China investigates director alleged to have 7 kids

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities are investigating reports that one of Chinese cinema’s top names has fathered seven children in violation of the country’s strict family planning laws, state media reported Thursday. Media reports have circulated online this week…

JFK retrospective, Latino history on PBS schedule

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS’ fall schedule will examine President John F. Kennedy’s life and his death 50 years ago through a modern lens, part of the network’s increased emphasis on relevance, its programming chief said. A variety…

Fox orders new J.J. Abrams drama, Samberg comedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox says its lineup next season will include a new drama from producer-writer J.J. Abrams of “Lost” and “Star Trek” movie fame. The series, with the working title “Almost Human,” was described by Fox…

British director Bryan Forbes dies at age 86

LONDON (AP) — A family spokesman says British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic “The Stepford Wives,” has died after a long illness. Matthew D’Ancona said Wednesday that Forbes died at age…

NBC’s Richard Engel back to Syria after kidnapping

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is back quickly and safely from his first trip to Syria since he and his team were kidnapped and held captive there last December. Engel interviewed rebel…

Charles Ramsey’s turbulent 15 minutes of fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Helping to free three women from nearly a decade in captivity would seem to be enough. Hero neighbor Charles Ramsey has also become a star, offering moments of levity in an unspeakably horrible story,…

Rihanna booed in Boston, cheered on in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn’t start on time the following night. Boston.com reported that…

Rihanna booed in Boston, cheered on in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn’t start on time the following night. Boston.com reported that…

First lady honors outstanding libraries, museums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says the nation’s libraries and museums are creating better, more informed citizens and doing it with fewer resources. The first lady commented Wednesday at the White House as she helped award public service…
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‘Young and Restless’ star Jeanne Cooper dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on “The Young and the Restless,” has died. She was 84. Cooper died Wednesday morning in her…

Latin Recording Academy names Bose person of year

MIAMI (AP) — Singer Miguel Bose has been named the 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. The Latin Recording Academy announced the Spanish singer’s selection Wednesday. He will be honored with a tribute gala and concert…

Sharpton: Meeting with PepsiCo ‘positive’

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says a meeting he held with PepsiCo Inc. officlals and members of Emmett Till’s family was “positive.” Sharpton says in a statement PepsiCo officials apologized to the Till family at…

The UK Beatles’ show ‘Let It Be’ to hit Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles are coming back to Broadway. Two years after a Fab Four cover band arrived on the Great White Way, the London hit “Let It Be” plans to arrive this summer with new…

Robert Redford to produce unscripted CNN series

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford. The eight-part series, “Chicagoland,” will premiere in 2014. CNN said Wednesday that “Chicagoland” will explore where politics and policy…

Rival Anne Frank charities in dispute over archive

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Two nonprofit organizations that bear Jewish diarist Anne Frank’s name are locked in a dispute over the Frank family archives, which have been kept in Amsterdam since 2007. The Anne Frank Fund, based in Basel,…

NYC school cancels workshop by John Galliano

NEW YORK (AP) — Parsons The New School of Design in New York City has canceled a four-day workshop by the controversial fashion designer John Galliano. Galliano was creative director at Christian Dior when he was fired in…

PepsiCo agrees to meet with Till family, Sharpton

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. officials will meet Wednesday with members of Emmett Till’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton continued to press for the meeting last week after the company’s partnerships with Lil Wayne and…

PepsiCo agrees to meet with Till family, Sharpton

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. officials will meet Wednesday with members of Emmett Till’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton continued to press for the meeting last week after the company’s partnerships with Lil Wayne and…

Singer arrested in Calif. murder-for-hire plot

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested Tuesday in Southern California as authorities said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. Tim…

‘Charlie Brown’ actor to serve sentence in rehab

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man who was the voice of Charlie Brown in several “Peanuts” television shows faces possible prison time for stalking and threatening his former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who had given her a…