• Museum offers free admission for Abraham Lincoln's birthday

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission to mark the 16th president's birthday. In a news release, officials say anyone can visit the Springfield museum free of charge during a birthday celebration on Friday, Feb. 12. The museum also is inviting school groups to tour at no fee during the month of February. Nadine Leary is the museum's acting executive director. She says it's important for everyone to learn "the amazing story of Abraham Lincoln and his accomplishments" and the museum is happy to make doing so a bit easier. Friday's events will include a concert by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band. Actors portraying Mary Lincoln and other hi

  • Daddies and daughters dress up and dance in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department offered daddy-daughter dances last week in the Civic Center Music Hall’s Meinders Hall of Mirrors.

  • South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce presents awards

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce recently held its 2016 awards banquet and installed its 2016 board of directors.

  • Mayor gives Springsteen seats to school fundraising group

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's mayor is donating his suite at Friday's sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert to a school district fundraising group. The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is offering Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney's suite tickets for $556 each on its website and says proceeds will support public education. Springsteen is performing one night at the Wells Fargo Center as part of his tour showcasing his 1980 album "The River." A mayoral spokeswoman says the suite has 18 seats. She says the mayor has a suite for all events at the center but doesn't plan to be there for the Springsteen concert. She says he also will donate the suite for shows by Carrie Underwood, The Who, Justin Bieber and Adele.

  • With costumes, beads, music, New Orleans marks Fat Tuesday

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dressed in elaborate costumes, dancing to the beat of brass bands and clamoring for beads from passing floats, thousands of people gathered in the streets of New Orleans to mark the culmination of the famous Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday. The last day of parades rolled along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, float riders throwing beads to bystanders as revelers in other parts of the city like the French Quarter and the Marigny partied in the streets in elaborate costumes. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season before Lent, a period of spiritual renewal and penance, begins Wednesday. "It's fun. You see all the people. You see everybody dressed up, and you have a good time.

  • Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island artist sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others Tuesday over the use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album, saying he never expected portraits he posted on a fan blog two years ago to be used without his permission. Artist Jason Koza said in the Manhattan federal court copyright infringement lawsuit that his portraits of members of the New York-based hip-hop group were used without authorization on an album Shkreli bought for $2 million. The lawsuit comes after Shkreli's recent not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court to securities fraud charges claiming he cheated investors in companies he created. Shkreli, 32, became widely known last year after a drug company he founded, Turi

  • Stage version of 'Frozen' to be directed by Broadway veteran

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has tapped one of Broadway's freshest talents to direct one of its most anticipated musicals, "Frozen." According to a Disney Theatrical Productions announcement Tuesday on Twitter, Alex Timbers will helm the show, which is expected to land on Broadway in 2018 alongside its hits "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." Timbers is a two-time Tony Award nominee who directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," ''Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," ''The Pee-Wee Herman Show" and "Rocky." He also is a co-creator and co-writer of the music-themed Amazon series "Mozart in the Jungle.

  • The Latest: Broncos fans stream out of downtown after parade

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory parade (all times local): 2 p.m. Tens of thousands of fans are streaming out of downtown Denver after a parade and rally celebrating the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory. Many of the players seemed wowed by the sea of fans spilling out before them at the end of the parade on Tuesday. As they emerged on the steps at Denver's City and County Building, they pulled out their phones to take images of the crowd. The crowd went crazy when MVP Von Miller said he thought the team could win another pair of back-to-back Super Bowls. Quarterback Peyton Manning didn't say anything about his future.

  • LL Cool J learns family secret in 'Finding Your Roots'

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music. But the couple kept a secret from both LL Cool J and his mother: She was adopted, as the hip-hop artist and actor learns in PBS' "Finding Your Roots." Series host Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides him down a winding DNA trail that uncovers his mother's adoption as a baby in 1947, her birth parents' identity and a family history that includes 1930s champion boxer John Henry Lewis. And more: There's an unusual African-American record of 19th-century freedom from slavery on one side of LL Cool J's family tree, Gates notes.

  • Kelly Clarkson has deal for picture book

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson has written a new song and a bedtime story for kids — her own included. Clarkson's first picture book, "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby," will be released in October by HarperCollins Children's Books. The publisher announced Tuesday that Clarkson has written an original lullaby for her story of a little girl who visits the zoo and has such a great time she can't fall asleep. Inspiration for the book's title began at home. The 33-year-old singer and former "American Idol" star has a baby daughter, River Rose, and is expecting a second child.

