastic bag has been used to keep premature lambs alive for four weeks outside of their own mother's womb and could one day be applied to premature babies.

The sealed bag, made of polythene, contains amniotic fluid to provide all the nutrients and protection needed for growth, an interface delivering oxygen just as an umbilical cord would, and exchanging gases just like a placenta.

The system works to mimic the environment of a natural womb and the team hopes to one day adapt the technology for use on premature babies.

\"We've developed a system that, as closely as possible, reproduces the environment of the womb and replaces the function of the placenta,\" said Dr. Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon and director of the Center for Fetal Research in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who led the research, published Tuesday.

\"This, in theory, should allow support of premature infants,\" he said, adding that his team's goal is to \"meet the unmet need of extreme prematurity.\"

One in ten US births are premature (younger than 37 weeks gestational age), according to the team. And about 30,000 per year are critically preterm, meaning they are born younger than 26 weeks. The average human gestation period is 40 weeks.

Flake adds this level of extreme prematurity is the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity in the US, accounting for one-third of all infant deaths and one-half of all cases of cerebral palsy attributed to prematurity.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK also report poor survival of babies born at gestations below 24 weeks, despite great progress in neonatal care.

Globally, more than one in 10 pregnancies will end in preterm birth. In babies born preterm, the chance of survival at less than 23 weeks is almost zero, while at 23 weeks it is 15%, at 24 weeks 55% and at 25 weeks this increases to about 80%, according to UK maternal and fetal research charity, Tommy's.

Flake's team hope their new system may improve survival rates among this group of babies in the future, but acknowledge it will take at least a decade.

How it works

To show the potential of their system, the CHOP team worked with six premature lambs aged 105 to 111 days, as they are developmentally similar to a human fetus at 23 weeks, said Flake. \"We supported these lambs in a very stable fashion for up to four weeks,\" he said.

The system was comprised of a few main factors to support stable development: a circulatory system, a closed fluid environment and use of the fetus' own heart to pump blood around the system -- not an external pump.

It all works together so that blood flows to and from the fetus, through a gas-exchange interface similar to what would occur across a placenta, while the fetus remains in a stable fluid environment.

\"Fluid is very important in terms of fetal lung development,\" said Flake. It also helps insulate and protect a fetus from infection and maintains temperature, pressure and light. \"It continuously exchanges amniotic fluid ... in the same way that amniotic fluid is exchanged in the uterus,\" he said during a press briefing.

And the team's efforts were successful, with the lambs showing normal circulation, blood pressure, metabolic processing, growth, lung development and brain development after four weeks inside the artificial womb.

\"All the parameters that we measured in the fetal lamb system appeared normal. Our intent is to support premature infants in that very early range,\" said Flake, adding \"it may ultimately have other applications as well, relating to fetal transition.\"

Moving forward, slowly

The team at CHOP now plan to refine the system by downsizing it for human infants who are one-third the size of the lambs, as well as develop the ideal amniotic fluid for human use.

But it will take time. Flake hopes it could be used clinically in humans in a decade.

\"This is a really attractive concept, and this study is a very important step forward. There are still huge challenges to refine the technique, to make good results more consistent and eventually to compare outcomes with current neonatal intensive care strategies,\" said Colin Duncan, professor of reproductive medicine and science at the University of Edinburgh, who was not involved in the research.

\"This treatment will not enter the clinic anytime soon,\" Duncan added, citing the example of steroid injections for women at risk of delivering a premature baby now used to help accelerate fetal lung development, which was discovered using sheep models.

\"That treatment took well over 20 years to get into clinical practice,\" he said.

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Governor Carney on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 17, which allows HIV-positive Delawareans to donate organs to HIV-positive recipients, and allows organs from HIV-positive donors to be used for clinical research.\u00a0

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Governor Carney also signed a proclamation recognizing April 2017 as National Donate Life Month in Delaware.\u00a0

\u201cDelawareans are compassionate people who understand that organ and tissue donation saves lives,\u201d said Governor Carney. \u201cOur state is already a leader in donor registration. I was proud to sign a proclamation recognizing April 2017 as National Donate Life Month in Delaware and to sign Senate Bill 17, which makes common sense changes to allow even more Delawareans to benefit from the compassion of others and live fuller lives.\u201d\u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019ve come a long way since the 1980s,\u201d said Senator Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, who sponsored the legislation. \u201cThis legislation reflects major advances in our scientific and medical understanding of HIV, and it offers an opportunity to substantially improve quality of life and life expectancy for transplant recipients with and without HIV.\u201d\u00a0

\u201cOur healthcare laws should be driven by research and medical advances and we should do what we can to erase the fear and stigma of previous policies,\u201d said Representative Dave Bentz, D-Newark. \u201cSenate Bill 17 ultimately will help save lives and I am happy that we have paved the way for more people in Delaware to receive the gift of life.\u201d\u00a0

Governor Carney was joined at the bill signing by Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, an organ donor; members of the Gift of Life Donor Program, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware; and organ and tissue donation advocates.\u00a0Schwartzkopf\u00a0donated his right kidney to his wife's friend in December 2006 and 10-and-a-half-years later, that friend is alive and doing well.

\u201cThe need for organ and tissue donors is extensive and affects people across our community.\u201d said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. \u201cWe salute Delaware for its continued advocacy and commitment to our mission.\u201d

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is part of an ongoing series on infant mortality in Richland County and has been supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

MANSFIELD \u2013 Growing a baby inside the body is no simple task.

Pregnancy brings about a host of changes in a woman\u2019s life, from preparing for the new life they\u2019re incubating to the physical transformation their body will undergo. In addition to the new cocktail of hormones a woman\u2019s body produces, inevitably one of those hormones will be stress.

Stress can come in many forms during pregnancy. A woman may be stressed because of physical discomfort as their body changes, or may be worried about the upcoming labor and birth.

But what if a woman\u2019s stress comes from worrying whether she can feed her family that day? Or not knowing whether her baby will have a house to come home to?

These are real concerns for populations of pregnant women affected by the risk factors identified by Drs. Mark and Sarah Redding in their Community HUB Pathways model. Community health workers address risk factors including primary care, prevention programs, mental and behavioral health facilities, housing, food, clothing, and adult education and employment.

Any one of these risk factors may lead to a poor birth outcome, largely because these risk factors cause significant stress in a pregnant woman\u2019s life, and may lead to preterm birth, the leading cause of infant mortality.


