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Salvation Army receives donated urn filled with ashes |Oct 23, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A Salvation Army thrift store in New Hampshire has received an urn apparently filled with cremated remains.The Portsmouth Herald reports the urn was donated last week. It's bronze in color and is engraved "Richard L....

New York attorney general opens civil rights investigation of Weinstein Co., seeks records on sex harassment complaints |Oct 23, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York attorney general opens civil rights investigation of Weinstein Co., seeks records on sex harassment complaints.

Al Hurricane, 'Godfather of New Mexico music,' dies |Oct 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated...

PEN Center USA to honor Janet Mock next week |Oct 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Author and activist Janet Mock is being honored by PEN Center USA, the West Coast branch of the literary and human rights organization.Mock will receive an Award of Honor next week during the center's 27th annual Literary Awards...

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co. |Oct 23, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey...

Star chef steps down amid sexual harassment allegations |Oct 23, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh is stepping down from the restaurant group that bears his name after a newspaper reported that 25 current or former employees of the business said they were victims of sexual harassment.New...

Pharmacists cited for trying to see Prince's medical records |Oct 23, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded by state regulators for trying to access Prince's medical records within days of the music superstar's death last year.The Indiana Board of Pharmacy issued letters of reprimand...

Satirical 'Ask A Mexican' column to end after decade run |Oct 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The "Ask A Mexican" column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end.The column's founder, Gustavo...

38 accuse writer/director James Toback of sexual harassment |Oct 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer and director James Toback, who got an Oscar nomination for writing "Bugsy," has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.In the report, many of the women allege...

The Latest: Official: EF1 tornado hit near damaged casino |Oct 22, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on severe storms that caused damage in several Oklahoma counties (all times local):4:30 p.m.State emergency management officials say an EF1 tornado touched down in a central Oklahoma county overnight, ripping off...

Julian Edelman memoir 'Relentless' available this week |Oct 22, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Julian Edelman may be out of the New England Patriots lineup with a season-ending knee injury, but fans can still get their fill of the star receiver when his new book goes on sale.His memoir, "Relentless ," co-written by Boston...

The Latest: O'Reilly says he was one of many accused at Fox |Oct 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the parent company of the Fox News Channel saying it knew a news analyst had threatened to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February (all...

Weather service: Oklahoma hit with as many as 4 tornadoes |Oct 22, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — State emergency managers and the National Weather Service were surveying damage Sunday from severe storms that spawned as many as four tornadoes in southwestern Oklahoma.The overnight storms tore part of the roof off of a...

Parents complain after Ohio school sings cotton picking song |Oct 21, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Some parents at an Ohio middle school have said they were shocked to hear an eighth-grade choir sing about picking cotton just days after other students in the district took photos and videos of themselves with a Confederate...

Likely tornado hits casino where Beach Boys playing |Oct 21, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — High winds and torrential rains accompanying a likely tornado tore part of the roof off of an Oklahoma casino on Saturday where the Beach Boys were playing a concert attended by Gov. Mary Fallin.Fallin said in an interview...

Foo Fighters postpone Kentucky show at last minute |Oct 21, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Foo Fighters postponed a concert in Kentucky, hours before the band was expected to take the stage, because of an unspecified family emergency.The band's public relations firm said in a news release Saturday afternoon that...

Directors guild files disciplinary charges against Weinstein |Oct 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Directors Guild of America has filed disciplinary charges against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.The group announced Saturday that it filed the charges on Oct. 13.Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of...

Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations |Oct 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox News Channel says the company knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February. The New York Times...

Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets' home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some...

Bobby Flay's Bar Americain in NYC to close early next year |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay says he will close his New York restaurant, Bar Americain, early next year.Flay and his business partner, Laurence Kretchmer, said in a statement that renewing the lease for the brasserie...

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it."The Restless Wave" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday.The publisher quietly...

Man arrested near Denzel Washington movie set in Boston |Oct 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested near the set of the film "Equalizer 2" starring Denzel Washington for robbery and an attempted carjacking.WHDH-TV reports the suspect first took a woman's purse Thursday a few blocks from the set....

Ex-prosecutor to sue Cosby accuser, alleging personal injury |Oct 20, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former district attorney who declined to press sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 has filed the beginnings of a lawsuit against Cosby's accuser in Philadelphia.An attorney for Bruce L. Castor says the...

Bail set at $100K for 2 Polish band members in rape case |Oct 20, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The final two members of the Polish metal band Decapitated had bail set at $100,000 each Friday on rape and kidnapping charges after they were arrested for the gang-rape of a woman on their tour bus following a show last...

Los Angeles police open Weinstein sex assault investigation |Oct 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city.Police spokesman Sal Ramirez says the department has interviewed a possible...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar |Oct 19, 2017

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue...

