Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Edward Snowden’s father, Lon; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Donald Trump. ___ NBC’s…

Fox Sports signs United SportsCar Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fox Sports has reached a five-year agreement to televise the unified United SportsCar Racing series through the 2018 season. The agreement announced Friday also includes coverage of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge…

Buffalo art gallery taking some works on tour

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery is taking some of its best-known works on tour. The “Picasso to Pollock” exhibit will visit Denver, San Diego, Milwaukee and Bentonville, Ark., between next March and September 2015. Among…

Jimmy Fallon: We had baby via surrogate

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon says he and his wife had their baby daughter with the help of a surrogate. Winnie Rose Fallon, the daughter of the NBC late-night comic and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, was born…

Kid Rock’s beer returns for Detroit-area shows

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — Kid Rock’s beer is back. The musician announced on his website that American Badass Beer will be sold again starting Friday at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, where he begins a string of…

Disney teases ‘Nemo” sequel, other films at expo

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Will the Force be with Disney fans this weekend? The Walt Disney Co. is pulling back the curtain for more than 45,000 expected fans at this weekend’s D23 Expo across the street from Disneyland.…

Judge sides with Usher in child custody battle

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a child custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife. Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing earlier this week after the former couple’s son…

Detroit Historical Society gets $500,000 grant

DETROIT (AP) — The Ford Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Detroit Historical Society as part of the society’s $20.1 million fundraising effort. The grant announced this week will be used to support exhibitions, public programming…

Judge sides with Usher in child custody battle

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta is set to hear about a child custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife. Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing earlier this week after the former couple’s son got…

Films featuring Karen Black

NEW YORK (AP) — Among films that featured actress Karen Black: “You’re a Big Boy Now,” 1959. “Hard Contract,” 1966. “Easy Rider,” 1969. “Five Easy Pieces,” 1970. “Drive, He Said,” 1971. “Little Laura and Big John,” 1972. “Portnoy’s…

Review: B’way musical ‘First Date’ is madcap fun

NEW YORK (AP) — An awkward blind date has the potential for great comedy — as long as it’s not happening to you. In an alternate world, such a date might unfold amid a series of snappy musical…

‘Five Easy Pieces’ star Karen Black dead at 74

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as “Easy Rider,” ”Five Easy Pieces” and “Nashville,” has died. Black’s husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says…

UP festival honors 100-ton, 1,500-year-old fungus

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (AP) — A 1,500-year-old, 100-ton fungus gets its due this week with northern Michigan’s annual Humungus Fungus Fest. The festival in Crystal Falls honors the Armillaria fungus, which covers about 37 acres in Iron County’s…

‘The Real,’ ‘Exhale,’ take new approach to TV talk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five women sitting around talking has become a TV staple. Five women talking, each of whom is either black, Asian or Latino, is something different. It’s the approach tested by two shows: “The Real,”…

A reality show with depth: Live ocean exploration

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are vicious fights, stunning beauties and surprises around every corner. Yes, it’s reality TV but with a lot more depth — as much as 10,000 feet. It’s live coverage of deep-sea exploration off Nantucket…

Behar makes exit from ‘The View’

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar (BAY’-hahr) makes her exit from “The View” on daytime television Friday. Except for program inventor Barbara Walters, Behar is the last of the original hosts from when the show made its debut…

Country Hall of Famer ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “Cowboy” Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ‘n’ roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday morning at his home. He was 82. Dub Cornett,…

Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ to close New York Film Fest

NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance “Her” will close the New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the gala selection Thursday for its 51st festival. The film stars Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) Phoenix as…

In $25M gift, casino mogul bets on blindness cure

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn is donating $25 million to the University of Iowa to accelerate the search for cures to rare eye diseases such as the one that hampers his own…

Mystery writer Barbara Mertz dies at 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Mertz, an Egyptologist who wrote dozens of mystery and suspense novels under two pen names, has died. She was 85. Mertz’s daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins that her mother died Thursday morning…