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Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said “The Parsonage ...

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, ...

Oprah on coronavirus: ‘Playing it as safe as I possibly can’

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home — even if that means longtime ...

Journalist Dean Borg, who hosted ‘Iowa Press,’ dies at 81

IOWA CITY— Broadcast journalist Dean Borg, who kept Iowans informed for decades as the host of the public affairs television program “Iowa Press,” has died at age 81, Iowa PBS announced Monday. Borg died Sunday afternoon due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer, the network said ...

Country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He ...

TV med shows donate masks, Cannes delayed amid coronavirus

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting ...

Cinemas close nationwide

NEW YORK — U.S. movie theaters have closed nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, turning dark nearly all of the country’s 40,000-plus screens in an unprecedented shutdown. With most of Hollywood’s March and April releases already postponed, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday also ...

When Carnegie Hall canceled, show went on

NEW YORK — How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. And when the coronavirus cancels the performance you’ve been practicing for? Take it outside. A group of Oregon students decided they were going to perform Monday in New York City, even if it wasn’t quite where they had originally ...

Coronavirus brings entertainment world to a standstill

NEW YORK — The entertainment industry prepared Thursday for an unprecedented shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, canceling upcoming movies, suspending all Broadway performances and scuttling concert tours until it’s safe to welcome crowds back. To accommodate calls for social ...

Nashville artists help out on stage and off after tornadoes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Members of the Grammy-winning string band Old Crow Medicine Show put down their fiddles and banjos and picked up chainsaws last week after deadly tornadoes hit middle Tennessee. “When I am doing this relief work in north Nashville and east Nashville and Donelson, the ...

‘Exorcist’ actor Max von Sydow dies at age 90

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and later to moviegoers everywhere when he played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 90. ...

Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life

LONDON — It’s definitely a farewell. But will it be fond? Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will fulfill their final royal commitment when they appear Monday at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. It’s the last time they will be seen ...

Austin officials cancel South by Southwest festival

AUSTIN, Texas — The organizers of South By Southwest — which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors and some of Hollywood and music’s biggest stars — announced Friday they had cancelled the annual arts and technology festival, saying they’re “devastated” but recognize it is ...

Teens love the video app TikTok. Do they love it too much?

From the perspective of teens, TikTok is a major new outlet for self-expression, one proudly home to the silly, the loud and the weird. To others, the Chinese-owned online video service is an unnerving black box that could be sharing information with the Chinese government, facilitating ...

High-tech Chicago exhibit puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK

CHICAGO — Imagine being so close to Martin Luther King Jr. as he gives one of the world’s most famous speeches that you notice the creases in his face and then realize the late civil rights leader is looking you square in the eye. That’s the intense personal moment organizers are ...

Struggling Victoria’s Secret sold as women demand comfort

NEW YORK — Victoria’s Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels in their lacy bras and oversized angel wings, has a new owner. Now, the big question is whether the once sought after but now struggling brand can be reinvented for a new generation of women demanding more ...

Wilder-Fury II a fight so big it took 2 TV networks to show

LAS VEGAS — To hear the fighters talk, the heavyweight title fight Saturday night between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is so big it took two TV networks to make it happen. That’s only partially true, though it might be forgiven. This is boxing, after all, and a bit of hyperbole goes a ...

‘Good Times’ Ja’Net DuBois dies

LOS ANGELES — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died. DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” during the show’s 10-season run. ...

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself. For decades, the Allentown Art ...

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ finds heart, song in tragedy

LOS ANGELES — The zestfully titled, song-and-dance filled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” has an unlikely origin. The NBC series, about a young woman who channels other people’s thoughts through pop songs, was inspired by the devastating illness of creator Austin Winsberg’s ...