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Author Gay Talese refuses to promote new book

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:10pm

Veteran journalist and author Gay Talese says he won't promote his forthcoming book, "The Voyeur's Motel," after questions were raised about the credibility of its main source.

New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30pm

Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.

The Latest: Will Packer's new film centered at Essence Fest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:20pm

The Latest on the annual Essence Festival held over the July Fourth holiday in New Orleans (all times local):

Brad Paisley: West Virginia floods shocking, heartbreaking

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:00pm

Brad Paisley said he's shocked and heartbroken by the destruction from deadly flooding in his home state of West Virginia.

FBI seeks Rockwell painting on 40th anniversary of its theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Federal authorities are seeking the public's help in recovering a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting on the 40th anniversary of its theft from a New Jersey home.

Fairey: 'Vindicated' by dismissal of Detroit tagging case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey says he feels "relieved and vindicated" now that a malicious destruction of property case in Detroit has been dismissed.

Rob Wasserman, accomplished bass player, dead at 64

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:02pm

Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died. He was 64.

Documents filed by some Prince claimants to become public

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:01pm

A Minnesota judge overseeing the legal proceedings about Prince's estate will allow documents filed by some claimants to become public.

Chechen leader Kadyrov seeks apprentice on reality TV show

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:32pm

Another powerful, controversial man is taking to reality TV to find an assistant — not Donald Trump but the leader of Chechnya.

Wisecracking De Niro touts Catskills with NY governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:21pm

Robert De Niro is conjuring the legacy — and the stand-up jokes — of comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Henny Youngman and Milton Berle while praising the natural beauty of New York's Catskills region.

HLN's Nancy Grace leaving her legal show

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:12am

Tough-talking former prosecutor Nancy Grace is leaving her prime-time show on the HLN network in October.

Flint Institute of Arts plans $8.5M expansion, renovation

David Runk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:00am

The Flint Institute of Arts plans an $8.5 million museum expansion and art school renovation that includes a wing for contemporary crafts and space for artists to work with stadium-style seating so visitors can observe the creative process, officials announced Thursday.

Christie's to sell contents of Reagans' LA home

Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21am

A two-day auction of the contents of Ronald and Nancy Reagan's ranch-style home in California will include everything from personal mementos from heads of state and friends to objects the couple took with them to the White House.

Film academy invites 683 new members to join

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:01pm

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization.

Miss Teen USA pageant replaces swimsuits with athletic wear

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:50pm

The Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition.

Alvin Toffler, author of 'Future Shock,' dead at 87

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:50pm

Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling "Future Shock" and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.

YouTube personality charged with making false police report

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:20pm

A gay YouTube personality who said he was assaulted outside a West Hollywood club has been charged with filing a false police report and faking his injuries.

Jesus Christ film coming to virtual reality

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:50pm

The story of Jesus Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time.

The Latest: Celebrities record tribute to nightclub victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 4:40pm

The Latest on the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead (all times local):

Microsoft CEO working on book about transformation, change

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:01pm

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book.