Author traces harrowing US nuclear near misses

“Command and Control” (The Penguin Press), by Eric Schlosser Three days after John. F. Kennedy’s inauguration, a B-52 went into an uncontrolled spin above North Carolina, sending a pair of fully operational hydrogen bombs plunging toward the ground.…

Esquire names Scarlett Johansson ‘sexiest’ again

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven years after being named Esquire magazine’s sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time. Johansson, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor…

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — People don’t just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales —and advertisers and networks are taking note. Examples…

Eminem shuns spotlight at daughter’s coronation

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The daughter of rap superstar Eminem has been crowned homecoming queen at her suburban Detroit high school, accompanied by her mother but with her famous father out of the spotlight. The Macomb Daily…

‘Gravity’ soars to top of weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” rocketed to the top of the box office and into industry record books during its opening weekend. The Warner Bros. adventure debuted with $55.55 million in North…

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly heading to prime time

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly how her new prime-time program will differ from the edgy news show she had been hosting in the afternoon and she says that “it’s going to be dark…

Recording studio in U.P. creates music

IRON RIVER, Mich. (AP) — The Upper Peninsula may seem like an unlikely location for a recording studio but the owner of Interpose Productions in Iron River would not have it any other way. “The U.P. is by…

Caravaggio painting coming to Detroit art museum

DETROIT (AP) — An early masterpiece by the Italian artist Caravaggio is coming to Detroit. “Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy” will be displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning this week and running into mid-January. It’s…

Sean Penn sponsors 5 Haitians for NYC marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn is ecstatic that his relief organization will sponsor runners from Haiti to participate in the New York City Marathon next month. “We’ve got five Haitian runners, 10 runners total, running for the…

Sunday, October 13

Today is Sunday, October 13, the 286th day of 2013. There are 79 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1775 – The U.S. Navy is founded as the Continental Congress orders the construction…

Stiller premieres ‘Walter Mitty’ at NY Film Fest

NEW YORK (AP) — With its playful mingling of fantasy and reality, James Thurber’s beloved short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has seemed the stuff of movies since its initial publication in 1939. But it has…

‘Walking Dead’ brings new life to Ga. town

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When the cotton mill closed, the rural Georgia town of Grantville began a slow transformation into a ghost town. Residents fled. Storefronts faded. Buildings decayed. Over the decades, time turned the remains of the…

Kate Baldwin on motherhood, Broadway, ‘Big Fish’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Baldwin’s dressing room on Broadway may be small but there’s something special about it. Her window looks out at the last huge lit-up N in the Neil Simon Theatre’s marquee. “I kind of…

‘League of Legends’ champs win in legendary venue

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to sports, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is usually home to award-winning basketball and hockey. However, the behemoth arena hosted a very different kind of competition this weekend: the…

Detroit art museum hosts show devoted to animation

DETROIT (AP) — The 128-year-old Detroit Institute of Arts has gained a reputation as a home for some of the world’s most hallowed masterpieces: Paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso, the Rivera industry murals. Things will look a…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew;…

Saturday, October 12

Today is Saturday, October 12, the 285th day of 2013. There are 80 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1492 – Christopher Columbus makes his first landfall in the New World, in present-day…

Elusive graffiti artist Banksy hits NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy is turning up on the streets of New York City — and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking “an artists…

Poehler, Theron shed tears at Power of Women lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amy Poehler and Charlize Theron were moved to tears Friday, and it wasn’t for a role. The actresses got emotional while being recognized for their philanthropic efforts at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon.…