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Tale of 2 cakes: Trump's inaugural treat mirrors Obama's

A patriotic cake cut by President Donald Trump at one of his inaugural balls Friday night was a replica of one served at an inaugural ball in 2013 for former President Barack Obama.

Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman made the Obama cake and highlighted its similarities with Trump's on Twitter early Saturday , noting that he didn't make the one for Trump.

Washington cake maker Tiffany MacIsaac tells The Washington Post that she was asked to recreate the one used at Obama's ball. She says she wasn't trying to upset Goldman.

Goldman, former star of the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," claimed no hard feelings in a tweet later Saturday, writing that it was "awesome" that his cake was remembered and the chef who recreated it "did a fantastic job."

Tale of 2 cakes: Trump's inaugural treat mirrors Obama's

A patriotic cake cut by President Donald Trump at one of his inaugural balls Friday night was a replica of one served at an inaugural ball in 2013 for former President Barack Obama.

Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman made the Obama cake and highlighted its similarities with Trump's on Twitter early Saturday , noting that he didn't make the one for Trump.

Washington cake maker Tiffany MacIsaac tells The Washington Post that she was asked to recreate the one used at Obama's ball. She says she wasn't trying to upset Goldman.

Goldman, former star of the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," claimed no hard feelings in a tweet later Saturday, writing that it was "awesome" that his cake was remembered and the chef who recreated it "did a fantastic job."

The Latest: Oscar nominations announcement just moments away

The latest on the 89th annual Oscar nominations announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from Beverly Hills, California (all times local):

5 a.m.

Final preparations are underway for the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, which are expected to offer more diversity after two years of the "Oscars So White" backlash.

Jennifer Hudson and Brie Larson are among the previous Oscar winners who will announce this year's slate of nominees around 5:20 a.m. The films "La La Land," ''Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea" are among this season's front-runners, including for best picture.

Departing from a decades-old practice, the nominations won't be announced before a live audience of reporters, publicists and academy officials. Instead, the reveal will come during a closed program fed live to Oscars.org and "Good Morning America."

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be presented in a Feb. 26 ceremony hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on ABC.

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4:45 a.m.

After two straight years of all-white acting nominees and an overhauling of the motion picture academy, the Oscars are poised to trend in a different direction Tuesday.

Barry Jenkin's luminous coming-of-age tale "Moonlight," the crowd-pleasing African-American mathematician drama "Hidden Figures" and Denzel Washington's fiery August Wilson adaption "Fences" are set to lead a notably more diverse group of contenders when nominations to the 89th Academy Awards are announced Tuesday morning beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST.

One of the morning's big questions is just how many nominations "La La Land" will land. Damien Chazelle's exuberant love letter to musicals is expected to lead all films and could rival the record 14 nods received by "All About Eve" and "Titanic."

The Latest: Oscar nominations announcement just moments away

The latest on the 89th annual Oscar nominations announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from Beverly Hills, California (all times local):

5 a.m.

Final preparations are underway for the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, which are expected to offer more diversity after two years of the "Oscars So White" backlash.

Jennifer Hudson and Brie Larson are among the previous Oscar winners who will announce this year's slate of nominees around 5:20 a.m. The films "La La Land," ''Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea" are among this season's front-runners, including for best picture.

Departing from a decades-old practice, the nominations won't be announced before a live audience of reporters, publicists and academy officials. Instead, the reveal will come during a closed program fed live to Oscars.org and "Good Morning America."

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be presented in a Feb. 26 ceremony hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on ABC.

___

4:45 a.m.

After two straight years of all-white acting nominees and an overhauling of the motion picture academy, the Oscars are poised to trend in a different direction Tuesday.

Barry Jenkin's luminous coming-of-age tale "Moonlight," the crowd-pleasing African-American mathematician drama "Hidden Figures" and Denzel Washington's fiery August Wilson adaption "Fences" are set to lead a notably more diverse group of contenders when nominations to the 89th Academy Awards are announced Tuesday morning beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST.

One of the morning's big questions is just how many nominations "La La Land" will land. Damien Chazelle's exuberant love letter to musicals is expected to lead all films and could rival the record 14 nods received by "All About Eve" and "Titanic."

