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Kevin Starr, California's premier historian, dies at 76

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76.


John Lewis books sell out on Amazon day after Trump's tweets

New York (AP) — Two of John Lewis' books have sold out on Amazon after the Democratic congressman claimed the top spots on the retailer's best-seller list.


Milan's Brera protects artworks after humidity system fails

MILAN (AP) — Restorers at Milan's famous Brera Art Gallery have taken measures to protect the collection after its humidity control system failed during a "once-in-a-decade" dry, cold spell that moved through Milan last weekend, officials said.


Prada goes in search of the naïve, Missoni bursts with color

MILAN (AP) — This is the season of renewal, with new faces at some of Milan's top fashion brands.


What happens between now and Ringling's closure in May?

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) - The owners of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday that they will close the 146-year-old show in May.


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Ringling's evolution, from freak shows to the big top

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — From New York to Wisconsin to London and beyond, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has performed for millions of fans during its 146-year reign as one of the world's biggest big tops.


APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.


The Latest: Animal rights groups applaud Ringling Bros.

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing after 146 years (all times local):


APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing down 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' following a 146-year run

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing down 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' following a 146-year run.


'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," has died. He was 89.


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2 years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two years after guiding the company through an unprecedented email hack, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is leaving the company to become the chairman of the board for Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat.


Suit: Play about police violence, race sparks surveillance

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York community group says in a lawsuit it was racially profiled for producing a play about police violence called "A Clean Shoot."


Lehane, Roberts and others featured in 'Buzz Books' preview

NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from upcoming works by Dennis Lehane, Nora Roberts and Roxane Gay are among dozens featured in a pair of free digital "Buzz Books" compilations.


Ex-Playboy executive Victor Lownes dies at 88

LONDON (AP) — Victor Lownes, a former executive of Playboy who helped forge the brand's hedonistic ethos and put much of the swing into the "Swinging London" era, has died at 88.


Ex-HBO employee gets federal prison for $1 million fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former HBO employee who stole nearly $1 million from the cable company has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.


UK lawmaker to head V&A Museum, triggering special election

LONDON (AP) — A British Labour Party lawmaker has been appointed the new director of London's Victoria & Albert Museum, the museum announced Friday. The move triggers a special election for his seat.


Averse to Trump, America's poets fight back with words

BOSTON (AP) — America's leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they're not about to go gentle into that good night.


Children's authors protest deal for far-right commentator

NEW YORK (AP) — Cassandra Clare and Laurie Halse Anderson are among more than 160 Simon & Schuster children's authors and illustrators who added their names to a letter sent to the company's chief executive in protest of the recent decision to publish a book by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.


Robert De Niro says Meryl Streep's Globe speech was 'great'

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro has come to the defense of Meryl Streep, saying her speech at the Golden Globes was "great."


The 2017 Tony Awards show goes back to Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards are going back to their old — and much larger — stomping grounds.


'Hidden Figures' keeps orbit at top; Affleck, Scorsese flop

Hidden Figures Day 40

Lotter challenging Nebraska 3-judge method on death penalty

With no action heroes, Madoff movie landed at HBO
Kidman says comments about Trump support weren't endorsement

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Brie Larson and Jennifer Hudson to announce Oscar nominees

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Ivanka Trump to continue working on women's issues

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Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

Jennifer Holliday

Biggest civil case in South by Southwest crash dismissed
Inaugural concert to feature Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday

Met cancels Calixto Bieito's 'Forza del Destino' production

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