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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.

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

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50am

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

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.

Hugh Hefner seeks to dismiss case filed by Cosby accuser

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:31pm

Hugh Hefner's attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss the Playboy founder from a former model's lawsuit that alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at party at Hefner's home in 2008.

Jessica Williams leaving as 'Daily Show' correspondent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

Jessica Williams is leaving as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" this week after four years. But she's not straying far.

Dennis Quaid's wife files for divorce after 12 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 12:11pm

Actor Dennis Quaid's nearly 12-year marriage is coming to an end.

Hundreds attend funeral of music legend Ralph Stanley

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:11am

Legendary bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley has been laid to rest in his hometown of McClure, Virginia.

CNN's Sally Kohn writing book on civility

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:30am

CNN political commentator Sally Kohn, who has heard a lot of trash talk in her job, is working on a book about the benefits of civility.

Documentary turns Disney-loving autistic man into a star

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:10am

Owen Suskind had largely retreated into silence in the years after his autism began to manifest, around age 3. Three painfully mute years later, and after countless rapt hours spent watching Disney animated movies, a word broke through.

Operatic baritone killed in Ukraine fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:40am

A Ukrainian baritone who performed in French opera productions for nearly two decades before joining a volunteer battalion in warring eastern Ukraine has been killed in the fighting.

Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, dies at 84

Adrian Sainz and Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:00am

Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Activist Brockovich talks tainted water near naval bases

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 7:00am

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is weighing in on concerns residents are raising about drinking water contamination near two former U.S. Navy bases near Philadelphia.

Hamilton's ties to Albany highlighted in tours, exhibit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:31am

Long before his life story became the toast of the Great White Way, Alexander Hamilton was a hit in Albany.