• Lawyer: Doctor in Minnesota had cleared schedule to see Prince the morning he died, but musician never showed up

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyer: Doctor in Minnesota had cleared schedule to see Prince the morning he died, but musician never showed up.

  • Lawyer: California addiction doctor, son never met or spoke to Prince before musician died

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyer: California addiction doctor, son never met or spoke to Prince before musician died.

  • AP names Fernando Gonzalez deputy news director for LatAm

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fernando Gonzalez, a veteran video journalist who has spent more than 30 years covering Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named to a new role as The Associated Press' deputy news director for the region. Gonzalez, who has been the AP's regional video editor for Latin America and the Caribbean based in Washington, D.C., since 2014, will help lead the cooperative's newsgathering operation in all formats from its regional hub in Mexico City. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Latin America News Director Paul Haven. "Fernando brings decades of experience in Latin America and a deep knowledge of our video operations to this important, new all-format role," Haven said.

  • Romania: new culture minister sworn in amid opera dispute

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has urged the country's new culture minister to resolve a major crisis at the country's main opera house that cost her predecessor his job. President Klaus Iohannis who officially appointed Corina Suteu as culture minister Wednesday, noted there was "an inflamed public mood," connected to the culture ministry. He urged her to use "tact, dexterity and indulgence" in tackling problems. "Clearly the situation at the Opera needs to be resolved." Former Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu was fired Tuesday after he failed to mediate a month-long crisis at the Bucharest National Opera. The opera has had four interim managers and three shows have been canceled since April 4.

  • Cyndi Lauper adds country record to her multifaceted career

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop singer, songwriter and Broadway musical composer Cyndi Lauper added a little country twang to her signature Queens accent. Her country and western covers album "Detour," which is out on Friday, brings another unexpected twist to a career that has included music, theater, television, movies, wrestling and activism. A musical chameleon, she's won two Grammys, an Emmy and a Tony , but despite all the success, she said she's not as savvy at the art of business. "Much to the chagrin of my family, I have not been the greatest businesswoman," Lauper said during an interview in Nashville, Tennessee. "I was always art for art's sake. But you have to think of it like a business. It's art and commerce and s

  • Italian composer Morricone cancels Rome concerts

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    MILAN (AP) — Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has canceled concerts at Rome's Santa Cecilia national academy because of collapsed vertebrae. A statement that appeared on Santa Cecilia's website on Wednesday says that doctors ordered bed rest for the 87-year-old Morricone until the end of June. Concerts that Morricone was to conduct later this month will be substituted with the showing of the film version of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," accompanied by the Santa Cecilia National Academy orchestra performing the musical score live. Morricone landed his first competitive Academy Award this year for "The Hateful Eight," following his honorary Oscar in 2007.

  • Graceland, home of Elvis, receives 20 millionth paid visitor

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The operators of Graceland say the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and music of Elvis Presley has received its 20 millionth paid visitor. Elvis Presley Enterprises says CEO Jack Soden greeted the 20 millionth visitor, 31-year-old Tiffany Greenoak, at Graceland on Monday morning. Greenoak, who's originally from Montreal, Canada, and now lives in London, was on her honeymoon with her husband, 40-year-old Robert Greenoak. The couple received a private tour of Presley's former home, which is now a museum. They also spoke by phone with Priscilla Presley, the late singer's former wife. Elvis Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years before he died on Aug. 16, 1977. Tours of Graceland bega

  • Garth Brooks plans more Canadian tour dates

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    After last week breaking the Rolling Stones' 2006 ticket sales record for the whole Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks has booked more Canadian tour dates. For the first time in 20 years, Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, is returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The latest announced concert on "The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at MTS Centre. Tickets to will be on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.ca/garthbrooks, by phone at (855) 985-5000 or via Ticketmaster Express at (855) 985-5500.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 4, 2016: Hear Eliza Rickman at Graphite Gallery

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Today's featured event: Popular singer-songwriter Eliza Rickman returns to Oklahoma City for a solo show after her successful “Welcome to Night Vale” tour. Presented by Istvan Art, the show is set for 7 tonight at Graphite Gallery, 1751 NW 16 in the Plaza Arts District. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Refreshments will be available. Rickman brings a distinctive voice and stage presence, whether she wears flowers in her hair or stuffed birds and whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano. It has been three years between Rickman's first album, O, You Sinners," and her newest effort, "Footnotes for the Spring.

  • 2016 Jazz Fest attendance drops after wet weekend

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rain over the second weekend of this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival caused overall attendance to drop from the previous year's total. Organizers say in a news release that approximately 425,000 people passed through the gates during the festival, which runs over two weekends. In 2015, Jazz Fest drew an estimated 460,000 attendees, the highest total since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Overall Jazz Fest attendance has still not rebounded to its pre-Katrina levels. In 2001, 650,000 attend the festival. The 2017 Jazz Fest is set for the weekends of April 28 and May 7.

  • Prince is being added to the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Prince is being inducted into the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame. Theater officials announced Wednesday that the late musician will join previous honorees such as Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson when he's officially inducted during the Apollo's 11th annual Spring Gala on June 13. The fundraising event will be being hosted by LL Cool J. It is set to feature performances by the O'Jays, Leon Bridges and Andra Day. The Apollo's Walk of Fame honorees receive a plaque beneath the theater's famous marquee in New York City.

