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Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing

Jul 31, 2014

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf.

Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack ...

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Veteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90

Jul 31, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.

Halmi died Wednesday in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick.

The Hungarian-born Halmi found success as a magazine photographer after arriving in America in 1951, shooting ...

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Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Jul 30, 2014

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has ...

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George W. Bush writes book about father

Jul 30, 2014

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President ...

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Hijuelos novel posthumous release set for 2015

Jul 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death last year will be published in the fall of 2015.

Grand Central Publisher announced Wednesday it has acquired Hijuelos' "Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise," based on the friendship between Mark Twain ...

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Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

Jul 30, 2014

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first ...

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Killer of Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole

Jul 30, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release.

A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday that Freddie Glenn's parole request has been denied for now.

Glenn, who is serving a life sentence, was ...

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APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from book

Jul 30, 2014

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The passage from the best-selling memoir "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle will be removed, publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday.

A federal jury in St. Paul ...

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Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

Jul 30, 2014

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams.

The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic ...

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Rabe, Wolcott, Bidart among winners of PEN awards

Jul 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year's winners of awards given out by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization.

Ron Childress' "And West is West" won the $25,000 PEN/Bellwether Prize for ...

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Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

Jul 30, 2014

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

"We are very into the idea of ...

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Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA in 2015

Jul 29, 2014

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015. The announcement was made on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning ...

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ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

Jul 29, 2014

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

Smith's commentary occurred during a ...

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Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

Jul 29, 2014

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

A ...

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Metropolitan Museum of Art's president retiring

Jul 29, 2014

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the world, on Tuesday announced her retirement.

Emily Rafferty, who started working at the museum in 1976 and has been its president since 2005, said she would step ...

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TV series moving some production to New Mexico

Jul 29, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series starring Anne Heche and Jason Isaacs is moving some of its production from Israel to New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the USA Network series "Dig" filmed its pilot in Jerusalem but is moving in light of the recent unrest ...

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Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit

Jul 29, 2014

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability.

Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment.

In the show, McDonald portrays Billie ...

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Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

Jul 29, 2014

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food.

Ahead of her Thursday performance at the Ohio State Fair, the Queen of Soul says she's eager to track down some ...

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Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt

Jul 29, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody battle will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its effort to reclaim it for Egypt.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Tuesday that the Department of Justice will take no ...

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