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Western Pennsylvania kids rock Woodstock

By the time they got to Woodstock, they were a couple dozen strong. Read more

P.D. James' riff on Jane Austen comes to TV

TV-Jane Austen

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Actors generally are eager for work and a challenge, but Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin admit they were skittish about taking on the lead characters of "Pride and Prejudice." Read more

Rwandan government angry at BBC over documentary

The Rwandan government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over a recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down of his predecessor's plane. Read more

Chan wants to be better father after son's arrest

Jackie Chan has pledged to become a better father after his son Jaycee was arrested on drug charges. Read more

Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria

Turkey People Smuggling

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The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but withi... Read more

Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Britain Queen Tweets

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Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R." Read more

Shakira to release baby toys with Fisher-Price

People Shakira

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Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms. Read more

Nominees for Grammy Awards to be announced Dec. 5

Music-Grammy Awards

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The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: the coveted album of the year. Read more

Pussy Riot pair speaks at Vegas' Life is Beautiful

Members of the dissident Russian punk group Pussy Riot who spent months in jail say freedom is a big responsibility and they're obligated to use it to speak out against injustice. Read more

Britney Spears to get Vegas key, 'Britney Day'

Britney Spears Day

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Caesars Entertainment says pop star Britney Spears will get a key to the Las Vegas Strip and celebrate with her own dedicated day. Read more

Liberty film school to hold open casting call

Liberty University's film school is holding an open casting call for upcoming projects this weekend. Read more

Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film

Japan Disneys Love Letter

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Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's. Read more

Festival to feature book about 6 Civil War letters

Little was known about Samuel and Caroline Townsend who had been charter members of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. They died and were buried alongside two other family members in the church cemetery. In 1936, a descendant of the family bequeathed $30,000 to the church. Read more

Judge ready to bar developers from using Rocky Top

An East Tennessee judge has said he is ready to stop developers in the newly minted town of Rocky Top, Tennessee, from using the Rocky Top name on merchandise — at least temporarily. Read more

Gary blight that hid victims also lures filmmakers

The city of Gary's blighted neighborhoods that have come under scrutiny following the discovery of six slain women in abandoned homes aren't just breeding grounds for crime. Read more

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PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl'

Poulter Criticism Golf

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The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. Read more

Frank Mankiewicz, aide to Robert Kennedy, dies

Frank Mankiewicz

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Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90. Read more

Review: Broadway's 'Disgraced' is raw, blistering

Theater Review Disgraced

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What does Miss Manners say about how to ensure dinner conversations remain polite? Never bring up politics or religion. Thankfully, playwright Ayad Akhtar minds her no heed. Read more

Roz Chast wins $50,000 literary prize

Roz Chast is having a busy awards season. Read more

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