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Study: ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants have slower metabolisms

CHICAGO - A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds.The National Institutes of Health study finds that participants come out of the weight-loss reality competition burning ...

Jack Black surprises cast of Broadway’s ‘School of Rock’

NEW YORK - The cast of Broadway's new musical "School of Rock" got the endorsement Sunday of someone they've desperately wanted to iampress for months - Jack Black.Black saw a matinee at the Winter Garden Theatre with his son and went backstage to high-five cast members and pose for pictures.He ...

MacFarlane to sing with Boston Pops

BOSTON - "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is helping the Boston Pops kick off its spring concert series.The 42-year-old actor and filmmaker will be the orchestra's opening night guest on Friday. He'll be singing a selection of popular songs from the 1940s and 1950s, according to the ...

Duchess Kate poses for British edition of Vogue

LONDON - The British edition of Vogue will mark its 100th anniversary with a rare portrait of Kate Middleton looking relaxed in the countryside.The Duchess of Cambridge opts for a casual look in her first-ever cover shoot for Vogue. The fashion magazine is publishing a series of Middleton ...

Ferris wheel catches fire, no injuries reported

BANGKOK - The ferris wheel at a newly opened dinosaur theme park in Bangkok caught fire on Saturday, but the park said no one was on it at the time, and no injuries were reported.The fire broke out following an afternoon thunderstorm in the Thai capital."At the time of the incident, no one was ...

Ninja Turtles are official NYC ambassadors

NEW YORK - Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016.The city's tourism agency, NYC & Company, has announced that the sewer-dwelling reptiles will star in ads to encourage families to explore New York.Agency CEO Fred ...

Sweden celebrates king’s 70th with ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’

STOCKHOLM - Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.After a service in the palace chapel attended by the king's ...

Royals answer Obamas’ Invictus challenge

LONDON - It helps to have friends in high places when you're promoting an athletic event.That's certainly the case for Prince Harry, who released a video Friday promoting the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. The cast includes his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as well as Barack and ...

‘Maze Runner’ shoot delayed due to injuries

LOS ANGELES - Principal photography on "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has been further delayed to allow star Dylan O'Brien more time to recover from injuries he suffered during the shoot in mid-March.20th Century Fox said in a statement Friday that it looks forward to restarting production as ...

Police: Katt Williams charged with battery

ATLANTA - Comedian and actor Katt Williams was arrested after he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager, police in an Atlanta suburb said Thursday.Officers responded to a call of a fight at Spondivits restaurant just south of Atlanta a little after 10 p.m. Wednesday, East Point police ...

Katy Perry to headline amfAR event at Cannes

NEW YORK - Katy Perry will be lighting up the French Rivera like fireworks next month: The singer will perform at amfAR's annual "Cinema Against AIDS" event, the glitzy A-list fundraiser held annually during the Cannes Film Festival. The fundraiser, which takes place just outside of Cannes in ...

Official: Prescription drugs at Prince’s home when he died

MINNEAPOLIS - Prescription drugs were discovered at Prince's home when the musician was found dead in his Paisley Park complex in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not ...

RiverLoop Rhythms Concert Series kicks off

WATERLOO - The Waterloo Center for the Arts' 2016 RiverLoop Rhythms Concert Series at the RiverLoop Amphitheatre kicks off with Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on May 13. Free admission.Enjoy live music, dancing and food and beverages for purchase by the scenic Cedar River ...

Quinta Essentia at ISU on May 22

AMES - The Brazilian Recorder Quartet Quinta Essentia, will perform in Ames at 7:30 p.m. on May 22 at the Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall on the Iowa State Campus and will offer a masterclass at 4 p.m. on May 23.Quinta Essentia (www.quintaessentia.com.br ) is an ensemble of young, talented and ...

Rhythm & Blues After The Cruise in Waterloo

WATERLOO - Join us for Rhythm & Blues After The Cruise from 4-8 p.m. on May 28 at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza, 225 Commercial St, Waterloo.Following the Fourth Street Cruise, the fun continues downtown Waterloo at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza with a free show and shine, live music by Kansas ...

Underdogs in summer movies include originality, opportunity

NEW YORK - Hollywood's summer, which kicks off with the fittingly combative "Captain America: Civil War," will be a season of struggle: for box office, for originality and for opportunity.More than ever, the big tent of summer moviegoing is held up by a forest of tentpoles stretching from May ...

‘A Mystery at Mimsley Manor’ Camp Creamery

CEDAR RAPIDS - Camp Creamery: A Mystery at Mimsley Manor, is a week-long workshop for children interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre! The camp is designed to give children ages seven and up the unique opportunity to work and perform with three professional actors from The Old ...

Steve Miller Band to headline Shellabration

TIMES-REPUBLICANFORT DODGE - Shellabration Inc. has announced that the Steve Miller Band will headline Shellabration 2016 on June 30 at Rogers Sports Complex (Fort Dodge Soccer Association Fields) in Fort Dodge. This year's event will serve as the kickoff party for the long Fourth of July ...

Short, Hough join cast of ‘Hairspray Live!’

NEW YORK - Comedian Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough have leapt aboard the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!" on Dec. 7.The duo will join Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein in the TV musical based on the cult John Waters movie.Short will play the husband of Edna Turnblad, played by a ...