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\u201cStress weighs really, really heavy on a pregnant woman,\u201d said community health worker Kimberly Phinnessee. \u201cIt can also cause preterm delivery because if she\u2019s stressed out, then the baby becomes stressed, and it\u2019s a snowball effect.\u201d

There are known medical causes of infant mortality, including preterm birth, unsafe sleep environments and congenital birth defects. However, equally responsible for poor birth outcomes are the root social causes of infant mortality and the chronic stresses and other psychological and environmental barriers associated with these socio-economic conditions.

The effects of stress on infant mortality are documented in the Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH) published a white paper in September 2015 addressing health equity and eliminating infant mortality disparities within racial and ethnic populations.

\u201cOhioans who have untreated hypertension, undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes, or are classified as obese have a higher probability of adverse prenatal and postpartum outcomes,\u201d the OCMH paper states.

\u201cMothers who reside in \u2018food deserts\u2019 where fresh nutritional choices are a limited commodity, are also most certainly residing in a community that is lacking in educational, employment, and life enhancing opportunities. These social factors can result in persistent low-level life stressors.\u201d

According to the paper\u2019s medical expert panel, these chronic stressors result in the release of stress hormones that can contribute to the development of chronic disease processes and place fetal development at risk.

\u201cThis is why any solution to the infant mortality problem must be viewed from a \u2018life course\u2019 correction perspective in all females who reside in these \u2018low opportunity deserts,\u2019\u201d the paper reported.

These stressors certainly exist in Richland County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the year 2014, 15.9 percent of the population in Richland County was living in poverty. That same year, 13.3 percent of the population had not graduated from high school, and 10.9 percent of the population was without health insurance.

According to stateofobesity.org, Ohio has the eighth highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 32.6 percent. The city of Mansfield also struggles with food insecurity, \"the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.\"

\u201cCensus tract 6 (in Mansfield's north end) is probably the truest food desert in that there is low access to transportation, low income and it fits the criteria for the distance from a supermarket, or some venue with fresh produce,\u201d said Tony Chinni, community development manager with Mansfield\u2019s North End Community Improvement Collaborative.

Related to these statistics is Richland County's infant mortality rate of 7.3 infant deaths per 1,000 infants born. Between the years 2005 and 2015, there were 14,877 live births in Richland County and 108 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

In the year 2016 alone, the county's infant mortality rate was 10.4 per 1,000 live births. This equates to 12 infant deaths out of 1,157 live births in Richland County in 2016.

The effect of a woman\u2019s environment on her health is defined by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore as \u201csocial determinants of health.\u201d Rockeymoore is the founder of Allies in Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE), a network of health and racial justice experts committed to ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to live healthy lives.

\u201cWe created (ARCHE) because we felt like there needed to be an emphasis in public health on health equity,\u201d Rockeymoore said. \u201cWe needed the field to understand the importance of health equity approaches in addressing some of the more outstanding public health challenges of our time.\u201d

ARCHE was created as a project of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to driving society toward inclusion, of which Rockeymoore is the president. She discovered that often times, low income populations and rural communities were pockets of stubborn resistance to issues related to typical mainstream policy options.

\u201cThere is a burgeoning amount of evidence and research that shows it\u2019s not just whether or not a person makes a decision to be healthy, it\u2019s a whole host of factors that actually contribute to health outcomes,\u201d Rockeymoore explained. \u201cBecause those host of factors are influenced by broader cultural, social and political structures, we have a whole host of challenges we have to understand beyond the individual.\u201d

Does your job provide health benefits? Do you live in housing detrimental to your health? Does your neighborhood have a grocery store? Do you feel safe going outside to get exercise? Does your neighborhood support your health?

\u201cThese are issues that are cross-cutting and intersectional,\u201d Rockeymoore said. \u201cWhen you have high infant mortality rates, you tend to have higher poverty, weaker social structures, less investment in healthcare and less coordinated care focused on supporting low income populations. You might even have issues of obesity or drug abuse.

\u201cInfant mortality is the canary in the coal mine,\u201d she said. \u201cIf you have higher infant mortality rates, you do have other indicators showing there are challenges and problems in that community.\u201d

For this reason, when it comes to alleviating the stressors surrounding women and pregnancy, it\u2019s important to take a broader view. The OCMH paper specifically mentions the Life-Course Perspective researched by Dr. Michael Lu, associate administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

\u201cThe Life- Course Perspective means that birth outcomes are the product of not only nine months during pregnancy but experiences over the lifespan,\u201d the paper states. \u201cChronic and repeated stress over the mother\u2019s lifespan can adversely influence birth outcomes.\u201d

The Life-Course Perspective suggests that many of the risk factors that influence health and wellbeing across a person\u2019s lifespan also play an important role in birth outcomes and in health and quality of life beyond an infant\u2019s initial years.

For Rockeymoore, addressing this problem starts with policy makers. In the meantime, the influence of social and political factors on outcomes is, in her opinion, unacceptable.

\u201cWe know we have challenges in this country still, and what\u2019s so sad about it is we\u2019re the richest and most powerful country in the world, and yet we allow this,\u201d Rockeymoore said.

\u201cI say \u2018allow\u2019 because it\u2019s structural in nature. This could be solved tomorrow if there was the political will to do what\u2019s needed in order to address the circumstances of lower income women who are pregnant and giving birth.\u201d

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[Breaking news update, published at 11:49 p.m. ET]

Arkansas has executed Marcel Wayne Williams, the state's attorney general confirmed, making him the second man to be put to death Monday night -- in Arkansas' first double execution since 1999. Williams was found guilty of murdering Stacy Errickson in 1994.

[Original story, published at 11:39 p.m. ET]

Arkansas executed Jack Harold Jones on Monday night in the first of two executions scheduled for that evening.

Jones was sentenced to death for the 1995 rape and murder of Mary Phillips.

\"The Phillips family has waited far too long to see justice carried out, and I pray they find peace tonight,\" Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said after the execution.

Marcel Williams was scheduled to follow Jones. The two were among eight inmates Gov. Asa Hutchinson set for execution in April before the state's supply of sedatives used in lethal injection expires at the end of the month.

Before the second execution could begin, a federal district court judge issued a temporary stay based on claims from Williams' lawyers that Jones' death was \"torturous and inhumane.\" Infirmary staff tried unsuccessfully for 45 minutes to place a line in Jones' neck, before placing one elsewhere on his body, the emergency motion read.

The state called the claims \"utterly baseless\" and a federal judge lifted the temporary stay, clearing the way for Williams' execution to proceed.

