• Homer writer starts new romance series

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOMER, Alaska (AP) — As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie — even though she has published six novels, three novellas and a short story in three years. That's faster than some Homer boat builders crank out skiffs. "It's odd to say. It's a lot of books," Bernard said in a phone interview from Dallas, Texas, where she was attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Conference. On May 26, Avon Books publishes Bernard's seventh novel, "All of Me," and the first in a new series, Love Between the Bases. Bernard has signed a three-book contract with Avon. Her first six novels, the Bachelor Firemen series, were set at the fictitious San Gabriel Firehouse.

  • Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's federal high court Monday ordered drug agents to release a newly elected senator and suspend its extradition proceedings on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black." It also ordered the withdrawal of armed agents who have besieged the home of Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu since Saturday. Judge I.N. Buba ordered the federal attorney general and the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to appear in court before noon Tuesday to show why he should not charge them with contempt of court. He said all parties should desist from any action until a court ruling scheduled Wednesday on a previous suit by Kashamu to prevent his extradition.

  • Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For viewers of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Shivashankar was one of the stars of the show, heavily promoted in ESPN's coverage. Her older sister, Kavya, won the bee in 2009, and the smiling, telegenic Vanya was participating for the fourth time, coming off a fifth-place finish in 2013. Vanya breezed through the preliminary rounds and spelled both words correctly in the semifinals. But when the finalists were announced — factoring in scores from a computerized spelling and vocabulary test — Vanya was eliminated. ESPN's cameras cut to her, but she didn't show much emotion.

  • David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500. The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race. "With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful." Letterman was dressed in a red shirt with a race sponsor "Steak 'n Shake" logo.

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years older and fou

  • YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube's legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet's video revolution. The 10-year-old site provided a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast their opinions, show off their talents, expose abuses or just pass along their favorite clips of movies, TV shows, music, cute kittens and other interests. The rampant sharing on YouTube quickly attracted a massive audience that loved watching what they wanted when they wanted, even if much of the material was being contributed by amateurs. YouTube's rapid rise demonstrated that influential media hubs could be built around free content supplied by an Internet service's users.

  • The Latest: Carl Edwards wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks: 11:37 p.m. ET Race car owner Joe Gibbs said Denny Hamlin was treated for dehydration and released from the infield care center after the Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin was leading the race with about 50 laps to go when he radioed into his pit crew to notify them he was feeling sick, had a migraine headache and would need some medical treatment following the race. "They checked everything and they felt like he was dehydrated and they gave him an IV," Gibbs said after Sunday night's race. "So he felt good (after) and that was a good update. I knew the

  • AP Was There: Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight rematch


    EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston in the first round of a heavyweight bout that produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports' most iconic moments — photos of Ali hovering over Liston on the canvas, shouting at his opponent to get up. After the fight, the 23-year-old Ali called the punch that dropped Liston his secret: "It was a phantom punch." "It was lightning and thunder — fast as lightning and booming as thunder from the heavens," Ali said. Liston, who was a slight favorite going into the fight, said afterward that when he got up, he thought the fight was still on. "No, I didn't hear the count," said Liston, who lost on a 12 count accordi

  • American Idol winner to sing National Anthem at concert


    WASHINGTON (AP) — "American Idol's" newly crowned winner will sing the National Anthem at the National Memorial Day concert. Nick Fradiani will perform at the U.S. Capitol on Sunday. The concert will be broadcast live from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on PBS. The program will be co-hosted for the 10th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Performances will include tenor Russell Watson with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

  • 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

  • Editorials from around New England

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: The Norwich Bulletin (Conn.), May 19, 2015 On May 20— or, rather, in the wee hours of May 21, the time at which insomniacs and odd-shift workers are most accustomed to spending time with him —David Letterman signed off of "The Late Show" for the last time. He will take with him cutting wit, his unmistakable laugh, his show's absurdist hijinks and, presumably, his trademark Top 10 Lists. All— and more —will be missed. But Letterman will endure in Americans' memory for more than just his tongue-in-cheek brand of late-night comedy. Sure, The Late Show could be irreverent, campy and downright indecent— more often th

  • TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. In a statement, the channel said it was "deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time." The statement didn't elaborate. Also Friday, Arkansas police said they had destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into Duggar, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about the allegations.

