‘Little House’ star Richard Bull dies at age 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman says actor Richard Bull of TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” has died. Spokeswoman Jaime Larkin says the 89-year-old died Monday at the fund’s hospital in Los Angeles. Larkin says...

In NYC, Pussy Riot critiques conditions in Russia

NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot want Americans attending the Winter Olympics to look beyond the buildings and facilities created for the games and take a hard look at their country. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova made their...

Paul Walker’s estate estimated at $25 million

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Court records show Paul Walker’s estate is worth an estimated $25 million and the actor appointed his father to manage his affairs upon his death. The star’s will was filed Jan. 28 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The document was prepared...

Netflix drama ‘House of Cards’ scores 3rd season

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix says its acclaimed drama “House of Cards” will get a third season. The online video provider had previously been cagey about the future of the series, which initially received a two-season order of 13 episodes apiece. It returns with its...

A look back at the allegations against Woody Allen

AP Photo/Matt Sayles NEW YORK (AP) — “Cries and Whispers: The Ugly Explosion of an Unconventional Family,” announced the August 31, 1992 cover of Time magazine, which bore Woody Allen’s bespectacled face. The sordid saga involving Allen and erstwhile...

Excerpts from John Paul II’s published notes

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Here are translated excerpts from “Very Much in God’s Hands. Personal Notes 1962-2003,” a collection of John Paul II’s personal notes that his closest confidant is publishing – in defiance of the pope’s will. The...

Swan Racing partners with 50 Cent’s SMS Audio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent is bringing his headphones and audio line into NASCAR via a partnership with Swan Racing. The rapper – born Curtis Jackson – will have branding for his SMS Audio line on both of Swan Racing’s cars. The logos will also...

Pharrell Williams to perform on Oscar telecast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song “Happy.” There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance. Williams wrote...

Olivia Newton-John to begin Vegas show at Flamingo

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello LAS VEGAS (AP) — “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John is headed to Las Vegas. The 65-year-old singer and actress announced a headlining residency Tuesday. She will perform 45 shows at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo, starting...

Benedict Cumberbatch meets Muppets in PBS video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is a star used to working with other stars, but even he was impressed by the cast of a new project. The British actor of “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” fame appears with a pair of “Sesame Street”...