Bocelli visits MIT for adaptive tech workshop
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name.
British jazz great Stan Tracey dies at 86
LONDON (AP) — British jazz pianist and composer Stan Tracey, who played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones in the course of a 70 year-career, has died at the age of 86.
Russia PM: No amnesty for political prisoners
MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.
Macklemore, Lamar muscle into Grammy picture
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Hollywood immortalizes US disaster in Afghanistan
Hollywood has immortalized for post-Christmas release one of the deadliest incidents of the Afghan war: a Navy SEAL operation targeting a Islamist fighter that left 19 American soldiers dead. "Lone Survivor", starring Mark Wahlberg and portraying one of the worst military disasters of the 12-year war, is based on a book written by the only Navy SEAL commando to survive the raid. Marcus Luttrell was the medic assigned to SEAL Team 10 that took part in the June 28 2005 mission in the treacherous mountains of northeastern Kunar province near the Pakistani border...
Character actress Kate Williamson dead at 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as "Disclosure," ''Dahmer," ''Dream Lover" and "Racing With the Moon," has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.
Disney's 'Frozen' cools 'Catching Fire' at box office
Disney animated musical "Frozen" extinguished the box-office flames of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" to take top spot as the highest-earning movie in North American theaters this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. The 53rd movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, which began with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937, "Frozen" is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale "The Snow Queen...
'Gravity,' 'Her' tie for LA Film Critics top honor
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey "Gravity" and the futuristic romance "Her," lending no more certainty to an awards season that's so far been full of contenders.
Billy Joel, 4 others receive Kennedy Center Honors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," ''Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas opens new theater
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas appears to have a winner when it comes to hyper-specific themes. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has opened a concert venue intended to evoke a 1930s-era theater dropped into an Eastern European glass factory.
In 2nd week, 'Frozen' tops box office with $31.6M
NEW YORK (AP) — In its second weekend at the box office, the Disney animated tale "Frozen" finally cooled off "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," while the week's lone new wide-release "Out of the Furnace" wasn't a match for either blockbuster.
'La Cage aux Folles' director dies
PARIS (AP) — Edouard Molinaro, nominated for an Oscar for directing "La Cage aux Folles," a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences, has died at 85.
Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit
CINCINNATI (AP) — From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.
Items from Nancy Drew author sold at Ohio auction
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Typewriters and a desk from the home of the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery books, along with a book detailing how the series was created, were auctioned in Ohio on Sunday.