Category Archives: entertainment

2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn’t divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd’s enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, “Shake it Off,” seems to bode well for the new record. Swift, dressed in a bedazzled, bubble gum pink skirt and top, opened for the 4th annual festival Friday with hits including “Love Story” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” A parade of chart-toppers followed her in the nearly five-hour program, including Coldplay, Usher, Nick Minaj and Ariana Grande. The two-day festival — an ode to Top 40 music that shares a name with a popular radio app and is backed by the pre-eminent name in broadcasting — continues Saturday with performances by Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and more. Continue reading

New Zealand prime minister’s party in early lead

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s center-right National Party was leading Saturday’s general election by a wide margin in early vote counting in his bid for a third term in office. With polls closed, Key’s party had 49 percent of the vote, while its closest rival, the liberal Labour Party, had only 24 percent Continue reading

Police hunker down in ambush suspect’s woods

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities hunkered down early Saturday in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents, raising hopes they had him cornered a week after the ambush outside a rural police barracks. For a second night, authorities closed roads near the home in a wooded neighborhood of Barrett Township, in the Pocono Mountains, and this time gunfire was reported in the area. Continue reading

Nearly empty Picasso museum to open in Paris

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris’ Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after being closed for five years of renovation and expansion that have been fraught with setbacks and dismissals. Continue reading

ACC showdown and All-America matchup in SEC

By The Associated Press An ACC showdown has an unlikely star, an SEC showdown has an enticing one-on-one matchup and East Carolina goes for two straight upsets. Here are some things to know about the fourth weekend of the college football season: WINSTON’S STAND-IN: Introducing Sean Maguire, starting quarterback for the No. 1 team in the country Continue reading

Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage

CAIRO (AP) — A renowned jihadi ideologue has urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies. Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, who was released by Jordan in June after serving a five-year sentence on terror charges, said in a statement posted on his website and by a militant forum Saturday that non-Muslims who help weak and poor Muslims should be respected and protected. Continue reading

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants Continue reading

Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire

By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy 12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. Continue reading

Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

By JOSH LEDERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whose storied history has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct by officers. Continue reading

Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed

By SUZAN FRASER ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran Mosul, Iraq and stormed the Turkish Consulate there. The hostages included Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz, other diplomats, children and special forces police. Continue reading