  • Conservative group yanks TV ads targeting Utah congressmen

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A conservative group has yanked television ads set to air Friday targeting U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart after the two Utah congressmen announced they share the group's view that a federal export bank should be shut down. The anti-tax group Club for Growth announced the broadcast and cable TV ads Thursday morning as part of a $1 million ad campaign in eight congressional districts urging lawmakers not to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Late Thursday afternoon, the Club for Growth said it was pulling the ads that were set to air Friday. The group applauded Bishop and Stewart, who are Republicans, for releasing statements Thursday announcing their opposition to the bank.

  • TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' amid reports of Josh Duggar sexual misconduct allegations.

  • TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approach

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. "Texas Rising," a 10-hour saga about the fight for independence from Mexico, was shot in wide-screen CinemaScope and was directed by Oscar-nominated Roland Joffe; features armies of extras in sprawling battle scenes; and includes songs performed by Kris Kristofferson, George Strait and Jose Feliciano amid a full symphonic score. But when "Texas Rising" debuts at 9-11 p.m. EDT on Monday, executive producer Leslie Greif and leading men Bill Paxton and Olivier Martinez hope viewers appreciate the story's nuances as well as its breadth. Subsequent episodes air Tuesday and on the thre

  • Manfred: MASN eventually must pay Nats increased rights fees

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will eventually be forced to pay increased rights fees to the Washington Nationals. Both teams own stakes in MASN, and the Orioles hold a controlling interest. When they could not agree on the Nationals' rights fees for 2012-16, the dispute went to MLB's three-man Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee. After the committee ruled last summer the Nationals should receive about $298 million for the five-year period, MASN and the Orioles sued, complaining the process was tainted. Justice Lawrence K. Marks issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Nationals from ending the deal and listened to arguments this week. The Orioles

  • Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) — A new reality show in the Czech Republic has let a family of seven experience what it was like living under Nazi occupation during World War II. The Czech public broadcaster said the family members, chosen from 400 applicants, were brought back in time to March 15, 1939 — the day Hitler's troops took over the country. They were taken to a farm in the mountains in eastern Czech Republic, where they were filmed as they were forced to confront everyday realities of the occupation, such as hunger, persecution and Gestapo raids. The goal was to show what common people had to get through at the time and historians and architects made sure their experience was as authentic as possible. The show "A vacat

  • Here come the judges as 'AGT' returns for its 10th season

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "They keep telling people it's the 10th anniversary. But it's the fourth season, as far as I'm concerned," says Howard Stern, who joined "America's Got Talent" as a judge in 2012. That's what you'd expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with "AGT" launching what everyone but Stern would consider its 10th season (Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC), he's having a ball with fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. "I may be the most important judge in the history of the world, but secretly I'll tell you, I'm glad they're there," he confides during a recent interview.

  • Joel McHale to host annual ESPY awards

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and talk-show host Joel McHale will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards show in July. The irreverent sports awards show, created by ESPN, is actually being shown on sister network ABC on July 15. ESPN said Friday the show will take place in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. McHale is known for hosting "The Soup" talk show and for playing student Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy "Community." He's a sports fan and former athlete. McHale played for a year on the University of Washington football team.

  • Reality star Duggar resigns from Family Research Council

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Family Research Council has accepted the resignation of Josh Duggar in the wake of the reality TV star's apology for unspecified bad behavior as a young teen. Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said in a statement Thursday that Duggar resigned because of information becoming public that he believed would "make it difficult for him to be effective." As executive director of FRC Action, he served as a public face of the organization. Duggar, 27, appears on the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting." He is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children. He posted an apology Thursday on Facebook for bad behavior as a youth.