• From fake guitars to collectible toys, gifts for any gamer

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Video-game players aren't that difficult to shop for. Let's face it: It's an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they've set aside in the hopes that Santa might deliver. First, it's imperative that you know which game consoles your recipient owns — Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft's Xbox One or Nintendo's Wii U. (Heck, any one of those makes a solid gift if you're willing to spend a few hundred bucks.) Then you're ready to hit the stores. All of these picks are available at big-box retailers like Target and Best Buy or smaller game stores like GameStop. __ ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE This year's revival of rock 'n roll games is the best news for families looking to play togeth

  • Recovery just beginning for many of Paris wounded

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — One bullet tore into Amandine Andretto's right leg, shattering her tibia. Another hit her in the arm. For three interminable hours, her parents didn't know if she was among the dozens massacred at the Bataclan concert hall. Finally, as rescue services rushed her to a triage and treatment center, her mother reached her on the phone. The 32-year-old lawyer is lucky to be alive, felled by the extremists' first sprays of gunfire in the Nov. 13 attack but saved by three officers from an elite police unit who dragged her out of the hall during the subsequent hostage-taking. It will be at least three months before she can even begin the process of starting to walk again, her father said.

  • Celine Dion to pay tribute to Paris at American Music Awards

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celine Dion will honor the victims of the attacks in Paris at Sunday's American Music Awards. ABC and dick clark productions say that Dion will perform a rendition of Edith Piaf's "Hymne à L'Amour" in French at the ceremony to pay tribute to those affected by last week's attacks. American Music Awards producer Larry Klein says the ceremony's producers wanted to show solidarity. "Hymne à L'Amour" was written by Piaf as a tribute to lover Marcel Cerdan. He died in a plane crash in 1949. Jennifer Lopez is set to host and perform at Sunday's fan-favorite ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Other performers include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, One Direction

  • Plans move forward for streets named for Wonder, Hearns

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Plans are moving forward to rename sections of Detroit streets for musician Stevie Wonder and boxing great Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. The Detroit Free Press reports that a City Council committee on Thursday approved proposals to rename a section of Milwaukee Avenue near Woodward Avenue for Wonder and to rename a section of McGraw Avenue near Junction Street for Hearns. Wonder, who rose to fame with Motown Records, is scheduled to play Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night. Hearns trained and fought in Detroit. The committee also approved a proposal to rename Farnsworth Street near Woodward Avenue adjacent to the Detroit Institute of Arts for Eugene Gargaro Jr., the museum's board chairman.

  • Lafourcade wins 4 Latin Grammys, Guerra takes 3

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Natalia Lafourcade was the big winner Thursday at the Latin Grammy Awards, making good on four of her five nominations for her album "Hasta la Raiz." But the Mexican singer-songwriter lost out on the top prize, album of the year, which went to Dominican bachata artist Juan Luis Guerra for "Todo Tiene su Hora." Lafourcade still claimed two of the night's most prestigious awards, song of the year and record of the year for the title track of "Hasta la Raiz." "My friend, how amazing that we made this disc together," Lafourcade said to her friend and collaborator Leonel Garcia, with whom she shared three nominations as cowriters of the album's title track.

  • 2 dead, 10 injured in crash east of El Paso involving band

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Two people have been killed and ten people have been injured in a head-on crash involving a bus carrying a rock band that collided with a semitrailer east of El Paso. Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 62/180 near mile marker 63 around 9:15 a.m. Thursday. The bus driver, 31-year-old Gregory Hoke of Round Rock, and the semi-truck driver, 64-year-old Steven Cunningham of Las Cruces, were both pronounced dead on the scene. All 10 passengers on the bus were injured and taken to various hospitals. Officials say the private bus, carrying members of Los Angeles-based rock band The Ghost Inside, was driving west on the highway when it struck an eas

  • Officer fired after singing on duty with death metal band

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has been fired after singing a song titled "Let the Killing Begin" with a death metal band — while on duty and in uniform. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Nf2u8Y) reports that Sanford Police Officer Andrew Ricks had previously notified the city he would leave his job Friday. But Police Chief Cecil B. Smith relieved him of his duties Wednesday. Smith says police received video showing Ricks on duty and in uniform while singing "Let the Killing Begin" — a song referencing the crucifixion of Christ — with Vital Remains at a Sanford venue Nov. 13. In a statement Thursday, Smith said the incident "erodes the thin fibers of trust" between police and the community.

