ESPN replaces longtime motorsports announcer Reid

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says motorsports announcer Marty Reid is no longer with the network. Reid had been with ESPN since 1982 and is the only television play-by-play announcer to cover five different North American motorsports series.…

NE Ohio art museum launches free Thursdays

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An innovative art museum in northeast Ohio will offer free gallery admission on Thursdays to attract more fans to its collection. The Free Thursday program starts this week at the Akron Art Museum. Normal…

Exhibit displays Cass County entertainment history

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — The evolution of entertainment in Logansport from saloon pianos to a theater’s development into a test audience for Chicago is covered in a new museum exhibit. The exhibit called “From Saloons to Theaters” is…

Exhibit displays Cass Co. entertainment history

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — The State Theatre’s transformation into the Shindig, a venue for stand-up comedians and live bands, and the pending completion of Mary Max Cinemas Logansport 5, a five-screen theater, got Thelma Conrad thinking of a…

Marcella Hazan, famed cookbook author, dies at 89

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Marcella Hazan, the Italian-born cookbook author who taught generations of Americans how to create simple, fresh Italian food, died Sunday. She was 89. Hazan died in the morning at her home in Florida,…

Cleveland airport mounts rock music photo exhibit

CLEVELAND (AP) — Visitors flying to Cleveland will be reminded right away that it’s the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has mounted a five-month exhibit of the rock…

‘Cloudy’ sequel tops weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ slurped up the box office. The animated Sony sequel featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $35 million in…

‘Pride and Prejudice’ event heads to Wright State

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A taste of 19th century England is coming to Ohio as Wright State University hosts a conference and celebration marking the 200th anniversary of publication of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” “Pride and Prejudice:…

AP PHOTOS: ‘Breaking Bad’ kept its audience hooked

For five seasons audiences have been hooked on the evolution of Walter White and the dark world he embraced in “Breaking Bad.” As the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord, Bryan Cranston and the rest of the show’s cast have earned their share…

Report: Ohio port balks at cruise ships

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio port on Lake Erie reportedly has balked at joining an effort to revive the cruise industry on the Great Lakes. The (Toledo) Blade (bit.ly/15CIyrl) reported Sunday that little, if any, of the…

Aaron Paul of ‘Breaking Bad’ has ‘SNL’ cameo

NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” had some fun with anticipation over Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale, with the help from Aaron Paul in a surprise cameo. Paul, who plays Walter White’s drug compatriot Jesse Pinkman in the…

Detroit museum marking War of 1812 anniversary

DETROIT (AP) — A museum is celebrating the bicentennial of Detroit’s independence from the British. Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of when the British left the city for the last time on Sept. 29, 1813. The Detroit Historical…

MC Lyte, Kendrick Lamar highlight BET Hip-Hop

ATLANTA (AP) — MC Lyte said she was initially nervous following a video tribute that honored the veteran rapper for her career achievements at the eighth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday. Once MC Lyte gathered herself, she thanked…

C-Span to highlight former first lady from Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — C-Span will feature a former first lady from Ohio on an episode of its “First Ladies: Influence and Image” series. The episode featuring Florence Harding and a visit to the Harding Home and Museum in…

Ohio railway makes list of best family train trips

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A popular tourist attraction in southeastern Ohio’s Athens County has been named among the world’s best train trips for families. The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1eHL6HH) that the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville made…

Royal Mint coins to mark Prince George christening

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Royal Mint says it will create a set of coins to mark the christening of Prince George next month. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son will be christened at the Chapel Royal…

Miss Philippines wins Miss World in Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Security is tight ahead of the crowning of Miss World on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the event was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. Despite threats from the Islamic Defenders Front…

‘Blue Bloods’ actor’s film to screen in Wayne

WAYNE, Mich. (AP) — A film starring an actor from the hit TV show “Blue Bloods” is to have its Midwest premiere at a theater in suburban Detroit. “Infiltrators” is to screen Saturday at the State-Wayne Phoenix Theatre…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. ___ CBS’ “Face the…

Simons stamps his natural mark on Dior

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of square meters (yards) of hanging vines, wisteria and roses — some real, some fake — created a garden setting though which designer Raf Simons’ took guests on the latest Christian Dior journey for…