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Chris Pine takes command of his career

LOS ANGELES — Chris Pine is carving out an interesting — and broad — career for himself playing military men. It started with taking on the role of Captain James T. Kirk for the re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Entertainment

Country legend Merle Haggard cancels February shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country legend Merle Haggard has canceled his shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia in both lungs.A statement released by his publicist said the singer-songwriter was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with the...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World

How beloved British actress Maggie Smith's career grew

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, she didn't appear in a Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy.Instead, the...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Entertainment

Bret Michaels’ childhood home destroyed in fire; 7 escape

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — A fire has destroyed a central Pennsylvania home where Poison lead singer Bret Michaels once lived as a child.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World

Singer Justin Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s Tulum ruin site

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Brown a suspect in another assault

R&B singer Chris Brown is beginning 2016 the way he ended 2015: as the subject of never-ending controversy. In December, Brown’s history of assault led to a canceled overseas tour and a canceled TV show appearance. Now, he’s being investigated for alleged battery of a female fan in Las...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Life

Lady Edith: the courtly rebel

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It hardly ever happens. But the daughter of a software engineer and a diagnostic radiographer became a wealthy aristocrat overnight — at least on paper.

Date: 01/03/2016 | Entertainment

15 hours with Fabio

Famous model opens up on road trip to his Washington estate

Date: 01/03/2016 | Entertainment

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies

LOS ANGELES — Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre on "M.A.S.H." was among the most beloved characters on one of the most popular shows of all time, died Thursday. The actor was surrounded by family when he died in Los Angeles of complications from...

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

Weatherman Willard Scott retiring

NEW YORK — With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute.The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday that he’s hanging it up. The morning show plans a tribute to his work Tuesday.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

SAN FRANCISCO — Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they’ll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to good works in celebration of their daughter, Max.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Serbs to Steven Seagal: Don’t bash us, train us

BELGRADE, Serbia — Steven Seagal used to overwhelm Russian and Serbian bad guys in Hollywood movies with his martial arts techniques. Now Serbia wants him to share his secrets.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Off the Wire

Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death

LOS ANGELES — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem’s children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Rich and famous to get a private lounge at LAX

A proposal to build a posh private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport for Southern California’s glitterati was approved Thursday in a move that officials hope will reduce disturbances by paparazzi, looky-loos and autograph-seekers in the busy central terminal area.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Nation & World

Vegas illusionist Criss Angel cancels shows to visit ill son

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas magician Criss Angel says he’s canceling shows for the first time in seven years to visit his young son, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Bill Cosby suffers series of setbacks in sex assault cases

BOSTON — In both the court of law and the court of public opinion, the case is growing against Bill Cosby.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

‘Dateline NBC’ gathers Bill Cosby accusers for special

NEW YORK — NBC News correspondent Kate Snow says that bringing 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a “Dateline NBC” special Friday took on an importance beyond the individual cases.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Ironman TV chef

Gordon Ramsay returns for Lake Stevens race

Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News

Terrence Howard in court trying to undo divorce agreement

LOS ANGELES — Terrence Howard agreed to a 2012 divorce settlement with his ex-wife because he was afraid she would leak private details about his sex life, his attorney said during opening statements at a hearing involving the actor’s efforts to overturn the agreement.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Life

Stewart bids ‘Daily Show’ an emotional farewell

NEW YORK — Jon Stewart said an emotional goodbye on Thursday, after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that established him as America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Nation & World

Singers Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards call off engagement

NEW YORK — Former One Direction member Zayn Malik and singer Perrie Edwards have called off their engagement.A representative for Malik confirmed Tuesday the couple had ended their engagement. No other details were provided.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Life

Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale divorcing

Though they were rich, famous and incredibly good looking, they could not make it last. Let there be no doubt: Rocking celebrity couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are parting ways after nearly 13 years of marriage.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Life

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.The WWE said Friday that Piper had died. It had no additional details.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Lynn Anderson, singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ dies at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Bono teams with Revo for eye care awareness

NEW YORK — Bono, who has had problems with his own vision, is partnering with a company to provide better eye care to the underprivileged.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Life

Freedom of gossip has its limits, Gawker learns

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get; certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker. But that was Phase One.Denton recently pulled an item about a married media...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd released on bail in New Zealand

SYDNEY — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was released on bail on Monday after his weekend arrest in New Zealand on a charge of breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence for threatening to kill a former employee.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Entertainment

Cosby detailed his womanizing, secrecy efforts a decade ago

Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Demi Moore ‘in shock’ after man drowns in her back yard pool

LOS ANGELES — Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Regis Philbin reunites with Kathie Lee as contributor to ‘Today’

Welcome back, Reg! Regis Philbin is joining the fourth hour of the “Today” show, reuniting the semi-retired talk-show host with his longtime cohost Kathie Lee Gifford.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Life

Honoring their Dead

The Grateful Dead has three shows left, and local fans look back

Date: 07/03/2015 | Entertainment

7 reasons Amy Schumer would be the best Bachelorette ever

Now it’s really clear why Amy Schumer turned down the chance to host “The Daily Show.” Sure, she said it’s because she doesn’t want to play it safe, but I think she’s setting her sights on a show that needs her more: “The Bachelorette.” Schumer is a big fan of the franchise; she had a cameo this...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Life

Schwarzenegger: Counseling ‘biggest mistake I’ve ever made’

The year A.D. 2011 brought days as dark as those following a Skynet-sponsored apocalypse for a former Terminator and governor of California.Arnold Schwarzenegger was out of office but, being only a naturalized U.S. citizen, couldn't run for the White House like fellow former...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Entertainment

‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten dies

NEW YORK — Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who premiered on Broadway as a child, starred on television in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Nation & World

Will media allow Jenner to be ‘finally free’?