'We hope this will bring closure'

A media witness said Jones' execution lasted about 14 minutes. Searcy Daily Citizen reporter Tracy Whitaker said Jones appeared coherent as he delivered a two-minute statement focusing on Phillips' daughter, Lacey, whom Jones beat and left for dead.

She was not present for the execution. \"It's a good thing that it's done, for her,\" Whitaker told CNN affiliate KARK.

Jones was convicted in 1996 of raping and murdering Phillips in the accounting office where she worked as a bookkeeper. She was strangled to death with a coffee pot cord while her daughter Lacey was tied to a chair.

The daughter regained consciousness as police photographers took pictures of the crime scene.

\"This evening the rule of law was upheld when the sentence of the jury for Jack Jones was carried out after 20 years of review. The victim's family has waited patiently for justice during that time. The jury sentenced Jack Jones to death, and his sentence was upheld by judges and reviewed thoroughly in courts of appeal at each level,\" Hutchinson said.

\"A governor never asks for this responsibility, but I accept it as part of the solemn pledge I made to uphold the law. Jack Jones expressed his willingness to proceed today, and we hope this will help bring closure to the Phillips family.\"

How we got to this point

After Hutchinson signed their death warrants the eight inmates joined in a last-minute lawsuit challenging the clemency process. They argued the state's compressed schedule did not allow time for the state board to consider their cases. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals denied them relief, and only one received a clemency recommendation.

The inmates also sued over the sedative used in the three-drug protocol. Their attorneys argued that the drug midazolam does not effectively prevent a painful death. The lawsuit went to the US Supreme Court, which ultimately denied their motion for a stay.

Williams had argued that he will likely experience severe pain during the execution because of his medical conditions, and that the lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals denied him a stay based on that claim and another one arguing ineffective counsel in his trial.

The appeals court also declined inmate Jones' request for a stay based on a claim that the state's new lethal injection protocol will inflict cruel and unusual punishment.

Last double execution was 1999

The first execution was carried out on April 20. Ledell Lee became the first person put to death in Arkansas since 2005. He was convicted in 1995 of murdering a woman in her home two years earlier. He maintained up until his death that he was innocent.

Four are on hold pending appeal.

Lee's execution followed a flurry of court rulings Thursday, capped by the US Supreme Court's denial of multiple requests for stays of execution.

Amnesty International said it was a \"shameful day,\" and that the state was treating people \"as though they have a sell-by date.\"

Arkansas' last double execution was on September 8, 1999, according to the Department of Corrections.

CNN's Dakin Andone contributed to this report.

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MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Can a new exercise regimen boost your brain health if you're over 50?

Possibly, suggests a new research review that found middle-age folks can improve their thinking and memory skills by adopting regular moderate-to-vigorous routines involving aerobic and resistance exercise.

\"When we combined the available data from [39 previous] studies, we were able to show that undertaking physical exercise was able to improve the brain function of people aged 50 and over,\" said study lead author Joseph Northey. He's a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise in Australia.

The review included 18 studies that looked at the impact of aerobic exercise -- such as walking, running and swimming -- on thinking, alertness, information processing, executing goals and memory skills.

Resistance training, such as weight lifting, was the focus of 13 studies. Another 10 studies looked at various types of exercise done in combination. And, a handful of studies specifically explored the impact of tai chi and yoga on brain health.

Study participants did their exercise under some degree of supervision, the researchers noted.

Activity routines were categorized in terms of exercise type, intensity and length. They were then stacked up against the results of tests that measured brain performance.

In the end, the researchers determined that exercise did help brain health. However, different forms of exercise were linked to different types of benefits.

For example, aerobic exercise and tai chi appeared to enhance overall brain function. Resistance training was linked to improved memory.

Northey added that, besides highlighting the benefits of aerobic exercise, \"being able to show that resistance training -- such as lifting weights or using body weight -- was similarly beneficial is a very novel and important finding.\"

\"Combining both aerobic and resistance training is ideal,\" he said.

\"In addition to improving your brain function as our review shows, you should expect to see improvements in cardio-respiratory fitness and muscle strength, which are important for maintaining general health and being able to undertake day-to-day tasks,\" Northey said.

The research team also concluded that the biggest brain boost comes from routines that are of moderate to vigorous intensity and conducted as often as possible for between 45 minutes to an hour.

But will middle-aged people new to exercise gain as much of a brain boost as those who've been exercising for decades?

\"We know in many animal models and population type studies that the longer people are physically active the greater the benefits to brain function,\" Northey said.

He added that more research is underway to assess just how much exercising while young might ultimately confer on brain health among those over 50.

Northey also offered some advice for those motivated by the findings to get moving. If you're currently inactive, he suggested speaking to your doctor to make sure it's safe for you to start exercising.

\"It is also worthwhile gaining some instruction on exercise methods to ensure that you are setting achievable goals and getting the most out of the time invested in exercise,\" he said.

Dr. Anton Porsteinsson is director of the Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program with the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y.

He said that earlier investigations looking into the protective effect of exercise on brain health \"have not agreed on this matter.\"

But looked at collectively, he said, the current review \"suggests that exercise, including aerobic exercise, resistance training and tai chi, is beneficial to brain health in addition to the well-established positive effects that exercise has to improve general health and reduce risk of disease.

\"Of particular interest to me,\" Porsteinsson added, \"is that a combination of aerobic and resistance training appears to have the largest effect.\"

\"(And) along with studies suggesting that certain diets contribute to brain health,\" he noted, \"it appears that adopting a healthy lifestyle is never too late.\"

The study was published online April 24 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

More information

There's more information on maintaining brain health at U.S. National Institute on Aging.

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MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- That spare tire you're toting around could be increasing your risk of an early death, a new study suggests.

What's more, the increased risk associated with having a larger waistline occurs even if a person's body-mass index (BMI) indicates a healthy weight, said lead researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis. He's an associate professor with the University of Sydney in Australia.

People who carry extra weight around the middle -- also called \"central obesity\" -- but have a normal BMI have a 22 percent higher risk of death than people whose fat is stored elsewhere in their bodies, the study found. In folks with a BMI that indicates obesity, the risk of early death was 13 percent higher for those with central obesity.

The study also found that a large gut poses an even greater hazard for heart health. The risk of heart-related death is 25 percent higher for someone with central obesity and a normal BMI. It's 26 percent greater for those with an overweight BMI and extra abdominal girth, and 56 higher percent for an obese BMI and central obesity, the study found.

