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  • 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…

  • Va. art museum displaying painting of ‘The Visitation’

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is putting a timely and powerful painting on display. The museum in Richmond recently acquired “The Visitation” by 17th-century Baroque master Mattia Preti. The painting…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS, ADVISORY

    USA Today Best Sellers will move Friday Dec. 26.

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS, ADVISORY

    Wall Street Journal Best Sellers will move on Friday Dec. 26.

  • 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”…

  • Rogen: Watch it in a theater — or invite friends over

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Seth Rogen says comedies are “best viewed in a theater full of people.” So that’s the way he’d like people to see his new film, “The Interview.” But he tweets…

  • 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…