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  • West Virginia: Watch glass being made by hand at Blenko

    MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — At Blenko Glass, you can watch glass being handcrafted the way it’s been done for more than 100 years. The company’s famous glassware has been bought, collected and recognized around the…

  • AP NewsBreak: Slavery book author says she had concerns

    NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a children’s book pulled last month because of its smiling depiction of slaves says she herself objected to the illustrations and had expressed early concerns with the publisher,…

  • Actress Sarah Steele juggles ‘The Good Wife’ and Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Steele’s return to Broadway is good news. Well, maybe not for everyone. The actress, perhaps best known for playing the no-nonsense daughter of Alan Cumming on TV’s “The Good Wife,”…

  • Pakistani Oscar-nominated film tackles ‘honor’ killings

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — When Saba Qaiser was 19 years old, her uncle and father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag and threw into a river to die. They said she…

  • Born to write: Springsteen memoir coming in September

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Boss has a book deal. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that Bruce Springsteen has spent the past several years working on a memoir, which will come out Sept. 27, four…

  • Creator of popular military comic strip has book deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Iraq War veteran who self-published a graphic novel based on his popular comic strip now has a book deal. Little, Brown and Company announced Thursday that it has acquired Maximilian…

  • Country music returns to Grammys after years away

    NEW YORK (AP) — Country music has not had an album or song nominated in the top three categories at the Grammys since 2011 when Lady Antebellum won big, but the genre is back strong,…

  • Trial over gallery’s fake paintings ends with settlement

    NEW YORK (AP) — A civil trial exposing the ugly underbelly of New York’s art world ended with a settlement just as the once highly respected president of a gallery was to testify Wednesday about…

  • Van Gogh’s bedroom recreated in Chicago as Airbnb rental

    CHICAGO (AP) — Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in a replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom for only $10. The Art Institute of Chicago decorated a one-bedroom apartment to look…

  • Review: ‘Zoolander 2′ tries a little too hard to up the ante

    In case you don’t follow the global fashion calendar, Fashion Week has just begun in New York, bringing with it a few nice clothes plus the usual over-the-top weirdness — bizarrely themed runway shows and…

  • Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

    NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the…

  • Author of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ has new novel coming

    NEW YORK (AP) — The author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the million-selling young adult novel being developed as a Netflix series, has finished his first solo work of fiction in nearly a decade. Penguin Young…

  • Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back “long-lost music” to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday. They will…

  • New Potter play coming out in book form

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July…

  • Foundation that gives National Book Awards names director

    NEW YORK (AP) — The former publisher of the literary magazine Guernica has been named executive director of the National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards. Lisa Lucas succeeds Harold Augenbraum, who announced…