Margaret Atwood named honorary member of arts academyNEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's most celebrated writers, Canada's Margaret Atwood, has been named a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The academy also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Robert Gottlieb, one of the world's most celebrated...
CBS' Bob Schieffer leaving 'Face the Nation' this monthWASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Schieffer's last Sunday as host of CBS' "Face the Nation" will be on May 31.
The veteran newsman, who announced his retirement last month, had said only that he would be leaving this summer. But summer's coming early for Schieffer, who wants to relax for the warm...
Geena Davis launches Arkansas film fest for women, diversityLOS ANGELES (AP) — With help from a slew of corporate sponsors, Geena Davis and filmmakers focused on women and diversity have taken over Bentonville, Arkansas, a city of 40,000 best known as Wal-Mart's home base.
While it's not the first film festival to specialize in diversity,...
Texas' top officer: Snoop Dogg a 'dope smoking cop hater'AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' chief law enforcement official called Snoop Dogg a "dope smoking cop hater" before reprimanding a state trooper who posed for a picture with the rapper, according to emails made public Wednesday.
Snoop Dogg posted a photo to Instagram with Department of...
Man pleads not guilty to stalking actress Sandra BullockLOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested inside Sandra Bullock's home has pleaded not guilty to stalking the Oscar-winning actress.
Joshua Corbett entered the plea Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom in his first court appearance after a judge determined last month that he should stand...
Harris Faulkner considered rising star at FoxNEW YORK (AP) — Harris Faulkner's hobby may sound like a patriotic put-on, but the Fox News Channel anchor insists it's legit.
"The thing that I really love to do, that I now only do in the shower, is to sing the national anthem," said Faulkner, a regular on Fox's daytime show...
Broadway stars to celebrate B. Smith, help fight Alzheimer'sNEW YORK (AP) — Broadway stars and singers will come together next week to celebrate former model and restaurateur B. Smith and raise money to help people with Alzheimer's disease.
Tony Award-nominee Keith David, current "Les Miserables" star Megan Osterhaus, "Motown the Musical" star...
Prince William, wife Kate off to country home with childrenLONDON (AP) — Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have packed up their newborn princess and their 21-month-old son Prince George for a stay at their country home.
Kensington Palace officials said Wednesday the family is headed to Anmer Hall, their restored country mansion on...
Al Jazeera America ousts top executive amid defectionsNEW YORK (AP) — The troubled Al Jazeera America network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday following a week of management defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism.
The little-watched news network is replacing its CEO, Ehab Al Shihabi, with veteran news...
Reese Witherspoon launches lifestyle brand Draper JamesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon has launched her own lifestyle brand.
The Oscar-winning actress unveiled her Draper James online store Wednesday, which includes women's clothing and accessories, stationery and home decor. Witherspoon says on the site that she named the brand for...
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. POLLS SUGGEST BRITISH ELECTION TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Neither the Conservatives nor Labour look likely to win a majority of House of... Full story
Tornadoes rake Oklahoma City suburbs, parts of Tornado Alley
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A tornado grazed Oklahoma City and its suburbs Wednesday, threatening rush hour drivers and prompting schools to hold children in safe rooms until the danger passed. No injuries were reported.
The Storm Prediction... Full story
Texas incident fuels concern about lone-wolf terror attacks
NEW YORK (AP) — The attempted attack on a provocative cartoon contest in Texas appears to reflect a scenario that has long troubled national security officials: a do-it-yourself terror plot, inspired by the Islamic State extremist... Full story
Records: Idaho man acknowledged killing police officer
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man told investigators he used a 9mm Glock handgun hidden in his coat pocket to shoot and kill a police officer because he feared the officer would find the weapon, according to court documents released... Full story
Baltimore mayor seeks federal civil-rights probe of police
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor was emphatic last week: She did not want federal oversight of her police department.
"Nobody wants the Department of Justice to come in here and take over our city," Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared... Full story