• Family tragedy shapes some Miss America platforms

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Family tragedies including homicide, suicide and drug abuse have shaped the public-service platforms of several of this year's Miss America contestants. The brother of Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson killed himself after hiding an addiction to methamphetamine. The father of Miss Kansas Amanda Sasek killed himself when she was 17. And Miss Delaware Brittany Lewis is still waiting for someone to be arrested in her sister's 2010 slaying. The platforms outline a social or public-service cause that the contestants plan to pursue or publicize. Preliminary competition begins Tuesday in Atlantic City. The new Miss America will be crowned Sunday night in the nationally televised finale.

  • Chicago actress dies after being struck by tree

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Molly Glynn, an accomplished Chicago theater actress who also played a recurring role as a doctor on the TV series "Chicago Fire," has died after a tree toppled by a powerful storm struck her as she rode her bike in a forest park. She was 46. Glynn was with her husband, Joe Foust, when the storm rolled quickly into the area, just north of Chicago, the executive director of First Folio Theatre and a close family friend, David Rice, said Sunday. "Molly was one of the most loving and generous people in the Chicago theater scene," he said. "She was incredibly talented — incredibly versatile. She could handle both comedy and the deepest darkest, dramas." Glynn's husband called 911 just before 4 p.m.

  • Chuck Todd debuts as 'Meet the Press' moderator

    Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Todd debuted Sunday as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," bringing a low-key style and surrounding himself with fellow pundits as NBC turns to him to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings. The bulk of his first program was centered on Todd's Saturday interview with President Obama, the biggest "get" possible for one of the Washington-based chat shows. It also included a look at cities around the country where mayors are successfully moving their communities forward.

  • Comedian Drew Carey offers reward in bucket prank

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — Comedian Drew Carey is offering to help police find those involved in dumping a bucket of urine and feces on a special-needs teen in Ohio who was reportedly told the prank was part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge." The Cleveland native posted on his Twitter account Saturday that he's willing to donate $10,000 if police in suburban Bay Village want to start a reward fund. The 14-year-old boy's mother found a cellphone video of teenagers dumping the bucket on her autistic son. Bay Village High School organized a vigil for the teen before a football game on Friday and school officials have condemned the prank. Carey is the host of the popular game show "The Price is Right" and starred in the c

  • For Joan Rivers, victory from loss in late night

    Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers bombed in late night for the world to see, on an upstart network no one thought would last. In the process, she infuriated Johnny Carson, the titanic TV star who had long supported her and, 20 years before, made her an overnight star. Or, put another way: In October 1986, Rivers made TV history as the first (and still only) woman to host a late-night broadcast talk show. She was the first face of the Fox network, headlining its first program, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers." She was a winner. And through getting fired after eight months on the air, then losing her husband to suicide three months after that, Rivers displayed epic fortitude. She picked herself up, recreated herself and renewed

  • Colorado town becomes Bud Light commercial set

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (AP) — Up for whatever? For some in the tiny and tony Colorado resort town of Crested Butte, that would be a no. They aren't too thrilled with a virtual takeover by Anheuser-Busch this weekend to film an over-the-top commercial for Bud Light beer and its "Up for Whatever" ad campaign. Some didn't take too kindly to the secretive event, arranged between Anheuser-Busch and town leaders. Others embraced it. The beer giant agreed to pay $500,000 to Crested Butte to paint several blocks of a central street blue. Dozens of workers installed a sand volleyball court, a multistory cowboy boot statue, a gorilla and a director's chair that comfortably seats six people.

  • Medical examiner: Rivers' cause of death unknown

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Further tests are needed to pinpoint comedian Joan Rivers' cause of death, the New York City medical examiner says. Rivers, who was 81, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She had been hospitalized since Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor's office. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances. Spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said that the "cause and manner of death" will require further studies. Rivers' funeral is set for Sunday at Temple Emanu-El; services will be private and no other details were released. As notables continued to post condolences and memories, fans created a makeshift memorial on the doorstep on R

  • TV dance contest winner meets Broadway cast

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest winner of TV's "So You Think You Can Dance" has gotten an up-close-and-personal look at one of his prizes — a big Broadway show. Ricky Ubeda, an 18-year-old from Miami, won the Fox TV contest show on Wednesday and by Friday afternoon met his potential future castmates in "On the Town." He was greeted outside the Lyric Theatre by the company singing "Oh Ricky, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Ricky" and donned a white sailor cap in their honor. In addition to a $250,000 prize and the dance title, Ubeda won an ensemble part in the musical, which opens next month. First he will tour with the other Season 11 finalists around the country.

  • Veteran CBS, CNN newsman Bruce Morton dies at 83

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran TV political correspondent Bruce Morton, who covered the Vietnam War and the United States' space program, died Friday in Washington, D.C., at age 83. He died from cancer at his home, CBS News said. Morton spent 29 years at CBS, winning six Emmy Awards. He reported on the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and covered the unrest in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989. He covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. He was a key figure on the CBS News convention and election night teams, and in 1988, a presidential election year, his 146 appearances on CBS News television programs were the most for any TV news personality that year.

