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  • The top 14 albums of 2014

    WASHINGTON — As the year draws to a close, it’s time for best-of lists across all aspects of our culture. Last week, we showed you the top-selling albums of 2014. But most popular does not…

  • Grand Ole Opry’s Little Jimmy Dickens hospitalized

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Jessie Schmidt, a publicist for the Opry, said in a news release Sunday that Dickens was admitted…

  • Alicia Keys welcomes second child

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It’s baby number two for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to…

  • Billboard Top 14 Albums for ’14

    Billboard has tallied its top-selling albums of 2014.

  • 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…

  • 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 came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • 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…

  • Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself…

  • 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,…