Rolling Stones get a little piece of Mars to call their own
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There is now a "Rolling Stones Rock" on Mars, and it's giving Mick and the boys some serious satisfaction.
Women, late-in-life new authors expand Japanese literature
TOKYO (AP) — The works receiving one of Japan's most coveted literary awards, the Naoki Prize, have something new in common: For the first time in 85 years, all six of the nominated authors are women.
Judge close to naming special prosecutor in Smollett case
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.
Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time
NEW YORK (AP) — A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn't at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry.
Men arrested after using open houses to rob celeb's homes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say two men in Los Angeles were arrested after using open houses to rob homes of celebrities, including singers Usher and Adam Lambert.
India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir
NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades.
Manslaughter case continues against Mexican actor Pablo Lyle
MIAMI (AP) — A manslaughter case against Mexican actor Pablo Lyle will move forward after a Florida judge refused to dismiss it under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.
Sarah Sanders heads to Fox News as a contributor
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, long an ardent defender of President Donald Trump, is joining the broadcast organization long favored by the first viewer.
Texas county cuts ties with 'Live PD' police TV show
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A television production company behind a law enforcement reality TV show is no longer welcome to film in a Texas county after prosecutors and attorneys complained about a lack of access to potential evidence gathered by film crews.
Peppa Pig to get new owner: GI Joe maker Hasbro
NEW YORK (AP) — Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig. The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces "Peppa Pig," ''PJ Masks" and other animated shows for preschoolers.
Miley Cyrus takes to Twitter to deny cheating rumors
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus denied rumors Thursday that she cheated on her soon-to-be ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. In stream-of-consciousness mode, the pop star concluded : "You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar."
Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges
MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May.
Review: Raphael Saadiq's history imbues stirring 'Jimmy Lee'
Raphael Saadiq, "Jimmy Lee" (Columbia Records) "Jimmy Lee" is a stirring album combining Raphael Saadiq's trademark vintage soul sounds with moving gospel, disquieting soundscapes and closing triad of tunes that pulls no punches in addressing social ills and personal doubts.
Man dubbed 'Boy Next Door Killer' found sane by jury
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors on Thursday found a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" was sane when he fatally stabbed two women and tried to kill a third inside their Southern California homes.
Review: Redd Kross knead fun into high-energy power pop
Redd Kross, "Beyond The Door" (Merge Records) Redd Kross continue to swing their pendulum widely and wildly between punk roots and power pop on "Beyond The Door," their latest album arriving after seven lean years in terms of new recordings, but rich with live dates and reissues.
Businessman-art collector Leonard A. Lauder writing memoir
NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire.
Daughter's sleep training influenced Knightley's latest role
LONDON (AP) — Keira Knightley's edginess while playing a real-life Iraq War whistle-blower in the political thriller "Official Secrets" wasn't all an act.
Once upon a time in fatherhood: Tarantino to become a dad
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quentin Tarantino is going to be telling a whole new brand of "Once upon a time" tale — the bedtime-story kind.
Alabama postpones 50th anniversary tour over singer's health
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Country band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications.
Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas
NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service's first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama's new production company.
Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs' masters
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.
Jury backs Nicholas Sparks in lawsuit by former school head
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury sided Wednesday with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school's former headmaster that he was unjustly fired and then slandered by the author.
Country singer Drake White reveals brain condition
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly collapsing onstage recently, country singer Drake White has revealed he has a brain condition that disrupts normal blood flow.
Review: 'Angel Has Fallen' and so has the franchise
There is a certain mindless pleasure in the "Fallen" movies. Watching Gerard Butler muscle his way through increasingly preposterous obstacles as a Secret Service agent can be amusing and oddly transfixing at the same time.
Hemsworth seeks to divorce Cyrus after 7 months of marriage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Hemsworth is seeking a divorce from Miley Cyrus after seven months of marriage. The 29-year-old Australian actor filed for the dissolution of his marriage to the 26-year-old American pop star in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.