Review: Ariana Grande’s debut 1 of the year’s best

Ariana Grande, “Yours Truly” (Republic Records) While Miley Cyrus is being a wild child to demonstrate she is growing up, Ariana Grande is letting her music do all the talking. The 20-year-old singer-actress, one of the stars of…

Citing Syria, CNN moves up return of ‘Crossfire’

NEW YORK (AP) — With a congressional vote on Syria looming, CNN can’t wait to get “Crossfire” started again. The network says the daily debate program will begin Monday, Sept. 9. CNN had originally planned for the show…

Monae to sing live Fashion Week runway soundtrack

NEW YORK (AP) — Models on Rebecca Minkoff’s New York Fashion Week runway will be strutting to the live music of Janelle Monae. Monae will sing at Friday’s show at Lincoln Center as part of “American Express Unstaged,”…

NY’s Woodstock Film Festival announces lineup

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Actors Andy Garcia and Ricki Lake will be among the participants at the Woodstock Film Festival this fall. The 14th annual film festival runs Oct. 2 through Sun. Oct. 6 in Woodstock and nearby…

LeBron James joins forces with Starz for sitcom

NEW YORK (AP) — After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey — ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city.…

‘American Idol’ taps Lopez, Connick as judges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season. The…

Review: Reporters look inside NYPD’s spy unit

“Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America” (Touchstone Books), by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman In their reporting on a vast police spying operation that targeted Muslim New Yorkers, journalists…

Katie Couric engaged to boyfriend Molner

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner. Couric’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine. Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of…

Prince delivers ‘Breakfast’ for his new song

NEW YORK (AP) — The artwork may have made people laugh, but Prince’s new song is no joke. The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Sept. 8-14

Sept. 8: Comedian Sid Caesar is 91. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler (with Lester) is 73. Actor Alan Feinstein is 72. Singer Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels is 71. Actress Heather Thomas is 56. Singer Aimee Mann is 53.…

Author’s latest 1910s Detroit-set novel coming out

DETROIT (AP) — The fourth novel in Michigan author D.E. Johnson’s 1910s Detroit series is being released. “Detroit Shuffle” is out Tuesday. It’s a follow-up to the Kalamazoo-area resident’s previous works, “The Detroit Electric Scheme,” ”Motor City Shakedown”…

CBS, Time Warner deal ends NY, LA, Dallas blackout

NEW YORK (AP) — A monthlong standoff the prevented millions of homes from watching hit shows like “Under the Dome” and “NCIS” — and threatened to interfere with the start of football season— ended Monday after Time Warner…

CBS on air in NY, LA, Dallas with Time Warner deal

NEW YORK (AP) — TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable ended their monthlong programming dispute on Monday and resumed broadcasts to millions of homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. The agreement ended a…

Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour removed from gov’t

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Youssou Ndour is no longer Senegal’s tourism minister, according to the Cabinet list announced by new Prime Minister Aminata Toure. Over the weekend, President Macky Sall dismissed his former premier in the…

‘Fifty Shades’ movie casts Dakota Johnson, Hunnam

NEW YORK (AP) — The big-screen adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” has cast its lead roles. Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he…

NY college houses endangered Thomas Paine writings

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — He helped inspire the American Revolution, but Thomas Paine suffered a broad range of indignities afterward: Political cartoonists lampooned him, he was denied the right to vote and a coin was minted that…

21 months prison for 2 Tunisian rappers

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court has convicted in absentia a pair of rappers for insulting the police and sentenced them to 21 months in prison for singing excerpts of an anti-police song at a concert, their…

Despite the bombs, Hollywood posts a record summer

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite some spectacular flops, Hollywood’s summer concluded with a record $4.7 billion in box-office revenue. The summer movie season closed out on Labor Day weekend as the boy band concert film “One Direction: This…

Maria Pinto launches new collection on Kickstarter

CHICAGO (AP) — Fashion designer Maria Pinto — famous for dressing first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey — is back with a new, more affordable collection that she plans to launch with the help of an online…

Indiana U. to give top award to Jones, 2 others

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University is giving its highest alumni award to soul musician Booker T. Jones and former U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick Paige. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson also will receive IU’s…