Bra tops, cutouts: Not everyone wants to be trendy

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it ever OK to — gasp! — step away from a trend? Absolutely, say some of the stylists, editors and designers gathered for New York Fashion Week. After all, not everybody can or…

‘Coronation Street’ actor cleared of sex charges

LONDON (AP) — A British jury has cleared Michael Le Vell, a longtime star of the British soap opera “Coronation Street,” of child sex abuse charges. The 48-year-old actor was found not guilty Tuesday of 12 offenses, including…

Texas judge cites TV show, declares mistrial

CUERO, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has cited a TV crime show in declaring a mistrial for a man charged with killing his girlfriend in a 2001 death originally ruled a suicide. A judge in Cuero (KWER’-oh)…

Global youth orchestra playing NYC peace concert

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 130 young people from 50 countries are using the universal language of music in a performance for peace in New York City. The World Peace Orchestra is holding its annual Play for…

Cleveland’s rock hall welcomes inductee Donovan

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is welcoming 2012 inductee Donovan, a folksy British singer-songwriter once labeled as “the new Dylan.” The rock hall was scheduled to host Donovan on…

Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves lead CMA nominees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and newcomer Kacey Musgraves are among the early lead nominees for the Country Music Association Awards. Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line announced five of 12 categories Tuesday morning on…

Documentary brings together 20 presidential chiefs

NEW YORK (AP) — The only man to hold both jobs says in a Discovery documentary that airs Wednesday that the White House chief of staff generally has more power than the vice president. “I was speaking from…

Harvey Weinstein proud of his Sandy benefit film

TORONTO (AP) — As autumn draws near and awards season looms, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein says he has one thing on his mind: that the Knicks go all the way. “I’m a die-hard Knicks fan and hoping Jim…

Q&A: John Legend on music, wedding, Kanye, Syria

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend has one more thing to do before launching his fall tour: get married. The 34-year-old R&B singer is engaged to 27-year-old model Chrissy Teigen, the subject of most of the romantic songs…

Lahiri, Toibin among Booker Prize finalists

LONDON (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. British-born Lahiri’s “The Lowland” and Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” are on the shortlist announced…

Cal Worthington, car dealer famed for TV ads, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cal Worthington, who built a fortune from a series of West Coast auto dealerships and became a TV fixture thanks to folksy car lot commercials urging customers to “Go see Cal,” has died. He…

Celebrities turn low key at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion insiders love to dress celebrities for big splashy Hollywood events, but they don’t necessarily want them at their own big splashy event: New York Fashion Week. As spring previews slid into their fifth…

‘Riddick’ rules weekend box office with $19M

“Riddick” is king of the box office. The science-fiction thriller starring Vin Diesel as an intergalactic ex-con who can see in the dark debuted in first place with $19 million. “Riddick,” which finds the alien anti-hero stranded and…

Settlement reached in Marvel ‘Ghost Rider’ lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A writer has reached a settlement with comic book publisher Marvel Entertainment over claims he owns the rights to the Ghost Rider character. The deal was revealed in a court filing Friday in federal…

Olivia Wilde calls fiancé ‘brilliant’ in video

TORONTO (AP) — Olivia Wilde kissed her fiancé Jason Sudeikis on the red carpet and then praised him for his portrayal of Marcus Mumford in the Mumford & Sons video, “Hopeless Wanderer.” The former Saturday Night Live player—…

Bono, designers to raise AIDS funds at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — The design and music worlds are coming together to help fight AIDS in Africa. Apple Inc. chief designer Jonathan Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson are collaborating with rocker Bono. They’re producing 40 original…

Cher, Ed Sheeran among ‘The Voice’ advisers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says “The Voice” is getting four new advisers, with Cher among them. The network said Monday that coach Blake Shelton picked Cher to work with in the upcoming fifth season. As an adviser,…

Lovato signs multi-book deal, including memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Demi Lovato’s next stage will be on the page. The singer-actress has agreed to a multi-book deal with Feiwel (FYE’-well) and Friends. The publisher, an imprint of Macmillan, announced the deal Monday. The first…

New season at daytime talk-alikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Balloons and fans chanting her name greeted Jenny McCarthy on her first day on “The View” on Monday, opening a transition season for Barbara Walters’ daytime show at the same time a program modeled…