BMI is a rough estimate of a person's body fat based on height and weight measurements. Normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight is 25 to 29.9, and obese is 30 and over. Someone who's 5 feet, 9 inches tall is considered normal when weight is between 125 and 168 pounds. Overweight is 169 to 202 pounds. Obese is 203 pounds or higher.

Waist-to-hip ratio is a measurement used to determine if there is excess belly fat. Stamatakis said waist-to-hip ratio is calculated by dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement.

\"If a person's waist-to-hip ratio is over 0.85 if they are female, or over 0.90 if they are male, then they should be concerned and look into ways to alter their lifestyle to lose or reduce the 'paunch,'\" Stamatakis said.

Ruth Loos is director of the genetics of obesity and related metabolic traits program at the Charles Bronfman Institute of Personalized Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

She said these findings jibe with previous studies indicating that belly fat may be more detrimental to a person's health than fat stored elsewhere in the body.

\"Studies have been fairly consistent in showing that waist-to-hip ratio contributes to disease,\" Loos said.

For this latest study, researchers looked at almost 43,000 participants in the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey. Each person's BMI and waist-to-hip ratio was compared against their health history during 10 years of follow-up.

The study participants' average age was 58. And, just over half had central obesity. Forty four percent were overweight. One quarter were obese. Folks who were overweight and obese were much more likely to have central obesity than people with a normal BMI.

Researchers found that the risk posed by a big belly was the same for men and women, Stamatakis noted.

However, men are more likely to store fat around their middle, which could mean they are more likely to develop this risk, Loos said. Women tend to store fat in their hips and buttocks.

\"It is indeed true that men have more of the one type of body shape, and women the other,\" Loos said.

Excessive fat around the waist has been linked to insulin resistance, high cholesterol and increased inflammation, Stamatakis said. These all are risk factors for heart disease.

A high waist-to-hip ratio also can indicate less muscle mass in the legs, which also increases heart disease risk, Stamatakis added.

\"In fact, people who have high BMI often have larger amounts of fat stored in the hips and the legs, and this appears to be better for metabolic and cardiovascular health for reasons we cannot fully understand,\" he said.

Loos said belly fat might be more harmful than fat stored in the hips because it more directly affects the central organs of the body.

\"If you store fat around your belly and around your organs, it's going to affect your liver function, it's going to affect your heart function,\" Loos said.

Both Stamatakis and Loos said people with belly fat should take steps to improve their health, by eating right, exercising and cutting out other risk factors like smoking or drinking.

Unfortunately, weight loss efforts will not necessarily eliminate your spare tire. Weight loss tends to occur evenly across the entire body, and cannot be directed toward any exact store of fat, Loos noted.

\"There's no way of specifically targeting that belly fat,\" Loos said. \"Even exercises like doing sit ups are not going to specifically help you lose fat in your belly.\"

The new study was published April 24 online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

More information

For more on abdominal obesity and health, visit the Harvard Medical School.

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MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests.

The nutrient is called choline. Researchers found that when they gave 18 healthy volunteers choline supplements, it boosted their production of a chemical called TMAO.

That, in turn, increased their blood cells' tendency to clot. But the researchers also found that aspirin might reduce that risk.

TMAO is short for trimethylamine N-oxide. It's produced when gut bacteria digest choline and certain other substances.

Past studies have linked higher TMAO levels in the blood to heightened risks of blood clots, heart attack and stroke, said Dr. Stanley Hazen, the senior researcher on the new study.

These findings, he said, give the first direct evidence that choline revs up TMAO production in the human gut, which then makes platelets (a type of blood cell) more prone to sticking together.

Choline is found in a range of foods, but it's most concentrated in animal products such as egg yolks, beef and chicken.

Hazen said he and his colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic wanted to isolate the effects of choline on people's levels of TMAO and their platelet function. So they studied supplements.

The researchers had 18 healthy adults --10 meat-eaters and eight vegetarians/vegans -- take choline supplements for two months.

The supplements provided around 450 milligrams of choline daily -- roughly the amount in two or three eggs, Hazen said.

One month in, the study found, the supplements had raised participants' TMAO levels 10-fold, on average. And tests of their blood samples showed that their platelets had become more prone to clotting.

\"This study gives us one of the mechanisms by which TMAO may contribute to cardiovascular disease,\" said Dr. J. David Spence.

Spence, who was not involved in the study, directs the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

For the healthy people in this study, Spence said, the TMAO rise from choline might not be worrisome. But, he added, it might be a concern for people at increased risk of heart disease or stroke.

Spence suggested those individuals limit egg yolks, beef and other foods high in choline.

Hazen had similar advice. \"You don't have to become a vegetarian,\" he said. \"But you could try eating more plant-based foods, and more vegetarian meals.\"

He also pointed to the Mediterranean diet -- rich in olive oil, vegetables and fish. In an earlier study, Hazen said, his team found that a compound in olive oil seems to inhibit TMAO formation.

The new study uncovered yet another compound that may counter TMAO: low-dose aspirin.

In a separate experiment, the researchers had some participants take 85 milligrams of aspirin (a baby aspirin) a day, in addition to choline supplements. That, it turned out, lessened the rise in TMAO and the change in platelet activity.

Doctors already prescribe low-dose aspirin to certain people at risk of heart disease and stroke.

It's possible, Hazen said, that aspirin's effects on TMAO are one reason it helps ward off cardiovascular trouble.

The current study is small and preliminary. But it's the latest to suggest that the gut \"microbiome\" plays a key role in cardiovascular disease, Spence said.

The \"microbiome\" refers to the trillions of bacteria that dwell in the gut. Spence said researchers are just beginning to understand how gut bacteria and their byproducts affect the cardiovascular system.

But one hope, he said, is to figure out what balance of gut bacteria supports cardiovascular health -- and possibly use probiotic (\"good\" bacteria) supplements to help treat people at high risk of heart disease or stroke.

Spence said his own lab is working on just that.

There are, of course, many factors in heart disease risk -- from age to high blood pressure to diabetes to smoking, Hazen pointed out.

\"We're saying a portion of the risk is related to the gut microbiome,\" he said.

Hazen and a colleague report potential royalty payments from several companies related to \"cardiovascular diagnostics and therapeutics.\" One company, Cleveland HeartLab, recently launched a test for measuring TMAO levels.

The findings appear in the April 25 online issue of Circulation.

