Celebrities join march for women's rights, encourage voting
by By Sandy Cohen, Verena Dobnik and Tamara Lush, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.
In Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the celebrities who addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at a women's march.
Longoria, who starred in TV's "Desperate Housewives," told marchers their presence matters, "especially when those in power seem to have turned their backs on reason and justice.
TV-radio listings: Jan. 21
by Staff reports
Col. basketball Rutgers at Michigan Big Ten 11 a.m.
Col. basketball George Washington at Dayton (w) CBSSN 11 a.m.
Col. basketball S. Carolina at Kentucky (w) ESPNU 11 a.m.
Col. basketball Virginia Tech at Virginia (w) FSSW 11:30 a.m.
Col. basketball Connecticut at Temple (w) ESPN2 noon
Col. basketball Mississippi at Florida (w) SEC noon
Col. basketball DePaul at Georgetown (w) CBSSN 1 p.m.
Col. basketball Tulsa at Tulane (w) ESPNU 1 p.m.
Col. basketball Duke at N. Carolina (w) FSSW 1:30 p.m.
Col. basketball Mississippi St. at Tennessee (w) ESPN2 2 p.m.
Col. basketball Auburn at Georgia (w) SEC 2 p.m.
Col. basketball S. Florida at Wichita St. (w) CBSSN 3 p.m.
Col. basketball Loyola Chicago at Valparaiso ESPNU 3 p.m.
Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse
by By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
LIMA, Peru - Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse."
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said he couldn't explain why Francis "chose the particular words he used." He said such expressions had the effect of abandoning victims and relegating them to "discredited exile.
Gunmen attack Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul
by By Sharif Hassan, Washington Post
KABUL - At least four gunmen stormed a major international hotel complex in the Afghan capital Saturday, touching off gun battles and sending guests and staff fleeing for cover, officials and staff said.
There were no immediate reports on the extent of casualties from the clashes at the hilltop Inter-Continental Hotel, one of the city's main sites for foreign visitors, envoys and other guests.
At least two attackers were killed, said Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid, but clashes were ongoing hours after the group entered the hotel and portions of the building were ablaze.
There also was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Shutdown so far has limited impact on Texas
by Jeremy Wallace, Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle
As the Texas Congressional delegation tried to help broker a deal to end a government shutdown Saturday, concerns and confusion continued over what the real life impact of the impasse could mean in the Lone Star State if it lasts more than a few days. While federal officials reassured that Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts would continue through the shutdown, there were unresolved questions about whether it could add even more delays to more permanent housing repairs Texans are still waiting on.
Alleged sex trafficking fugitive wanted by FBI in cantina case
It's been four years, but the FBI still wants to arrest an allegedly violent pimp who's a wanted fugitive for aiding a sex trafficking ring that amassed millions by brutally forcing women and girls to sell themselves in Houston cantinas.
Unique, creative, funny signs seen at Women's Marches across the globe
by Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli, Houston Chronicle
Across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people are marching for women's rights on what is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Valdez, White: Universal background checks for gun buyers
by Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle
Two leading Democrats running for governor on Saturday called for universal background checks for Texas gun buyers, a move surely to run afoul of Republican supporters of the Second Amendment.
Valdez and White also said Abbott should be pushing harder to get the Republican-controlled Congress in Washington to approve the next allocation of Harvey recovery funding.
Television is showing us the dark side of playing God
by By Noah Berlatsky, WASHINGTON POST
Theologians and other thinkers have described God in several ways over the centuries. God is a stern father. He's a mechanistic prime mover. He's a watchmaker. And, most recently, in the NBC sitcom "The Good Place," God is a television showrunner.
Several recent TV programs suggest that creating a television show is a lot like creating the world. Small-screen hits like "The Good Place," "Westworld," "American Gods" and "Blood Drive" tease out the idea that there's something divine about television. They acknowledge that the idiot box has become an idol - for better or worse.
Now in the middle of its second season, "The Good Place," Michael Schur's comedy about the afterlife, makes this dynamic particularly clear.