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  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • How do you play a master painter? First: Learn to paint

    NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about suffering for your art. Achieving his acclaimed performance as the masterful British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner” took so much out of Timothy Spall, the veteran actor…

  • Tess Gerritsen’s ‘Die Again’ is rock solid

    “Die Again” (Ballantine), by Tess Gerritsen Tess Gerritsen delivers another outstanding thriller in her continuing series featuring Boston police Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The murder of a big game hunter…

  • The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

    The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. “Ida” — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn’t previously a major name in international…

  • Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL. “I don’t like to think that way,” Sam said in an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary…

  • Guitarist doesn’t miss day of Vegas Cirque work

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the “Mystere” show at Treasure Island especially when there’s a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging…

  • Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland’s leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68. Since the 1990s,…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Copyright 5/8/2014 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 12/21/2014, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2014 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3. “Revivial”…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Dec. 21th. FICTION 1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson…

  • Las Vegas New Year’s Eve prep takes year effort

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226…

  • Las Vegas New Year’s Eve prep takes year effort

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226…

  • At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the ‘Spirit’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angela Lansbury has moved yet again. This time, home is the Ahmanson Theatre, where the 89-year-old Tony winner and honorary Oscar recipient has settled in for a six-week run of Noel…

  • Creator of ‘Tail! Spin!’ talks about power, truth

    NEW YORK (AP) — One had a “wide stance” and another was “hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Those were some of the excuses put forward by politicians caught in recent sex scandals. Mario Correa, a political…

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of ‘The Interview’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that “The Interview” is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Can Democrats reassemble ‘Obama coalition for 2016 after midterm shellacking? ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years…