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This Dec. 7, 2016 image released by CBS shows, from left, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King on the set of "CBS This Morning," in New York.

‘CBS This Morning’ marks 5 years of ‘re-imagining the news’

NEW YORK — In 1982, CBS uprooted "Captain Kangaroo" from its weekday berth after 27 years. The beloved children's show got the heave-ho to make way for a breakfast-hour news show to go up against ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today." For the next 30 years, that didn't go so well. ...

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Prosecutor: Keep venue for Cosby trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A prosecutor says Bill Cosby's trial should remain at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse despite the comedian's argument there's been widespread negative press coverage of the sexual-assault case against him. In a response to a motion filed by the 79-year-old comedian's ...

Nicki Minaj confirms split with Meek Mill

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have apparently broken up. Minaj tweeted Thursday : "To confirm, yes I am single." Minaj added that she's focusing on her work and looking forward to sharing it soon. Mill and Minaj were one of hip-hop's most prominent couples. They performed together and could be seen ...

Applause Calendar, Jan. 5

Jan. 6 Legislative Forum on Child Welfare Issues Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St. 10-11:30 a.m. Sen. Jeff Edler, Rep. Mark Smith and Rep. Dean Fisher Panel Discussion: Mental Health, Substance abuse, Childhood Black & White & Red All Over Artist’s ...

Creative by Nature: The Bohan Collection of Inuit Art

AMES — Iowa State University’s University Museums announces the exhibition Creative by Nature featuring the Bohan collection of Inuit art opening on Jan. 17 and running through July 30 at the Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building, Ames. Admission is free. Several programs and a ...

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Local author Karla Ridpath publishes first book

STATE CENTER — Karla Ridpath, of rural State Center, says one of her lifelong dreams has become reality. She has written a children’s story and it has been published. It is available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Archway Publishing Bookstore, a division of Simon & ...

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CIAA’s Black & White & Red All Over

The Central Iowa Art Association invites area residents to view the January exhibit in the Fisher Community Center Auditorium, 709 S. Center St., beginning on Jan. 6. There will be wine and cheese and a “meet the artists” reception from 5–7 p.m. Following the reception, the Black & ...

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Viola Davis in a scene from, "Fences."

Washington treaded carefully in adapting ‘Fences’ for the silver screen

NEW YORK — When August Wilson's widow first toured the set for the new movie based on his play "Fences," she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope — and she wept. Constanza Romero, who lost her playwright husband in ...

Loach film is a searing call for humanity, decency

Just like a Michael Moore documentary, there's nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama. The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent, insistent, eloquent champion of the more vulnerable members of society — particularly working-class folks who are trying to do ...

Placido Domingo stars in Met’s ‘Nabucco’ HD

NEW YORK — After more than half a century as an operatic powerhouse, Placido Domingo might easily take success for granted. Instead, each time he storms onstage as the ruthless ruler in Verdi's "Nabucco," he feels he has "more than ever to prove." "Because there are no excuses right now," ...

Ballet dancer losing job because she’s too tall

PHILADELPHIA — A 5-foot-11 dancer who performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker this season says she's being dropped from the company because she's too tall. Sara Michelle Murawski says her one-year contract won't be renewed in May. The Philadelphia Inquirer ...

‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Deadpool’ get WGA nods

NEW YORK — Oscar favorites "Moonlight," ''La La Land" and "Manchester by the Sea" landed Writers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, but so did the R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Deadpool." The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for the best screenplays of the year with selections ...

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This concept design provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows a rendering of their proposed museum on Treasure Island in San Francisco. In January George Lucas, the legendary filmmaker, is expected to decide whether he will put a museum for his extensive personal art collection in San Francisco or Los Angeles, after other attempts were upended by community opposition.

Plot twists, suspense mark George Lucas’ plans for museum

SAN FRANCISCO — George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn't expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection. For nearly a decade, the filmmaker has tried to build a museum to house an extensive personal collection that includes 40,000 paintings, ...

Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News for NBC

NEW YORK — Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star who's had a contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, said Tuesday that she's leaving the network for NBC News, where she will host a daytime talk show and a weekend newsmagazine, as well as contribute to breaking news ...

Janet Jackson, husband welcome first child

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson's latest escapade: motherhood. The 50-year-old superstar and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their son, Eissa Al Mana, on Tuesday, a representative for the singer said. "Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably. No further details are ...

Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey’s sabotage claim

NEW YORK — Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey's claim it sabotaged her live performance on its "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. Carey's disaster during the annual New Year's Eve special in Times Square made international headlines: The superstar vocally stumbled ...

Carey’s New Year’s show is latest mishap in the spotlight

Few singers can match the career of the multi-octave superstar Mariah Carey, the winner of five Grammys who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. But sometimes, life gets a little strange in the spotlight. . She cursed on television during a 2013 appearance in Central Park that ...

Vandalized Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

LOS ANGELES — No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn't your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read "HOLLYWeeD" for a few hours on New Year's Day. Police were investigating Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn two of the iconic sign's white Os into Es ...

Willis, Moore donate theater to troupe

HAILEY, Idaho — Actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have donated the Liberty Theatre in Hailey to a local theater company. The Idaho Statesman reports that the formalized gift gives the Company of Fools a secure, permanent space where the theatrical company has performed since 1996. The ...

Members of the Krewe of Chewbacchus, a Mardi Gras Krewe, dressed as Princess Leia, use their smart phones at the start of a parade in honor of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in the "Star Wars" movie series, in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016, at the age of 60. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

They loved her and she knows:

NEW ORLEANS— Their hair wrapped in side buns, wielding lightsabers and dressed as everything from Wookiees to stormtroopers, thousands of people turned out to honor Carrie Fisher, the actress famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movies. Fisher, whose tough-talking ...