Placido Domingo may cancel more shows

MADRID (AP) — Opera singer Placido Domingo says he expects his health to improve soon, after he was admitted to a Madrid hospital with a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo has canceled six performances this…

Rihanna sends $5K check to Illinois high school

BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Pop star Rihanna is donating $5,000 to a suburban Chicago high school to cover the costs of her brief but tardy visit earlier this year. Barrington Unit District 220 tells The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/16qicTm…

Samuel Beckett manuscript sells for $1.4 million

LONDON (AP) — Sotheby’s says the manuscript of Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s first novel has sold at auction for almost 1 million pounds ($1.5 million). Britain’s University of Reading bought “Murphy,” written in 1935-36, for 962,500 pounds ($1.4…

Appendicitis-hit Elton John ‘grateful to be alive’

LONDON (AP) — Elton John says he is grateful to be alive after learning he had been playing European tour dates while suffering from undiagnosed appendicitis. The 66-year-old musician is quoted in The Sun newspaper Wednesday as saying…

Santa Fe Opera plans symposium on Oscar Wilde

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera plans a symposium on the author and playwright Oscar Wilde, whose life is the subject of an opera premiering this month. The four-day symposium (http://bit.ly/1a9eAt0 ) starts July 25…

Detroit Zoo hosting 21-and-older event on Thursday

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is hoping there’ll be romance in the air on Thursday. Or at least some Zoomance, anyway. The zoo will open its doors for a special 21-and-older ticketed event it’s calling…

Shah Rukh Khan denies knowing gender before birth

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian film superstar Shah Rukh Khan is denying he knew the gender of his son before the boy’s premature birth. Prenatal gender testing is illegal in India to prevent sex-selective abortions. Media reports cite…

SKorean pop star Rain discharged from military

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean pop sensation Rain is out of the military. Under cloudy skies Wednesday, Rain fired off a crisp salute and thanked a large crowd of mostly media and women who’d gathered to…

TV’s ‘Waltons’ storekeeper Joe Conley dies at 85

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Joe Conley, an actor best known as the small town storekeeper on the TV series “The Waltons,” has died at age 85. The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that according to wife Louise…

Review: ‘Fruitvale Station’

“Fruitvale Station” is more than the dramatization of an obituary. It’s about empathy. In recounting (and slightly fictionalizing) the final day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life, first-time writer-director Ryan Coogler has made a film that piles small daily…

Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ joining Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at “The View” for the couch on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” The news network said Tuesday that Hasselbeck, who has been on Barbara Walters’ syndicated daytime…

2 exciting premieres livened NY ballet season

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be sweltering summer out there, but the spring ballet season has just officially ended in New York, with the last frothy performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” at American Ballet Theater. And while…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBookstore

The iBookstore’s Official Book Charts for the week ending July 8, 2013: 1. “Inferno,” by Dan Brown (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 2. “Second Honeymoon,” by James Patterson & Howard Roughan (Little, Brown & Company) 3. “This Man,” by…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 8, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.) 2. Where’s My Mickey? (Disney) 3. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) 4. Minecraft – Pocket Edition (Mojang) 5. LEGO…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending July 8, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 2. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus 3. “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons 4. “Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams),”…

Study: TV’s female characters are sexual targets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An advocacy group says teenage female characters are sexual fodder for network TV series, especially comedies. According to the Parents Television Council study released Tuesday, the likelihood that a scene would include sexual exploitation…

Review: ‘Fruitvale Station’

“Fruitvale Station” is more than the dramatization of an obituary. It’s about empathy. In recounting (and slightly fictionalizing) the final day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life, first-time writer-director Ryan Coogler has made a film that piles small daily…

Book review: ‘My Education’ in love and loss

“My Education” (Viking) by Susan Choi Our first glimpse of Regina Gottlieb is as a graduate student in her first days at a prestigious university. Somewhat naïve and more than a little intimidated by the sea of bright…

Robert Plant takes Zeppelin songs to new places

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Plant knows his fans want Led Zeppelin and he’s happy to comply. On his own terms. Plant is on the road this summer with a new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and he’s…

Review: ‘Pacific Rim’ is skillful _ and very noisy

It’s one of the saving graces of “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo Del Toro’s new mega-budget monsters vs. robots extravaganza, that at a key juncture, it knows how to make fun of itself. This welcome bit of comic relief amid…