Jim Pike, co-founder of Lettermen vocal group, dies at 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, whose lush vocal harmonies made the Grammy-nominated trio one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died at age 82.
Self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses was convicted Wednesday of turning his female devotees into his sex slaves through such means as shame, punishment and nude blackmail photos.
'Toy Story' lives on, but should it have?
NEW YORK (AP) — Like "Casablanca," ''Toy Story 3" concluded with the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It's an ending that has very possibly produced an ocean's worth of tears, not to mention countless awkward moments for children mildly embarrassed by their parents suddenly turning into waterfalls.
U2 guitarist won't get to build mansions on Malibu hillside
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A plan by U2 guitarist The Edge to build a cluster of mansions on a ridgeline above Malibu appears to be dead after California's highest court declined to consider his last-ditch appeal.
Review: The Raconteurs venture to new places on 3rd album
The Raconteurs, "Help Us Stranger" (Third Man Records) Often a band is defined by its strongest member. A lead vocalist pushes to the front while the rest of the group fades behind.
Thief takes Marilyn Monroe statue from Hollywood gazebo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Goodbye, Norma Jean? Officials say someone climbed a more than two-story tall Hollywood public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe.
Jane Fonda to give White House hopeful Steve Bullock a boost
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for presidential candidate Steve Bullock on Thursday, a show of support that could lend credibility among Democratic donors to the little-known Montana governor.
The legacy of Denzel: Key moments from Washington AFI honors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A night dedicated to an artist as prolific as Denzel Washington is bound to be an emotional one. The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer is the face of some of the best-known films of the last few decades, including "Fences," ''Training Day," ''Malcolm X," and "Philadelphia."
Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire.
Review: Mark Ronson's 'Late Night Feelings' hurts so good
Mark Ronson, "Late Night Feelings" (RCA) British producer Mark Ronson's fifth studio album "Late Night Feelings" is pretty perfect — a cool 13-track compilation uniquely suited for lonesome-hearted cruising — and somber grooving — in the after-hours.
Review: Joanna Wallfisch's travels result in unique album
Joanna Wallfisch, "Far Away from Any Place Called Home" (Joanna Wallfisch) Songstress, poet and darn good cyclist Joanna Wallfisch draws from both disappointment and wonder on her latest album.
Tiffany Haddish explains why she won't perform in Georgia
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish says she chose to join a boycott of Georgia after she read the state's new anti-abortion legislation.
Moscow's Pushkin Museum presents Modernist art treasures
MOSCOW (AP) — Iconic art works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gaugin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso went on show Wednesday in a major exhibition at Moscow's Pushkin Museum.
Joy Harjo is first Native American named US poet laureate
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time. "I've been an unofficial poetry ambassador — on the road for poetry for years," the 68-year-old Harjo wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press.
Paul Simon, Alice Quinn honored by Poetry Society of America
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon doesn't care much for requests, but he might ask you to sing along. The singer-songwriter's latest honor came from the Poetry Society of America, which celebrated him Tuesday during a dinner benefit at the New York Botanical Garden.
Wayne Newton tells Vegas jury he fired shot as burglars fled
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a Nevada jury on Tuesday that he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and their teenage daughter encountered during a second burglary in 10 days at their home a year ago.
The Latest: Newton tells jury he fired shot as burglars fled
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a 22-year-old Nevada prison inmate accused of burglarizing the home of Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and his family in June 2018 (all times local): 5:15 p.m.
Netflix announces 2 more seasons of 'Queer Eye'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Netflix's show "Queer Eye" says it's bringing fabulousness to the masses for two more seasons. The streaming service announced Tuesday that the fourth season will debut July 19.
Weekend memorial events set for singer-musician Dr. John
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Weekend memorial services have been scheduled in New Orleans for singer and musician Malcom "Mac" Rebennack Jr., better known by his Voodoo-inspired stage name, Dr.
John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet
Actor John Cusack is apologizing for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after defending the post, then deleting it. The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people accompanied by a quote frequently misattributed to the philosopher Voltaire: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings
NEW YORK (AP) — The two top winter sports crowned their champions as summer neared, separated by exactly 10 million viewers. The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Toronto Raptors dethroned the depleted Golden State Warriors, was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the United States, according to the Nielsen company.
Jon Stewart keeping up pressure on Mitch McConnell
NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert's late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to replenish a victims' fund for first responders to the 9/11 attacks.
Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' topples
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr.
Review: Book 'Wild and Crazy Guys' stars '80s film funnymen
"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" (Crown Archetype), by Nick de Semlyen Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and managed to endure the decade despite some appallingly unfunny lows.
'Emanuel' explores life after tragic church shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.