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German public TV in row over blackface comedy stunt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:01am

German public broadcaster SWR has come under fire for a comedy sketch in which a presenter is disguised using blackface.

Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age

David Fischer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 9:01am

More than three decades after the TV show "Reading Rainbow" first aired on PBS, the show's longtime host, LeVar Burton, is now focusing his efforts to promote reading among children in the digital realm.

Eric Clapton sued by musician's estate over iconic song

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:20am

The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

Comedian Pikotaro astonished by viral success of 'PPAP' song

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 7:20am

The Japanese comedian behind the viral hit "PPAP" is astonished by the global success of his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song.

Paris concert hall unveils new facade 1 year after attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 28th - 6:11am

The Bataclan concert hall has unveiled its new facade almost a year after being one of the targets of the deadly attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

Toni Morrison receives Bellow award for lifetime achievement

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 9:43pm

Toni Morrison received a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from the PEN American Center, a ceremony of music and words that ended with a special treat from the guest of honor: An excerpt from a novel in progress.

Iggy Pop: Jarmusch was first, only choice for Stooges doc

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:13pm

In 1969, Jim Jarmusch got his hands on The Stooges' self-titled debut album, and the 16-year-old future filmmaker from Ohio was hooked.

Affleck tells 'kid brother' New Hampshire in video to vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 6:01pm

Ben Affleck is calling on New Hampshire residents to get out and vote in the upcoming election.

Shawn Mendes, the serious, striking musician, emerges

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:20pm

When Shawn Mendes went into the vocal booth to sing "Mercy," the gravelly, deep, emotional rock song from his latest album, he discovered a new side of himself.

The Latest: Alleged Trump Hollywood star smasher freed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 5:10pm

The Latest on man suspected of using sledgehammer to destroy Donald Trump's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (all times local):

Suspect arrested in destruction of Trump's Hollywood star

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 4:51pm

Los Angeles police arrested a man suspected of using a sledgehammer to destroy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, officials said Thursday.

911 caller helps police solve case of missing backup dancer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 3:12pm

After days of police work revealed no leads in the case of the missing backup dancer, it was a 911 caller who helped locate the New Jersey woman who performed with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna.

Grand Ole Opry is going north to NYC with new venue

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 2:42pm

The Grand Ole Opry is going north. The famous venue for country music is branching out of Tennessee for the first time its 91-year history with a new restaurant and venue in Times Square.

Rapper cancels concert due to "unforeseen incarceration"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:52pm

Publicists for a festival in Louisiana say rapper Kevin Gates has cancelled his performance due to "an unforeseen incarceration."

Colbert airing 2 live 'Late Show' hours election week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:30pm

CBS says "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" has elected to broadcast a pair of live episodes the week of the presidential election.

Cranston details dark thoughts, inspirations in new memoir

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 1:30pm

Bryan Cranston seems so far apart from the murderous Walter White that one wonders how he was able to channel such darkness with Emmy-worthy ferocity in "Breaking Bad."

Loretta Lynn's career milestones played out on CMA stage

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:52am

Loretta Lynn's career was just beginning when the first Country Music Association Awards were handed out in 1967, but five decades later, both musical institutions are still going strong.

6-foot guitar statues once again honor Elvis in his hometown

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 11:01am

Guitar-shaped statues that honor Elvis have been reinstalled in the Mississippi town where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born.

Armed with faith: Gibson film shows WWII feats of medic

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:41am

When Desmond Doss climbed up Hacksaw Ridge — a 400-foot high escarpment on the island of Okinawa with a wall of dug-in Japanese soldiers at the top — he carried his Bible, his combat medic supplies and the weight of his moral convictions, but no weapon.

Filmmaker claims self-defense in San Francisco killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 27th - 10:11am

A San Francisco filmmaker arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week says an intruder was shot and killed in self-defense.