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  • 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition

    Updated: 33 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's "Paul Blart" sequel couldn't outpace "Furious 7." The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but "Furious 7" maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million,...

  • Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee

    Updated: 46 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month. Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris, drummer Harvey Mason and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and...

  • Blake Shelton: nominee, host and Lambert cheerleader at ACMs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Blake Shelton may be going into the Academy of Country Music Awards as a host, performer and two-time nominee, but he has another priority: being a cheerleader. Shelton's wife, fiery country star Miranda Lambert, is the top contender with eight nominations, including the...

  • Don Francisco says it's time to close Sabado with dignity

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — After receiving a standing ovation from his emotional audience, Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante," tried to explain why television's longest-running show is coming to an end. Created by its boisterous host, the weekly three-hour show, which means "Giant Saturday"...

  • Ex-'Top Gear' star got false cancer diagnosis before fracas

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Former "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson says doctors told him he probably had cancer just days before a fracas in which he attacked a colleague from the popular motoring show. Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson described his state of mind in the days before...

  • Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program. PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates,...

  • Rock Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2015

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CLEVELAND — The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland on Saturday night. Here were the highlights as the evening unfolded, presented in reverse chronological order: Whatever other transgressions Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials may be accused of, they...

  • Ringo Starr, Green Day rock their way into Rock Hall

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a little help from one of his famous friends. The mop-topped drummer who kept the beat for the Beatles, Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on Saturday night during a ceremony...

  • Western Heritage Awards celebrate timeless values of Old West

    By Karen Klinka, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    More than 800 patrons, wearing cowboy boots and tuxedos or silk and sequins, denim and beads, attended the 55th annual awards banquet Saturday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts mixes familiar favorites with a few new offerings

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    The 49th annual festival is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at its longtime home at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

  • Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy. "It's not like a choice. It's like I was drafted," Hamill told a massive crowd Saturday night at Star Wars Celebration of his decision to reprise...

  • Gwen Stefani, Usher perform for thousands at Earth Day rally

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A daylong Earth Day concert had R&B star Usher dancing on crutches Saturday on the National Mall to rally thousands for political action to confront climate change and poverty. Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Common, Fall Out Boy and Train all performed during the free...

  • Musical chairs: Who would Shelton want in his 'Voice' seat?


    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice." Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show. Blake Shelton said he has an idea...

  • Tejano star Selena also was education advocate


    CORPUS CHRISTI - Each second that ticked by in the in-school suspension room at Cunningham Middle School was another second Billy Sierra-Lenhart was not seeing Queen of Tejano Selena Quintanilla. The former student ran with some gangs at the time and was placed alongside them as punishment...

  • Judge says Norman can't prohibit gun carriers at Norman Music Festival

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A Cleveland County judge Friday granted a request for a temporary restraining order against the city of Norman and operators of the Norman Music Festival, saying neither party could enforce a ban on licensed gun carriers at the outdoor portion of the festival.

  • APNewsBreak: Video released of 'Suge' Knight running over 2

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video of Marion "Suge" Knight plowing into two men with his pickup truck and other key evidence in the former rap music mogul's murder case was released Friday by a Los Angeles court. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining this week that Knight...

  • Biker faces homicide charge in NY crash that killed rapper

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ELMSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A motorcyclist accused of riding recklessly on a suburban New York highway and causing a wreck that killed a rapper thrown off another bike has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. Clifford Perkins pleaded not guilty Thursday. The wreck last May killed Scott...

  • ACM hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan work as comedic duo

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Expecting music at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards? You should be ready for comedy. Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan held a press conference Friday at the AT&T Stadium and offered a preview of what's to come when the ACMs celebrate their 50th anniversary in...

  • 'Jane the Virgin,' John Oliver among Peabody Award winners

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Jane the Virgin" and John Oliver's satirical news show are among the winners in the first round of this year's Peabody Awards. The Peabody panel deemed the CW sitcom "Jane the Virgin" a "smart, self-aware telenovela" and its star Gina Rodriguez "incandescent." HBO's "Last...

  • Miranda Lambert: Women in country have to stick together

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miranda Lambert is one of the few women nominated at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year, so she says the ladies of country music need to help one another. "I really support female artists in any genre, especially country music right now," Lambert said in an...



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