11/25/2013 12:27amEven for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips.
11/25/2013 1:25amJustin Timberlake stayed classy in a sharp blue suit. A shocked Rihanna accepted an icon award at the ripe old age of 25. And Lady Gaga danced atop the president's desk. These were just a few of the televised moments not to be missed at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Backstage, the moments continued as a rock legend bonded with an "American Idol" alum and two pop heartthrobs shared a rare exchange in a stairwell. The Associated Press goes behind the scenes at the AMAs:
11/25/2013 5:49amNo question Justin Timberlake is the man of the year, but oh how the women of pop music proved its their world again at the American Music Awards.
11/25/2013 6:06amThis holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.
11/25/2013 6:08amMost actors who plan on playing Macbeth would immediately run away from watching any other actor play the part. Ethan Hawke is not like most actors.
11/25/2013 7:00amWhen life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.
11/25/2013 7:32amJodi Picoult's latest publication is a short story on a large subject: Race.
11/25/2013 7:37amIn a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
11/25/2013 7:46amIf you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground.
11/25/2013 7:46amGrammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces wracked by Typhoon Haiyan.
11/25/2013 9:18amThere are baritones who sing opera, and then there are "Verdi baritones." Quinn Kelsey has no doubts about which camp he is in.
11/25/2013 9:29amThe FBI is reporting that hate crime incidents were slightly down last year.
11/25/2013 9:39amWith the holidays getting into full swing, life for most of us is getting hectic. Between all the big meals, the parties, the kids needing treats for their classes, never mind our day jobs...! Who has time for it all?
11/25/2013 10:15amLet's all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks _ heck, even write cookbooks ourselves _ don't actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we'd like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do.
11/25/2013 10:47amInstead of the bygone damsels in distress _ yes we're talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty _ the female royals of "Frozen," Disney's latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent.
11/25/2013 10:50amHe's the toddler who always bites. She's the 6-year-old drama queen prone to "it's mine" fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your exceedingly lenient big sister.
11/25/2013 11:44am"A Permanent Member of the Family" (Ecco), by Russell Banks
11/25/2013 11:49amBillie Joe Armstrong has a future in sales if the music thing doesn't work out. Just ask Norah Jones, who had every intention of turning down an interesting but odd pitch from the Green Day frontman because of tour exhaustion when she got on the phone with him.
11/25/2013 12:28pmA medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke.
11/25/2013 12:29pmEven though Jeffrey Wright has won a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe, and appeared in more than 35 films as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, he's far from a household name.
11/25/2013 12:33pmWalk through the valley of the shadow of death, and there is no reason to fear evil, but Max Brooks and Mark Waid have taken the 23rd Psalm and made it real: A nexus where hell and earth meet and evil is poised to explode into the world of man.
11/25/2013 12:38pmA child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen.
11/25/2013 12:43pmKatie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans make the transition into online programming.
11/25/2013 12:50pmR&B singer Chris Brown's next court appearance in Washington is now scheduled for Jan. 8.
11/25/2013 12:54pmTurkey isn't just for Thanksgiving, says Butterball CEO Rod Brenneman.
11/25/2013 1:25pm"The Creature Department" (Razorbill), by Robert Paul Weston
11/25/2013 2:17pmMartin Bashir's apology for graphic comments about Sarah Palin on MSNBC hasn't ended questions about whether the remarks deserve punishment from his bosses, giving unwanted attention to a cable network dealing with sinking ratings along with loose-lipped hosts.
11/25/2013 2:18pmOpera singers Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott have separated.
11/25/2013 2:45pmOne of NBC News President Deborah Turness' former colleagues from Britain is joining NBC as its London-based chief global correspondent.
11/25/2013 2:58pmAnswer: It's the TV show that's spreading the word about Broadway. Question: What is "Jeopardy!"
11/25/2013 2:58pmAn open-air Las Vegas Strip pirate show that featured sirens in skimpy costumes dancing with shirtless sailors has been cancelled, with casino officials saying Monday they need to make way for a pharmacy and other shops.
11/25/2013 3:06pmLetters from former President Ronald Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were the most popular items Monday at an auction of materials that belonged to ex-Mayor Ed Koch.
11/25/2013 3:10pmStories about Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan's alleged double life have been circulating for years.
11/25/2013 4:04pmA producer of the Showtime series "Ray Donovan" was sentenced to two years' probation on Monday for helping run an illegal sports betting business that New York prosecutors have linked to the Russian mob.
11/25/2013 4:37pmIt'll soon cost more to bring your pet with you when you fly on Southwest Airlines.
11/25/2013 4:46pmA statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller "The Maltese Falcon" sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.
11/25/2013 5:36pmDozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for disaster relief in the Philippines.
11/25/2013 7:04pmRandy Phillips, who was sued in connection with Michael Jackson's death, is out after a decade as chief executive officer of AEG Live under a restructuring by its parent AEG, the sports and entertainment giant announced Monday.
11/25/2013 8:15pmA self-help author who spent nearly two years in prison for the deaths of three people following a northern Arizona sweat lodge ceremony said he's still shocked and remorseful about what happened.
11/25/2013 8:39pmPolice on Monday arrested a couple on suspicion of burglarizing the home of Nicolas Cage's former girlfriend _ a case that turned bizarre when the man disappeared for three days and left behind his dog and a bloody leash.