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PBS films tackles Native American links to rock, blues, jazz

Jan. 19, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray, Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parent's home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like...

Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

Jan. 18, 2019 3:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday. The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves' disease in the past few days. Treatment is...

Noomi Rapace explores the female bodyguard life in 'Close'

Jan. 18, 2019 2:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Vicky Jewson was looking for women with dangerous jobs to get inspiration for her next project when she came across the name Jacquie Davis. Davis is a bodyguard, a rare profession for a woman, and has in the past 30 years protected everyone from royals to celebrities like Nicole...

James Blake, music's most requested collaborator, opens up

Jan. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. He's had a role on two of the greatest albums of the last decade — Beyonce's delicious "Lemonade" and Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize-winner "Damn." He worked on another impactful and culturally relevant album,...

Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

Jan. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it. The...

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Alabama country music festival moving to another spot

Jan. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Rock the South is moving this year, but fans of the country music festival in Cullman needn't worry. Al.com reports the festival is leaving its usual home in Heritage Park for a larger location about two miles (3.21 kilometers) away. Organizers say the site will expand from 15 acres...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jan. 19, 2019 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. ___ CBS' "Face...

New York mayor cancels Maine trip due to snowstorm

Jan. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — New York mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled a visit to the nation's easternmost city due to the snowstorm. De Blasio had planned to be in Eastport, Maine, on Saturday for a talk that serves as a fundraiser for the Eastport Arts Center. He was going to talk about progressive politics...

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

Jan. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82. Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at...

PBS films tackles Native American links to rock, blues, jazz

Jan. 19, 2019 10:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray, Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parent's home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like...

Ohio film commissions seeking bigger production incentives

Jan. 19, 2019 9:56 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The film commissions of Cleveland and Cincinnati are asking Ohio to increase the annual amount of tax incentives to draw more film productions to the state. Ivan Schwarz, head of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and Kristen Schlotman, leader of Film Cincinnati, said recently they...

Symphony offering free tickets to furloughed federal workers

Jan. 19, 2019 9:32 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal workers in Boston have another option to fill their free time during the government shutdown: taking in the symphony. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering complimentary tickets to furloughed workers for performances this month. The venerable ensemble says workers with valid...

Pope puts Sistine choir under aide's eye after scandal

Jan. 19, 2019 9:08 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal. The Vatican said Saturday that the all-male ensemble, believed to be the world's oldest choir, would be under the responsibility of Monsignor Guido Marini, who assists Francis during...

He'll compete in International Blues Challenge for 3rd year

Jan. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — March Madness may be a couple months away, but Jeremy Short is preparing to compete and try to level up for his own bracket of world-class competition. Go ahead and call it Memphis Madness as Short, the ace handlebar-mustached guitar slayer and singer, is readying for a third trip...

Book traces history of ukulele that went to North Pole

Jan. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EST

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — In 2014, Larry Bartram, a software company founder and archaeologist, was at C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth to have a guitar repaired. While waiting, he strolled into the factory museum. Tucked among the many displays, Bartram found a nondescript little ukulele covered with...