LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at January’s Golden Globes.
Morgan Freeman made the announcement for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during its broadcast of the “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” Wednesday on NBC.
HFPA President Meher Tatna called Winfrey “one of the most respected and admired figures today” and “one of the most influential women of our time” in a statement Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn his nomination after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.
A White House official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Michael Dourson has removed his name from consideration to serve as head of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself.
Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville.
The 57-year-old Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013. Louisville police investigated the matter but closed the case and did not file charges.
DENVER (AP) — The executive director of the board that oversees Colorado’s public employee pension fund died while snorkeling in Hawaii.
Public Employees’ Retirement Association spokeswoman Katie Kaufmanis says 56-year-old Gregory Smith died Tuesday while vacationing with family and friends in Maui.
Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto says Smith was found face-down and unresponsive in the water.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Scott Air Force Base officials say a commander who was ousted from his job this week is being investigated for sexual misconduct.
A news release from the Illinois base says details about the investigation of Colonel John Howard won’t be released while it’s happening “to ensure the integrity of the process.” The Air Force Office of Special Investigations will head the investigation.
NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed.
The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016 while attending a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which a police officer was struck in the face with a rock and seriously injured.
The officer sued the Black Lives Matter movement and McKesson for his injuries.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere.
Simmons vehemently denied what he called “these horrific accusations,” saying in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that “all of my relations have been consensual.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Democratic state senator known for greeting people with hugs is now facing allegations that his behavior made women he worked with uncomfortable.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s penchant for hugging is so well known he has nicknames such as “Hugsberg” and “Huggy Bear.” As an Assemblyman, he once handed out pins reading “I was hugged by Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg.”
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The state Board of Regents has approved a multi-year contract for new Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards.
Under the deal approved Wednesday, the regents say Edwards’ initial salary will be $2 million with a $250,000 increase after each year of service. Edwards’ contract will run through Dec. 31, 2022.
The 63-year-old former NFL coach and ESPN analyst was hired by Arizona State on Dec. 3.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday.
The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the rocks in the range regained about half as much water as was lost during the drought and the return of the weight caused the height of the mountains to fall about half an inch (1.3 centimeters).
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says state criminal court judges in New Orleans have a conflict of interest because they rely on fines and fees for court funding — raising legitimate concerns over whether the court’s financial needs might affect decisions on whether low-income defendants are able to pay.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance also ruled Wednesday that judges have violated defendants’ rights by failing to make inquiries on their ability to pay.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino’s lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.
WDRB-TV reports the university alleges negligence and “wrongful conduct” by Pitino has tarnished the school’s reputation.
The lawsuit noted that the NCAA ordered the school to return money it received for some basketball tournaments. The counterclaim filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court said the school also wants any bonuses and other compensation “wrongly paid” to Pitino for the tournament appearances.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A fire department captain says one of the men charged in a warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people told him no one lived in the building.
KPIX-TV reports that Oakland Fire Capt. George Freelen testified he believed Derick Almena during a September 2014 visit.
Freelen spoke at a court hearing on Tuesday to determine whether Almena and a second man, Max Harris, will face trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the Dec. 2, 2016 fire at the Oakland warehouse.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of three men accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at a Utah home while her mother was in the garage smoking methamphetamine.
Court officials said Thursday that only about one-third of potential jurors showed up, making the pool of jurors too small.
The trial was expected to start this week for Larson RonDeau, Jerry Flatlip and Randall Flatlip.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans’ home were preventable.
The families, who spoke to Chicago’s WBEZ , are seeking changes to the state-run Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where the outbreak two years ago killed 12 and sickened dozens more. Despite pledges from Gov. Bruce Rauner to fix the problem, about half a dozen new Legionnaires’ cases since then.