Reality star and activist Kim Kardashian West visited the White House on Thursday to promote efforts to help those leaving prison get jobs and stay on track.

“Everyone wants the community to be safe, and the more opportunity we have and that they have and the support that we help give them, the safer everyone will be,” Kardashian West told an East Room crowd. She announced a ride-sharing program to help former prisoners get transportation to job interviews, work and other events.

President Donald Trump declared himself a fan of Kardashian West’s advocacy, declaring, “I guess she’s pretty popular.” Kardashian West has been to the White House several times to discuss criminal justice reform issues and successfully lobbied Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving life without parole for drug offenses.


Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with forcible touching after a woman accused the Oscar-winning actor of groping her at a New York City nightspot. The 51-year-old pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding grabbed her breast around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, said security video from Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge showed no inappropriate conduct by Gooding and will exonerate him.


Mexico’s National Sound Library said it has discovered what could be the first known audio recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice.

Culture Secretary Alejandra Frausto said it is possible researchers have found Kahlo’s voice and that it is likely the only such recording that exists. In the 1955 audio clip from the pilot of a 1950s Mexican radio program, a woman describes Kahlo’s former husband and painting partner Diego Rivera.


Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, has died at 91.

Klein died Wednesday, according to Temple University, where he taught and mentored students for more than six decades. A native of Philadelphia, Klein served as executive producer of “American Bandstand,” the popular music performance and dance television show hosted by Clark.

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