Today In History

Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2013. There are 172 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1856 – American adventurer William Walker declares himself president of Nicaragua, a position he…

Top 10 films at the Independence Day box office

The minions have overtaken “The Lone Ranger.” Universal’s animated sequel “Despicable Me 2″ created box-office fireworks on the Fourth of July, earning $24.5 million. The top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Thursday, followed by distribution studio…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

‘Despicable Me’ tramples ‘Lone Ranger’ at theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The minions have overtaken “The Lone Ranger.” Studio estimates Friday show “Despicable Me 2″ is trampling the Johnny Depp Western at the holiday box office. The animated Universal sequel has collected three times more…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — President George W. Bush and Laura Bush. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Egyptian reform leader Mohammed ElBaradei; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Rep.…

Some ticket scalpers pass on Okla. benefit concert

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public.…

Prince Harry qualifies as Apache chopper commander

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s defense ministry says Prince Harry has qualified to command an Apache attack helicopter — the culmination of his training over the last three years. Harry, known as Capt. Wales in the army, earlier this…

Oscars of Indian cinema to be held in Fla. in 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bollywood’s version of the Oscars is coming to Florida. Tampa officials announced Friday that the International Indian Film Academy’s Weekend & Awards is expected to bring thousands of visitors next June. Local officials say…

Judge OKs defamation ruling vs. Pa. beauty queen

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that a Pennsylvania beauty queen must pay the Miss USA pageant $5 million for defaming Donald Trump’s pageant organization. Sheena Monnin resigned as…

37,000 police to secure Sochi Games

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s interior minister says that 37,000 police officers have been deployed to protect the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Vladimir Kolokoltsev said on state Rossiya 24 television Friday a multi-layer…

Mitch Albom’s latest book coming in November

DETROIT (AP) — Best-selling author Mitch Albom’s latest book will be released in the fall. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” comes out on Nov. 12. It focuses on a small town on Lake Michigan that receives worldwide…

Famous Detroiters’ stories told in photos, words

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting an 11-week exhibition starting next week that features photos and transcripted interviews with 50 prominent and influential Detroiters. The display opens July 12 and runs through Sept. 29 and…

USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

1. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 2. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Knopf/Doubleday) 3. “Damaged 2 (Volume 2)” by H.M. Ward (Laree Bailey Press) 4. “The Newcomer (Thunder Point)” by Robyn Carr (MIRA) 5. “And…

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Week ending June 30rd, 2013, powered by Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 2. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 3. “And the Mountains Echoed” by…

WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

Best-Selling Books Week Ended June 30th. FICTION 1. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 2. “Inferno” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 3. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) 4. “Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker”…

Deen parts with agent after racial slur fallout

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Paula Deen is ending her business relationship with a longtime agent after her admission that she used racial slurs in the past resulted in the loss of major pieces of her media and merchandising…

Rapper 50 Cent denies kicking ex-girlfriend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent denies allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo. The “In da Club” singer’s lawyer says there’s no warrant outstanding on the domestic violence and vandalism charges against 50 Cent,…

Sister-group singer Bernie Nolan dies at 52

LONDON (AP) — Bernadette Nolan, a member of singing sister act The Nolans, has died of cancer aged 52. The singer’s management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement that Nolan died Thursday surrounded by her family. Universally…

Prosecutors: 5 people conspired to murder rapper

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta rapper was shot dead in a car outside a hospital where his fiancee was due to give birth in what prosecutors say was an elaborate murder-for-hire plot involving gang members, a former Russian…

Belgian lawmakers: rein in new king’s powers

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s Prince Philippe has paid tribute to his father, King Albert, a day after the monarch announced he will abdicate later this month and pass the throne of this fractious nation to his son. Philippe,…