More information

The American Heart Association has more on heart-healthy eating.

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MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just put one foot in front of the other and you'll boost your brain at the same time.

That's the conclusion of a small study that found the impact of a foot while walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that increases blood supply to the brain.

\"New data now strongly suggest that brain blood flow is very dynamic,\" said researcher Ernest Greene and his colleagues at New Mexico Highlands University.

Activities such as bicycling, walking and running may optimize brain function and overall sense of well-being during exercise, the researchers said.

Blood supply to the brain was once considered an involuntary action that wasn't affected by exercise or changes in blood pressure. Previous research has shown, however, that the foot's impact while running is associated with backward-flowing waves in the arteries that help regulate circulation to the brain.

These waves are in sync with the runner's heart rate and stride, the study authors explained.

For the new study, scientists examined the effects of walking, which involves a lighter foot impact than running.

Using ultrasound technology, they measured the carotid-artery diameter and blood velocity waves of 12 healthy young adults to calculate the blood flow to their brains as they walked at a steady pace.

The participants were also assessed at rest.

The study showed that walking results in a significant increase in blood flow to the brain. The boost in blood flow isn't as dramatic as with running, but it's more notable than that seen with biking, which doesn't involve any foot impact, the study authors said.

\"What is surprising is that it took so long for us to finally measure these obvious hydraulic effects on cerebral blood flow,\" said Greene, the study's first author.

\"There is an optimizing rhythm between brain blood flow and ambulating [walking]. Stride rates and their foot impacts are within the range of our normal heart rates [about 120/minute] when we are briskly moving along,\" Greene said in a news release from the American Physiological Society.

The study's findings were expected to be presented Monday at the society's annual meeting, in Chicago. Results of studies presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on the health benefits of walking.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 A Hollywood producer testified Wednesday that a friend claimed to have impersonated the first wife of real estate heir Robert Durst in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead.

Lynda Obst, whose films include \"Sleepless in Seattle\" and \"Interstellar,\" took the stand during a pre-trial hearing for Durst, who is charged with shooting Susan Berman in 2000 at her Los Angeles home.

Obst said that Berman, a mutual friend, confided that she had pretended to be Kathleen Durst in a 1982 telephone call to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Center in New York.

A previous witness has said the woman claimed she was sick and couldn't make it to her first day of a clerkship in pediatrics.

Prosecutors contend that Kathleen Durst already was dead at that point.

Her body never was found but in March a judge in Surrogate's Court in Manhattan officially declared her dead.

Durst isn't charged with her murder but he is accused of killing Berman. Prosecutors contend that he was afraid she would implicate him to investigators looking into his wife's disappearance.

Durst, 74, has pleaded not guilty to murder. A Superior Court judge hasn't determined whether he will stand trial.

On Tuesday, another friend of Berman's, Miriam Barnes, told the court that years earlier, Berman had told her: \"If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it.\"

Barnes said she never went to police because she feared Durst could harm her.

Testimony is being taken from so-called secret witnesses whose names aren't made public until they appear in court.

Prosecutors have suggested that Durst, who is jailed and has health issues, could use some of his fortune to have witnesses killed. The defense has scoffed at the suggestion.

However, the witnesses' testimony is being video recorded for use in case they are not available for trial.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat.

Music was his first love and his first credit. Long before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was music coordinator for a little-seen 1970 thriller called \"Sudden Terror.\"

And Demme's death Wednesday morning at the age of 73 means that the final scenes he shot in his adventurous, hopscotching career were musical, too. His last full-length documentary was a Justin Timberlake concert film. The last scene of his final feature, \"Ricki and the Flash,\" was Meryl Streep, as an aging rocker, bringing down the house with Tom Petty's \"American Girl.\"

Few filmmakers have been so drawn to the marrying of music and image the way Demme, a self-avowed \"fanatical rock 'n' roller,\" was. He stuffed 49 songs into \"Something Wild.\" Springsteen's \"The Streets of Philadelphia\" gave his \"Philadelphia\" its melancholy heart. And, of course, his seminal Talking Heads concert film, \"Stop Making Sense,\" deftly captured the swell of David Byrne's art-funk spectacular.

Demme, and his films, were never so alive as when the music was playing \u2014 and playing loud.

\"I've come to believe, and I kind of felt this when we did 'Stop Making Sense,' that shooting live music is kind of like the purest form of filmmaking,\" Demme told The Associated Press last year. \"There's no script to worry about. It's not a documentary, so you don't have to wonder where this story is going and what we can use. It's just: Here come the musicians. Here come the dancers. The curtain goes up. They have at it and we get to respond in the best way possible to what they're doing up there.\"

The filmmaker died Wednesday morning of complications from esophageal cancer in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children, said Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s, and his prodigious, wide-ranging body of work always kept the agile curiosity of a low-budget independent filmmaker. His career spanned documentaries, screwball comedies and tales of social justice. Yet his most famous films were a pair of Oscar-winners.

\"The Silence of the Lambs,\" the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an FBI analyst, earned him a directing Oscar, as well as best picture. He followed that up with \"Philadelphia\" (1993), with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, the first major Hollywood film to confront the AIDS crisis. It remains a landmark film in the portrayal of gay life and injustice, subjects Hollywood has previously largely turned a blind eye toward.

Hopkins, Foster and Hanks all earned Academy Awards for their performances in those films. Demme's sensitive, alert eye help produce countless other acclaimed performance, too, from Melanie Griffith (\"Something Wild\") to Anne Hathaway (\"Rachel Getting Married\").

\"Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul,\" said Foster. Hanks called him \"the grandest of men.\" ''Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living,\" said the actor.

Martin Scorsese, in remembering \"my young friend,\" praised Demme's use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. \"His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground \u2014 even a story like 'The Silence of the Lambs.'\"

If there was one commonality in Demme's varied filmography, it was music. He made films with Neil Young, the Pretenders and Robyn Hitchcock. (He also memorably documented Spalding Grey performing a monologue in \"Swimming to Cambodia.\")

\"I can't play any instrument and I have a hideous voice,\" Demme said. \"But I've discovered that when I shoot music, I actually feel like I've become part of the band and I have something to do with the creation of music, which is a very good feeling for someone who loves music as much as I do.\"

Byrne said he was originally drawn to Demme for the way he'd \"slip a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected.\"

On the making of 1984's \"Stop Making Sense,\" Byrne said: \"Jonathan's skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you'd get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense.\"

Robert Jonathan Demme was born on Long Island on Feb. 22, 1944. After his family moved to Miami, he attended the University of Florida where he wrote movie reviews for the school paper. In 1971, he went to work for Corman, first as a unit publicist on \"Von Richthofen and Brown\" and later directing his own films: the women's prison movie \"Caged Heart\"; \"Crazy Mama\" with Cloris Leachman; and \"Fighting Mad,\" with Peter Fonda as a farmer.

