Gilbert, King and Fielding have novels out in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gilbert spent enough years as a memoir writer, and had so much success, that even her admirers forget that she started out in fiction. “For all intents and purposes, whatever I did before…

Fashion mostly noted for its absence at VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — The clothes that had everyone talking at MTV’s Video Music Awards were mostly notable for their absence. Miley Cyrus appeared on stage in a revealing leotard, then stripped down to a nude bikini to…

NYC to exhibit masterpieces from Dutch museum

NEW YORK (AP) — The 17th century painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is coming to a New York City museum this fall. The Frick Collection will show Johannes Vermeer’s portrait of the girl with an enigmatic gaze…

Country stars pay tribute to pioneering band

Various Artists, “Alabama & Friends” (10 Spot) Nowadays, long hair and loud guitars are common in country music. That wasn’t always the case. The new album “Alabama & Friends” pays tribute to a pioneering band that proved decades…

Career criminal banned from Brooklyn court

NEW YORK (AP) — A career criminal who once stalked “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston has been banned from the Brooklyn federal courthouse for stalking a female judge. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/14wJZVJ ) says David Hester-Bey can only enter…

Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake own the MTV VMAs

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) — It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards. The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night’s…

A list of winners at the MTV Video Music Awards

A list of winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Video of the year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” Best female video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Best…

Michelle Obama, daughters see 2 Broadway shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama and her daughters caught Broadway’s “The Trip to Bountiful” after spending part of the day watching tennis at the U.S. Open. The first lady and her girls slipped into their seats at…

Timberlake, ‘N Sync take over Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Even if the hotly rumored ‘N Sync reunion doesn’t happen, the MTV Video Music Awards are already shaping up as Justin Timberlake’s night. The lead nominee — with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — is…

Michigan Tech professor writes streetcar book

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Technological University professor has written a book about historic streetcar service in the Upper Peninsula’s Copper Country. Bill Sproule is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Houghton school. His…

Russell Doughten, evangelical filmmaker, dies

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) — Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. He was 86. Doughten died Monday at his…

Tower in view of painter’s old NY home sparks suit

GREENPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The on-high views of the Hudson River that inspired Frederic Church’s classic landscape paintings remain largely as he saw them in the 19th century. The river below his hilltop home still shimmers in the…

Steven Seagal talks ‘border security’ at NM event

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Marked for border protection? Hollywood actor turned reserve sheriff’s deputy, Steven Seagal, dropped by the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association Conference this week to talk about border security. KVIA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/19wkq7Q) that the action…

Ann Arbor film fest names new executive director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Ann Arbor Film Festival has named Leslie Raymond as its new executive director. Raymond has been associated with the film fest for more than 20 years, as a member of the screening…

Funeral held for author Elmore Leonard in Michigan

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Friends, family and fans are set to remember famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard at a funeral service in suburban Detroit. A funeral Mass is to be held Saturday at Holy Name Church in Birmingham.…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ___ ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Lewis;…

Linda Ronstadt tells AARP she has Parkinson’s

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has robbed her ability to sing. The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months…

Alec Baldwin and wife give birth to daughter in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife have given birth to a baby girl in New York. Hilaria Baldwin tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account Friday night. She says that the family is…

Kanye West unveils photo of baby on TV’s ‘Kris’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baby North West has made her television debut. Kanye West showed a photo Friday of his 2-month-old daughter with Kim Kardashian on Kris Jenner’s Fox show, “Kris.” The family matriarch also posted an image…

Sides agree to drop Paula Deen discrimination suit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath…