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TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52pm

Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died. He was 89.

10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:34pm

Ten emerging writers, a mix of poets, dramatists and fiction and nonfiction authors, were the winners of this year's $50,000 Whiting Awards on Wednesday night.

Officials to turn over Prince investigative files to family

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:04pm

Prosecutors in the county where Prince was found dead have agreed to provide his siblings with investigative documents so the family can determine whether civil litigation is warranted, according to a stipulation filed in court Wednesday.

NBC documentary looks at images that propelled civil rights

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:48pm

Gruesome images of a lynched Emmett Till were seared into the minds of many black Americans in 1955 and helped lead to the modern civil rights movement. But few whites knew of their existence at the time.

'N Sync to reunite to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:18pm

'N Sync is finally reuniting — but not for new music or a tour.

The Latest: Schwarzenegger: California GOP is like Titanic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:32pm

The Latest on former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing the need to reshape the Republican Party (all times local):

Hearing postponed in Rose McGowan drug possession case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:57pm

A preliminary hearing for actress Rose McGowan on a drug possession charge in Virginia has been postponed until May 3.

Britney Spears lands 1st high fashion campaign with Kenzo

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:33am

Britney Spears has landed her first high fashion modeling campaign as the new face of Paris-based Kenzo.

Bad weather forces Justin Timberlake to postpone NYC concert

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:02am

Justin Timberlake's Wednesday night concert New York City is being postponed due to the spring nor'easter.

The Weeknd, Bruno Mars to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:08am

The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys will headline this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

Chrissy Metz writes about struggles, triumph in new memoir

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:11am

"This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz writes about her early struggles with weight and poverty and her later success as an actress in her new memoir.

Judd Apatow memorializes mentor, the late Garry Shandling

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:54am

After Garry Shandling died two years ago, his longtime friend Judd Apatow went through emails he and the comedian had recently shared. Then he started bawling.

PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:56am

PBS would seem to have a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney's documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a two-hour film about it.

'Black Panther' fans can find glimpses of Wakanda in Africa

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:22am

Want to go to Wakanda? The blockbuster success of "Black Panther" has created a new, compelling vision of Africa as a continent of smart, technologically savvy people with cool clothes living in a futuristic city amid stunning landscapes.

Selena Gomez responds after bikini pics show scar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:22am

Selena Gomez took to Instagram after bikini photos of her in Australia showing a scar drew social media comments that she looked "thick."

Jimmy Kimmel brings Katie Couric to his colonoscopy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:20am

Jimmy Kimmel's audience got to see more of the host than usual when he had his first colonoscopy.

Nazi-looted portrait returned to heirs, will be auctioned

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:14am

For nearly 80 years, the trail was stone cold for a missing 16th-century Renaissance portrait, looted by the Nazis from an estate in the Netherlands.

In Tennessee, music is being made deep below Earth's surface

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:04am

By the time Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows took the stage on a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 500 music fans had found their way 333 feet (100 meters) below the ground, some taller guests ducking their heads just a bit.

Songs by Bennett, Estefan being added to Recording Registry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:54am

Songs performed by Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and Run-DMC are among 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry.

Congolese performance artist wins political asylum in US

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:09pm

For a week, Toto Kisaku was held in a darkened Congolese cell, detained for putting on plays critical of the African nation's government. One at a time, his fellow inmates were led away to their deaths. Kisaku feared he would be executed next until he was set free by a guard who recognized him from his performances.