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Tonya Pinkins quits NYC play

NEW YORK - Bertolt Brecht's epic play "Mother Courage and Her Children" may be about the horrors of war, but a new off-Broadway production is revealing real conflict offstage, too.Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins said she will abruptly leave the Classic Stage Company's revival early ...

Miss Colombia calls mix-up a humiliation

BOGOTA, Colombia - The Colombian beauty queen who was briefly crowned Miss Universe is making the best of what she calls a humiliating situation. Ariadna Gutierrez told Colombia's W radio Wednesday that no one can take away the four minutes during which she wore the crown. Gutierrez was ...

The CFP semifinals, a new tradition for New Year’s Eve

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple.All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes - no small feat since they'll be having that dance in Lansing, ...

Broadcasters to call their last Rose Parade

LOS ANGELES - Longtime Rose Parade broadcasters Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards will make the 2016 edition their last. The pair will anchor KTLA-TV's coverage Friday morning, describing the flower-covered floats, marching bands and equestrian units moving down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard. ...

Specials drummer Bradbury dies at 62

LONDON - The family of Specials drummer John (Brad) Bradbury has announced that he has died at the age of 62. He was for many years an integral part of the band's unique ska and reggae sound. The family and the band announced his death Tuesday. A family statement said he died Monday but did not ...

Ex-’Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child-porn possession

LOS ANGELES - Authorities say former "Glee" star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.Police Officer Tony Im says the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served at his home in the Sunland area.Im says ...

Heirs to New Hampshire poet sue ‘Big Bang Theory’ producers

NEW YORK - The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty" eight decades ago said in a lawsuit Monday that TV's "The Big Bang Theory" is violating their copyrights.Edith Newlin's daughters sued CBS and other media-related companies over the copyright to a song the ...

Rivera injured in fall, postpones series

NEW YORK - Fans of Chita Rivera will have to wait a little longer to see her perform at Cafe Carlyle in 2016. The actress and singer postponed her show after being injured in a fall over the Christmas holiday.Rivera was to appear at the legendary venue on Jan. 12-23. She will now take the stage ...

San Francisco demands help investigating Bieber graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's city attorney is demanding that Justin Bieber's music publisher help determine who is responsible for sidewalk graffiti promoting the pop star's latest album.City attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Universal Music Group on Monday, saying the graffiti ...

Powder horn believed to be Alexander Hamilton’s for auction

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey dentist believes an engraved piece of cow horn that goes up for auction next month symbolizes the American dream for a man who was key to the founding of the United States and is now the focus of a blockbuster hip-hop Broadway musical.A descendant, an arms appraiser ...

Calif. governor pardons Robert Downey Jr.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The governor of California pardoned Robert Downey Jr. on Thursday for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that led to the Oscar-nominated actor's imprisonment for roughly a year.Downey was among 91 people granted pardons for criminal convictions after demonstrating ...

UK’s No. 1 goes to charity song, not Bieber

LONDON - The National Health Service Choir has beaten Justin Bieber to capture Britain's official Christmas No. 1 song - and he's OK with that. The Canadian pop star's "Love Yourself" was ahead earlier this week - but then Bieber tweeted that he wanted fans to "do the right thing" and boost the ...

Will Smith enlightened by playing ‘Concussion’ doctor

NEW YORK - While the new Will Smith film "Concussion" may lead some to question their support of the NFL, the forensic pathologist who first drew attention to the dangers of repeated head trauma said he wanted his discoveries to "advance football.""Concussion" tells the true story of Dr. Bennet ...

Tove Lo added to list of Golden Globes nominees

NEW YORK - Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo has been added to Golden Globe nominations list for her work on Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack.Lo, who co-wrote the song, was not originally listed as a nominee for best original song when the Globes ...

Nordic countries in annual contest to claim real Santa

HELSINKI - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with claiming Santa's ...

Truck driver indicted for crash with Tracy Morgan

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van last year on the New Jersey Turnpike, injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and killing one of his comic friends.The grand jury charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, ...

Beatles fans can soon stream their music

NEW YORK - They love us, yeah! yeah! yeah! At 12:01 a.m. local time on Dec. 24 around the world, the Beatles' music will be available for streaming, a representative announced Wednesday. Streaming services that will carry the Fab Four's musical catalog include: Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, ...

‘Real Housewives’ star Giudice out of prison

MONTVILLE, N.J. - "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice was freed from prison Wednesday after serving nearly a year for bankruptcy fraud, and she returned home to spend Christmas with her family.Giudice's lawyer said she was released at about 5 a.m. from the Danbury Federal ...

Obamas, Bidens share favorite holiday tunes

HONOLULU - Just in time for Christmas, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sharing their favorite holiday music on Spotify. Topping the list for Obama and his wife, Michelle, is "O Tannenbaum" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio as featured in "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Biden and ...

Bieber: Fans should back rival charity song in UK race

LONDON - Justin Bieber is sharing some love with Britain's National Health Service.The Canadian singer says he does not want to be No.1 on Britain's Christmas charts, and has urged his fans to support a charity single instead.With just two days to go until Christmas Day, Bieber is narrowly ...