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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities. Academy Gold, an inclusive film academy internship program that just wrapped its second summer, helps students learn the ropes of the entertainment business and get a foot in the door before college graduation. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Diversity-focused academy program boosts Hollywood dreamers

- Associated Press

The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment - when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming.

FILE - In this June 4, 2018 file photo, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop after a U.S. Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in his favor after he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He is suing Colorado after officials ruled against him in another alleged discrimination case in which his shop refused to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

- Associated Press

A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple - an argument partly supported by the U.S. Supreme Court - has sued the state again for opposing his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday.

North Korean soldiers salute as others bow before the giant bronze statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il during the anniversary of the end of World War II and liberation from Japanese colonial rule in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. North Korea has marked the anniversary with a series of ceremonies ahead of what is expected to be a much bigger event next month, the 70th anniversary of its national foundation day. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

- Associated Press

With little apparent progress in denuclearization talks with North Korea, the Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the isolated nation by punishing three foreign companies accused of helping the North evade international sanctions.

Watchdog probes military burning of ammunition, explosives

Associated Press

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Defense has launched an investigation into the open burning of ammunition and explosives at military sites across the country, including at a sprawling Army ammunition plant in Virginia.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to visit North Dakota

Associated Press

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to visit North Dakota next week to talk about President Donald Trump's trade policies that have led to tariffs on steel, aluminum and soybeans.

Most mayors want energy vetoes overturned

Associated Press

Most mayors in New Hampshire's cities want the state Legislature to overturn two energy-related bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu that he said would have cost electric ratepayers about $110 million over three years.

FILE- In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, the New York Stock Exchange is shown. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks tumble as investors fret about China's growth

- Associated Press

An unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent has global stock indexes falling Wednesday as investors worry about demand for high-tech products as well economic growth.