  • New Orleans to pay tribute to the great Allen Toussaint

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of music is preparing a farewell to musical legend Allen Toussaint, who died earlier this month at the age of 77. Throngs of fellow musicians, fans, friends and family were expected to make their way Friday morning to the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans to pay their respects to Toussaint, whose body will be in a closed casket inside the ornate theater. After the public visitation, a lineup of musicians is to perform a musical tribute to Toussaint. The tribute is to be played live on the city's community radio station WWOZ. Toussaint died from a heart attack on Nov. 10 while on tour in Spain. A private burial is planned Saturday.

  • Singapore jails church leader who funded wife's music career

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore court on Friday sentenced the founder of a popular church to eight years in jail for misappropriating more than $35 million in donations to support his wife's singing career. Kong Hee, the founder and senior pastor of City Harvest Church, was found guilty last month on three counts of criminal breach of trust. Prosecutors said Kong, together with five other church leaders, had siphoned off 24 million Singapore dollars ($17 million) meant for building and investment-related purposes through sham bond investments.

  • A hunk of burning lights coming on at Graceland for holidays

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country artist Trisha Yearwood is flipping the switch to turn on the holiday lights and decorations at Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis. Graceland said in a news release Yearwood will also sing at the ceremony, set for 6 p.m. Friday, and patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis will assist in lighting up Presley's home. The event is free and open to the public. The lighting ceremony can also be seen at http://www.graceland.com , https://livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland or https://www.periscope.tv/visitgraceland and heard on Elvis Radio, SiriusXM Channel 19. Decorations will include hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, as well as decorations origi

  • MIT professor creates symphony featuring sounds of Detroit

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with an international composer to create an original musical work designed to answer the question: "What does Detroit sound like?" The result is "Symphony in D," a blend of melodies played by traditional orchestral instruments combined with everyday Detroit sounds collected, digitized, and translated into music via software developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Tod Machover (MAK'-oh-ver) and his team at MIT's Media Lab. Some of the sounds were submitted by the public, while others were gathered by Machover during visits to the Motor City. They include the clanking and drilling of workers at an auto assembly plant and the pulsing beat of a str

  • Winners of 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Winners of the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards, presented Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: — Album of the year: "Todo Tiene su Hora," Juan Luis Guerra 4.

  • Sia video features child karate master with Olympic dreams

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    NAGAOKA, Japan (AP) — She has a soft spot for Duffy the Disney Bear and her favorite food is chocolate. She does her homework before dinner but really loves skateboarding, playing video games and bouncing on her trampoline. If Mahiro Takano sounds like any 9-year-old, think again: The third grader from Niigata, a rice-growing region in Japan, stars in Sia's latest music video "Alive," the just-released single from the singer's upcoming album. In a backdrop of stark gray, the girl, wearing a white and black wig evocative of Sia's hairstyle, performs a dazzling routine with quick fists and kicks, and an adorably determined concentration of energy.

