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Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

New York City's Metropolitan Opera has reached a deal with its stagehands and says it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions as well. The Met says it reached an agreement with the stagehands early Wednesday. It is still negotiating with eight smaller unions including ...

WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 28:  Larry Birkhead (R) and Dannielynn Birkhead attend the Los Angeles premiere of "The Smurfs 2" at Regency Village Theatre on July 28, 2013 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SONY)

Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star. A federal judge in Orange County on Monday rejected the effort to obtain about $44 million from the estate ...

Singer Jennifer Hudson performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Aniston, Hamm, Hudson set to Stand Up to Cancer

Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland want to connect with you about cancer. They are among the stars slated to appear on "Stand Up to Cancer," the hour-long telethon set to air Sept. 5 on 31 broadcast and cable networks simultaneously. Other celebrity participants announced ...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Ray J attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the singer pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Singer Ray J denies crimes at Beverly Hills hotel

Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Ray J — whose legal name is William Ray Norwood — entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on ...

Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists

A photographer for the Getty agency and two German reporters were among the latest journalists arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. At least 10 journalists have been arrested or detained since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed Aug. 9 by officer ...

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:  Musicians/husband and wife Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are interviewed during the 42nd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 16, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now finds herself with two — platinum-selling musician with a new album on the way and emerging kitchen mogul. "I kind of feel like Rocky in the first movie," Yearwood said. An apt description: Yearwood ...

This Sept. 25, 1982 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo. Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live." Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96. ...

FILE - This Aug. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Taylor Schilling at a panel discussion with the cast of "Orange Is The New Black" at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Classic Stage Company said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling from “Orange Is The New Black” will co-star as Rakitin and Natalya in the revival, which kicks off Jan. 9. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Peter Dinklage, Taylor Schilling to share NY stage

An off-Broadway production of Ivan Turgenev's "A Month in the Country" has attracted a star of "Game of Thrones" and another from behind bars. Classic Stage Company said Tuesday that "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling from "Orange Is The New Black" will co-star as Rakitin and ...

HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M. EDT AND THEREAFTER ON TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014 - This image provided by Twelve Books shows the cover of Rep. Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., new book. As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." (AP Photo/Twelve Books)

AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

At age 15, Paul Ryan was already feeling isolated from his father, who had grown distant from his family and leaned heavily on whiskey. Then one morning the future congressman found his alcoholic father in bed, dead from an apparent heart attack at age 55. It's a formative story the ...

FILE - This 1976 file photo originally released by Island Records shows Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley. A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon’s music is in the works for next year. Center Stage in Baltimore said Tuesday it would present the world premiere of “Marley,” written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will play May 6 to June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Island Records, File)

Bob Marley musical to make premiere in Baltimore

A musical about Bob Marley that uses the Jamaican reggae icon's music is in the works for next year. Center Stage in Baltimore said Tuesday it would present the world premiere of "Marley," written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. It will run from May 6 to June ...

Correction: People-Bon Jovi-Christie story

In a story Aug. 16 about Jon Bon Jovi accepting a challenge to douse himself with ice water for charity, The Associated Press erroneously reported the charity he was supporting. It was the ALS Association, not the ALS Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Bon Jovi, Christie, ...

U.S. actor Dwayne Johnson poses for photos as he arrives for an event to promote his film "Hercules," in Mexico City, Monday, August 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson set for DC Comics film

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he will play a role in an upcoming DC Comics movie adaption but has yet to decide between superhero Shazam and his arch-nemesis Black Adam. He may not have a hard time making a decision. He told The Associated Press on Monday that he has ...

This image released by Little, Brown and Company shows Beth Macy, author of "Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town." (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Company, David Hungate)

Q&A: How 1 US factory owner fought cheap imports

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back. John ...

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2013 file photo shows U.S. pop star Madonna at the "Hard Candy Fitness" center in Berlin, Germany. Julien’s Auctions announced Tuesday that items from the pop icon’s personal and professional life will be auctioned on Nov. 7 and 8, 2014. Pieces from Madonna’s “Material Girl,” “Music” and “American Pie” music videos will be offered during the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction in Beverly Hills. More than 30 items from 1996’s “Evita” will also be available. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Material Girl's materials to be auctioned in Nov.

Get ready to dance in Madonna's old clothes. Julien's Auctions announced Tuesday that items from the pop icon's personal and professional life will be auctioned Nov. 7-8. Pieces from her "Material Girl," ''Music" and "American Pie" music videos will be offered during the Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll auction ...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. A spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital says the wife of U.S. radio personality Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as a reason for burying her late husband in Oslo. Kasem, the host of "American Top 40," died June 15, 2014, in Washington at age 82. His death followed a lengthy battle over his care between wife Jean Kasem and his three adult children from his first marriage. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. Kasem, the host of "American Top 40," died June 15 in Washington at ...

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Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace." Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to ...

This undated image released by Netflix shows Dr. Sylvia Earle in a scene from the Netflix documentary “Mission Blue.” Directed by Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon, the film profiles oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her effort to help protect the world's seas. (AP Photo/Netflix)

Fisher Stevens goes on a filmmaking 'Mission Blue'

When Fisher Stevens approached prominent oceanographer Sylvia Earle about featuring both her life and her work in a documentary, she resisted the idea. Turning the camera on her efforts to protect the seas was one thing, but putting herself center stage made Earle uneasy, Stevens said. Actor-filmmaker Stevens managed to ...

Commuters move past posters and hoardings of Indian films in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014. Police say they have arrested the head of India's film censorship board for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for speeding up the approval of a film.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

India's film censor arrested for alleged bribery

India's chief film censor was arrested Tuesday on accusations he solicited bribes to speed a film through the strict, laborious process of keeping profanity, violence and hints of sexuality from Indian cinemas. The norms of Bollywood film content are prudish in comparison to Hollywood. The Central Board of Film Certification ...

People listen to a talking statue on their phones at the launch of Talking Statues in central London, Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014. Statues of some three dozen historical and fictional characters in London and Manchester are coming to life thanks to a new interactive project that gives them a voice to tell their stories. Passers-by can swipe their smartphones on a tag or type in a web address to get an instant call from the characters depicted. Actors including Patrick Stewart and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville perform the monologues, which lasts a few minutes each. (AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you. A new interactive arts project is giving a voice to dozens of statues of historical and fictional characters in London, allowing them to tell their stories and entertain curious visitors and weary ...

Announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," ''The Price is Right" and other programs, died Aug. 18, 2014. He was 96.

Don Pardo, iconic TV announcer, dies at 96

Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, including "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Arizona. He was 96. Pardo died at his home in Tucson, where he moved after retiring ...

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