American Airlines apologizes to musician for barring violin

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines apologized to a concert violinist after she was not permitted to board a plane with her antique violin. Rachel Barton Pine says a flight attendant and captain would not allow her violin as a carry-on from Chicago to Albuquerque,...

In ‘Popstar,’ Lonely Island aim for a ‘Spinal Tap’ for today

NEW YORK (AP) — Lonely Island, the trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, has technically already made the leap to the big screen in 2007’s wannabe daredevil comedy “Hot Rod.” But it won’t be until “Popstar: Never Stop Never...

Pullman’s ‘Independence Day’ call-to-arms lives on

NEW YORK (AP) — President Thomas J. Whitmore, famed speech-maker and defender of the planet from aliens, has the kind of poll numbers Hilary or Donald dream about. In “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Bill Pullman will reprise his much loved president from the...

Prominent Russian novelist attacked

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin’s spokesman has denounced nationalist demonstrators who threw green liquid on a prominent Russian novelist. The Thursday attack occurred outside a central Moscow theater where the Memorial civil rights organization was holding an awards...

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove

MADRID (AP) — Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19...

‘Les Miserables’ creators turn their attention backward

AP Photo/ED BAILEY NEW YORK (AP) — Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, creators of the stirring musicals “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon,” are once again reworking their show “Martin Guerre” and hope to put it in an opera house...

AP Exclusive: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ coat is up for auction

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince’s 1984 classic film “Purple Rain” is hitting the auction block. Prince donned the black-and-white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero....

APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The...

Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

AP Photo/Jim Mone CHICAGO (AP) — Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public tragedies in...

Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

AP Photo/Uncredited SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments Thursday. The state Assembly defeated the official ode to...