  • Todd beginning new era at 'Meet the Press'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If he's to succeed as the new moderator of "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd says viewers need to be thinking about the show more than just on Sunday mornings. Todd begins his effort to lift the long-running public affairs program out of its doldrums this weekend with the biggest "get" possible for one of those shows — an interview with President Barack Obama. Todd replaces David Gregory, let go by NBC with "Meet the Press" sinking into third place in the Sunday morning ratings. Todd, a fixture of NBC's political coverage since 2007, said he wants the "Meet the Press" brand at work all week with digital and online reports, and analysis provided to other NBC News shows. He's given up his "Daily Rundown" morning

  • Celebrities reflect on Joan Rivers' death

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Celebrity colleagues and admirers of Joan Rivers share their reactions Thursday to her death at age 81: ___ "Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humor and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable." — Prince Charles in a statement. ____ "I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in a off, off Broadway show called 'Driftwood.' She was a real character then and now. I am so upset by her passing. She was too young and had too much to do still." — Barbra Streisand in a statement.

  • Joan Rivers lauded as pioneer for female comics

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967, Joan Rivers joked about society's double-standard for women. "A girl, you're 30 years old, you're not married, you're an old maid," she said. "A man, he's 90 years old, he's not married, he's a catch." At the time, it was rare to see a female comic onstage, and even rarer for an entertainer to talk frankly about being a woman. A few years later, on "The Carol Burnett Show," Rivers boasted about wearing a pushup bra, laughed about the lack of sex in long marriages and blatantly said men like second wives better. Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was a trailblazer for all comics, but especially for women.

  • Meredith Vieira back in daytime TV

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Meredith Vieira took the microphone and addressed the audience before cameras were turned on at a recent taping of her daytime talk show. She had a mock confession to make. "It's really scary starting a new show," she said. "I've been doing a lot of drinking." Just like that, the audience was in her lap — and she didn't even have to buy a round. Her bawdy personality and easy familiarity with the rhythms of daytime television give "The Meredith Vieira Show" a genuine shot in the tough world of daytime television. The syndicated show premieres Monday. Vieira, 60, who left the "Today" show in 2011 and wrapped up her time as host of the syndicated "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" last year, found that sh

  • NBC says 'Morning Joe' host has role expanded

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News says "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough will be a senior political analyst for the network with regular roles on "Meet the Press" and the "Today" show. Scarborough co-hosts the political talk show on MSNBC with Mika Brzezinski (breh-ZHIN'-skee). Generally, over the past year, NBC News has sought to distance itself from MSNBC, where a politically liberal viewpoint dominates, but that isn't the case with Scarborough, a former Republican congressman. He'll continue on "Morning Joe." NBC said Friday that Scarborough will be a regular contributor to round-table discussions on "Meet the Press," where new moderator Chuck Todd replaces David Gregory on Sunday.

  • Video sites need China's OK to air foreign content

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Every foreign TV show and movie shown on Chinese online streaming sites will have to be approved by authorities or else go offline early next year, the country's broadcast regulator said Friday, tightening control over the online industry. Licensed foreign content also cannot be greater than 30 percent of the total domestic content licensed in the previous year, according to an executive at one of the sites, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak directly to the media. The announcement on the website of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television only addressed the approval requirement for foreign content and did not mention the 30 percent lim

  • Jones takes timeout from track, bobsled to tango

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Lolo Jones wrapped up her track season a little early so she could tango and two-step. She's also putting her bobsled career on hold for a winter in order to jitterbug and jive. The Olympian is simply hearing the call of the music, even if she readily admits she has two left feet on the dance floor. Jones will join NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, UFC legend Randy Couture and other famous personalities on the new season of "Dancing With the Stars." The 19th season of the show premieres Sept. 15 on ABC. The nerves are already building for Jones, who's quite rhythmic leaping over hurdles, just not so much on a dance floor. She said her prom date in high school even left her early because of her dancing.

  • Fashion reflects on Joan Rivers' love-hate legacy

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the intense, high-stakes world of fashion, Joan Rivers helped change the game. The industry she bit into on "Fashion Police" but embraced in her friendships and the fancy clothes on her back considered her love-hate legacy Thursday after her death at 81. "For me, she was the most instrumental person because she changed the dialogue in fashion forever," said Fern Mallis, herself a shaker as creator of New York Fashion Week. Rivers was the first on a red carpet to stick a microphone in a star's face and ask about clothes.

  • Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends, daughter Melissa Rivers said. She was hospitalized Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.

  • Fox attempting to break new ground with 'Utopia'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — It appears as if anything might be possible in "Utopia." Whether the masterminds behind the new Fox unscripted society-building series are ensuring participants can legally hunt, readying for wildfires or accounting for a cast member's impending pregnancy, they've seemingly prepared for every possible situation at the rural compound where "Utopia" is being filmed. Except for one: What if nobody watches? That's not a scenario the creators of this human ant farm even want to consider.

  • E!'s 'Police' future uncertain after Rivers' death

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The E! network says no decisions have been made about the future of "Fashion Police" in the wake of Joan Rivers' death. The network said in a statement that its "mourning our beloved Joan, and will respond at a later date with further programming updates." Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer. Rivers died Thursday at 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She was hospitalized Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure. "She's been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it," the network said. "Today, our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the do