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Winfrey, Coates among speakers at tribute to Toni Morrison

Nov. 21, 2019 9:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In offering tribute to Toni Morrison, speakers from Oprah Winfrey to Fran Lebowitz on Thursday each shared a very different, but equally special portrait of the late Nobel laureate, who died in August at 88. Angela Davis remembered a dear friend who as a Random House editor helped launch...

Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind and move on with life

Nov. 21, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about Johnson was...

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in...

‘Uncut Gems,’ ‘The Lighthouse’ top Spirit Awards nominations

Nov. 21, 2019 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh and Benny Safdie’s Diamond District crime film “Uncut Gems” and Robert Eggers’ fever-dream period tale “The Lighthouse” led the 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nods each, in nominations announced Thursday in Los Angeles....

Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss and others

Nov. 21, 2019 5:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday honored an Oscar-winning actor, a bluegrass-country singer, a conservative think tank and others with two of the most prestigious national awards in the arts and humanities. It was first time during his nearly three-year-old presidency that Trump has...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Nov. 21, 2019 4:38 PM EST

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 20, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. Phil...

First Marvel Comics issue sells in Texas for $1.26 million

Nov. 21, 2019 4:37 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million. Heritage Auctions says the Marvel Comics No. 1 from 1939 sold Thursday. Heritage says the buyer wished to remain anonymous. Ed Jaster, senior vice president at Heritage,...

Daddy Yankee to open reggaeton museum in Puerto Rico

Nov. 21, 2019 3:16 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is opening a museum in the U.S. Caribbean territory that will be dedicated to his life and the music that made him famous. The Daddy Yankee El Jefe Museum opens Friday in Plaza de Las Americas in San Juan and will be free of charge. The...

James Taylor audio memoir coming early next year

Nov. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor isn’t working on a typical rock star memoir. The singer-songwriter has a deal with producer-distributor Audible for the audio-only “Break Shot,” focusing on his early years and ending on “the cusp” of his 1970s fame. Scheduled for early 2020,...

Fox pushed to correct guest who seemed to call Vindman a spy

Nov. 21, 2019 3:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News has given no indication that it plans to address on the air a segment that ran on Laura Ingraham’s show where a guest appeared to question whether Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was a spy. Vindman, who’s assigned to the National Security Council in the White House,...