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…

Musician turns 9/11 survivor stories into song

NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs — some of them surprisingly joyous. Composer and pianist Jake Heggie said Sunday that his new album titled…

Nine Inch Nails rocks 2nd day of Philly music fest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nine Inch Nails closed the second night of the “Budweiser Made In America” festival with a set that captured the audience — but with a smaller crowd than Beyonce’s the night before. Trent Reznor and…

Lady Gaga debuts ARTPOP at iTunes Festival

LONDON (AP) — With flying pigs and wigs, Lady Gaga debuted her “ARTPOP” songs at the iTunes Festival. The pop star performed seven new songs, as she headlined the event at London’s Roundhouse Sunday night. It is Gaga’s…

Musician turns 9/11 survivor stories into song

NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs — some of them surprisingly joyous. Composer Jake Heggie said Sunday that his new album titled “here/after (songs…

Beetle Bailey creator honored on 90th birthday

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Beetle Bailey was known to be a lazy Army private, but the creator of the popular comic strip is getting accolades from top military brass and others as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Mort…

NYC music fest canceled after 2 drug-linked deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo has been canceled over drug-related health concerns. The city says it recommended Electric Zoo…

Director: ‘Night Moves’ not a political statement

Associated Press (AP) — Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, for the sake of her dog, drives back and forth between her New York home and the Oregonian landscape that shapes her films, noting along the way the increasing toll…

New song to benefit Detroit Public Schools

DETROIT (AP) — A new song featuring Funk Brothers guitarist Eddie Willis will benefit Detroit Public Schools. The single “Take It Slow” is being released on Sunday. It’s part of the “Back to Class” music series spearheaded by…

Burning Man crowd in Nevada desert tops 61,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal official says more than 61,000 people have turned out so far for the weekend Burning Man outdoor art and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada. U.S. Bureau of…

Royal ride: Queen’s Daimler sells for $63K

LONDON (AP) — A green Daimler owned and driven by Queen Elizabeth II has been sold at auction for 40,500 pounds ($62,755.) Auction house Historics said the queen used the vehicle from 2001 to 2004 to travel around…

NM clinic to offer ‘Breaking Bad’ free rehab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque mental health clinic is using hit show “Breaking Bad” about methamphetamine trafficking to help fight addiction. KRQE-TV reports that Sage Neuroscience Center has partnered with HealthShire.com to give away two addiction-treatment scholarships…

Frears eager for pope to see his latest film

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director Stephen Frears really wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, “Philomena,” the true story of a shamed Irish woman forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s.…

‘Child of God’ star slept in caves preparing role

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director James Franco says his star in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God” lived in isolation and slept in caves to prepare for the role. Scott Haze plays Lester Ballard, a man…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Retired Gen. James Cartwright, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of…

Longhorn Network signs up Time Warner Cable

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Longhorn Network is turning up on the channel guides of another major cable television provider. Time Warner Cable has added the ESPN network dedicated to the athletic program at the University of Texas.…

Texas town holds first Westfest since blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — A weekend of sausage, sauerkraut and its famous kolaches is underway in West as the Central Texas town holds its signature celebration of its Czech heritage. It’s the first Westfest since a deadly fertilizer…