  • Taylor Swift leads iHeartRadio Award nominations

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven. The nominations were announced Tuesday by iHeartMedia and Turner. The event will be televised live from Los Angeles on April 3 on TBS, TNT and truTV and aired on iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio digital music platform. Swift's album, "1989," The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind the Madness," Adele's "25," Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour," and Ed Sheeran's "X'' are nominated for album of the year, a new category this year. Fetty Wap, Hozier, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes and Tove Lo are vying for best new artist.

  • Pentatonix announces world tour including Oklahoma date

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    TULSA - Grammy Award-winning vocal group Pentatonix has announced today the first tour dates for its 2016 world tour, including a spring show in Tulsa. Pentatonix includes Kirstin Maldonado, a former University of Oklahoma student. Special guests Us The Duo will join the group on the road.  The first leg of the tour will begin in Sunrise, Fla., on April 13 and end on May 12 in Columbia, Md. It also will include a May 7 show at the BOK Center, 200 S Denver in Tulsa. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Arby’s BOK Center Box Office, online at www.bokcenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (866) 726-5287.

  • Sam Hunt: Hard to wrap head around 2 Grammy nominations

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — It's hard for rising singer Sam Hunt to wrap his head around earning two Grammy nominations — mainly because music started as a hobby for the 31-year-old. "Then it turned into, 'Well maybe I can make a little money, make a living at it,'" said Hunt, a former college quarterback. "And then all of a sudden I was ... playing shows and they got bigger and bigger." Hunt's 2014 debut, "Montevallo," is a platinum success and features four hit songs, including "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time." The album is nominated for best country album at Monday's Grammy Awards, pitting him against efforts by Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and Chris Stapleton, who is also up for album of the

  • Nat Wolff turns to the dark side in 'Buried Child'

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and musician Nat Wolff couldn't resist agreeing to do a darkly weird off-Broadway play about a strange family. After all, he's got a weird family connection to it. Wolff, 21, is starring this month in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," the same Midwest Gothic comedy his mother, Polly Draper, starred in 37 years ago at Yale Repertory Theatre. It even turns out he's the same age she was back then. "It's going to be probably a trippy experience for her," said Wolff, a rising star whose film credits include the adaptation of John Green's coming-of-age novel "Paper Towns" and playing a blind teen battling cancer "The Fault in Our Stars.

  • Reality TV star, ex-rapper to coach football in Miami

    Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) — The female star of a reality television show along with a former rapper will be leading the football program at Miami's Jackson High School. The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1PzpThw ) reports Lakatriona Brunson will become the first woman high school head coach in Florida. She has gained attention recently for her role in the truTV series "South Beach Tow." She's a driver and assistant manager for Tremont Towing, which is portrayed in the series. Joining her on the football field will be Luther Campbell, who was the head man of the rap group 2 Live Crew in the 1980s and 90s. He's served as defensive coordinator recently at several other Miami high schools.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for Feb. 9

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for Feb. 9, 2016

  • Closed strip club in south OKC demolished

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City officials complained the club was operating too close to a residential area. The club — at 3600 S Hattie — was across the street from a small neighborhood of six houses. The city’s zoning regulations prohibit adult entertainment “within 500 feet of any area zoned for residential use.”

  • Country legend Merle Haggard returns to stage after illness

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country legend Merle Haggard has returned to the stage after canceling several shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia. A statement from his publicist Monday says the 78-year-old singer performed in Las Vegas on Saturday as previously planned. The singer announced last Wednesday that he would be canceling his February tour dates because he was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with pneumonia in both lungs. The latest statement says Haggard was planning to perform at three scheduled shows in California this week, including a show with Kris Kristofferson on Thursday in Beverly Hills.

  • Beyonce's Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded 50 years ago by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the Bay area —

  • Gwyneth Paltrow tearfully testifies against accused stalker

    Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he wrote upsetting letters discussing her death and his intention to marry her and also sent her pornography and unsolicited gifts. Dante Soiu is accused of stalking the Oscar-winning actress for 17 years, but the case focuses on the most recent batch of 66 messages he's sent her between 2009 and 2015. Several of those messages referenced Paltrow's death, Soiu's desire to marry her and unsolicited gifts, including clothes, a pair of earrings and a Weight Watchers cookbook.