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Atwood to get lifetime achievement award

LOS ANGELES — Margaret Atwood is receiving a lifetime achievement award from one of the world's oldest literary organizations. PEN Center USA announced Wednesday that Atwood will accept the honor at the group's annual Literary Awards Festival in October. Atwood has written more than 40 books ...

Applause Calendar, June 15, 2017

June 15 Lemonade Stand to help Hospice House 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Corner of Elim Lutheran Church Children’s Center Third Street and Church Street Get a refreshing lemonade and help Hospice House Free Legal Aid assistance MICA, 6 S. Second St., Marshalltown 1-3 p.m. For ...

48 films to be screened at Des Moines Arts Festival

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Arts Festival presents the Interrobang Film Festival as part of its three-day lineup, bringing the art of film to guests June 23-25. Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique IFF event allows both cinema enthusiasts and curious ...

Grinnell College’s Summerfest is June 17

GRINNELL — Grinnell College’s third annual Summerfest - a free, daylong celebration of learning, discovery and entertainment for all ages - will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 17. The headliner will be New York City’s “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” an ...

Amana Colonies Wurst Festival is June 17

AMANA — The third annual Wurst Festival will be held in the historical Amana Colonies on June 17. Named the Best New Event by the Iowa Tourism Commission in 2015, Wurst Festival is a one day event with the gates opening at 11a.m. at the Market Barn area in the center of the village of Amana. ...

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The “Madras Maiden” World War II Boeing B-17 “flying fortress” bomber will be making a visit to Des Moines International Airport on June 25 and will be giving flying tours over the city.

‘Madras Maiden, flying fortress’ to visit Des Moines

DES MOINES — The “Madras Maiden” a restored World War II B-17 “flying fortress” bomber will take to the skies over Des Moines on June 19. Public flights and ground tours available on June 25. Seventy-two years ago these aircraft flew from bases far from home in an attempt to bring ...

21st annual Corndog Kickoff at the Iowa State Fairgrounds set for July 8

DES MOINES — Celebrate ‘What a Ride’ The Blue Ribbon Foundation has been on at The 2017 Corndog Kickoff. The internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair attracts more than a million people from around the world each year. While everyone has their own favorite area of the Fairgrounds, there ...

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Soup Nazi-inspired co. files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — A company that sells soup from the recipes of the chef who was the real-life model of the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld" has filed for bankruptcy less than a month after its chief financial officer was arrested on charges he cheated the government out of employment-related ...

D&G calls out critics with boycott T-shirts

NEW YORK — Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is thumbing its nose at critics with a new campaign and apparel urging a boycott of the company. The company is selling T-shirts for $245 a piece that read #BOYCOTT DOLCE & GABBANA. The shirts are listed on Dolce and Gabbana's website ...

Dylan Nobel lecture used phrasing similar to SparkNotes

LOS ANGELES — The whiff of plagiarism is blowin' in the wind for Bob Dylan. Phrases sprinkled throughout the rock legend's lecture for his Nobel Prize in literature are very similar to phrases from the summation of "Moby Dick" on SparkNotes, a sort of online "Cliff's Notes" that's familiar ...

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Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday.

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case studies his deposition

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case, weighing charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, drilled down Tuesday on what the TV star said happened inside his suburban Philadelphia home and how he characterized his relationship with the ...

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Brokaw challenges journalists to expose fake news

NEW YORK — NBC News' elder statesman Tom Brokaw is challenging fellow journalists to write more about the scourge of "fake news." The newsman said he has a close friend who believes blatantly false stories even though Brokaw demonstrates to him that they're not true. The 77-year-old Brokaw, ...

Stephen King says Trump blocked him on Twitter

BANGOR, Maine — Horror author Stephen King says his frequent criticism of President Donald Trump has gotten him blocked on Twitter. The author of "Firestarter" and "It" tweeted Tuesday the Republican president has blocked him on the social media website. He says, "I may have to kill ...

ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 photo, people take pictures outside the exhibit "The Summer of Love Experience, Art, Fashion and Rock and Roll" in Golden Gate Park at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. San Francisco, now a hub of technology and unrecognizable from its grittier, more freewheeling former self, is taking the 50th anniversary seriously. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

San Francisco marks 50 years since legendary Summer of Love

SAN FRANCISCO — They came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and 1960s American orthodoxy, or simply to escape summer boredom. And they left an enduring legacy. This season marks the 50th anniversary of that legendary "Summer of Love," when throngs of American ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." “Wonder Woman” wrapped up Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $57.2 million in North American theaters. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

‘Wonder Woman’ buries ‘The Mummy’ at box office

NEW YORK — Tom Cruise was no match for Wonder Woman. Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman" wrapped up Cruise's "The Mummy" at the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $57.2 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal's "The Mummy" looked its age, ...

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Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

LOS ANGELES — Adam West, whose straight-faced portrayal of Batman in a campy 1960s TV series lifted the tight-clad Caped Crusader into the national consciousness, has died at age 88, his publicist Molly Schoneveld said Saturday. West died Friday night after "a short but brave battle with ...

Prosecutors rest their case at Bill Cosby’s trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Bill Cosby on Friday, saving until practically the very end the comedian's damaging, decade-old testimony about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. The prosecution called 12 witnesses over five brisk days of ...

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Tonys to put on brave face Sunday

NEW YORK — Last year at the Tony Awards, a rabid interest in "Hamilton" stemmed a three-year slide in viewership. This year, there's a new host, an old home and hope that a starry list of celebrities can cure the post-"Hamilton" hangover. Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning "House of Cards" ...

Comey testimony watched by 19.5M

LOS ANGELES — An estimated 19.5 million viewers watched James Comey's widely televised U.S. Senate testimony. Nielsen figures released Friday tallied the audience for the fired FBI director's appearance across ad-supported networks and cable channels. The major outlets divided Thursday's ...