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Show me the money: Hollywood chases diversity as ticket to financial reward

A spate of films featuring women and minorities in front of and behind the camera are set for release in coming months after the success of diverse box office hits such as “Wonder Woman,” “Black Panther” and the current smash “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Obama is launching a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming," a tour featuring arenas and other performing centers to accommodate crowds likely far too big for any bookstore. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

- Associated Press

Check out the upcoming events at Chicago's United Center and you'll see Bulls games, Blackhawks games and concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Nicki Minaj and Cher, among others.

FILE - In this May 31, 2018, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations, according to a memo sent to all teams Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, and obtained by The Associated Press (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Silver memo: Hire more women, improve workplace conditions

- Associated Press

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations.

In this July 25, 2018 photo, actress Jane Fonda, background, and Susan Lacy, director of the HBO documentary "Jane Fonda in Five Acts," pose together at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The documentary premieres on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jane Fonda, her life and men star in a revealing documentary

- Associated Press

As beguiling and powerful as Jane Fonda is onscreen, she has yet to play a role that's a match for her whiplash-inducing life of artistry, celebrity and polarizing activism. Then there's the personal drama, including serial marriages to three very different husbands with their own claims to fame.

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

- Associated Press

Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs.

US agency endorses plan to block new mining near Yellowstone

- Associated Press

U.S. officials recommended approval on Friday of a plan to block new mining claims for 20 years on the forested public lands that make up Yellowstone National Park's mountainous northern boundary.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Scotty Barr shows Ashley Johnson-Barr. A federal grand jury has indicted on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, an Alaska man linked to the missing 10-year-old girl's death, alleging he lied, among other things, that he found the missing girl's cellphone when in fact he took it from her. Johnson-Barr went missing Sept. 6, 2018, in Kotzebue, 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle, and she was found dead Sept. 14. (Scotty Barr via AP)

Alaska man tied to girl's death pleads not guilty

- Associated Press

An Alaska man linked to a 10-year-old girl's death through her cellphone pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to federal authorities investigating the case.