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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actress who claims she was racially profiled after being detained by police is seeing her case make its way through the courts. Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian Lucas have both entered not guilty pleas to charges of lewd conduct. Another hearing in the case is set for next month. The case made headlines last fall when Watts -- who is black -- claimed she was racially profiled for a public display of affection toward her boyfriend, who is white. Police launched an investigation -- and some L.A.-area civil rights leaders later chastised Watts for wrongly claiming the officers' actions were racially motivated.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there's a dispute over whether Daniele Watts was racially profiled, as she has claimed.


SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- To hear many Hollywood types tell it, there's nothing more important in the world than awards season. But don't try telling that to Kevin Spacey. Those watching the SAG Awards no doubt noted he was missing when he was called on to accept his honor for "House of Cards." He skipped the ceremony to be in the United Arab Emirates -- where he watched about three dozen young actors from the Arab world perform a play. The effort is part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative, which tries to boost support for young talent. Members of the cast come from Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. For many of them, the performance in the UAE was the first time they had left their home countries -- or had gotten support to hone their craft.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Nikki Reed says her love of animals started when she was young -- and comes directly from her mom. The actress says from the time she was a kid, her mom would let her "bring home any and everything" that she found outside -- whether it needed food, a hug or attention. That means she housed everything from coyotes to raccoons -- "to literally anything that was homeless." She says in her home "animals have always come first." But even then, Reed says it got to the point where she had to tell her mom: "we can't keep this one."

Nikki Reed says it was her mom who instilled a sense of caring for animals in her.

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Nikki Reed describes the strangest thing she has done with an animal.

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Nikki Reed says while she loves animals, she's at a loss to explain the human-animal bond.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- When people think about movies, they usually think of those that are aimed at kids, young adults or tweens. What about the, um, more mature set? AARP The Magazine is out with its annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Winning the best picture honors is "The Theory of Everything." Best actress honors go to Julianne Moore for her work in "Still Alice" -- a movie about a woman battling early onset Alzheimer's. And Steve Carell (kah-REHL') takes best actor honors for his work in "Foxcatcher." Other winners are on the AARP site -- including the winner of best film for grownups who have never grown up.


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Seeing a star in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival can be compared to finding a Starbucks in most big cities -- hard to walk far before you run across one. But there's one place in the city where most stars are able to get away with being themselves: the slopes. There are three resorts in Park City -- and they get little use while the actors, theaters and trendy restaurants are swarmed by movie lovers. All the better for "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier -- who was able to blend into the crowd as he snowboarded. He says he hits the slopes every time he's in town for the festival.

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January 28, 2015 08:06 GMT

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Jan. 28, 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. The American merchant vessel SS William P. Frye, en route to England with a cargo of wheat, became the first U.S. ship to be sunk during World War I by a German cruiser, the SS Prinz Eitel Friedrich, even though the United States was not at war.

On this date:

In 1547, England's King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

In 1813, the novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.

In 1909, the United States withdrew its forces from Cuba as Jose Miguel Gomez became president.

In 1939, Irish poet-dramatist William Butler Yeats died in Menton, France.

In 1945, during World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on "Stage Show," a CBS program hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

In 1962, the last of Washington, D.C.'s original streetcars made its final run.

In 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.

In 1977, actor-comedian Freddie Prinze, 22, co-star of the NBC-TV show "Chico and the Man," shot and mortally wounded himself at the Beverly Comstock Hotel (he died the following day).

In 1980, six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

In 1985, the charity supergroup USA for Africa recorded the Michael Jackson-Lionel Richie song "We Are the World" at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

Ten years ago: Iraqis overseas began three days of voting in 14 nations. Senate Democrats criticized President George W. Bush's plan to add personal accounts to Social Security and accused his administration of improperly using the Social Security Administration to promote the idea. Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. and Gillette Co. announced a $57 billion merger.

Five years ago: Major world powers opened talks in London seeking an end to the conflict in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced $8 billion in federal grants for high-speed rail projects nationwide during a visit to Tampa, Florida. Embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won Senate confirmation for a second term.

One year ago: Seeking to energize his second term, President Barack Obama vowed in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. Ukraine's prime minister, Mykola Azarov, resigned and the Ukrainian parliament repealed anti-protest laws in back-to-back moves designed to defuse the country's political crisis.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Nicholas Pryor is 80. Actor Alan Alda is 79. Actress Susan Howard is 73. Actress Marthe (cq) Keller is 70. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is 68. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 65. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is 61. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE') is 60. Actress Harley Jane Kozak is 58. Movie director Frank Darabont is 56. Rock musician Dave Sharp is 56. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 53. Rock musician Dan Spitz is 52. Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 50. Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is 48. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 47. Rapper Rakim is 47. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) is 47. Actress Kathryn Morris is 46. Rock/soul musician Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz and the Tantrums) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Hamilton is 44. Rock musician Brandon Bush is 42. Retired MLB All-Star Jermaine Dye is 41. Singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync) is 38. Rapper Rick Ross is 38. Actress Rosamund Pike is 36. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 35. Actor Elijah Wood is 34. Rapper J. Cole is 30. Actress Alexandra Krosney is 27. Actress Ariel Winter (TV: "Modern Family") is 17.

Thought for Today: "A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student." -- Henny Youngman, British-born American comedian (1906-1998).

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