‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies at 65

‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies at 65

Washington Times

Melissa Mathison, who wrote the screenplay for the beloved Steven Spielberg film “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial,” died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, Variety is reporting. She was 65. The 1982 film told the tale of a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) who, with his sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore), befriend a kindly creature from another…

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff: Crack down on immigrants or lose state grant money

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff: Crack down on immigrants or lose state grant money

Reuters Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday threatened to withhold state grant money to Dallas County if the Democratic sheriff there does not detain undocumented immigrants as requested by federal authorities. Analysts said the warning that extended to sheriffs across the state was mostly aimed at placating Republicans, many of whom want a special

Colorado county approves use of marijuana tax to fund local students’ college scholarships

Colorado county approves use of marijuana tax to fund local students’ college scholarships

Reuters Students attending college in a southern Colorado county will soon have a chance to tap into the state’s lucrative legal marijuana industry after voters approved a tax on local cannabis growing operations to fund scholarships for higher education. Voters in Pueblo County approved by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin a measure that

George H.W. Bush rips ‘iron-ass’ Dick Cheney and ‘arrogant’ Rumsfeld in new biography: report

George H.W. Bush rips ‘iron-ass’ Dick Cheney and ‘arrogant’ Rumsfeld in new biography: report

Reuters Former President George H.W. Bush takes some unexpected swipes at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, key members of his son’s administration, over their reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, in a new biography of the 41st president, Fox News reported on Wednesday. In “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush,”

Amy Poehler and ‘Portlandia’ star host surprise same-sex wedding: ‘All of us here are rooting for you’

Amy Poehler and ‘Portlandia’ star host surprise same-sex wedding: ‘All of us here are rooting for you’

Arturo Garcia A stop on Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein’s book tour turned into something bigger when she and actress Amy Poehler were asked to officiate an impromptu same-sex wedding, LAist reported. “All of us here are rooting for you,” said to the couple, 25-year-old Genevieve Hernandez and 23-year-old Kendall Oshiro. “In the way that we

Bernie Sanders introduces bill that would end federal ban on marijuana

Bernie Sanders introduces bill that would end federal ban on marijuana

International Business Times

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed a bill in the Senate on Wednesday that would abolish all federal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana. The “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015? bill would remove references to cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act. Transporting marijuana from jurisdictions where it is illegal to places where it…

End of the pipeline?: US rejects Keystone XL builders’ request to ‘pause’ project review

End of the pipeline?: US rejects Keystone XL builders’ request to ‘pause’ project review

Reuters The United States formally denied a request on Wednesday to pause the review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a decision expected to lead to the project’s rejection by the Obama administration. TransCanada Corp’s request for a delay was seen by many as an attempt to avert a rejection from an increasingly environmentally

Jesse Ventura: Trump is ‘using words he doesn’t understand’ when he calls Bernie Sanders a Communist

Jesse Ventura: Trump is ‘using words he doesn’t understand’ when he calls Bernie Sanders a Communist

Arturo Garcia Ora.TV host Jesse Ventura scoffed at Republican presidential Donald Trump for trying to paint Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as a communist. “Donald, again, is using words that he doesn’t understand,” Ventura said. “Socialism and communism are two different things. You need socialism to have a safety net. And we all agree there should

Catholic school teacher busted after showing student picture of naked man instead of himself as Santa

Catholic school teacher busted after showing student picture of naked man instead of himself as Santa

Bethania Palma Markus A Catholic school student who was simply hoping to see a picture of her catechism teacher in a Santa Claus costume, but she ended up seeing a picture of a nude man instead, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Daryle Rodriguez, 71, was arrested after allegedly showing the fourth grader the picture. He is

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