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This image made from a video provided by Mondelez International shows Luke Aikins in a net after successfully skydiving without a parachute in Simi Valley, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2016. After a two-minute freefall, Aikins landed in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch. Aikins made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead. (Mondelez International via AP)

Skydiver becomes first person to jump and land without chute

A 42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead. After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins landed dead center in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts ...

Sarah Jessica Parker participates in the "Divorce" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Sarah Jessica Parker goes thrift shop in new HBO comedy

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. ___ EX IN THE CITY? In "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker's wardrobe was all about the look and the label. In "Divorce," her new ...

Norman Lear explores social inequality in Epix docuseries

Norman Lear, age 94 and a native New Yorker, thought he knew a few things about the obstacles of housing in the Big Apple. But when he began exploring the subject for "America Divided," Lear said he was "horrified at how little I knew. Someone making a reasonable living with ...

Nancy Reagan wouldn't like Hinckley's freedom, actress says

"Killing Reagan" star Cynthia Nixon isn't mincing words about how the late Nancy Reagan might react to the freedom granted the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan. "Nancy wouldn't like it," said Nixon, who plays the first lady in National Geographic Channel's movie based on the book by ...

In this undated image released by HBO, Lena Headey appears in a scene from "Game of Thrones." This week's Comic Con extravaganza is expected to draw more than 160,000 fans for high-energy sessions featuring casts and crews from such films and TV shows as "Game of Thrones," "Star Trek," "Suicide Squad," "South Park," "Teen Wolf," "Aliens" and "The Walking Dead." The eighth season will bring the saga to a close. The number of episodes for that last cycle has not been determined, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Television Critics Association's summer conference. (HBO via AP, File)

'Game of Thrones' to end after season 8, but 7th still ahead

HBO has confirmed what "Game of Thrones" fans never wanted to hear: The fantasy-thriller phenomenon will be coming to an end after Season 8. Recently HBO renewed the series — adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels — for a shortened seventh season consisting of seven episodes. The eighth season will ...

Writer J.K. Rowling arrives at gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, at the Palace Theatre in central London, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, it is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is the first of the stories to be presented on stage. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Wizard magic: JK Rowling hopes Harry Potter play goes global

London is under Harry Potter's spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow. The stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" had its gala opening Saturday in London's West End and is already the theater event of the year. Rowling joined ...

Couric, National Geographic team on gender documentary

Katie Couric and National Geographic Channel are teaming up on a documentary about the science and culture behind gender. Couric is the executive producer and host of the two-hour film, described as an in-depth look at factors involved in gender fluidity, including genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture. The film, ...

Equal opportunity violence on HBO dramas, its boss says

HBO took a bit of heat Saturday for its shows' sexualized violence toward women. At the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference, HBO programming head Casey Bloys took questions about the violent storytelling of the network's hit series "Game of Thrones" and "The Night Of," which deals with the bloody murder ...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, fans play the highly addictive "Pokemon Go" game during a gathering in central Madrid, Spain, to play the computer game. Since debuting to wild adulation in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand this month, the game from Google spinoff Niantic Inc. has spread like wildfire, launching in more than 30 countries or territories, but not Brazil. For athletes and other visitors caught up in the wave, not having access is just one more knock against an Olympics that officials are racing to get ready. The opening ceremony takes place Friday, Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go'

So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares? But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage! If there were ever a more "First World problem" for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it's Brazil's lack of access to the hit mobile game, which has ...

In this July 28, 2016 photo, works by Haile King Rubie are displayed in his father's restaurant, adjacent to the Clara Francis Gallery in New York's Harlem neighborhood. The 26-year-old whose expressive works are rich in color, form and subject are all the more remarkable because he was born with Down syndrome.The neighborhood already is home to about a dozen galleries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

The opening of the Clara Francis Gallery on Wednesday in a renovated Harlem storefront was an exciting moment for Haile King Rubie. It was the first solo show for the 26-year-old painter, whose expressive works are all the more remarkable because he was born with Down syndrome. It also was ...

Stunt driver and instructor Bobby Ore does a high speed reverse slide at Atlanta Motorsports Park Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Dawsonville, Ga. Ore said he recognized a significant shift in more films and television shows being brought to Georgia a couple years ago. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Stunt driver school trains for Georgia's film industry needs

Stuntwoman Natalie Govin found work easily in South Florida — until funds for the state's film incentives program recently went dry. With more movies such as the "Furious" series and "Need for Speed" filmed in Georgia, Govin didn't want to get caught in Florida's drought. So she moved north to ...

FILE - In this July 31, 1974, file photo, a parachute opens behind the rocket-powered Sky Cycle X-2, containing American motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel, as he attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon, Idaho. Knievel decided to ride a rocket-powered motorcycle a mile-wide chasm in Utah's Snake River Canyon on Sept. 8, 1974. He didn't make it. The cycle crashed on the canyon floor but fortunately for Knievel his parachute deployed prematurely, likely saving his life. (AP Photo, File)

A look at some of the most death-defying stunts of all time

Although he's one of the most accomplished skydivers in the world, Luke Aikins will tell you what he's about to do — jump out of a plane without a parachute — is one crazy stunt. "If I wasn't nervous I would be stupid," Aikins, who has jumped 18,000 times with ...

Co-founder of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69

A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69. Organization spokeswoman Aurelia Grayson says Wright died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut. She and her ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump speech beats Hillary Clinton in TV viewership

Donald Trump pulled off the upset — at least in television popularity. Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by 29.8 million people on the commercial networks, the Nielsen company said Friday. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the ...

Singer Katy Perry rehearses during a sound check on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Correction: DEM 2016-Convention-Celebrities story

In a story July 28 about celebrities at the Democratic National Convention, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Shonda Rhimes was the creator of "How to Get Away with Murder." She is an executive producer, not the creator. A corrected version of the story is below: Katy Perry belts 'Rise' ...

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive for a rally at McGonigle Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine will begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Poof! 'Ghostbusters' tweet cheering Clinton deleted

A tweet from Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters" account that many interpreted as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton has disappeared as quickly as a phantom. The studio tweeted "Boo-yah, we smashed your glass ceiling," on Thursday after Clinton became the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party. The message also ...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show of the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate said Thursday, July 28, 2016, he'll consider allowing cameras in court on a hearing-by-hearing basis. Prince, who died April 21 of a drug overdose, had no known will. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Court order sharply narrows Prince's potential heirs

A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate narrowed down the wide pool of potential heirs for the late superstar's fortune on Friday, ruling out nearly 30 claimants while ordering genetic testing for six purported family members. Carver County Judge Kevin Eide's order requires genetic testing for Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, plus ...

FILE - In this July 16, 2015 file photo, Hayes Grier arrives at the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards at Pauley Pavilion, in Los Angeles. Grier is recovering after a car crash. A spokeswoman for the 16-year-old social media celebrity and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant says Hayes is "under great care" at a hospital. No other details were provided. Grier's brother Nash posted on social media Thursday, July 28, 2016, that Grier suffered a concussion, two fractured ribs and a bruised lung. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Internet star Hayes Grier hospitalized after bike accident

Internet celebrity and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Hayes Grier is recovering after a dirt bike accident. A spokeswoman for the 16-year-old social media star says Hayes is "under great care" at a hospital in North Carolina. Grier's spokeswoman, Natalie Geday, said he suffered a concussion, broken rib, bruised ...

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Montel Williams attends the "Now You See Me" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square, in New York. Williams' spokesman told The Associated Press that Williams was detained for about an hour at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, July 29, 2016, after inadvertently leaving prescription marijuana powder in his luggage. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Montel Williams detained in Germany over medical marijuana

A spokesman for Montel Williams says the television personality was detained by customs officials at an airport in Germany after inadvertently leaving prescription marijuana powder in his luggage. Jonathan Franks tells The Associated Press that Williams was held for about an hour Friday morning at the airport in Frankfurt while ...

Ken Barrie, voice of Postman Pat, dies at 83

Ken Barrie, who provided the voice of affable animated letter-carrier Postman Pat, has died. He was 83. His daughter Lorraine Peterson said Friday that Barrie had died of liver cancer at his home near London. Born Leslie Hulme, Barrie was originally a singer, recording for British label Embassy Records under ...

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