Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake own the MTV VMAs

NEW YORK (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…

Reggae star sues Va. groups after bottle injury

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Grammy-winning reggae musician Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is suing several organizations after he was injured during a May concert in Richmond. Hibbert has filed the $20 million lawsuit in Richmond Circuit Court against Venture Richmond…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Sept. 1-7

Sept. 1: Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 74. Singer Archie Bell of Archie Bell and the Drells is 69. Singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is 67. Drummer Greg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone is 65.…

James Brown biopic to be filmed in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi native who directed “The Help” says he’ll make a biographical feature film about James Brown in the state this fall. Tate Taylor made the announcement Monday in Jackson, where he was joined…

Judge approves deal dismissing Paula Deen lawsuit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a deal to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen. U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. in Savannah signed an order Monday officially closing the…

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.…