• Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 09:04 PM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.

  • Paseo Arts Festival features variety of art

    Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A variety of art was on display at the 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival, held in the Historic Paseo Arts District. Work from 86 visual artists was set for the festival, including painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking and jewelry. The food court featured a dozen food vendors as well.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to open summer season with 'A Winter's Tale'

    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park settles into its new Paseo Arts District home and prepares to expand, the professional theater company isn’t playing it safe with its 31st summer season, which includes George Bernard Shaw’s quirky romance “You Never Can Tell,” the recently penned “Hamlet” prequel “Wittenberg” and Shakespeare’s still-timely political drama “Julius Caesar.”

  • Linkin Park makes first visit to Rocklahoma festival, one of Oklahoma's most popular music festivals

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Linkin Park, Godsmack, Tesla, Slayer, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Halestorm, Breaking Benjamin and Queensryche, supported by about 80 other bands from all around the world, will play throughout the afternoons and well into the nights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rocklahoma, on the Catch the Fever festival grounds near Pryor, Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma best-sellers

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

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  • Longtime Oscars director Marty Pasetta dies in car accident

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Marty Pasetta, a television veteran who directed Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and 80s, has died. Pasetta died Thursday night in La Quinta, California, after being hit by an unattended car that was apparently left running. He was 82. Pasetta directed 17 Oscar telecasts from 1972 to 1988. He also directed several Grammy Awards, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Elvis Presley's 1973 "Aloha From Hawaii" concert, and numerous television specials that earned him eight Emmy awards. His former publicist Jim Flood told the Palm Springs Desert Sun (http://desert.sn/1IWeebR) that Pasetta was often the go-to person for directing live shows in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and early 90s.

  • Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest while Russia is booed

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies. Italy took third in Europe's iconic songfest, which this year carried the extra attraction of an entry by Australia. Many were hoping its candidate, Guy Sebastian, would take home the trophy, giving it a place in next year's contest. But Australia, given a wild-card entry this year due to its enthusiastic fan base, came fifth, not enough to secure a spot in 2016.

  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale. ___ QUEEN OF THE CARPET Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet. In a blue-and-rose truncated minidress from Dior's haute couture spring-summer 2015 collection, Cotillard sparkled Saturday as she posed alongside co-star Michael Fassbender, thanks to the outfit's myriad embroidered pailettes and jewels.

  • B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las Vegas

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. "B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel. "Amen," they said. King's closed casket lay framed by an array of floral arrangements, two of his guitars named Lucille and a tapestry showing him in eyes-clenched reverie picking a note from a section of the guitar frets dubbed by followers the "B.B. King Box." "Why don't you put your hands together for the King of the Blues, B.B. King!" the pastor said.

  • Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) — The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help. One patrolman said he sped with his colleagues from a town 20 minutes away and arrived at the scene Friday to see bullets flying and military and police helicopters hovering overhead in what would become the deadliest confrontation with suspected cartel members in recent memory. "It looked like a battlefield," the officer said Saturday, insisting that on anonymity like everyone at the scene. The bloodshed at the ranch left 42 suspected criminals dead. One federal police officer died while trying to aid a wounded c

  • Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination. Underneath a rainbow halo ringing the sun, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Vatican's saint-making office, called on the crowd of some 260,000-plus to rejoice in a "feast of peace, fraternity and forgiveness." "Romero's spirit remains alive and gives comfort to the marginalized people of the world," Cardinal Amato said. "His preference for the poor was not ideological, but evangelical. His charity extended to his persecutors.

  • Nigerian senator-elect wanted for US drug deal 'arrested'

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian drug agents Saturday surrounded the house of a senator-elect wanted by the United States in a nearly 20-year-old heroin deal that was the alleged basis for the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." Buruji Kashamu is under house arrest, according to the chairman of Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade. But Kashamu's spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, said, "He has not been arrested but there is a siege to his house and an attempt to forcibly take him." He said the agents did not have an arrest warrant. Giade said Kashamu, 56, will appear in a federal high court Monday to start extradition proceedings to the United States. He said agents raided Kashamu's home in Lagos at

  • Jennifer Aniston, Is That You?

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Jennifer Aniston, could you be any cuter? The 46-year-old actress, a natural brunette who sparked...

  • 'Tomorrowland' and 5 more Disneyland movies to mark the park's 60th anniversary

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Much like the area of Disneyland from which "Tomorrowland" draws its inspiration and title, Brad Bird 's new sci-fi film looks both forward and backward. On the one hand, it's a futuristic tale about a bright young teen (Britt Robertson) and a jaded inventor ( George Clooney ) traveling to a high-tech wonderland to save the world.

