Calif. governor signs bill to deter paparazzi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. The bill from state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, will…

Toy armadillo filched in NY after Nelson concert

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A missing armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. The Capitol Theater’s general manager says a stuffed armadillo, beloved by a member of Nelson’s…

Up-and-coming Paris designers make their mark

PARIS (AP) — The first day of Paris ready-to-wear collections, which showcases the design world’s up-and-coming talents, is a day largely ignored by the top magazine editors. After attending the catwalks in New York, London and Milan many…

UK art gallery to show Bob Dylan’s iron gates

LONDON (AP) — It turns out folk hero Bob Dylan is something of a metalhead. A London art gallery is organizing an exhibition featuring iron gates made by the musician, reflecting his “lifelong fascination with welding and metalwork.”…

Poet Oswald’s take on Homer wins Warwick Prize

LONDON (AP) — A reworking of Homer’s “Iliad” by British poet Alice Oswald has won the Warwick Prize for Writing, an eclectic literary award open to English-language works in any genre and from any country. Oswald’s “Memorial” was…

Fitz and actress Kaylee DeFer have first child

NEW YORK (AP) — Kaylee DeFer and Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums are the proud parents of a baby boy. The lead singer of the rock band and the “Gossip Girl” actress welcomed Theodore Ignatius Fitzpatrick on…

Men-only Mormon conference session to be broadcast

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon Church conference session that’s previously been limited to men will now be broadcast live. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that the priesthood session at the Oct.…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Sept. 22, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Sept. 22: UNITED STATES 1. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” (RCA) 2. Lorde, “Royals” (Republic) 3. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Avicii Music AB)…

Rogen, Goldberg to make R-rated animated film

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures will make a raunchy, R-rated animated film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg titled “Sausage Party.” The project was announced Tuesday by Sony, which is co-financing the film with Annapurna Pictures.…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks

iBooks’ Official Book Charts for the week ending Sept. 23, 2013: Top 10 Paid Books 1.The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) 2.Never Go Back by Lee Child (Random House Publishing Group) 3.The Husband’s Secret by…

Cones, thumb in running for London art display

LONDON (AP) — A big thumbs-up and a pair of revolving robotic cones are among the artworks contending for a place in London’s landmark Trafalgar Square. Six works were unveiled in miniature Tuesday, two of which will be…

Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated…

Review: Kings of Leon get back in the saddle

Three years after the Kings of Leon’s last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with “Mechanical Bull.” The album takes the band’s unique sound — the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followill’s growl —…

Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets. Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more…

Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

NEW YORK (AP) — “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself…

Review: Stephen King shines on in ‘Doctor Sleep’

“Doctor Sleep” (Scribner), by Stephen King. Consider this the sequel you never knew you were waiting for, but will be very glad it arrived. Thirty-six years after introducing readers to Danny Torrance and a precognitive ability he came…

Kings of Leon return refreshed, recharged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Kings of Leon are having a great time. Problem is, no one really believes them. A very public meltdown in Dallas in 2011 led to some acrimonious tweets, the cancellation of 26 concert…

Producing duo ready their third sports play

NEW YORK (AP) — One night in late 2010, theater producer Fran Kirmser found herself in a Broadway theater beside an unusual guest — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the opening night of “Lombardi,” a play about…

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb joining Daily News

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are joining the Daily News as columnists. The newspaper says the anchors of the fourth hour of NBC-TV’s “Today” show will dispense advice on food, fashion and pop…