Demme's breakthrough came with the Oscar-nominated \"Melvin and Howard\" (1980), starring Jason Robards as Howard Hughes. It's about a Nevada service station owner who claims to be the beneficiary of the billionaire. From early on, music played a central role in his films, especially in 1986's music-stuffed road-trip comedy \"Something Wild,\" in which Jeff Daniels starred a tax consultant drawn into the wilder orbit of Melanie Griffith.

Some films were misfires. Demme's 1988 adaptation of Toni Morrison's \"Beloved,\" didn't click with critics, nor did his 2004 big-budget remake of \"The Manchurian Candidate.\"

But 2008's \"Rachel Getting Married,\" starring Hathaway playing a young woman released from rehab for her sister's wedding, was a return to form that seemed to combine many of Demme's talents \u2014 his buoyant, natural humanism, his joy in music performance, his fondness for troubled outsiders.

Demme most recently directed an episode of the Fox police drama \"Shots Fired,\" scheduled to air Wednesday, and a film for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to debut July 1.

Demme was initially married to Evelyn Purcell, before divorcing. He is survived by his second wife, artist Joanne Howard, and their three children: Brooklyn, Ramona and Jos. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

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AP writer Lindsey Bahr and Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report. Bahr reported from Los Angeles.

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Blockbuster movies may be sneaking into February and March release dates, but the summer remains where many studios hope to find success with their big budget films.

And this summer features plenty of big-name actors in movies that some critics see as a vast improvement in quality from last summer.

Superheroes

There are three major superhero films spread over three months this summer.

Marvel's \"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2\" is first up and will arrive in theaters next weekend. Early reviews indicate some surprise that the sequel is able to live up to its strange predecessor, while adding a more emotional storyline to the film.

Next up is DC with \"Wonder Woman\" on June 2. There may be a lot riding on this film considering the lack of critical favor for other DC Universe films (\"Man of Steel,\" \"Batman vs. Superman\" and \"Suicide Squad\"), though none have suffered on the box office front. Director Patty Jenkins is at the helm of \"Wonder Woman,\" but the movie was plagued with rumors about the quality of the final product.

The film is Wonder Woman's origin story set in World War I, and its box office pull will be important for other movies featuring women in the lead of superhero movies, including Marvel's \"Captain Marvel\" that recently nabbed two indie filmmakers as directors, and Joss Whedon's production of \"Batgirl\" for DC.

There's little question that the third movie in this category will make a ton of money. \"Spider-Man: Homecoming\" arrives July 7, and is on plenty of people's most-anticipated lists given the love for Tom Holland's Peter Parker in \"Captain America: Civil War.\" Even though the trailer for the Marvel flick shows way too much of the movie and is dominated by a presence of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, it will undoubtedly score big for Holland's feature debut as Spidey.

Action

Those who like the superhero genre may also look forward to a few action movies this summer.

\"The Mummy\" will be the start of what Universal hopes will be a movie monster franchise along the lines of what Marvel has created with its comic book movies. Tom Cruise's film is first up on June 9, but it also introduces Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll, who will get his own movie - as will reportedly the Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man, Van Helsing and Frankenstein's Monster.

More appealing to some critics, however, is \"War for the Planet of the Apes,\" which brings back Andy Serkis' Caesar who is pitted against a much stronger military than the two previous films in the rebooted franchise. At the head of his adversaries is Woody Harrelson, and the trailer shows a film that is only growing in its ability to animate its apes.

\"Dunkirk\" may be more drama than action, but Christopher Nolan's film on July 21 will be an epic film about the World War I battle that is renowned in Britain and rarely discussed in U.S. classrooms. The film will show all sides of the war and features a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kevin Branagh.

In what may be a return to \"Fifth Element\" type action, director Luc Besson is adapting \"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,\" which stars Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen. I'm skeptical this will do that well despite interest from some fans online. The title doesn't have a broad appeal (would likely turn some away automatically), and I'm not seeing an attraction to anything the trailer has shown yet.

Also this summer is Edgar Wright's \"Baby Driver\" on June 28 about a young getaway car driver, \"Atomic Blonde\" on July 28, which is gaining traction among critics for the brutal spy-thriller starring Charlize Theron, and \"The Hitman's Bodyguard\" on Aug. 18 that recently released a trailer featuring the comedy styles of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds.

\"The Dark Tower\" featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is also scheduled to be released on Aug. 4, but so little has been released about it that critics are a little worried about what that means for the Stephen King adaptation.

Other big action movies scheduled to come out are Guy Ritchie's \"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword\" on May 12, \"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales\" on May 26, and \"Transformers: The Last Knight\" on June 23. It pains me to think the last two will make money regardless of the quality of the last films in those franchises.

Horror

There are plenty vying to be the next \"Get Out\" this summer, and I'll start with one that also fits in the action category.

Ridley Scott promises \"Alien: Covenant\" on May 19 will be a return to horror, and critics who saw some footage at CinemaCon this year say it may very well live up to that statement. The movie is a sequel to \"Prometheus,\" which means Michael Fassbender is back (playing two different robots), and joining him is a fairly large cast of people who aren't all likely to make it through to the end.

\"It Comes At Night\" on June 9 is more along the lines of the \"backwoods horror\" genre, but is already promising for critics after its teaser was released. Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough star in the film, which is itself a good indication of the quality.

Less certain is the sequel, \"Annabelle: Creation\" on Aug. 11. \"Annabelle\" has little competition its opening weekend, so it's possible it could attract audiences after the success of \"The Conjuring\" where the doll was first featured.

Child-friendly and other comedies

Among this year's children's selections is \"Despicable 3,\" which will probably attract a crowd despite a ho-hum sequel and shruggable spin-off in \"Minions.\" Everything in the franchise has done well, and there's nothing that indicates this won't pull in millions.

The big children's movie of the year may be Pixar's \"Cars 3\" on June 16, though that is one of the few franchises of the animation company that continues to get the brush-off from critics.

Also opening this summer is \"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul\" on May 19, the teenage romance drama \"Everything, Everything\" also on May 19, and \"Captain Underpants\" on June 2.

