Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy
LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its publication of a “deeply personal” letter to her estranged father was “a plain and a serious breach of her rights of privacy.” Meghan's latest attempt to protect her privacy laid bare more details of her fraught relationship with her estranged father, who claims he has been “vilified” as a dishonest publicity-seeker.
Washington, Malek and Leto face off in ‘The Little Things’
Denzel Washington has played some iconic cops over the years, but he doesn't get hung up on things like that. For him, it's all about the script.
Students write inaugural poems for poetry academy contest
NEW YORK (AP) — Hallie Knight, a high school senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has some well formed ideas about where the country is and how she'd like to see it change.
Harry Brant, son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour, dies at 24
NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Brant, a rising model and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter M. Brant, has died. He was 24.
NASCAR to hold pre-race Daytona 500 concert with Luke Combs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert — the first big performance at a track during the pandemic — featuring country music star Luke Combs.
New books with buzz? Dozens excerpted in free e-preview
NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from upcoming works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and crime writer Lisa Scottoline are among 46 books previewed in a free e-book collection.
Review: Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return
“Before She Disappeared,” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton) Frankie Elkin is a nomad. Owning only what she can carry, she wanders from town to town hunting for missing people whom the police have been unable to find.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30 Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 85. Singer Ray Stevens is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 80.
In open letter to Dr. King, Stevie Wonder calls for equality
NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder, whose advocacy helped make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, is urging the incoming Biden administration to form a national commission on equality.
Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural
NEW YORK (AP) — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. “This is a great day in our household," the country music superstar said during a virtual press conference Monday, two days before Biden is to be sworn in.
Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans
DETROIT (AP) — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event Tuesday that will celebrate the nation’s diversity on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump baby protest blimp enters Museum of London collection
LONDON (AP) — The Trump Baby Blimp will live on long after its namesake has left the White House. The Museum of London said Monday that it had added the giant balloon, which depicts Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby, to its collection as an illustration of the protests that greeted the U.S.
Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style in the 1960s and created hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina Turner.
Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for 'Big Tech' book
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the U.S.
Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died.
Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week
MILAN (AP) — No traffic jams, no rush to the next venue, no front rows — not even socially distanced. Milan Fashion Week is unfolding entirely on computer screens and social media platforms this round for the first time ever, as the persistent virus resurgence dashed any hopes of even a handful of physical shows.
Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopens to public
PARIS (AP) — There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew: The famous Rodin Museum sculpture gardens is reopening to visitors.
Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm.
AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech.
Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants
LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email.
Prince William worried about strain on UK emergency workers
LONDON (AP) — Prince William says he is concerned about the mental health of U.K. ambulance drivers, police officers and other first responders who are being exposed to extraordinary levels of trauma and death as coronavirus cases soar.
Journalists prepare for protests where they could be targets
NEW YORK (AP) — While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week's presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets.
US lawyers ask 2nd Circuit to nix Trump from defamation suit
NEW YORK (AP) — Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court Friday to replace President Donald Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.
Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters.
Skylar Astin finds new notes to hit on ‘Zoey’s Playlist’
NEW YORK (AP) — By page two of the pilot script for NBC's “ Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist,” Skylar Astin knew he wanted the role of Max Richman.