It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.One could hardly find a news channel the past couple of days that wasn't touting the former Bruce Jenner for her courageous transgender metamorphosis or admiring her...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

WASHINGTON — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the “good old days” of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

John Nash, wife die in crash

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World

Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary degree

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Iconic filmmaker John Waters says he was surprised to be offered an honorary degree from a prestigious Rhode Island art school. After all, he was thrown out of every school he ever went to.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World

Casey Kasem’s widow won’t face criminal charges

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won’t file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted.

Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World

‘Sudden wealth syndrome’ takes a toll on the rich

Celebrities — they're just like us. Or so the gossip magazines say.I'll attest to this much: The rich and famous can have as hard a time protecting their money as everyone else. Just ask Kevin Bacon, erstwhile client of Ponzi-scheme con artist Bernie Madoff.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business columnists

Flavor Flav arrested in Vegas, suspected of impaired driving

LAS VEGAS — Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas early Thursday on allegations of driving under the influence, speeding, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the 2005 black BMW he was driving, authorities said.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World

David Letterman signs off on 'Late Show'

NEW YORK — David Letterman was ushered into retirement Wednesday by four presidents declaring "our long national nightmare is over" and a succession of stars delivering a final Top Ten list of things they always wanted to say to the late-night host.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Nation & World

Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug

NEW YORK — The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is ending its annual Labor Day telethon, a television tradition for decades that has slowly disappeared from view since the sudden end of Jerry Lewis’ role as host following the 2010 show.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death over highway crash

LOS ANGELES - The stepchildren of a woman killed in a car crash involving Bruce Jenner filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the Olympian, accusing him of being negligent.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

Friend: Joni Mitchell unconscious, unable to care for self

LOS ANGELES — A longtime friend of Joni Mitchell says in a court filing that the singer-writer is unconscious and unable to make medical decisions for herself.

Date: 04/28/2015 | Nation & World

Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses stolen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials say a pair of Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses has been stolen from a display case at a Memphis museum.

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Rosie the Riveter painting’s model dies

HARTFORD, Conn. — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Gwyneth Paltrow files for divorce from singer Chris Martin

LOS ANGELES — Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are officially uncoupling after the actress filed for divorce after more than 11 years of marriage.Paltrow cited irreconcilable differences for the breakup of her marriage to Martin, who is the frontman for the band Coldplay.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Entertainment

Call reveals ordeal of Sandra Bullock break-in

LOS ANGELES — Sandra Bullock awoke early the morning of June 8 to find an intruder in her home.She didn't know it at the time, but the man had lurked outside her gates for several days, writing in a spiral notebook about his obsession with the Oscar-winning actress. He...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

Price is Right’ model apologizes for $21,960 mistake

LOS ANGELES — “The Price is Right” model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Bobbi Kristina Brown in medically induced coma

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive at her Georgia home in late January. She was hospitalized, and has reportedly been placed in a medically-induced coma.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Life

Oprah Winfrey selling furniture, paintings in auction

CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey will sell paintings, furniture, designer clothing and other items from her Chicago residence at auction next month.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World

Minnelli ‘making excellent progress’ in rehab

NEW YORK — Liza Minnelli has checked herself in rehab and is making “excellent progress,” her representative says.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Entertainment

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

LONDON — Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Nation & World

Future of BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ uncertain after host suspended

LONDON — An off-set altercation has imperiled the internationally known TV car show “Top Gear,” one of the BBC’s most lucrative productions.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

The politics of Spock

Nimoy was key to the cultural commentary of 'Star Trek'

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

Custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o stolen

LOS ANGELES — The $150,000 pearl-adorned dress Lupita Nyong’o wore to this year’s Academy Awards has been reported stolen, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World

Town plans museum honoring Maurice Sendak

HARTFORD, Conn. — Three years after Maurice Sendak's death, his western Connecticut hometown of Ridgefield is pursuing a museum honoring the author of "Where the Wild Things Are."The town has its sights on a vacant modernist building in walking distance...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Nation & World

Twitter has become our humorless conscience

Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.Penn, just before announcing...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lindsay Lohan gets 125 more hours community service

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan had young people “shadow” her while she was in London working on a play and logged it as community service. Now a judge has tacked on 125 hours of service for the actress.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Nation & World

Source: Whitney Houston’s ailing daughter has tracheostomy

ATLANTA — Doctors have replaced Bobbi Kristina Brown’s breathing tube with a tube usually used for patients who need to be on a ventilator for an extended period, a person close to the family said Thursday.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Nation & World

Vanilla Ice arrested for alleged burglary

Reality star and '90s rapper Vanilla Ice (born Robert Matthew Van Winkle) was arrested in Florida for alleged home burglary, police confirmed Wednesday.According to a statement from the Lantana Police Department, several household items — furniture, a pool heater,...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World

One Seuss Two Seuss Happy Fans New Seuss

NEW YORK — More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World

Red carpet turns serious actresses into mere fashion plates

Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience — just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip — must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bruce Jenner rear-ended cars in fatal wreck

LOS ANGELES — Video shows Bruce Jenner started a chain-reaction crash that resulted in a woman's death on a Malibu highway, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Date: 02/18/2015 | Nation & World

New accuser emerges as Cosby cancels shows in Boston

BOSTON — A former fashion model and actress who appeared on one episode of "The Cosby Show" in 1988 is the latest of several women to accuse Bill Cosby of making unwanted sexual advances toward them.

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

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