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  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family…

  • 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…

  • 5 things to know about Alamo Village

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. It’s been closed since 2009. Here are…

  • Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the…

  • Casey Kasem’s children to share medical records

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of radio legend Casey Kasem said Wednesday they will share all hospital records in their possession with his widow, who is suing a hospital in Washington state to learn…

  • Christians celebrate Christmas in Iraqi Kurdistan

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Minority Christians, many of them driven from their homes by Islamic State militants, are celebrating Christmas in Iraqi Kurdistan. At a Christmas Eve Mass in Irbil, they were assured that Christians,…

  • Judge weighs in on firing of Phoenix VA director

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs was justified in firing the former director of its Phoenix office, but not because of delays in care and secret waiting lists…

  • After NYC deaths, a surge of support for police

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered home-baked cookies by the hundreds to police in Cincinnati. In Mooresville, North Carolina, police and sheriff’s…

  • Johnny Manziel: “I’m not the same guy”

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Humbled by his rough rookie season, Johnny Manziel promised to be a more committed quarterback. The NFL knocked some of the air out of Johnny Football. “I’m not the guy that…

  • Suge Knight hearing on robbery charge rescheduled

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom and rescheduled a hearing in his felony robbery case. Knight made a brief appearance on Tuesday, a day…

  • Review: ‘The Interview’ dives into geopolitics

    Huzzah! Our right to see James Franco blast Katy Perry with Kim Jong Un has been successfully defended. With Sony Pictures Entertainment’s announcement Tuesday that “The Interview” will, after all, be released in limited theaters…

  • Jon Bon Jovi shows support at show with NYPD shirt

    RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi is showing his support for police following the killings of two New York City police officers. The singer wore an NYPD football T-shirt during the Bobby Bandiera…

  • Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Dec. 15 to Sunday Dec. 21…

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending December 22, 2014: Top Songs 1. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson 2. Take Me to Church, Hozier 3. Blank Space, Taylor Swift 4. Wasted Love,…