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Mann, Nguyen winners of medals given by librarians

NEW YORK - This year's winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, given annually by the American Library Association, each have strong personal feelings about libraries.Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the fiction prize for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer," told The Associated Press ...

Jon Stewart joins NYC mayor in honoring 9/11 first responder

NEW YORK - Jon Stewart says he was only a "wingman" to a cancer-stricken Sept. 11 firefighter who helped stage a last-ditch congressional fight to secure future health care for first responders.An impassioned former "Daily Show" host joined New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall to honor ...

Record-breaking ‘Star Wars’ opens in China

BEIJING - The record-breaking "Star Wars" opened Saturday in China, where it is far from certain to draw in enough moviegoers to knock off "Avatar" as the world's all-time biggest grossing movie. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the highest ever grossing film in the North American market, ...

33 scientists honored by film academy

LOS ANGELES - The engineers and inventors whose creations help deliver colorful, stable film images and cutting-edge animation are getting recognition from Oscar. The film academy announced Friday that 33 men will share in 10 prizes awarded at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards next ...

Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s Tulum ruin site

MEXICO CITY - A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.The official of the National Institute of Anthropology and History spoke on ...

West, Strokes to perform at Governors Ball fest

NEW YORK - Kanye West, Beck, the Strokes and the Killers are set to perform at the three-day 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival in June. Founders Entertainment announced Friday that Eagles of Death Metal, Robyn, De La Soul and Haim will also perform at Randall's Island Park in New York City on ...

Prisoners score Malawi’s first Grammy nomination

JOHANNESBURG - The gentle chorus of maximum security prisoners sung over simple guitar chords has earned Malawians their first Grammy nomination, but it took nearly 10 days for them to find out."I Have No Everything Here" is a 20-track collection of sometimes melancholic songs performed by the ...

Cole died from pulmonary tension

NEW YORK - Natalie Cole's family said the singer's cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.Her family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that after Cole received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with pulmonary ...

Yazbeck to take over for Morrison on Broadway

NEW YORK - Tony Yazbeck will step into the heroic shoes of former "Glee" star Matthew Morrison in Broadway's "Finding Neverland." Yazbeck will play J.M. Barrie, the "Peter Pan" author, in the adaptation from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired ...

‘Making a Murderer’ juror stands by verdict

MILWAUKEE - A juror involved in the homicide case that spawned the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" says she stands by the verdict.The 10-part series raises questions about whether Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were wrongly convicted, spurring new scrutiny of the case and ...

LeVar Burton: Time is right for ‘Roots’ remake

PASADENA, Calif. - LeVar Burton, who starred in the influential 1970s miniseries "Roots," said the remake is arriving at a crucial time."As far as we have come in the area of race relations and the topics of social justice, fairness and equality, we still have a long way to go," he told a TV ...

‘Sister Wives’ stars won’t be charged if law stands

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah prosecutors say a polygamous family made famous by a reality TV show won't face charges if a law against plural marriage stands.The Utah Attorney General argued in court documents filed Wednesday that the "Sister Wives" stars can't challenge the law because they've never ...

Prosecutors reject Cosby sex charges

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County prosecutors declined Wednesday to charge Bill Cosby with sexually abusing two teenagers in 1965 and 2008, citing time limits and a lack of evidence.The decision comes about a week after Cosby, 78, was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 ...

‘Hamilton’ digital lottery crashes on Day 1

NEW YORK - The launch of the digital lottery to get discounted tickets to Broadway's hit show "Hamilton" has not been exactly revolutionary.Composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda says 50,000 hopefuls overwhelmed the lottery site and so no winners were selected for Tuesday's show, the first day ...

Weatherly leaving ‘NCIS’ after 13 seasons

LOS ANGELES - "NCIS" star Michael Weatherly says he's leaving the long-running CBS drama.Weatherly, who plays Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, has been with "NCIS" since it debuted in 2003.In postings on his Twitter account Tuesday, Weatherly thanked the show's fans worldwide and said "NCIS" was a ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘Star Wars’ flies toward ‘Avatar’ record

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is even closer to usurping "Avatar's" reign as the top domestic box office earner of all time.Disney's record-busting film brought in $90.2 million over the New Year's weekend, bringing its domestic total to $742.2 million. "Avatar" earned $760.5 ...

Body of missing country singer recovered at Oklahoma lake

PONCA CITY, Okla. - The body of a country singer was recovered Monday at an Oklahoma lake, one week after he disappeared while going duck hunting with a companion who had sent an ominous tweet about threatening weather.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Craig M. Strickland, 29, of Springdale, ...

‘Meredith Vieira Show’ ending after 2 seasons

LOS ANGELES - "The Meredith Vieira Show" is ending after two seasons. In a statement Monday, Vieira said she was sorry to see her daytime talk show wrap and thanked her viewers. Vieira's syndicated program failed to get ratings traction in the competitive daytime arena ruled by shows including ...

People’s Choice award for Ellen

LOS ANGELES - Ellen DeGeneres is receiving a humanitarian award, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is reaping the benefits. Producers of the People's Choice Awards announced Monday that DeGeneres will be recognized as the Favorite Humanitarian at Wednesday's ceremony. The honor comes ...

Activision acquires Major League Gaming

LOS ANGELES - Activision is adding a veteran e-sports organizer to its arsenal. "Call of Duty" publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans Monday to buy Major League Gaming in a move to push deeper into e-sports. The deal to purchase the 12-year-old competitive gaming organizer is ...