CBS blackout dispute threatens football fans

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one thing for a business dispute to knock out CBS programming in some three million homes during rerun season. Football season is another matter entirely, and there’s little immediate cause for optimism. There’s…

Roof collapses at James Dean’s Indiana high school

FAIRMOUNT, Ind. (AP) — A large portion of the Indiana high school where James Dean was first exposed to acting has caved in, dealing what local officials say could be a final blow to efforts to preserve the…

Fox’s O’Reilly: I made wrong claim about march

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly has apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participate in a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights…

NY fed court upholds conviction of philanthropist

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld the conviction of an opera-loving philanthropist convicted of a multimillion-dollar fraud but ordered him resentenced Friday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan left unclear whether Alberto…

NBA’s Lamar Odom arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball star Lamar Odom was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence early Friday after a California Highway Patrol officer saw his white Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a San Fernando Valley Freeway. The husband…

Final answer: Being on TV’s ‘Millionaire’ was fun

NEW YORK (AP) — Why, oh why, didn’t I know the president of Nigeria’s name? I had swept through nine questions and logged $60,000 by the time I made my fatal guess as a contestant on “Who Wants…

Country bedrock band Alabama returns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Put the members of Alabama in the same room together and very quickly the jokes start and the laughs roll. Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry are back together, out on tour playing…

Dragon Con could see largest-ever crowd in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers say they’re hoping for the largest crowd ever at Dragon Con, the pop culture convention underway this weekend in downtown Atlanta. The convention began Friday, and event spokesman Dan Carroll projects that 57,000 people…

Michael Jackson fans descend on Gary for tribute

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Fans of Michael Jackson are gathering in the late pop star’s northern Indiana hometown of Gary for a weekend of events celebrating his life and career. Members of the Jackson family, including matriarch Katherine…

More donations for RI charity auction

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — MTV and Comedy Central have joined singer Taylor Swift in supporting an auction to raise money for charity and celebrate a Rhode Island town’s centennial. The organizers of West Warwick’s Centennial Ball announced…

Publisher Matthew Shear dead at age 57

NEW YORK (AP) — A gregarious and widely loved publisher who worked with authors ranging from Doris Kearns Goodwin and Shirley MacLaine to Janet Evanovich and Augusten Burroughs has died. Matthew Shear has 57. Shear died Wednesday at…

Chappelle heckled at Conn. show, stops performance

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fans are upset after Dave Chappelle stopped his headlining set at a Connecticut comedy show because of hecklers and left the stage after telling only a few jokes. Chappelle was the closing act Thursday…

Abbado, Piano are new lifetime Italian senators

ROME (AP) — Four Italians were tapped on Friday to be senators for life, including renowned architect Renzo Piano and maestro Claudio Abbado, who was La Scala’s music director for nearly 20 years. President Giorgio Napolitano also chose…

Nicolas Cage: ‘Joe’ among most memorable roles

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Nicolas Cage says after more than three decades acting in films he has no intention of retiring anytime soon, despite “fantasies of a life of contemplation.” Cage, who is premiering David Gordon Green’s “Joe”…

Howard’s docu on Jay-Z festival to air on Showtime

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard’s “Made in America” documentary about the Jay-Z-curated music festival in Philadelphia will air Oct. 11 on Showtime. Jay-Z’s “Budweiser Made in America” festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last year. About 50,000…

Hip-hop version of ‘Othello’ resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) — Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They’re here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It’s the stuff of…

AP Interview: new Polish movie honors Lech Walesa

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has largely fallen from grace in the eyes of his Polish countrymen. Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda says he wants to restore his longtime friend as Poland’s hero in his latest…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

Love TV? Power watchers date favorite shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie Edinger, 26, is in a cozy relationship. It’s predictable and relaxing. She’s in that phase, she said, “where you start wearing sweatpants and completing each other’s sentences.” And that’s just her relationship with…