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Wet forecast casts damper on 50th Jazz Fest opening day

Apr. 25, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A wet forecast cast an opening-day damper on the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The National Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain Thursday, and some storms might be severe. More than 70 acts including Earth, Wind and Fire and Alanis Morissette are scheduled...

Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole

Apr. 24, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month. Madsen, 61, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with .08%...

Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and others read at poetry benefit

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some nights remind you there's a poem for everyone. If you're a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux's "A Short History of the Apple." For the dancer-choreographer Savion Glover, there's Allison Joseph's tribute to a standby of...

'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman....

Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'

Apr. 24, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level. In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, where Serruya lives, Roberts called Serruya's...

Prince William lays Anzac wreath, later to visit NZ mosques

Apr. 24, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain's Prince William laid a wreath at an Anzac Day service Thursday in New Zealand, where he will later visit survivors of last month's mosque attacks. The Duke of Cambridge attended the service in Auckland alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and laid a wreath of red...

Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'

Apr. 24, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie...

Trump to keep fighting opioids 'until our job is done'

Apr. 24, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to battle the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done," and he claimed progress even though it is unclear whether the crisis has diminished. Trump spoke at an annual conference of health, law enforcement, elected and other...

'Avengers: Endgame' poised to topple box-office records

Apr. 24, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S. and Canadian theaters. And even still,...

Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on 'Dallas,' dies at 83

Apr. 24, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman's scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series "Dallas," has died. He was 83. Kercheval died Sunday in the city of Clinton in his native Indiana, said Jeff Fisher, his agent. The cause of death was being...