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JFK cigar box sells at auction for $8,250

- The Washington Times

A cigar box once owned by John F. Kennedy was sold earlier this week at auction for $8,250. It was most recently owned by Jack Spangenburg, a former butler to both the president and his younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy Sr.

In this April 15, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/File)

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport: ‘Are you Muslim?’

- Associated Press

Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears the boxing great’s name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday.

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Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination

Associated Press

One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations.

Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor' has heads scratching

- Associated Press

A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials.

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Sandra Huller as Ines, left, and and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in a scene from the Komplizen Film, "Toni Erdmann." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26, 2017. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars

- Associated Press

One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work.

FILE - In this April 30, 2011, file photo Donald Trump, left, and Melania Trump arrive for the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington. President Donald Trump says he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner this spring. In a tweet on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes "everyone well and have a great evening!" The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

Associated Press

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner - sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.

Ward Chamberlin Jr., public broadcasting pioneer, dies at 95

Associated Press

Ward B. Chamberlin Jr., who pioneered public broadcasting, led stations in New York and Washington and helped launch the career of Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, has died from complications from dementia. He was 95.

U of I announces Athletic Hall of Fame class

Associated Press

The University of Illinois is announcing its first Athletic Hall of Fame class that includes legendary football coach and Chicago Bears' owner George Halas, baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau and Harold "Red" Grange, the football star whose fame in the early 20th century rivaled that of Babe Ruth.

Dwayne Johnson appears during a rehearsal for the 89th Academy Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A cadre of casually-clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals

- Associated Press

Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an award.

Police agencies divvy up $230 million settlement with Google

Associated Press

A firing range, vehicles, Tasers and bailouts of several underfunded police pension plans are among some of the ways Rhode Island law enforcement agencies are spending their shares of a $230 million settlement with Google.