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NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

11/25/2013 12:27am
Even 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.

Backstage banter at the AMAs

11/25/2013 1:25am
Justin 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:

Miley, JT and RiRi: 5 AMA moments to remember

11/25/2013 5:49am
No 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.

Americans not willing to spend without deals

11/25/2013 6:06am
This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.

Ethan Hawke dives into 'Macbeth' with zeal

11/25/2013 6:08am
Most 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.

Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst

11/25/2013 7:00am
When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.

Latest Jodi Picoult release is short story

11/25/2013 7:32am
Jodi Picoult's latest publication is a short story on a large subject: Race.

Gifts for movie lovers: Collectible DVD box sets

11/25/2013 7:37am
In 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.

Fit chic: Gym clothes became fashionable

11/25/2013 7:37am
So long, dingy sweatpants.

As a general rule, leave the leaves

11/25/2013 7:46am
If 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.

Alicia Keys visits typhoon refugees in Philippines

11/25/2013 7:46am
Grammy-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.

Hawaiian baritone making his mark in Verdi

11/25/2013 9:18am
There are baritones who sing opera, and then there are "Verdi baritones." Quinn Kelsey has no doubts about which camp he is in.

Hate crime incidents were down slightly last year

11/25/2013 9:29am
The FBI is reporting that hate crime incidents were slightly down last year.

Pair shrimp, sausage for easy holiday party food

11/25/2013 9:39am
With 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?

2013's best books to get you thinking about food

11/25/2013 10:15am
Let'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.

Review: Disney royals gain boost in 'Frozen'

11/25/2013 10:47am
Instead 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.

Kids behaving badly _ other people's kids, that is

11/25/2013 10:50am
He'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.

Review: Banks delivers in short story collection

11/25/2013 11:44am
"A Permanent Member of the Family" (Ecco), by Russell Banks

Harmonic convergence: Armstrong, Jones team up

11/25/2013 11:49am
Billie 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.

Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from stroke

11/25/2013 12:28pm
A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke.

Q&A: Jeffrey Wright considers his career choices

11/25/2013 12:29pm
Even 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.

In 'Shadow Walk,' a valley of death made real

11/25/2013 12:33pm
Walk 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.

Review: 'Black Nativity' is bold but clumsy

11/25/2013 12:38pm
A 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.

Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's video news coverage

11/25/2013 12:43pm
Katie 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.

Chris Brown ordered back to DC court on Jan. 8

11/25/2013 12:50pm
R&B singer Chris Brown's next court appearance in Washington is now scheduled for Jan. 8.

Butterball CEO on why Turkey Talk Line hired men

11/25/2013 12:54pm
Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving, says Butterball CEO Rod Brenneman.

Fit chic: Gym clothes became fashionable

11/25/2013 1:11pm
So long, dingy sweatpants.

'The Creature Department' invokes imagination, fun

11/25/2013 1:25pm
"The Creature Department" (Razorbill), by Robert Paul Weston

Controversy over Bashir punishment doesn't go away

11/25/2013 2:17pm
Martin 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.

Netrebko says she has split with Schrott

11/25/2013 2:18pm
Opera singers Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott have separated.

NBC adds Britain's Neely as overseas correspondent

11/25/2013 2:45pm
One of NBC News President Deborah Turness' former colleagues from Britain is joining NBC as its London-based chief global correspondent.

Game show 'Jeopardy!' gives Broadway a boost

11/25/2013 2:58pm
Answer: It's the TV show that's spreading the word about Broadway. Question: What is "Jeopardy!"

Sexy Vegas pirate show canceled, shops in works

11/25/2013 2:58pm
An 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.

Reagan letter tops auction of NYC mayor Koch items

11/25/2013 3:06pm
Letters 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.

Hollywood's Arnon Milchan says he was Israeli spy

11/25/2013 3:10pm
Stories about Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan's alleged double life have been circulating for years.

'Donovan' producer sentenced in NY gambling case

11/25/2013 4:04pm
A 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.

Southwest boosting fee for pets that fly

11/25/2013 4:37pm
It'll soon cost more to bring your pet with you when you fly on Southwest Airlines.

'Maltese Falcon' figure sells for more than $4M

11/25/2013 4:46pm
A statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller "The Maltese Falcon" sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.

Stars donate songs for Philippines relief album

11/25/2013 5:36pm
Dozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for disaster relief in the Philippines.

Randy Phillips out as chief executive of AEG Live

11/25/2013 7:04pm
Randy 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.

Self-help author anguished over sweat-lodge deaths

11/25/2013 8:15pm
A 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.

Couple arrested in burglary of Nicolas Cage's ex

11/25/2013 8:39pm
Police 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.

Sean Penn: Madonna in Haiti to see his aid work

11/25/2013 9:29pm
Madonna is in Haiti to visit humanitarian projects that ex-husband Sean Penn has been overseeing since the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake in 2010, the actor said Monday.