Though children's movies do well almost no matter what release date they get, this summer is also pushing hard on the R-rated comedies, specifically those geared toward women.

Though not rated, it seems likely that Amy Schumer's newest movie with Goldie Hawn, \"Snatched,\" will push boundaries with the vacation misadventures of a mother and daughter.

\"Rough Night\" on June 16 follows the night of a bachelorette party that goes awry after the death of a stripper. The film has Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johannsson with comedienne Ilana Galzer to help bring the laughs.

The R-rated casino-comedy \"The House\" on June 30 with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler will also likely bring in some female audiences, along with Ferrell's usual fans.

What is aggressively not being targeted for women is the R-rated \"Baywatch\" that seems to have no qualms about what the original TV show thrived on. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron lead the cast of lifeguards who are presumably decent at their job.

Critical favorites

Though some of these may be harder to find this summer compared to others on the list, these movies are already making waves after premiering at various film festivals across the world.

\"The Bad Batch\" with a limited release date on June 23 is directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (who directed \"A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,\" available streaming on Netflix). The film stars Suki Waterhouse in the lead with plenty of help from a supporting cast of Jason Momoa, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi. Many critics are in love with it, despite the film being a dystopian, cannibal story.

Though Casey Affleck certainly got some flak last year for his alleged treatment of women on sets, some critics still welcomed his newest film, \"A Ghost Story\" that features a ghost with an actual white sheet over it.

Sofia Coppola is also making a return with \"The Beguiled,\" and though there aren't early reviews, the premise of Virginia women in the Civil War caring for a soldier while the men are gone has plenty of material for Coppola to use. The first trailer has an intriguing twist on the characters, though it may feature too many spoilers for those who want to watch the movie without too much prior knowledge.

\"Detroit\" has the biggest release of these films, coming out on Aug. 4 in wide release, and is being hyped as an early Oscar contender. The film is directed by Kathryn Bigelow (\"Zero Dark Thirty\" and \"The Hurt Locker\") and stars \"it\" actor John Boyega in the film about the Detroit riots.

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Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73.

The 'Silence of the Lambs' director sadly passed away in the early hours of Wednesday (26.04.17) morning as a result of complications from esophageal cancer - something he had been battling for some time - at his home in Manhattan, New York, surrounded by his his three children Jos, Brooklyn and Romona and his wife Joanne.

His representative confirmed the news to Variety this afternoon and announced that the family will be organising a private family funeral in due course and possibly a memorial.

Demme's relatives have asked those wanting to pay their respects to make donations to the filmmaker's favourite charity, Americans For Immigrant Justice, instead of flowers.

The legendary director - who was born in Baldwin, Long Island, rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films 'Melvin and Howard', 'Swing Shift', 'Something Wild' and 'Married to the Mob', before he nabbed an Oscar for 'Silence of the Lamb'.

Demme's last work was 'Ricki and the Flash', which starred Meryl Streep as an ageing rocker who must return home to Indiana due to a family crisis, in 2015 but the flick failed to garner much at the box office and the reviews were somewhat muted.

Following the news of his passing, some of his friends have flocked to their social networking sites to pay their respects and pass on their condolences to his family.

Barry Jenkins said: \"My man Demme was the kindest, most generous. A MASSIVE soul. He lived in love. And rests in peace.\"

Beau Willimon added: \"I only worked with him once - he was just like his films: brilliant, curious & original. RIP Jonathan Demme - a truly great filmmaker.\"

While Edgar Wright said: \"Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Jonathan Demme. Admired his movies, his documentaries, his concert films. He could do anything. Too many great films to mention: Something Wild, Stop Making Sense, Silence Of The Lambs, Melvin & Howard, among countless varied others (sic)\"

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Ridley Scott insists he is not a nostalgic person, but you wouldn't know that looking at the 2017 movie calendar. Not only are audiences getting another \"Alien\" movie, \"Alien: Covenant,\" on May 19, but also a long-time-coming \"Blade Runner\" sequel in October.

Scott made his name in Hollywood with \"Alien\" in 1979. It was the kind of genre-busting horror that continues to inspire pale imitations to this day. (Including one this year's Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds space pic \"Life.\") And then, in 1982, his futuristic neo-noir \"Blade Runner\" gave a new aesthetic to our dystopian future. It may have confounded most upon its release, but the sublime mind-bender has gained a cult and eventually popular following over the years.

While the titles might suggest otherwise, Scott says he's more interested in \"what's next.\"

\"I never look back,\" Scott said recently by phone. \"I only look forward and think I'm very lucky to be able to do that.\"

In fact, he's so focused on what's next that even while talking big ideas about creation and \"Alien: Covenant,\" Scott was doodling an image for scene 103 of his upcoming John Paul Getty kidnapping film, \"All the Money in the World.\"

\"I can do very good telephone doodles and they actually turn out as storyboards,\" Scott said matter-of-factly. \"I'm storyboarding as we speak. I'm able to do that. It's all in my mind. I think I've got a kind of photographic memory. I was born with it. You either have it or you don't. So that's been quite useful.\"

\"Alien: Covenant\" is intended to be a sort of bridge between Scott's original \"Alien\" and the 2012 prequel \"Prometheus.\" Scott has wanted to explore the origins of how that creature breathing down Ripley's neck came to be and ask the question that \"Alien\" didn't: Why would anyone make such a monster?

The question is brought up in \"Prometheus,\" technically the fifth film in the \"Alien\" universe, but most people who saw the 2012 prequel left feeling deeply confused. Scott is well-aware of this and promises there will be some clarity in \"Covenant.\"

\"'Prometheus' leaves us with a lot of questions and 'Covenant' answers a lot of those questions,\" he said.

\"Alien: Covenant\" brings in a new team, the crew of a colony ship, including Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride, who believe they've found a paradise. Of course that turns out not to be the case.

Michael Fassbender's \"Lawrence of Arabia\"-loving android David is back too, as is a new android, Walter, also played by Fassbender, and the monster itself.

\"We found out that the good old beast was still very popular with the audience, so I decided to reinject some of his presence back into it,\" Scott said. \"It gets pretty gnarly. I'm very pleased with it actually.\"

Scott says audiences can expect some philosophizing and spectacular visuals, including an idea he came up with to solve the problem of how the ship would continue getting and storing power in deep space: Massive sails, about the size of six football fields that can soak up the radiance in space and store it as power.

