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Meryl Streep added as Academy Awards presenter
Meryl Streep, whose Golden Globes speech prompted President Donald Trump to call her "overrated," has been added as a presenter to Sunday's Academy Awards.
 > Films
 
Ex-sheriff with Alzheimer's faces trial on corruption counts
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went on trial on federal corruption charges Friday stripped of a ceremonial badge and unable to present a defense that might have won him sympathy if jurors knew he was in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease.
 
Obama returns to Broadway to see Arthur Miller's 'The Price'
The Obamas just can't quit Broadway.
 
Novelist maintains innocence despite plea in wife's death
Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife's death.
 
India staring at massive defeat in 1st test
Steve O'Keefe took 5-33 as India was reduced to 99-6 at tea on day three, still trailing Australia by 342 runs and staring at a massive defeat and the end of its 20-match unbeaten streak at home in the first test on Saturday.
 > Other
 
A son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported late Friday.
 
Transportation chief touts cots for drivers
Taiwan's transportation minister encouraged bus drivers on Saturday to make greater use of rest facilities at service areas along the country's freeways.
 
Mainland authorities have turned down a request by Taiwan Visitors Association's new president Yeh Chun-lan (葉菊蘭) to visit the Taipei office of its counterpart, on grounds that Yeh supports Taiwan independence, according to Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan.
 
Why can't young people stay in a job?
Vin sometimes eats dogfood for money -- but that's not the only way he differs from your average millennial.
 
Gourmet Master Co. (美食達人), which operates the 85°C Bakery Cafe chain, said Saturday that its new outlet in Seattle is expected to generate at least US$600,000 in sales in the first month after the store opened earlier this week.
 
Taiwan and the U.S. state of Kentucky have signed a reciprocal agreement that allows their licensed drivers to obtain a license in each other's territory without having to take road or written tests, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
To reduce food waste and help the needy, the Hsinchu City government has launched a "communal refrigerator" program that allows retailers to share excess food with others.
 > Local
 > Hsinchu
 
Taking Chiang out of memorial hall 'will hurt tourism'
Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin criticized government plans to remove links to Chiang Kai-shek at the former president's memorial hall, saying it will drive away mainland Chinese tourists.
 
2 Central Mountain Range
The state-run power Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) will dismantle two typhoon-damaged overhead power lines across the Central Mountain Range, after concluding the lines were beyond repair, according to reports.
 
Chiang's great-grandson weighs in
Kuomintang Legislator and great-grandson of former President Chiang Kai-shek Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) said that both the former president's contributions and errors should be presented in full now that Taiwan is a democracy.
 
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to face 'transitional justice'
The Ministry of Culture announced Saturday a raft of measures to exact "transitional justice" on Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
 
Police raid condo in hunt for evidence
One day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a bizarre killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police said Saturday that they have raided a condominium and were awaiting lab results on what they found.
 > Korea
 
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