Legendary Montreal-born writer Mavis Gallant dies

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian publishing house says Mavis Gallant, the Montreal-born writer who carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades, has died at age 91. The bilingual Anglophone published more than 100 short...

3 Banksy works being offered at Miami auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City art dealer is offering three works by the elusive British street artist Banksy at a Miami auction. One work adorned the side of a Brooklyn building and another was originally on the side of an English pub. Stephan Keszler says he purchased...

Sam Champion readies Weather Channel morning show

NEW YORK (AP) — Since arriving in Atlanta just a few weeks ago, Sam Champion hasn’t had much time to take in the local color, other than the overwhelming whiteness of snowstorms. A rash of extreme weather across the nation has also kept him scrambling in his new role...

2 members of punk band Pussy Riot held in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A Russian human rights activist says two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been detained near the Olympics in downtown Sochi. Semyon Simonov says he was with Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at the time. He says the two women have been...

Violinist Vanessa-Mae completes giant slalom run

AP Photo/Christophe Ena KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Easing her way down the Olympic giant slalom course, pop violinist Vanessa-Mae completed Tuesday’s first run with the slowest time of the 74 skiers who finished. Nearly upright for most of the rainy course before...

David Crosby postpones shows after heart surgery

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a...

Playboy Jazz Festival to celebrate George Duke

Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the life of their friend and musical partner George Duke at the opening concert of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is presenting the festival for the...

Costas returns to Olympic coverage

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Bob Costas returns as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Tuesday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence. “The...

First night for ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon

AP Photo/Lloyd Bishop NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon makes his much-anticipated debut Monday as star of NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Scheduled guests are U2 and Will Smith, as the TV institution returns to New York after four...

Oscars rich in tales of wealthy and poor

AP Photo/Mary Cybulski NEW YORK (AP) — Early in “Captain Phillips,” the cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) drive from their Vermont home to the airport where he’ll take a flight to his next job, one that will bring him...