• Smithsonian launches music Web site for fan photos

    Updated: 9 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you've got any rock or rap star photos stored on your iPhone or stashed somewhere in your attic, the Smithsonian wants to hear from you. On Tuesday, Smithsonian Books and Smithsonian Media launched rockandroll.si.edu, which will feature images taken by fans along with words and pictures from such musicians as Graham Nash and the Flaming Lips and from Roberta Bayley and other professional photographers. The Web site currently includes links for rock, rap, alternative, punk New Wave, heavy metal and folk rock. A book by Bill Bentley is planned for fall 2017.

  • Founder of global Roman Catholic broadcaster on feeding tube

    Updated: 11 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Aides say the nun who founded an Alabama-based religious broadcasting empire is in declining health. Eternal Word Television Network and fellow nuns of Mother Mary Angelica at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery issued statements saying the 92-year-old Ohio native has been fitted with a feeding tube because of her worsening condition. The monastery where she lives is about 45 miles north of Birmingham. The 92-year-old nun is known to millions of viewers as "Mother Angelica." She's never fully recovered from a cerebral hemorrhage suffered in 2001. Mother Angelica moved South with other nuns and started a religious talk show in a monastery garage in 1981.

  • 'The Wiz Live!' to air vocal description for sight-impaired

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — When "The Wiz Live!" airs on NBC this Thursday, it will come alive for the blind with a voiced description of the broadcast's sights and action integrated into its soundtrack. NBC parent Comcast says this will be the first live entertainment program in U.S. history to be accessible in this way to those who are blind. The vocal description is a narration track interspersed between existing pauses in dialogue that describes the show's visual elements such as facial expressions, settings, costumes and stage direction. This enhanced broadcast of "The Wiz Live!" will be a pilot program available on local NBC stations where SAP (Second Audio Program) feeds are available.

  • Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa join NYE show

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will help count down to 2016 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" in New York City's Times Square. ABC announced Tuesday that the performers will join headliner Carrie Underwood in New York for the live telecast, which will also feature One Direction performing at the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles. Bryan, who is the reigning Country Music Association entertainer of the year, will sing a medley of his hits, while Lovato will sing songs from her new album, "Confident," and Khalifa and Puth will perform "See You Again." The special is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and starts at 8 p.m. EST.

  • HBO promotes Peter Nelson to run its sports department

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO has promoted Peter Nelson to run its sports department. Ken Hershman announced in October that he was stepping down as president of HBO Sports. The network said Tuesday that Nelson's title will be executive vice president of HBO Sports. Nelson joined HBO Sports in 2011 and has been vice president of programming since 2013.

  • How to make a tin man? Ask the wizards of 'The Wiz Live!'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peek behind the curtain at "The Wiz Live!" and you'll find there is indeed a wizard — or three. They are costumer Paul Tazewell and makeup artists Dave and Lou Elsey, who are turning actors into munchkins and flying monkeys, and, of course, a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man. The three-hour NBC event Thursday (8 p.m. EST) has forced the trio to come up with looks that are intriguing but engineered to withstand sweat, dancing and quick changes. And no stopping. "With most television shows, you have the opportunity to cut and to go back and re-film and perfect as you go along," said Tazewell, a Tony Award nominee. "With this, there's no opportunity to do that. It does need to play as if we're on a Broad

  • Network veteran, Nick News chief Linda Ellerbee retiring

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Ellerbee, a veteran newswoman who wrote an irreverent best-seller about her time on television and built a second career at Nickelodeon explaining tough stories to youngsters, says that she's signing off the air for good. Ellerbee, 71, said Tuesday she's retiring from TV after Nickelodeon airs a one-hour retrospective of her work on Dec. 15. "It's really nice to be one of the few who walks away from television news on their own time and of their own choice and I'm really lucky in that," she said. "That really didn't happen for so many of my contemporaries, didn't happen because of age or cutbacks in news. ... I go smiling.

  • David Letterman donating talk show memorabilia to Ball State

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Comedian and Ball State University graduate David Letterman is donating memorabilia from his career in television to his alma mater. Ball State president Paul Ferguson made the announcement Monday night before Letterman spoke to a sold-out crowd at Emens Auditorium with filmmakers Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller. Ferguson said Letterman plans to donate Emmy Awards, a talk-show set, props and other items to create "The David Letterman Experience" at the Muncie school. Letterman graduated from Ball State in 1969 and has since returned to the school for a lecture series with other celebrities. He shared the stage at Emens Auditorium with Oprah Winfrey in 2012, Rachel Maddow in 2011 and Twitter co-found

  • 'Racing Extinction' sounds the alarm for vanishing species


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction" debuts worldwide, the documentary's creators will be looking for more than ratings and critical reaction. It's action they're after. Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove") says the film is intended as a call to arms to prevent a grim future for Earth and its steadily vanishing species. "The loss of biodiversity will be unimaginably horrific for future generations if we don't do something about it now," Psihoyos said. "My intention in making the film is not just to create the awareness, but to create a campaign, a movement" that inspires change. The film's rollout matches Psihoyos' ambitions for it. "Racing Extinction," airing 9 p.m.

