NEW YORK (AP) – “Halloween” continues to deliver treats to Hollywood. The movie has topped the box office for the second straight weekend, taking in another $32 million in ticket sales. It was a repeat week for the top four finishers – with the rankings the same as last weekend. After Halloween comes the Bradley Cooper movie “A Star Is Born” finishing second with $14 million in its fourth weekends in theaters. Number three again was “Venom” – and number four is “Goosebumps 2.”
PIPE BOMB SUSPECT DUE IN COURT TODAY
MIAMI (AP) – The Florida man accused of sending bombs to CNN, actor Robert De Niro and prominent Democratic political figures has a court date set for today. An initial hearing is set for this afternoon in Miami for 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc. He faces five federal charges after his arrest Friday in Florida. Investigators say they were able to track him down through fingerprint and DNA evidence. Today’s hearing is expected to be brief – since he will be prosecuted in New York. One of the main issues to be addressed during today’s hearing will be whether Sayoc will waive extradition to New York – and whether he will seek release on bail. Authorities say Sayoc could get more than 50 years in prison if convicted of all the charges he now faces.
ROBERT DE NIRO REACTS TO BOMB THREAT
NEW YORK (AP) – Robert De Niro says there is something more powerful than bombs – and that’s voting. The veteran actor and frequent critic of President Donald Trump is calling for people to go to the polls in response to the incidents last week in which a Trump supporter allegedly sent pipe bombs to De Niro, CNN and several prominent Democrats. None of the bombs went off at their intended targets – and no one was hurt. De Niro says he’s thankful no one was hurt or killed – and thanked first responders and law enforcement for keeping people safe.
NBC BEGINS LIFE WITHOUT MEGYN KELLY
NEW YORK (AP) – Now that NBC has decided it no longer wants Megyn Kelly on the “Today” show, the network will have to decide whether there’s a place for her on the network at all. She was fired from her show Friday – three days after suggesting on the air that it’s OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween. NBC says other co-hosts will take over the hour of programming Kelly used to host – but didn’t name them. NBC also didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But a person close to the situation says negotiations are under way to orchestrate her exit from the network. Kelly is in the second year of a three-year deal said to pay her more than $20 million a year.
NTOZAKE SHANGE – OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) – Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange has died. The wordsmith who won acclaim for her Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70 years old. Her most popular work, “For Colored Girls,” describes the racism, sexism, violence and rape experienced by seven black women. The production has been influential to generations of progressive thinkers, from (hash)MeToo architect Tarana Burke to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. After learning of Shange’s death, Nottage called her “our warrior poet/dramatist.”
MEGHAN MARKLE – NEW ZEALAND
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The Duchess of Sussex has congratulated New Zealand on becoming the first country in the world to allow women to vote 125 years ago. Meghan Markle says the efforts by New Zealand helped pave the way for others around the world. Meghan said suffrage represents the “basic and fundamental human right” to help choose your future. Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, are on the final leg of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific, which has taken in four countries.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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