MINNEAPOLIS — Police investigating the death a year ago of pop star Prince found numerous opioids scattered around his home but appear not to have identified where or who supplied the dose of fentanyl that caused his death, according to court documents unsealed on Monday, April 17. Some of the strong painkillers found at the musician's Paisley Park complex outside Minneapolis had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard, the affidavits and search warrants showed.
LOS ANGELES - In a shocking reversal of fortune for one of the most prominent voices in TV news, Bill O'Reilly has been ousted from Fox News Channel amid the firestorm over sexual harassment allegations leveled against the host in recent years.
LOS ANGELES - "Boss Baby" is enjoying the view from the top. The animated comedy bottled up a leading $49 million from 3,773 locations, edging out Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a box office juggernaut that's dominated the multiplexes since debuting three weeks ago. "Beauty and the Beast" added another $48 million to its mammoth $395.5 million domestic haul. The weekend's other new release, Paramount's "Ghost in the Shell," bombed, taking in a demoralizing $19 million.
Sears Holdings Corp, once the largest U.S. retailer, warned on Tuesday, March 21, about its ability to continue as a going concern after years of losses and declining sales. "Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company's ability to continue as a going concern," Sears said in its annual report for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28.
LOS ANGELES - "Sesame Street" will welcome a new Muppet to its TV family on April 10 with a special episode designed to introduce viewers to four-year-old Julia, a character with autism. The "Meet Julia" episode will premiere simultaneously on HBO and PBS Kids. The long-running PBS franchise shifted to HBO for first-run airings early last year, with episodes repeating on PBS a few months later.
BANGKOK - Thai veterinarians on Monday removed 915 coins from a 25-year-old sea turtle which had been swallowing items thrown into her pool for good luck, eventually limiting her ability to swim. The coins and other objects removed from the turtle named Omsin - piggy bank in Thai - weighed 11 lb. The turtle itself weighed 130 lb. The green sea turtle, living at a conservation center in Sriracha, Chonburi, east of the Thai capital of Bangkok, had been finding it hard to swim normally because of the weight.
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. on Wednesday, March 1, announced a push to embrace apps aimed at speeding up service at drive-thrus, which account for about 70 percent of its U.S. business, as the fast-food chain looks to woo back diners.
CANNON BALL, N.D. - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday, Feb. 23, and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested.
LOS ANGELES—Prince and George Michael will be honored at the Grammy Awards tonight (Sunday, Feb. 12), with separate tributes, but organizers have not indicated which musicians will perform them. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said "Purple Rain" singer Prince, and British star Michael, who both died suddenly in 2016, were "pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma."
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to sign two executive actions on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, an administration official told Reuters. The move comes after months-long protests by environmentalists and Native American groups in North Dakota against Energy Transfer Partners LP's $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would bring crude oil from the state's Bakken oil patch through the Midwest and into the U.S. Gulf Coast. A company spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.