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To change attitudes, don't argue — agree, extremely

July 15, 2014 - 2:31pm
What if the best way to change minds isn’t to tell people why they’re wrong, but to tell them why they’re right? Scientists tried this recently and discovered that agreeing with people can be a surprisingly powerful way to shake up strongly held beliefs.

TCA 2014: ABC President Paul Lee showcases more diverse lineup

July 15, 2014 - 2:25pm
ABC is taking a bold step this fall to diversify prime-time television by prominently showcasing African Americans, Latinos and other minorities on a scale never before seen on a major American network.  

Dwyane Wade agrees to two-year deal with Heat

July 15, 2014 - 2:17pm
Dwyane Wade isn't going anywhere.

Young women with sexy social media photos seen as incompetent: study

July 15, 2014 - 2:15pm
Imagine a Facebook profile picture of a young woman in a red dress with a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit that exposes a garter -- how do you think other young women will perceive her?

Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' casts newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli

July 15, 2014 - 1:56pm
Jon Favreau's adaptation of "The Jungle Book" has found its Mowgli in 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi, Disney announced Tuesday.

Oscar-nominee Viola Davis on return to TV: 'I wanted to be the show'

July 15, 2014 - 1:48pm
Oscar-nominee Viola Davis wanted to be the life of the party, not the setup — that's why, she said, she accepted television's invite.

Stocks close lower as investors digest earnings

July 15, 2014 - 1:46pm
The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.

This North Carolina candidate wants votes, taco trucks and beer money

July 15, 2014 - 1:45pm
As a Libertarian pizza deliverer looking to upset the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, long shot candidate Sean Haugh was bound to attract some attention.

Opposing immigration demonstrators kept 3 miles apart in Oracle, Az.

July 15, 2014 - 11:08am
Demonstrations began Tuesday in the Arizona town of Oracle, the latest municipality trying to come to grips with the surge in children and women from Central America who have illegally crossed into the United States in record numbers, straining local patience and politics.

Spurrier calls Nick Saban best 'recruiter' in college football history

July 15, 2014 - 11:05am
South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier, who may have the best jab since Marvin Hagler, took what seemed to be a subtle poke at Alabama Coach Nick Saban.

'Boondocks' creator Aaron McGruder signs deal with Adult Swim

July 15, 2014 - 10:49am
Aaron McGruder, creator of the edgy "The Boondocks" animated series, has signed a first-look development deal with Adult Swim. The first project will be a new live action/adventure pilot with the working title of "Hooligan Squad" about an American insurgency in Japanese occupied San...

Conan O'Brien will make acting debut in 'Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda'

July 15, 2014 - 10:37am
By his own admission, Conan O'Brien will never be a movie star on the level of George Clooney or Tom Hanks. But that doesn't mean he can't turn to acting at age 51. Which is why the "Conan" host announced on Monday's show that he will soon be making his debut as a thespian in the upcoming...

Lionsgate, Alibaba plan subscription video streaming service in China

July 15, 2014 - 10:28am
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Lionsgate announced on Monday that they will launch a subscription streaming service for mainland China.

No flipping as Dodgers' Yasiel Puig flops in All-Star Home Run Derby

July 15, 2014 - 10:26am
The Dodgers ought to consider a new organizational strategy for the Home Run Derby.

'Midnight Rider' producers booked in Ga. in camera assistant's death

July 15, 2014 - 10:22am
Pasadena-based film producers of the "Midnight Rider" Randall Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, who have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, turned themselves over to authorities in rural Georgia on Sunday.

TV ratings: '24' rises in finale, 'Under the Dome' wins

July 15, 2014 - 9:57am
Fox won the Monday night ratings race with the combined pull of Gordon Ramsay and Jack Bauer, but CBS' "Under the Dome" regained its position as the night's top show, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.

Kurt Russell: Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' could shoot in early 2015

July 15, 2014 - 9:40am
Quentin Tarantino's on-again, off-again project "The Hateful Eight" looks to be on again, according to potential cast member Kurt Russell.

Dwight Howard sends #FreePalestine tweet, then quickly deletes it

July 15, 2014 - 8:35am
Dwight Howard made a brief stand on a very touchy subject over the weekend.

Jose Antonio Vargas detained in Texas, according to reports

July 15, 2014 - 8:08am
Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen International Airport in Texas on Tuesday, according to Define American, an organization he founded.

Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry: Sign of nasty 2016 foreign policy debate

July 15, 2014 - 7:58am
The sniping this week between two presumed Republican candidates for president has included cracks about hopeless naïvete, a spat over the mantle of Ronald Reagan and even an insult aimed at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s hipster glasses.