\"I discovered recently that's exactly what NASA are doing,\" Scott said. \"You can make a fabric that is stronger than metal and you can fold it up into a massive box and it will fold away like a good sail on a sailing ship so I apply that kind of thinking and there we have it. It works. And then you get it in the hands of the visual effects people and it all looks pretty good. So we're going to send it to NASA to see if I can speed up the process for them.\"

That the film is being promoted as an \"Alien\" film rather than a \"Prometheus\" sequel is confounding to some, including Forbes' box office writer Scott Mendelson, who points out that \"Prometheus\" was rather successful. It made over $400 million worldwide against a $130 million budget.

\"They're selling its relationship to a franchise that is well-known but isn't insanely beloved. It's a geek franchise,\" Mendelson said.

Mendelson added that while nostalgia might sell for some, it's not going to bring in a younger audience with its hard R rating.

Still, Scott has ideas for at least a few more \"Alien\" installments.

\"In answering the question 'who, why and when was this thing made and for what reason,' it presents a whole different universe, so the universe starts expanding, which I think is healthy. Why switch it off?\" Scott said. \"What it's leading to is the question of creation. And creation, I don't care who you are, is on everyone's mind.\"

Whether or not audiences will see that expanded universe will depend on how well \"Covenant\" does. Closer on the horizon is \"Blade Runner 2049,\" which is set 30 years after the original. Scott helped the screenplay and produce, but ceded directing responsibilities over to \"Arrival\" helmer Denis Villeneuve.

And while Scott might not consider himself nostalgic, he is at least a little excited about one crossover moment: The second \"Blade Runner 2049\" trailer is supposed to play in front of \"Alien: Covenant\" showings, which, Scott says drolly, \"will be cool.\"

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 In 2000, Dwayne \"The Rock\" Johnson was trying to break into Hollywood. He was off to an OK start. The pro-wrestler already had a following, a role in \"The Mummy Returns\" and high-wattage charm. He also had no acting experience, no idea how Hollywood worked, and, besides a few idols in Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger, no blueprint for success.

\"I couldn't say, 'Oh, let me just follow the half-black and half-Samoan actor who was also a wrestler. Let me follow his path.' That wasn't an option, that wasn't there. So I was forced to create my own,\" Johnson said recently. \"I have an ideology that I always like to share with the inner group, and with some people on the outside, and I'll share it with you: I don't just want to play the game. I want to change the way the game is played.\"

And he did, becoming one of the world's biggest movie stars in the process, with a booming production company, a year-round filming schedule, 84.4 million followers on Instagram, 11.2 million on Twitter and a reported $64.5 million salary in 2016 that put him at the top of Forbes' highest-paid actors list.

\"Alone among his generation, Dwayne Johnson has aimed for middle of the road, broad, appealing, leading man status,\" said Richard Rushfield, who runs the Hollywood newsletter The Ankler. \"While his peers have carved out more edgy, cool, of-the-moment profiles, Johnson has assiduously whittled down the rough edges of his early 'The Rock' wrestling persona.\"

Simply, the 44-year-old superstar is an entertainment machine and, like Schwarzenegger before him, summer is his main stage. There's his pre-summer \"Fast and the Furious\" movies, which Johnson is credited as helping to revitalize. The latest is expected to cross $1 billion globally this week. But Johnson has also proven himself to be a summer draw on his own in leading roles in the disaster pic \"San Andreas\" in 2015 and the buddy comedy \"Central Intelligence\" in 2016. This summer, he's betting on \"Baywatch,\" out May 25, as a potential new franchise.

\"I love being able to create big movies or TV shows that entertain people, that make them happy. I know what it's like to earn a dollar. I know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck and wonder how you're going to pay the rent. I know what it's like to be evicted. Money doesn't fall out of the sky. So if you're going to pay for your ticket, that inspires me to want to make a great movie,\" said Johnson, who remembers being evicted at age 14. \"I always say to everyone, 'Hey, around the corner we're getting evicted. Get to work!' I drive everyone crazy with that.\"

Johnson, who heads up the production company Seven Bucks with his ex-wife Dany Garcia, may be the purest expression of a global entertainer there is, aside from Tom Cruise or Will Smith. He thinks big. He thinks globally. The audience is king. And he's going to put in the work to make sure they're smiling.

It's that thinking that led him to the \"Baywatch\" movie. Johnson was a teenager when the show was at the height of its popularity. He appreciated the \"sexiness\" of it, but also considered it kind of cheesy. Then, about five years ago, he was told it was the most successful television show of all time \u2014 an unparalleled global hit. And that settled it. Johnson would have to don the red trunks.

The film is not the television show, nor is it trying to be. There are still red suits, and the babes and the bodies and some of the same names (Johnson is Mitch Buchannon, the role originated by David Hasselhoff), but he says their movie is funnier, raunchier, more action-packed and, well, more self-aware. The cast includes Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra.

\"I always say, I have one boss. Not the movie studios ... The audience. The people. They'll dictate if there's another one,\" Johnson said. \"I think we have a good shot.\"

His philosophy for what works is pretty simple, too. Balance great action with genuine humor and you will usually send the audience home not just happy, but \"floating.\"

\"You know that cool feeling that you feel when you walk out of the theater thinking, 'That was the greatest movie!' And you're kind of floating and talking about it in the car? I like that kind of thing,\" he said.

And he'll do whatever it takes to achieve that, even if it means 4 a.m. wake up calls, promoting projects with the vigor of P.T. Barnum and working a 12-month shooting schedule two years in a row all while maintaining a personal life with his partner, Lauren Hashian, and 1-year-old daughter, Jasmine. He's already filming the arcade game pic \"Rampage\" and will go straight on to \"Skyscraper,\" a hostage thriller from his \"Central Intelligence\" director. Suddenly, it'll be December and time to promote his big Christmas release \"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.\"

\"What is this 'break' thing you speak of,\" Johnson said with a chuckle. \"But it's a good time for me. There's a lot of good things going around.\"

___

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter says Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in next year's \"Jurassic World\" sequel. Goldblum played the mathematician in the first two films of the franchise, 1993's \"Jurassic Park\" and its 1997 follow-up \"The Lost World: Jurassic Park.\"

Representatives for Goldblum didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

\"Jurassic World\" stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also set to be back.

\"Jurassic World\" brought in $1.6 billion across the globe at the box office in 2015, second that year to the reboot of the Star Wars franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter says its sequel will open on June 22, 2018.

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