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NBC hopes talent show can sink ‘Rising Star’

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC is fighting amateur with amateur.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Actor Oldman apologizes for defending Gibson and Baldwin

NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Rose Byrne to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK (AP) - James Earl Jones is getting some help with his revival of "You Can't Take It With You" - Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne and Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford have jumped aboard.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Musician Teenie Hodges dead at 68

Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Sinatra’s NJ license plate up for sale

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license is on the auction block.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Hachette Book Group buys Perseus

NEW YORK (AP) - In a three-way deal that would continue a wave of consolidation in the publishing industry, Hachette Book Group has purchased the publishing division of the Perseus Book Group, while selling Perseus' client-service business to leading distributor Ingram Content Group.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ draft sells for $2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Archivist: IRS didn’t follow federal law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fried chicken chain KFC said an outside investigator for a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has completed an investigation into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Extremist kidnap 91 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Extremists have abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as 3, in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, providing fresh evidence of the military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising and the government's inability to provide security.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine’s brass warns he could end cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president warned Tuesday that he may terminate weeklong cease-fire early after rebels downed a military helicopter, while Russia urged the Kiev leadership to extend the truce and launch talks with the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Company test space balloon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Louisiana police shootings add new convention concerns

CLEVELAND (AP) - The fatal shooting of three police officers in Louisiana added new concerns Sunday about security at the Republican National Convention as huge crowds ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


Viral ‘Liberal Redneck’ has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) - A "New South Bill of Wrongs"? A "Ten Commandments of the South" that decrees thou shalt not make lousy music and call ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


VFW, DAV disturbed by ‘Orange is the New Black’

NEW YORK (AP) - Leading veterans' groups are disturbed by the way veterans hired as prison guards are portrayed in the new season of the Netflix ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Naked couple arrested riding stolen mower

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a couple accused of riding naked on a stolen lawn mower in Missouri.

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Volunteers take care of three orphaned bear cubs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Caretakers are raising three bear cubs after their mother was struck by a car and killed in Yosemite National Park.

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Suit on restaurant dish policy going to trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal lawsuit over a South Carolina restaurant's policy of charging workers to cover the cost of broken glasses and ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Trump-Pence team addressing America

WASHINGTON (AP) - After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


New Trump-Pence logo sparks giggles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed a new campaign logo that's giving some people the giggles.

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


Dallas shooter stole panties

DALLAS (AP) - He was disarmed in the middle of a war zone and placed under 24-hour escort. The most humiliating part was that everyone in ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


Nothing left to chance at conventions

CLEVELAND (AP) - Security planning for the Republican and Democratic national conventions took into account large-scale threats like the vehicle attack that occurred in France and ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


EPA spending bill faces veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided House is about to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and environmental regulations as Congress prepares to ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Still no explanation for Dallas gunman’s honorable discharge

DALLAS (AP) - Almost a week after the Dallas sniper attacks, it's still unclear how the gunman obtained an honorable discharge from the military even ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Young Vermont GOP delegate bucks Trump, draws fire and ire

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont teenager who is a delegate to the Republican National Convention is getting a taste of the rough-and-tumble of politics.

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Open carry law will be upheld during Republican convention

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's police chief said Wednesday that while he'd prefer that people not openly carry firearms during next week's Republican National ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


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