Thursday, August 21, 2014 01:25

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.
MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts
NEW YORK (AP) — An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business.
Bacall's legend more than just acting and Bogart
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives.
Lauren Bacall, a screen goddess of the shadows
NEW YORK (AP) — "Anybody got a match?" was Lauren Bacall's first line, in Howard Hawks "To Have and Have Not," and, ever since, captive moviegoers have been desperately fumbling for a light.
That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles
Lauren Bacall had the look — cool and mysterious — and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.
On 'Tonight Show,' Fallon pays tribute to Williams
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Robin Williams on the "Tonight Show," where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances.
Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.
MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race, two people involved in the case told The Associated Press.
Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.
Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's book 'By Myself'
NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's 1978 memoir, "By Myself":
Taylor Swift waxes philosophical on 'Giver' themes
NEW YORK (AP) — Not all the actors at a star-packed news conference Tuesday for the new film "The Giver" had been familiar with Lois Lowry's acclaimed 1994 book before they made the film. But Taylor Swift sure had been.
Players go for the Scrabble title in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The world's best Scrabble players are squaring off for the title of Scrabble champion, with the winner to be crowned in Buffalo.
Publicist: Kasem children worry about body status
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist for Casey Kasem's daughter says the late radio personality's children are working with law enforcement following a report that Kasem's wife is making arrangements to have Kasem's body flown to Europe.
Williams remembered fondly by military
NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams was a superstar in movies, on television and at comedy clubs.
Sharks keep hold on TV viewers' attention
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popularity of "Sharknado" may have had a splash-over effect on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which the channel said debuted with its highest-rated night ever in 27 years of telecasts.
Did Kimye baby North West say mama or dada 1st?
NEW YORK (AP) — Recently Kim Kardashian West sent her stepfather Bruce Jenner a text because of something she read online.
AP sources: Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla. case
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race, two people directly involved in the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Statements from Williams' children and former wife
Robin Williams' three children — Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams — and Williams' former wife Marsha Garces Williams, who is Zelda and Cody's mother, released statements Tuesday about the actor who died Monday at age 63.
Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 4-10
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.
Authorities say Robin Williams hanged himself
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams' personal assistant found the actor who was struggling with depression dead in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.