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Disney parks ‘Imagineer’ Sklar dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — Martin A. "Marty" Sklar, a right-hand man of Walt Disney and central figure in the development and expansion of his company's theme parks around the world, has died. Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown confirmed Sklar's death for The Associated Press. He died Thursday at his ...

Katie Couric leaving Yahoo news site

NEW YORK — Katie Couric is leaving the online company Oath, formerly Yahoo, where she has been conducting interviews and reporting news since 2014. The former "Today" show host and "CBS Evening News" anchor will be concentrating on production work for the time being. A representative for ...

June Foray

June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the "female Mel Blanc," has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had ...

H. Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton is calling her new book "What Happened" and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump. "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a ...

Applause Calendar, July 27, 2017

July 27 Budgeting 101 - local option sales tax 6 p.m. Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St. Special Election information - Learn about the changes in how the local option sales tax dollars will be used Community Concert 7 p.m. North Courthouse lawn July 28 Coffee with the ...

‘Planetarium: Space for Kids’ at Art Center

DES MOINES — Come to the Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, for an out-of-this world free family day to explore how art and the science of space converge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 29. We will have hands-on activities for all ages and events throughout, including a ...

GuysOnIce

‘Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical’ opens Aug. 3

AMANA — “Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical” opens on Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 27 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. A charming slice of Midwest life with Lloyd and Marvin, two ...

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This undated file photo shows Diana Lynn, of the musical tribute group ‘Carpenters Once More.’

‘Carpenters Once More’ is coming to Old Creamery

AMANA — “Carpenters Once More” is coming to the Old Creamery Theatre for one show only at 7:30 p.m. on July 29. “Carpenters Once More” won Branson Show Awards 2016 Tribute Show of the Year. Come celebrate one unforgettable voice with the sounds of “The Carpenters Once More” ...

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie reveals Bell’s palsy diagnosis

LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie says she developed high blood pressure and Bell's palsy last year. The actress-director tells Vanity Fair that she credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the paralysis, which was caused by nerve damage and led one side of her face to droop. Jolie has ...

Stewart returning to standup on HBO

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jon Stewart is bringing his comedy to HBO. The network announced Wednesday that Stewart will return to the network for his first stand-up special since 1996. Stewart is also set to host the "Night of Too Many Stars" tribute in November benefiting Next for Autism, ...

Kendrick Lamar is leader of MTV VMAs with 8 nominations

NEW YORK — Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" is giving the rapper reason to brag: He is the leader of the MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations. Lamar and his No.1 hit song are nominated for video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop video and other prizes. Katy Perry and The ...

FRANK BARBARA SINATRA

Philanthropist Barbara Sinatra dies at 90

LOS ANGELES — Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused youngsters, died Tuesday. She was 90. Sinatra died of natural causes at her Rancho Mirage, California, home ...

Lisbon to host 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

LISBON, Portugal — Organizers say next year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Portugal will be hosting the annual event for the first time after Salvador Sobral, the singer representing the country this year, won in 2017. Sobral clinched Portugal's ...

Comic-Con hits: ‘Black Panther,’ Batman

SAN DIEGO — From "Black Panther" to Batman, "Stranger Things" to "Blade Runner 2049," and "Ready Player One" to Rep. John Lewis, Comic-Con had something for almost every pop-culture appetite. As the annual fan convention in San Diego wraps Sunday after four days of panels, presentations, ...

Ben Affleck to fans: I’m still Batman, despite rumors

SAN DIEGO — Ben Affleck is still Batman. The actor shot down rumors that he would be hanging up his cape for the stand-alone Batman film, even though he recently ceded directing responsibilities. Speaking to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck unequivocally assured ...

John Heard

Actor John Heard dies at 71

NEW YORK — Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died. He was 71. Heard was found dead Friday in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office said Saturday. An ...

Alum Letterman donates memorabilia to Ball State

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University alum and comedian David Letterman has donated more than 1,000 memorabilia items -- including 15 Emmy Awards he won as talk show host -- to the eastern Indiana school. The (Muncie) Star Press reports that Ball State is appraising, researching and doing ...

Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner: Sansa is ‘woke now’

SAN DIEGO — Sansa Stark is woke now, Alfie Allen has a cute dog and everyone got sick of answering all those questions about whether Jon Snow was dead or alive, but little else was revealed at the annual "Game of Thrones" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. Speaking to a 6,500-person ...

Justin Bieber

Beijing bans Bieber

BEIJING — China's capital says it won't be inviting Justin Bieber to perform in the country because of his past "bad behavior," although it did concede that the Canadian singer has talent. In response to a question from a purported fan on its web page, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of ...

‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 30

HURLEYVILLE, N.Y. — The 30th anniversary of the release of "Dirty Dancing" is being celebrated near the former Catskills resort that inspired the film. The Hurleyville Arts Centre is having a "Dirty Dancing"-themed Saturday. The events including a fashion show set to the 1987 film's ...