Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka of 'Star Wars' is her 'heart and soul'

April 9 (UPI) -- Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, is flying even deeper into a galaxy far, far away with her first children's book that features Ahsoka and is titled I Am a Padawan. It's available now. "At first, it was incredibly intimidating because I had never written for Ahsoka before and...

Look: Karina Smirnoff confirms son Theo Gabriel's birth

April 9 (UPI) -- Dancing with the Stars alum Karina Smirnoff is a new mom. The 42-year-old professional dancer and television personality confirmed Wednesday that she welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with her husband, Jason Adelman. Smirnoff posted a photo on Instagram that shows her son's feet and shared his name, Theo Gabriel, in the caption. "Welcome...

Watch: Ciara, Russell Wilson on donating millions of meals to COVID-19 relief

April 9 (UPI) -- Celebrity couple Ciara and Russell Wilson say it's a "blessing" to be able to give back amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 34-year-old singer and 31-year-old NFL football star discussed their pledge to give 10 million more meals via the "Meals Up" initiative while appearing remotely on Thursday's episode of Good Morning America. Ciara...

Watch: Phoebe Bridgers releases new music video for 'Kyoto'

April 9 (UPI) -- Phoebe Bridgers released on Thursday a new music video for her latest single, "Kyoto." The music video uses a green screen to place Bridgers in front of a number of landscapes and backgrounds from Japan. The footage is grainy and VHS quality. Bridgers performs the song while wearing a skeleton outfit. "I don't forgive you/ But please...

'The Simpsons' short 'Playdate with Destiny' headed to Disney+

April 9 (UPI) -- The Simpsons short film Playdate with Destiny is coming to the Disney+ streaming service on Friday. Simpsons producers Matt Groening, Jim Brooks, Al Jean, Matt Selman and David Silerman made the announcement on the Disney+ Instagram page on Thursday. "Greetings friends! Earlier this year we made a nifty little short film called Playdate...

Watch: Florence Pugh calls out 'toxic' critics of Zach Braff relationship

April 9 (UPI) -- Florence Pugh is calling out the "toxic" people who criticize her relationship with actor Zach Braff. The 24-year-old actress said in a video Wednesday that she and Braff, 45, received "horrid" comments on her birthday post for the Scrubs alum. "Within about eight minutes of the photo being posted, I had about 70 percent of the comments...

Chynna, rapper and model, dies at 25

April 9 (UPI) -- Rapper and model Chynna has died at age 25. Chynna's manager, John Miller, confirmed Thursday to Page Six that Chynna was found dead Wednesday at her home in Philadelphia, Pa. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family said in a statement. Miller said Wednesday to The New York Times that Chynna's cause of death...

Watch: Pink shares 'terrifying' and 'weird' experience with coronavirus

April 9 (UPI) -- Pink is sharing her "weird" and "terrifying" experience with the COVID-19 virus. The 40-year-old singer recounted on Thursday's at-home episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show how she and Jameson, her 3-year-old son with husband Carey Hart, fell ill with coronavirus. Pink said her family had been self-isolating since March 11 when Jameson...

Watch: 'Modern Family' cast say farewell on 'Kimmel'

April 9 (UPI) -- The Modern Family cast looked back on their experiences on the sitcom on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neil, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet joined Kimmel on Wednesday and discussed their time on the sitcom along with how they are doing at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Kimmel asked O'Neil...

Unemployment Ranks Up by 6.6 Million as Coronavirus Hits Jobs

Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus outbreak continued its devastating march through the American economy, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.With astonishing swiftness, the pandemic has shut down both longstanding and new businesses, leaving veteran workers and recent hires in nearly every...

Listen: Selena Gomez's 'Rare' deluxe edition features 3 new songs

April 9 (UPI) -- Selena Gomez has released a deluxe edition of her latest album, Rare. The 27-year-old singer and actress released the new version of the album Thursday. "Rare (Deluxe) is out now. I hope you can take a moment to disconnect and dance to the new songs!" Gomez tweeted. The Rare deluxe edition features three new tracks, the single "Boyfriend"...

Watch: Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell spoof soap opera on 'Tonight Show'

April 9 (UPI) -- The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and actors Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell spoofed soap operas during an at-home appearance on the late-night program. The trio parodied a soap opera love triangle in a sketch, "The Longest Days of Our Lives, via video chat during Wednesday's episode of the series. Fallon and Wiig played a couple,...

AEW Dynamite: Cody battles Shawn Spears in tournament opener

April 9 (UPI) -- Cody competed against Shawn Spears in the first round of the TNT Championship tournament on AEW Dynamite. Spears tried everything to defeat Cody in the main event on Wednesday with The Chairman positioning a metal guard rail against the ring early on. Spears then Suplexed Cody onto the guard rail before later setting up a table outside...

WWE NXT: Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa go to war

April 9 (UPI) -- Bitter enemies Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa had their final match inside of an empty arena on WWE NXT. Gargano and Ciampa were granted this match by NXT founder Triple H in March who said that their long-standing dispute must end after this bout. The rivals, on Wednesday, had a cinematic battle that was similar to the Boneyard...

Unemployment Tally Expected to Surge by Millions: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know:Millions more are expected to be added to the unemployment ranks.Global markets fumble Wall Street’s rally.While the world spends on relief efforts, China is holding back.The humble phone call makes a comeback.Bargain-hunting: “We will never get these prices again.”Millions more are expected to be added to the unemployment...

COVID-19: Construction projects chug along during coronavirus epidemic

… . “Our development and construction industry continues to want … have given for allowing residential construction and continuing work at … The subject of continued construction on “mega-mansions” … concerns about the continued construction of beachfront rental … Read More

Utah Mesothelioma Victims Center Appeals to The Family of a Navy Veteran with Mesothelioma Anywhere in Utah to Call for Direct Access to Attorney Erik Karst of Karst von Oiste-Get Better Compensation

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, April 9, 2020 /⁨EINPresswire.com⁩/ -- The Utah Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are appealing to the family of a Navy Veteran or person in Utah who has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma to not fall for the …Read More

Province allowing 24-hour construction, limiting noise bylaws for essential projects

… the province said construction of these projects will … faster, while ensuring construction workers can practice physical … for allowing many construction sites to remain … projects, transportation projects and residential construction that was already underway …Read More

Port of Seattle temporarily suspends ongoing construction to review COVID-19 safety plans

… temporarily suspend approximately 20 current construction projects from Thursday, April 9 … Port opted to suspend ongoing construction projects until it completes its … now to get construction safety right.”  Port safety and construction teams, together with … Read More

Construction projects continue, with new safety protocols

… and apartment and home construction — is continuing despite … is of crucial concern, construction managers say, to protect … a healthy populace. Construction continues in southwest downtown … principal contractor GE Johnson Construction Co. is minimizing … Read More