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In this image released by FX, Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson, left, in a scene from "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," a 10-part series that debuted on Feb. 2. The first part of FX's star-studded miniseries on the former football star's murder case and trial became the most-watched scripted series premiere in the network's history, the Nielsen company said. (Ray Mickshaw/FX via AP)

FX’s O.J. beats ABC’s Madoff

- Associated Press

In a television competition between notorious criminals, O.J. Simpson topped Bernard Madoff.

A still from "Crossing Bhutan," which played at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week.

SBIFF puts filmic focus on far-flung world corners, women

- The Washington Times

There’s still so much more to see at Santa Barbara International Film Festival as the fest heads into its final stretch this week, and the festival programmers have done an especially adept job at selecting works that are about places and by filmmakers from far beyond the U.S. borders and across all genres.

Griffin: ‘I’m an equal-opportunity offender’

- The Washington Times

Kathy Griffin is afraid of offending no one. The comedian and actress has, purposely or otherwise, stepped on the toes of the Catholic Church, the Kardashians, Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump and just about everyone else in her stand-up routines. Miss Griffin will bring her caustic comedy to EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Thursday evening, but one stop on her current 80-city tour, which the performer has dubbed “Like a Boss.”

Evgeny Afineevsky

Oscar-nominated ‘Winter on Fire’ shows the Ukrainian struggle for freedom

- The Washington Times

Ukraine has had a tumultuous few years, with the invasion of the Crimea and internal struggles that reached their height in 2013-14, as students took to the streets in support of European integration and veering away from Soviet-style oppression. “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” from director Evgeny Afineevsky, documents the Ukrainian struggle to breathe freer air.

Correction: Medical Marijuana-Woody Harrelson story

- Associated Press

In a story Feb. 5 about actor Woody Harrelson applying for a medical marijuana license in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of another business seeking a medical marijuana dispensary license. It is Blue Planet Healing, not Blue Planet Foundation.

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AP Interview: Oscar-nominated auteur paints solitary spirit

- Associated Press

The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated "When Marnie Was There" comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl's inner torment.

Feds plan outreach to New Mexico youth in opioid fight

Associated Press

Federal law enforcement officials are citing a rise in drug overdose deaths in New Mexico as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration release a documentary aimed at educating high schoolers on the dangers of opioids.

Waris Ahluwalia, a member of the Sikh community, gives an interview in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.  Ahluwalia said he is now waiting for Aeromexico to implement special training on how to treat Sikh passengers, for whom the headgear carries deep religious significance. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology

- Associated Press

An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.

West Coast Swing can get a bad reputation for weather

- Associated Press

The first stop on the "California Coastal Swing" featured 40 mph gusts and rain that led to a Monday finish at Torrey Pines with no spectators and hardly any volunteers. And that's all it takes to revive memories of what once was referred to as the Wet Coast Swing.

Sports costs at ESPN weigh down Disney's Force-ful quarter

- Associated Press

ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney's profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it's coming off a round of layoffs in the latest quarter. As more people cut the cord to watch programming online, its perch on top of the pay TV empire is looking unsteady at best.

Police: Jay Cutler's brother-in-law death was accidental

- Associated Press

A medical examiner has determined NFL quarterback Jay Cutler's brother-in-law's death was accidental, saying Michael Cavallari died of hypothermia after he crashed his car during a frigid temperatures while passing through a rocky and rural part of southern Utah.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

- Associated Press

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Jan. 29, to Thursday, Feb. 4, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

- Associated Press

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Jan. 29 to Thursday, Feb. 4, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies

Associated Press

Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced. She was 82.

Judge, not armchair 'Serial' detectives, to decide retrial

- Associated Press

Prompted by a podcast that turned millions of listeners into armchair detectives, a judge will now decide whether to grant a new trial to a man convicted as a teenager of murdering his high school girlfriend.