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Self-help author Dr. Johnson dies

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Dr. Spencer Johnson, whose book "Who Moved My Cheese?" sold 25 million copies and became a business and self-help phenomenon, has died. Johnson's executive assistant Nancy Casey said Saturday that he died Monday of complications from pancreatic cancer. "Who Moved My ...

Missing daughter of Donal Logue found safe

NEW YORK — The teenage daughter of actor Donal Logue has been found safe nearly two weeks after she went missing in New York City. The New York Police Department says 16-year-old Jade Logue was found Saturday. Logue had posted appeals to help find Jade on Facebook and Twitter after she ...

Candy Crush addicts get new outlet as video game comes to TV

LOS ANGELES — Candy Crush addicts, and you know who you are, put down your mobile device immediately. Then you can watch "Candy Crush," the TV game show. Expect breezy, energetic fun from the CBS series debuting 9 p.m. EDT Sunday with host Mario Lopez, said executive producer Matt Kunitz, ...

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Emma Stone says male co-stars have helped her get equal pay

LOS ANGELES — Emma Stone says that male co-stars have taken pay cuts to ensure she received equal pay on films. Speaking to tennis great Billie Jean King in an interview published Thursday in Out Magazine , Stone said the gesture to match has impacted what she's able to ask for in the ...

Yiannopoulos sues over canceled book

NEW YORK — Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos filed a $10 million lawsuit against a New York publishing company on Friday over a canceled book deal. Yiannopoulos resigned from the conservative website Breitbart News this year after comments he made about sexual relationships ...

Cosby’s retrial on sex assault charges is set for November

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on the question after deliberating over six days. Cosby, who turns 80 in July, was ordered Thursday to be ready for trial on Nov. 6. ...

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Joan Lee, wife of comics legend Stan Lee, dies at age 93

LOS ANGELES — The wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has died at age 93. Lee and his family released a statement saying Joan Lee died peacefully Thursday morning. The couple had been married 69 years. Lee's longtime publicist Dawn Miller confirmed the statement's authenticity when ...

Oswalt to marry actress Meredith Salenger

NEW YORK — Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt is engaged to marry actress Meredith Salenger. The couple recently went public with their relationship at the Los Angeles premiere of "Baby Driver." Oswalt's publicist confirmed the news of their engagement Thursday. Oswalt's wife, Michelle ...

Applause Calendar, July 6, 2017

July 6 Coffee with the Council 8 a.m. Informal discussion with the City Council on the Special Election involving the local option sales tax July 7 Sen. Ernst Regional Directors Traveling Office 9-10 a.m.; Story County Administration Building, Public Meeting Room, 900 Sixth St., ...

Amana Arts Guild 40th anniversary Festival of Arts

MAIN AMANA — Festivities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and end at 5 p.m. in the Main Amana Market Barn. Artists of all mediums; painters, potters, photographers, pastels and jewelry makers, along with demonstrations of the traditional Amana arts of quilt-making, tinsmithing, ...

Harry Potter Film Concert Series at the Civic Center

DES MOINES — Experience “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in its entirety with the Des Moines Symphony performing the film score live at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert on Feb. 2 and 3, 2018. Audiences can relive the magic of “Harry Potter ...

A place where civility once ruled

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Smash the dog days of summer at Swing Smash Up

DES MOINES — Don’t let the boring, lazy, days of summer dog you down—join Step Into Swing for its first annual Swing Smash Up in Des Moines on July 15. The event consists of classes for beginners and intermediates, along with an evening dance. It doesn’t matter whether you’re ...

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History on Third Thursday presents President Grant

History on Third Thursday is at 6:30 p.m. on July 20 in the Historical Society of Marshall County Museum, 202 E. Church St. Humanities Iowa speaker Pete Grady will present “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant.” Grady is the author and performer of “Unconditional ...

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ACT! SING! DANCE!

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO ACT! SING! DANCE! is an introductory music theater class to be held July 31 – Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m. for all students, ages 8-18. This music theater class gives students the opportunity to stretch their singing and dancing muscles at the same time. While building fundamental ...

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Shaping Sound’s ‘After the Curtain’ at Civic Center

DES MOINES — Travis Wall, Break the Floor Productions and Des Moines Performing Arts announces that Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain—the new show by America’s hottest dance company—will perform one night only at the Des Moines Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. ...

Film claims to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s fate

NEW YORK — The photo is haunting. Among a number of figures gathered on a dock, the fuzzy image seems to be that of a woman, her back to the camera, gazing at what may be her crippled aircraft loaded on a barge, and perhaps wondering what her future might hold. Is this Amelia Earhart, the ...

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Trump’s Twitter smack down of CNN his most retweeted post

WASHINGTON — A mock video tweeted by President Donald Trump showing him pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo has become Trump's most-shared post on the platform. Trump's post Sunday morning of an edited clip of his appearance at the World Wrestling Entertainment ...

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ sets viewership mark

NEW YORK — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski reached their biggest audience ever when they talked Friday about President Donald Trump's tweets about their show. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 1.66 million people watched the MSNBC morning show the day after the tweets. That ...

n this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, members of the Tap Tap orchestra perform during a charity concert in Prague Czech Republic. What was created some 18 years ago in efforts to give kids some extracurricular activity at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague has become a major music act that has drawn millions of listeners and fans, first at home and gradually abroad. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention

PRAGUE — It's an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow and Jerusalem. Its next stops are New York, Washington and Chicago. The Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague an extracurricular activity, has become a ...