  • China military tries musical approach to image building

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's military has a bulging arsenal of ships, warplanes and missiles, but this week, music is its weapon of choice. A new recruiting video aimed at Chinese millennials raised on pop tunes and video games features a rap-rock soundtrack with lyrics such as "just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill" and "war can break out at any time — are you ready?" In a frantic, near seizure-inducing music-video style montage, cutting-edge fighter jets zoom and special forces troops take out bad guys.

  • After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims

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    BEIJING (AP) — China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song Zuying headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. The performance, entitled "The People's Navy Advances," included songs, skits and magic tricks, part of a long tradition of the People's Liberation Army art troops putting on shows to entertain, promote ideological conformity and stir public pride in the m

  • Former Prince assistant says he was healthy, energetic


    NEW YORK (AP) — A former assistant to Prince until last year has spent the days since his death trying to figure out how her boss, whom she described as very healthy, could have died so suddenly, adding that she never saw him ingest any drugs during her employ. Mariah Brown, 25, said Prince didn't even drink, and she never saw him take any pills, nor did she get any on his behalf. "He was a very, very healthy person. ... That man has more energy than me, and anyone I know," she told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. She added: "The whole death didn't make sense to me. ... He never came across as sick, or anything like that. " Prince was found dead April 21 at his compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

  • Mary Sarah advances to the top 9 on 'The Voice' - and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will perform on the show next week

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Tulsa-born and Richmond, Texas-bred country singer Mary Sarah, a member of Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton's team, advanced to the top 9 on tonight's "The Voice" results episode. The others who advanced to the top 9 of Season 10 include Adam Wakefield and Paxton Ingram, also of Team Blake; Alisan Porter and Bryan Bautista of Christina Aguilera's team; Shalyah Fearing and Laith Al-Saadi of Adam Levine's team; and Hannah Huston of Pharrell Williams' team. The two lowest vote recipients tonight were Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin and Team Pharrell's Daniel Passino, which meant they were the two contestants vying for Twitter votes via the Instant Save. More viewers tweeted to save Hagelin, which

  • The Latest: Cousin says girl was kind, loved to play music

    Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping and killing of an 11-year-old girl from the Navajo Nation (all times local): 8:13 p.m. The cousin of an 11 year old girl who was abducted on the Navajo Nation and found dead says she was a kind, smart girl who loved music and played the xylophone. Shawn Mike's comment Tuesday night came after a meeting and candlelight vigil at a small community center south of Shiprock. Hundreds of people packed the tiny hall while hundreds more stood outside of the building in support of Ashlynn Mike. Mike, who is serving as a spokesman for the girl's family, says they are overwhelmed by the community's support.

  • 'Happy Together' copyright dispute in NY top court

    Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles' 1967 hit "Happy Together" against Sirius XM Radio. The issue is whether the copyright owners of recordings made before 1972 have a common law right to make radio stations and others pay for their use. The case has been referred to the Court of Appeals from a federal appeals court. Federal law established limited copyright protections to recordings after Feb. 15, 1972, while preserving state law property rights on earlier recordings. The case pits Flo & Eddie Inc., which owns The Turtles recordings, against Sirius XM Radio Inc., one of the largest radio and internet-radio broadcasters in the U.S.

  • The Latest: Trump path clear, but needs California to win

    Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as voters in Indiana head to the polls for the state primary (all times Eastern): 10:40 p.m. Donald Trump has a clear path to the Republican nomination for president, but he still has some work to do to clinch it. Mathematically, Trump cannot reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination until June 7, the last day of the primary season. He needs just 42 percent of the remaining delegates to get there. His chances are good. Trump's last remaining rival, John Kasich, has won just one state, his home state of Ohio. Since then, Kasich has collected a total of nine delegates. Kasich is fourth in the race for delegates, behind Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio,

  • Broadway musical 'Hamilton' does what it always does _ stuns

    Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards are being nicknamed this year the "Hamil-Tonys" in recognition that "Hamilton" is the show to beat. That was proven again Tuesday. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary earned 16 Tony Award nominations, breaking the 15-nominations record held jointly by "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot the Musical." "Hamilton" earned nods in all 13 categories it was eligible. "I feel really grateful that they kind of spread the wealth," Miranda told The Associated Press. "Theater requires collaboration and I'm lucky to be working with some of the best people in their respective fields alive right now." The awards will be handed out June 12, with James

  • Arts advocates to gather Wednesday for Oklahoma Arts Day at state Capitol

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Representatives of more than 75 arts and cultural heritage organizations from across Oklahoma will kick off Oklahoma Arts Day 2016 Wednesday with a rally at 9 a.m. in the State Supreme Court Ceremonial Chambers at the state Capitol. Oklahoma arts advocates learned over the weekend that efforts are once again underway to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council under the Department of Tourism, according to a news release. “Consolidation of the Oklahoma Arts Council would mean no cost savings, risk of lost funding, increased politicization and reduced ability to advocate for a department within another agency,” said Julia Kirt, executive director for Oklahomans for the Arts, in the release.