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Kevin Starr, California's premier historian, dies at 76

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 9:01pm

Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76.

PBS Kids round-the-clock TV, online channel launches Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 6:30pm

PBS is launching a round-the-clock children's channel that will be available on member stations and digital platforms.

'Get Smart' actor Dick Gautier dead at 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 4:30pm

Actor Dick Gautier, who gained fame playing an Elvis-like singer in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie" and went on to play Hymie the Robot on TV's "Get Smart," has died. He was 85.

Dick Gautier, who played Hymie on 'Get Smart,' dies at 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 3:50pm

Dick Gautier, the Tony-nominated actor who found fame as Hymie the Robot on the 1960s sitcom "Get Smart," has died. He was 85.

Vietnam doc makes Ken Burns, Trent Reznor partners

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 2:41pm

Ken Burns and Trent Reznor would seem two unlikely collaborators, but both describe their recent work on the upcoming PBS documentary on the Vietnam War as among the most satisfying of their careers.

Milan's Brera protects artworks after humidity system fails

Colleen Barry and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 2:01pm

Restorers at Milan's famous Brera Art Gallery have taken measures to protect the collection after its humidity control system failed during a "once-in-a-decade" dry, cold spell that moved through Milan last weekend, officials said.

Quaker group marks centennial with 'Waging Peace' exhibit

Natalie Pompilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 7:13am

The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of nonviolent activism with an exhibition, "Waging Peace," that showcases the group's accomplishments while also illustrating work that remains to be done.

Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 11:10pm

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week's presidential inaugural following protests from her gay and black fans, further dimming the event's already low celebrity wattage.

Lotter challenging Nebraska 3-judge method on death penalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 6:11pm

A man convicted in the murder case that inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry" has joined a fellow death row inmate in challenging Nebraska's three-judge method for determining death sentences.

With no action heroes, Madoff movie landed at HBO

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 5:21pm

Makers of an upcoming HBO movie on Bernard Madoff initially wanted to make a feature film for theaters but quickly realized that today's movie industry had little interest in an intricate tale about a financial swindle.

Kidman says comments about Trump support weren't endorsement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 4:11pm

Nicole Kidman says her comments that Americans should support President-elect Donald Trump were merely a statement of her belief in democracy, not an endorsement of the incoming president.

NY mayor, celebs due at pre-inauguration Trump demonstration

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 3:12pm

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Al Sharpton and celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore and Rosie Perez are planning to rally New Yorkers to stand up to President-elect Donald Trump on the eve of his inauguration, organizers said Saturday.

'Sherlock' season finale leaks online 1 day before premiere

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 11:20am

There's a little less mystery about the season finale of the television series "Sherlock" after a Russian version of the episode leaked online.

Brie Larson and Jennifer Hudson to announce Oscar nominees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 11:00am

Oscar winners Brie Larson and Jennifer Hudson will help announce this year's Academy Award nominees.

Uma Thurman, ex-boyfriend face off at custody trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 10:20am

Uma Thurman and ex-boyfriend Arpad Busson are facing off in a New York City court over their 4-year-old daughter.

No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 8:31am

The makers of "Star Wars" have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on.

Many motivations drive women to DC for inauguration protest

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 7:31am

Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 14th - 1:10am

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Biggest civil case in South by Southwest crash dismissed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 13th - 10:30pm

A judge has dismissed the largest civil case that had been brought against South by Southwest, the city of Austin and others from victims of a 2014 crash during the music festival that killed four people and injured 20.

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 13th - 7:31pm

Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," has died. He was 89.