Book Review: 'The Rising' by Heather Graham and Jon Land

Best-selling authors Heather Graham and Jon Land team up to create "The Rising," an exciting and wonderful character-driven first book in an imaginative series.

Alex Chin is a football hero and homecoming king in his senior year at St. Ignatius High School. He's having a bit of trouble with math, so fellow student Samantha Dixon helps him out. She's working on a NASA internship, and her studies mean everything to her. Samantha will not acknowledge it, but she has a huge crush on Alex even though he doesn't acknowledge her beyond getting her help for his studies.

A football game changes everything. Alex is laid flat after a terrifying hit, strapped to a gurney and taken to the hospital. His life is changed forever. People close to him begin dying, and when Samantha runs to Alex's parents to tell them what's happening, she finds them dead, too. Now she's in the middle of things as well. The chase begins and it's difficult for them to trust anyone except each other. The main question they both ask: Why are they now targets?

The blending of writing styles works brilliantly with this story. Elements of romance, young adult angst, old-style science fiction and action propel this story to unexpected places. Though "The Rising" is being marketed as an adult novel, it will easily appeal to a teenage audience as well as to Graham and Land's fans.

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Online:

http://www.theoriginalheathergraham.com/

http://www.jonlandbooks.com/

Land-speed record breaker settles suit with Chicago museum

Craig Breedlove has settled a lawsuit filed against a Chicago museum he says damaged the jet car he used to set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964.

Breedlove was seeking $395,000 from the Museum of Science and Industry to cover estimated repair costs. Terms of Monday's settlement have not been disclosed.

The 79-year-old Breedlove and the museum said in a statement that the agreement resolves the lawsuit.

Breedlove's Spirit of America jet car was freshly repaired from a crash at the salt flats when he loaned it to the museum in 1965.

Breedlove told the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2iYi0gE ) that when it was taken off display and shipped to his Rio Vista, California, home it was in far worse shape than after the crash.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

7 things to know now: Gov. collapses during speech; SNL writer suspended; Oscar nominations

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Out of TPP: On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda, one of which takes the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. "Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said after signing the document in the Oval Office. Trump also ok’d a hiring freeze on all federal workers with the exception of the military, and reaffirmed an existing law that bans federal funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that pay for or promote abortions.

2. Cabinet nominees: More hearings on Trump’s cabinet nominees are set for Tuesday in Washington. Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for health secretary, will be testifying Tuesday as will Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) and Mike Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget). Sen. Diane Feinstein, (D-Calif.), says she will request a delay in the confirmation vote for Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), as attorney general. A vote on Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education was delayed until next week to give her time to answer questions in writing from senators.

3. Collapses during speech: Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed Monday while delivering the State of the State speech to the Minnesota legislature. Dayton, 69, was on the floor for several minutes before being helped to a room in the capitol. According to his son, who was in the audience when Dayton collapsed, he walked out of the Capitol under his own power, and was resting after being checked out by emergency medical technicians at his home. Dayton appeared to hit his head on the lectern when he fainted.

4. Aid to Palestine: Former President Barack Obama released $221 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority before leaving office on Friday, a State Department official told The Associated Press. Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed some legislators on Thursday that the money was being sent to the Palestinians. Written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress hours before Trump was sworn in as president.

5. Nominations for Oscar: It’s Oscar nomination day and the announcements of who is up for Academy Awards this year will be made around 8:18 a.m. ET. Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, Ken Watanabe and Academy officials will announce contenders in several categories including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor. The Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 26.

And one more

A writer for “Saturday Night Live” has been suspended indefinitely for a remark she tweeted about Barron Trump. Katie Rich tweeted during Friday’s inauguration that Barron, 10, would be the “country’s first homeschool shooter.” Rich apologized and deleted the tweet from her account saying, "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.”

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Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor snubs Piers Morgan over march

Actor Ewan McGregor was a last minute no-show on the Good Morning Britain television show because of a dispute with host Piers Morgan over recent women's marches.

The star tweeted Tuesday that he pulled out when he realized Morgan was the host of the popular show. He said he was angered by derogatory comments Morgan had made about the massive protest marches that followed the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Won't go on with him after his comments," McGregor tweeted.

