Daily Archive: August 19, 2013

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Entertainment

‘The Butler’ serves box-office success at No. 1

This Aug. 1, 2013 photo released by Harpo Studios, Inc., shows, from left, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels, from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. (AP Photo/Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns) by Sandy CohenAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is serving up success at the box office. Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic debuted in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the weekend’s three other major new releases, including the action romp “Kick-Ass 2,” failed to find traction with fans.

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National

NYPD head: Stop-frisk ruling will hurt minorities

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is seen during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) by Jennifer PeltzAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly assailed a federal judge’s finding of racial discrimination and demand for changes to his department’s stop and frisk practice, telling a Sunday news show that minority communities will be “the losers” if the ruling isn’t overturned.

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International

UK police checking new information on Diana death

This Aug. 31, 1997 photo by made available by HM Coroner on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 shows Diana, left, with Dodi Al Fayed in the back of a car, on the night that both of them died in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. The photo was part of the evidence presented at the inquest held in London into their death. On Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, (AP Photo/HM Coroner, Jacques Langevin) LONDON (AP) — British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information’s “relevance and credibility.”