'Property Wars' star pleads guilty to ID theft in Phoenix |Oct 19, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — A former star on the "Property Wars" reality TV show has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and two other charges involving furniture stores he owns and operates in the Phoenix metro area.Federal authorities say...

Howard Carroll, lead guitarist for Dixie Hummingbirds, dies |Oct 19, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lead guitarist for the influential and Grammy Award-winning gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds has died in Philadelphia.Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services says Howard Carroll died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility at...

George R.R. Martin mixes business, politics at film forum |Oct 19, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks on Thursday while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.Martin, a longtime Santa Fe resident...

Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows |Oct 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and...

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media |Oct 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday.The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the...

Literary publications get mixed reviews on gender parity |Oct 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity.A new survey of top literary publications finds that the ratio of women to men ranges from roughly equal in The New York Times Book Review and Granta to men...

Harvard rescinds 2014 medal awarded to Harvey Weinstein |Oct 18, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African American culture.The school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the...

Little Rock police arrest suspected 1st shooter at nightclub |Oct 18, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police say they have arrested the person suspected of firing first during a mass shooting at a Little Rock rap concert last summer.No one died in the July 1 melee, but 28 people sustained injuries. Little Rock police...

Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall |Oct 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.The Oct. 25 opening-night concert will feature an all-Mozart program including the overture to...

Elvis house, Marilyn dresses, JFK radio up for auction |Oct 18, 2017

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Years before Elvis Presley became the King of Rock and Roll, the story goes, he lived in a small house up a hill from his elementary school in northeastern Mississippi and played with other kids in a nearby field.Fans now...

MercyMe wins artist of the year at Dove Awards |Oct 17, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Contemporary Christian band MercyMe took home awards for artist of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year and the band's frontman, Bart Millard, was named songwriter of the year (artist) at this year's Dove...

Vegas guard shot by Paddock vanishes before TV interviews |Oct 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A union official representing the Las Vegas hotel security guard shot by Stephen Paddock before he rained gunfire on a music festival says the guard disappeared last week before he was scheduled for TV interviews.Security,...

Lopez, Anthony, Rodriguez raise $35M for Puerto Rico relief |Oct 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez, her ex-husband Marc Anthony and her current boyfriend Alex Rodriguez have raised more than $35 million for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.A spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday that the two singers and the retired...

'Project Runway' fashion designer Mychael Knight dies |Oct 17, 2017

Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the popular competition show "Project Runway," has died. He was 39.Knight's friend Jerris Madison confirmed Knight died Tuesday outside of Atlanta surrounded by family and friends....

$12M parking, shopping renovations for Grand Ole Opry House |Oct 17, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee's capital city will undergo a $12 million expansion to add parking, larger retail space and an enhanced area for backstage tours.The updates are aimed at improving the fan...

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store |Oct 17, 2017

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending October 15, 2017:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Baby Driver2. War for the Planet of the Apes 3. The House (2017)4.Wonder Woman (2017)5. The Emoji Movie6. Colossal7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead...

Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award |Oct 17, 2017

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Pullman is a bit of a klutz when it comes to holding onto a film award.The "Independence Day" actor was the recipient of the Excellence in Acting Award at the Woodstock Film Festival last Saturday night in Kingston, in...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US |Oct 17, 2017

iBook charts for week ending October 17, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books1. Origin by Dan Brown - 9780385542692 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)2. The Dark Tower I by Stephen...

Celebrity-named seal pups rehabilitated, set free on beach |Oct 17, 2017

SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) — Two celebrity-named harbor seal pups rescued in Maine earlier this year have been rehabilitated and set free on a Massachusetts beach."Giseal Bόndchen" and "Sealondardo DiCaprio' were released Tuesday on Scusset Beach on...

Oklahoma couple convicted in case of emaciated twin babies |Oct 16, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma couple has been convicted on multiple counts of child neglect after nurses said their twin babies were emaciated, and one had a maggot crawl out of a wound.Tulsa County court records show 25-year-old Kevin Fowler...

Upstate NY venue slashes NYC Ballet's residency to 1 week |Oct 16, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City Ballet's summer residency in Saratoga Springs is being shortened — again.Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, told the Times Union of Albany on Sunday that the...

County duo Big & Rich to perform at Las Vegas benefit |Oct 16, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Event organizers say the American country duo Big & Rich is returning to the Las Vegas stage this week for a concert to benefit people affected by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Beasley Media Group, the owner...

Las Vegans help after tragedy with garden, free services |Oct 16, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas landscaper says that one day after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival he was at City Hall with an idea for remembering the 58 people killed in the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.Jay...

Helmet maker vows fight against Hernandez concussion lawsuit |Oct 16, 2017

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in...