  • CMT awards show honoring ABC drama 'Nashville'


    NEW YORK (AP) — CMT is honoring a television show from another network on its "Artists of the Year" special that's being telecast live on Wednesday. The music-oriented ABC drama "Nashville" is being given CMT's first-ever "International Impact Award." CMT said Monday that Kellie Pickler, who has her own show on CMT, will present the award to most of the "Nashville" cast. The CMT special is taking place in the city that gives the series its name. CMT President Brian Philips said "Nashville" has become an international ambassador for country music. Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town are being named CMT's artists of the year. Kenny Rogers gets a lifetime achievement award and Ch

  • Test case: Players, coaches expect day-nighters to be future


    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The captains and coaches were unanimous in endorsing the concept of day-night test cricket, with a few tweaks. Fans voted with their feet, and TV screens. Almost 124,000 people attended across three days of the historic day-nighter between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, the biggest crowd ever at the venue for a non-Ashes test — and those usually last five days. The domestic TV audience peaked at almost 3.2 million as Australia closed in on a three-wicket win on Sunday night, a clear ratings winner for the game. Some critics were quietened, with the pink ball holding its shape and condition, and giving bowlers the edge over batsmen because of the extra swing on offer in the twili

  • Mexico's longest-running TV show, 'En Familia,' to end

    Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's longest-running TV show is set to end, marking the demise of a strange genre of Mexican TV comedy that featured adults — often very old — dressed up as children. The Televisa network announced Thursday that "En Familia" would wrap up after a run of over 47 years on the air. The last show is scheduled to air Dec. 20. Host Xavier Lopez has hosted the children's variety show since it started in January 1968. Throughout the show's long run, he has always worn children's clothing — often short pants or kiddie overalls — and spoken in a squeaky childish voice, even though he is now 81. Lopez is better known by his stage name, "Chabelo.

  • President's oldest daughter among those scoping out colleges

    Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple. Do your research. Visit college campuses. Sit in on classes. Talk to professors, graduates and students. In the end, picking a college "is a very individual decision." The first lady could just as well have been talking to her older daughter, Malia, who is expected to head off to college next fall with the Class of 2020. The 17-year-old is among U.S. high school seniors who are nervously taking standardized tests, completing college admissions applications, filling out financial aid forms and writing personal essays — all on deadline. Then they get to spend a few months waiting to find out if they got

  • Malia Obama navigating college decision-making process

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple. Do your research. Visit college campuses. Sit in on classes. Talk to professors, graduates and students. In the end, picking a college "is a very individual decision." The first lady could just as well have been talking to her older daughter, Malia, who is expected to head off to college next fall with the Class of 2020. The 17-year-old is among U.S. high school seniors who are nervously taking standardized tests, completing college admissions applications, filling out financial aid forms and writing personal essays — all on deadline. Then they get to spend a few months waiting to find out if they got

  • Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

    Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Among the 130 victims killed in attacks in Paris were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. They had varied backgrounds and interests. Here are some of their stories: ___ Raphael Ruiz, 37, worked at a desk job, but his real love was being on stage with his guitar or studying licks firsthand at concerts. He died when terrorists attacked Bataclan music hall, where he was listening to a rock concert. Ruiz, of Paris, worked as an editor at a city-based company that provides translation and event services. However, he was best known for his passion for rock and pop music, which took him to scores of concerts. He also played guitar since his teenage years and eventually joine

  • Officials: Red-haired students at middle school bullied

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    MELROSE, Mass. (AP) — School officials in a Boston suburb say they are outraged by a bullying incident in which a group of middle school students kicked other students with red hair during a break in classes. A statement from Melrose Public Schools says the seventh-graders were imitating an episode from the TV cartoon series "South Park" when they sought out redheads last Friday at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The school's assistant principal, Jamie Parsons, apologized to the students who had been kicked and spoke to their parents. The school has reviewed surveillance tapes of the incident and has contacted police about the possibility of "appropriate action" being taken against the children who were i

  • Court fight erupts over care of media mogul Sumner Redstone

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A legal battle that began Wednesday over medical care for ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone has produced dueling portraits of the billionaire's health and mental state. Redstone's former companion Manuela Herzer claims in a probate filing seeking to regain control of his care that Redstone can no longer make informed decisions and requires around-the-clock medical care. Her claims, however, were disputed by lawyers for the 92-year-old Redstone, who say he was evaluated by a doctor on Monday and found to be in good spirits and able to make decisions. Herzer and Redstone dated between 1999 and 2001 and have maintained a close relationship since then.

  • Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had "experienced firsthand" symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84. His widow, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's "Today." The statement said that the family "made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury.

  • Ads featuring Nazi imagery pulled from New York City subway

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An ad campaign that featured Nazi imagery has been pulled from the New York City subway system. Seats on the 42nd Street shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal were wrapped in Nazi regalia to promote an Amazon video series called "The Man in the High Castle." The show depicts the aftermath of World War II as if the Axis powers triumphed. The region's transit network, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, approved the ads, which first appeared earlier this month. The agency also initially defended the ads, saying they met its guidelines. But many public officials condemned them. Mayor Bill de Blasio called them "irresponsible and offensive." Officials confirmed Wednesda

  • Nat Geo Wild's 'Big Cat Week' includes live African safaris

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a chaser to the Thanksgiving feast and football, consider heading out on an African safari. There's strictly armchair travel involved for Nat Geo Wild's live telecasts from Sabi Sands, a private game reserve in South Africa's Kruger National Park that's likely to dazzle even from a distance. The no-sweat safaris, which begin Friday night, will offer "a real-time experience transporting viewers to a place they all want to go but may not have the opportunity," said Geoff Daniels, head of Nat Geo Wild. "That we can beam audiences half a world away into the African bush is magical and stunning," said Daniels. It's hard to fault his enthusiasm.