Morgan had earlier claimed that the marches were "just an anti-democratic protest at Trump winning the presidency."

He complained on Twitter that it was "unprofessional" for McGregor to not show up for the breakfast show.

Polanski abandons plan to preside over French Oscars

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has abandoned plans to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups prompted by decades-old U.S. sex charges against him.

It's a surprising setback for the 83-year-old director, a Holocaust survivor who is widely respected in France and whose film career has continued to flourish since he settled in Paris after fleeing the U.S. in the late 1970s.

"Deeply saddened" by the renewed criticism, Polanski decided not to lead the Feb. 24 Cesars Awards "so as not to disrupt the Cesars ceremony, which should be devoted to cinema and not to the designation of its president," according to a statement from Polanski's lawyer Herve Temime.

The arts academy holding the Cesars Awards is discussing alternative options after Polanski's decision, an academy official said Tuesday.

Academy president Alain Terzian, in initially inviting Polanski, hailed him as an "insatiable esthete reinventing his art and works over the years."

Women's minister Laurence Rossignol called the move "shocking." Activist groups called for protests outside the ceremony, with an online campaign accusing Polanski of being a "criminal who drugged and raped a 13-year-old child and escaped justice."

Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977, but then fled the United States before final sentencing. He is still wanted by American judicial authorities, and is subject to an Interpol notice in 188 countries.

Longtime Polanski friend Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, said on RTL radio Tuesday that the filmmaker is "devastated" by the criticism in France.

It comes after recent allegations by a French radio presenter and other women that a prominent photographer sexually abused them as teens, a case that revived concerns in France about impunity for celebrity behavior.

Polanski has won eight Cesars over his career, and won the 2003 best director Oscar for "The Pianist." However, he couldn't travel to Los Angeles to pick up that award.

He travels only to three countries to avoid extradition: France and Switzerland, where he has homes, and Poland, where he was born and survived World War II.

Polanski's lawyer noted that Poland and Switzerland have rebuffed U.S. efforts in recent years to extradite him, and that the woman he assaulted, Samantha Geimer, has called for the U.S. case against him to be dropped.

"This scandal has surfaced in a totally unjustified way," the lawyer's statement said.

Polanski abandons plan to preside over French Oscars

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has abandoned plans to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups prompted by decades-old U.S. sex charges against him.

It's a surprising setback for the 83-year-old director, a Holocaust survivor who is widely respected in France and whose film career has continued to flourish since he settled in Paris after fleeing the U.S. in the late 1970s.

"Deeply saddened" by the renewed criticism, Polanski decided not to lead the Feb. 24 Cesars Awards "so as not to disrupt the Cesars ceremony, which should be devoted to cinema and not to the designation of its president," according to a statement from Polanski's lawyer Herve Temime.

The arts academy holding the Cesars Awards is discussing alternative options after Polanski's decision, an academy official said Tuesday.

Academy president Alain Terzian, in initially inviting Polanski, hailed him as an "insatiable esthete reinventing his art and works over the years."

Women's minister Laurence Rossignol called the move "shocking." Activist groups called for protests outside the ceremony, with an online campaign accusing Polanski of being a "criminal who drugged and raped a 13-year-old child and escaped justice."

Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977, but then fled the United States before final sentencing. He is still wanted by American judicial authorities, and is subject to an Interpol notice in 188 countries.

Longtime Polanski friend Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, said on RTL radio Tuesday that the filmmaker is "devastated" by the criticism in France.

It comes after recent allegations by a French radio presenter and other women that a prominent photographer sexually abused them as teens, a case that revived concerns in France about impunity for celebrity behavior.

Polanski has won eight Cesars over his career, and won the 2003 best director Oscar for "The Pianist." However, he couldn't travel to Los Angeles to pick up that award.

He travels only to three countries to avoid extradition: France and Switzerland, where he has homes, and Poland, where he was born and survived World War II.

Polanski's lawyer noted that Poland and Switzerland have rebuffed U.S. efforts in recent years to extradite him, and that the woman he assaulted, Samantha Geimer, has called for the U.S. case against him to be dropped.

"This scandal has surfaced in a totally unjustified way," the lawyer's statement said.

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