  • BC-SD--South Dakota News Digest 3 pm, SD

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    EDITORS: Adds weekend exchange stories slugged "EXCHANGE-PIERRE HEIR" and "EXCHANGE-RAPID CITY SIGNS" Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in South Dakota at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Kevin Burbach is on the desk. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORY: INDIAN CHILD WELFARE RAPID C

  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs. The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had attacked an IS position near Palmyra, which goes by the modern name Tadmur, destroying six anti-aircraft artillery systems and an artillery piece. The Islamic State group captured Palmyra on Wednesday, raising concerns around the world they would destroy priceless, 2,000-year-old temples, tombs and colonnades locate

  • Aberdeen pair acquire rights to turn short story into film

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen creative duo has acquired the rights to adapt a short story from a well-known author of young adult fiction for the silver screen. Brian Hoesing and Terra McQuillen have been given the rights to produce a film based on Bruce Coville's short story "Duffy's Jacket," reported the American News in Aberdeen (http://bit.ly/1HoUytc ). Coville is the author of many young adult fantasy and science fiction books including the "Unicorn Chronicles" series, "The Dragonslayers" and "My Teacher Is an Alien." McQuillen, a literature and creative writing teacher at Central High School, initially reached out to the author to ask about coming to speak in South Dakota and, after staying in contact, event

  • Marion Cotillard is queen of red carpet at Cannes' 'Macbeth'

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — Marion Cotillard plays a queen in Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth," but at its Cannes premiere she was also a bejeweled queen of the red carpet. In a blue-and-rose truncated minidress from Dior's haute couture spring-summer 2015 collection, Cotillard sparkled Saturday as she posed alongside co-star Michael Fassbender, thanks to the outfit's myriad embroidered pailettes and jewels. The Oscar-winner, who's known for her fashion-forward style, bucked the trend for classical va-va-voom and voluminous dresses that have been popular during this year's Cannes Film Festival. Although the look showed off the 39-year-old's enviable legs, she might have benefited from a scarf, as the overcast Cannes sky caused a r

  • Palme d'Or up for grabs ahead of Cannes Film Festival finale

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — A week and a half of French Riviera frenzy comes down to, as it always does, wild conjecture. The 68th Cannes Film Festival concludes Sunday with the awarding of its top honor, the prestigious Palme d'Or, as well as a handful of other distinctions. Few trophies in movies are more sought after than the Palme d'Or, but, unlike the Academy Awards, which whittles its field down to a few favorites over the course of months, Cannes winners are chosen clandestinely by a jury. The mystery adds much suspense. Throughout the festival, the jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, has quietly slipped in and out of theaters.

  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them — that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday. "In Iraq and the region as a whole, the biggest challenge we face is extremism and terrorism, but this has repercussions at the international level," said Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi. "Terrorism is not plaguing Iraq alone but is spilling over," agreed Saleh Muhammed Al Mutlaq, Iraq's deputy prime minister. "If it does, it will affect the stability and security of the whole world

  • Powerful Cannes film 'Mediterranea' humanizes migrants

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — It may be the most topical film at Cannes — but "Mediterranea" — a searing account of a desperate African migrant who travels by boat from Burkina Faso to Italy — is not just pulled from the headlines. It's been years in the making and is based on a true story. First time director Jonas Carpignano — who's half African-American, half-Italian — evoked the real-life experiences of his roommate and lead actor in the film, Koudous Seihon. Seihon witnessed shootings, race riots, violence and faced near-constant discrimination after he took the perilous trip by foot, car, bus and boat to southern Italy as a 20-year-old father seeking to support his family. Despite its small 1 million-eur

  • Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas'

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge. Hollywood's favorite geologic bad guy is back in "San Andreas" — a fantastical look at one of the world's real seismic threats. The San Andreas has long been considered one of the most dangerous earthquake faults because of its length. At nearly 800 miles long, it cuts through California like a scar and is responsible for some of the largest shakers in state history. In the film, opening this Friday, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada

  • Icelandic film 'Rams' wins Cannes Un Certain Regard prize

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — "Rams," a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley, won the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard competition on Saturday. Jury president Isabella Rossellini said Grimur Hakonarson's film was being honored for "treating in a masterful, tragicomic way the undeniable bond that links all humans to animals." There were 19 films in the Un Certain Regard competition, which honors new directors and more offbeat films than those up for Cannes' main Palme d'Or prize. The second-place Jury Prize went to Croatian director Dalibor Matanic for "Zvizdan" ("The High Sun"), which explores love and ethnic hatred in the Balkans. Matanic dedicated the prize to his producer, his wife a

  • BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 2 pm, MA

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or apboston@ap.org. Phil Marcelo is on the desk. AP-New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.