  • The Latest: Police in Rotterdam detain 3 people

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local): ___ 12:25 a.m. Police in Rotterdam have detained three people who were found near a parked car with Belgian license plates. The city's mayor, one of the country's most prominent Muslims, was escorted out of a nearby restaurant as a precaution. Spokeswoman Dorien Karremans says the car "gave officers reason to further investigate." She declined to elaborate on why the car was treated as suspicious and had no information on the identities of the three people detained by police. Karremans says police are extra alert in the aftermath of last Friday's deadly terror attacks in Paris. Police closed off the road where the car wa

  • Holiday albums from Kenny Rogers, Kylie Minogue and more

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    A review of holiday albums released this year. ____ Kenny Rogers, "Once Again It's Christmas" (Warner) If country legend Kenny Rogers sticks to his guns, "Once Again it's Christmas" will be his sixth and final holiday album, and bittersweet nostalgia infuses all 11 tracks. The 77-year-old crooner recently announced his retirement and farewell tour, so this mix of mostly classic carols with traditional arrangements is one fans will savor. Highlights include "Some Children See Him," with Alison Krauss adding angelic accompaniment, and "Children, Go Where I Send Thee," featuring country a cappella band Home Free and a rousing clap-your-hands gospel beat.

  • London houseboat source of squall in Wayne Coyne divorce

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and estranged common-law wife Michelle Martin are fighting in court over proceeds from the sale of a 1920s-era London houseboat.  The houseboat, named Pelican, is moored in West London and was once meant to be a home for Michelle Martin, but she has been unable to live there, because Pelican needs repairs and she has struggled with immigration issues that have kept her out of the United Kingdom, according to court records. Coyne and Martin have disagreed over how to distribute proceeds from the sale of the boat.  The houseboat, described as a Humbler Keel, built around 1928, has been converted as an artist studio.

  • 13 celebs who love Adele: Stallone, Pharrell, and more

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    You think you're an Adele super fan? Here's what celebs like John Legend, Sylvester Stallone, Edie Falco and Selena Gomez have to say about the golden-voiced pop star, who is releasing her new album, "25," on Friday. ___ SYLVESTER STALLONE "Adele?! She's magnificent. You don't like Adele? Haha." ___ SELENA GOMEZ "I don't think I've met someone who is not an Adele fan, to be honest. How can you not be? I am looking forward to her album. I think she's such an incredible, special artist. She does what she wants to do and she has her own life, is able to live it, and she lets everybody focus on the music — which is what it's all about." ___ BAZ LUHRMANN "There is just no precedent for A

  • Adele's '25' won't be available on Spotify or Apple Music

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fans seeking to listen to Adele's new album won't be able to do so on Spotify or Apple Music. The streaming sites said Thursday that Adele's "25" will not be available for streaming when it's released Friday. It's unclear if Adele's album will appear on Spotify or Apple Music in the future. A representative for the singer has declined to comment. Pulling the anticipated album from the streaming platforms will force listeners to buy it digitally and at stores, driving its sales. The album is predicted to push well over 1 million copies in its debut week. Adele's last album, "21," has sold more than 11 million copies in the United States since its 2011 release.

  • After attacks, many Parisians embrace food, wine and friends

    Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — In France, a glass of wine is many things: one of life's small pleasures, a civilized complement to food, a source of national pride. Now, it's also a symbol of defiance. As vintners release this year's batch of Beaujolais Nouveau in the shadow of last week's Paris attacks, "To the bistro!" has replaced "To the barricades!" as France's rallying cry. "What would our country be without its cafes?" asked President Francois Hollande, telling his compatriots that life must be "resumed in full" after the Nov. 13 gun and bomb rampage by jihadi militants. The attacks, which killed 129 people and injured more than 350, have left France in shock.

  • AWOLNATION partnering with RABBL for possible Tulsa show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    RABBL, the leading service for crowdsourcing concerts, announced a partnership today with AWOLNATION, which is currently using the platform to determine whether to play a special show while on their upcoming 2016 tour.  The March show could be at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa or Limelight Events Center in Peoria, Ill. The city that reaches the goal and gets the most fan votes wins the show. See the campaign at www.rabbl.com/awolnation. “We’re excited to work with AWOLNATION on this touring opportunity,” said Wade Lagrone, CEO and Co-Founder of RABBL Inc., in a news release. “Everybody has always said that fans are at the center of the music business and campaigns