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Senator Harry Reid says he’s going to retire at the end of his term in 2016. What will that mean for Nevada politics? California is relaxing its laws about where sex offenders can live. And this weekend, Los Angeles is hosting the Call of Duty championship. The winning team gets $400,000. In our weekly film roundup, a Dreamworks family-friendly animated flick, a Will Ferrell comedy, and a Noah Baumbach movie about 40-somethings trying to relive an imagined youth. And, finally, we talk to a Hollywood bear wrangler.

Harry Reid Won’t Run Again 8 MIN, 17 SEC

The Senate’s Democratic minority leader, Harry Reid, says he won’t be seeking re-election in 2016. He took a nasty fall while he was working out at his home on New Year’s Day. He broke ribs and bones in his face and damaged his right eye, but he says that’s not why he’s retiring. Reid grew up in Searchlight, a small Nevada gold-mining town that had seen better days. His father was a miner and his mother washed clothes at one of Searchlight’s 13 brothels. Reid became an amateur boxer and he was known as a pugnacious, feisty Senator. For the last eight years, he served as the Senate majority leader. But in January, he had to hand over the gavel to Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell.

Steve Sebelius, political columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (@stevesebelius)

New Sex Offender Laws 8 MIN, 46 SEC

The state is relaxing the restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live. A nine-year-old ballot measure bans ALL sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. But yesterday, California’s corrections department said it’s going to stop enforcing that law, except for people considered “high-risk” or who have committed crimes against children.

Janice Bellucci, California Reform Sex Offender Laws

Call of Duty 8 MIN, 14 SEC

March Madness tournament games will be played at Staples Center this weekend. A few blocks away there will be another, less physically-athletic competition: the Call of Duty championship. The popular series of first-person-shooter video games is having its third annual tournament at LA Live. Top prize: $400,000.

Matt Helgeson, Senior Features Editor at the website Game Informer (@matthelgeson)

Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend's Call of Duty Championship

New Movie Releases 12 MIN, 33 SEC

Finally, a little variety at the movie theater this weekend. Coming out today: a family-friendly animated flick, a raunchy comedy and a movie about 40-somethings trying to relive an imagined youth.

Alicia Malone, host of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck (@aliciamalone)
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood (@MovieMantz)

Hollywood Bear Wrangler 9 MIN, 35 SEC

A new thriller called Backcountry comes out today. It’s about a couple on a backpacking trip… that goes horribly awry. You will not find Chester and Charlie in the credits of Backcountry, but the twins play a central character in the film: the big black bear that is the horrible undoing of a romantic trip into the woods. Now, you don’t just send out a casting call for bears. There are specialists in Hollywood who’s job it is to provide the animals, get the performances the director needs and keep the cast and crew safe.

Dana Dube, Has a company called Animal Insight For Film. She provides animals for TV and film. She provided the bears for the new thriller “Backcountry.”

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