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  • Brooke Burke-Charvet to co-host Miss America pageant

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Brooke Burke-Charvet, the actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru, will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant next month. The Miss America Organization announced Friday that Burke-Charvet will join Chris Harrison on…

  • Pastors target museum bust of Planned Parenthood founder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A black conservative pastors group says a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is more offensive than the Confederate flag and should be removed. Sanger…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “Friction” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) 4. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (Harper) 5.…

  • PM Prep-Segue

    SLAIN TV CREW MEMBERS MOURNED MONETA, Va. (AP) — One day after seeing two of their colleagues gunned down on the air, staffers of the WDBJ-TV “Mornin'” show came together to remember — and mourn—…

  • Dutch rabbit Miffy and Matisse side-by-side at Rijksmuseum

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Miffy is hanging with Matisse at the Rijksmuseum. A new exhibition highlighting the significance of Dick Bruna, the Dutch artist who created the cute white bunny, puts his work alongside that of…

  • Fire causes extensive damage to Second City theater offices

    CHICAGO (AP) — Four firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago’s famed Second City theater company. Wednesday’s fire did not reach the…

  • Theater sees record sales after Kevin Bacon announcement

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut theater in Hartford says it had its highest sales day in its 52-year history after announcing Kevin Bacon will star in a stage adaptation of the story that inspired…

  • Broadway’s leading ladies strike an online pose for equality

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some Broadway heroines are rolling up their sleeves and posing in a familiar way to support National Women’s Equality Day. Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti and Patina Miller were some of the…

  • List of journalists killed on duty in US, Canada since 1976

    A Virginia reporter and cameraman were fatally shot Wednesday during a live broadcast. Although journalists covering international conflicts often face significant risks, it’s relatively rare for journalists working in the U.S. to be targeted. However,…

  • Minneapolis building to get giant mural featuring Bob Dylan

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A team of artists is working on a giant mural featuring a portrait of musician Bob Dylan on a building in downtown Minneapolis. On Wednesday, the artists began painting the 60-foot tall,…

  • A quaint rite: Harvesting broadcast’s fall crop of new shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s an exciting new fall season ahead on broadcast TV. We await the charming rom-com “Manhattan Love Story” … the heart-tugging youth drama, “Red Band Society” … and don’t forget “Mulaney,”…

  • Opera star Alfie Boe goes into ‘special role’ on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — That familiar feeling of being hunted has returned for Alfie Boe: He’s about to be Broadway’s latest Jean Valjean. The English tenor takes over the part of Prisoner 24601 from Ramin…

  • Colombian garbage collector rescues books for children

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children. Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years…

  • Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race.…

  • TuneIn radio app starts $8 tier with MLB, soccer, audiobooks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — TuneIn, the app that gives users free access to thousands of live radio stations around the world, is launching an $8-a-month premium subscription service that throws in ad-free listening, audiobooks and…