De Niro ends assessment fight with upstate NY town

GARDINER, N.Y. (AP) — Robert De Niro says he’ll reimburse a town nearly $130,000 in legal fees it spent defending its assessment of the actor’s upstate New York property. The settlement involves the Hudson Valley town of Gardiner, about 70 miles north of New...
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NBC scraps Cosby television project

FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. NBC announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, that it has canceled plans for a family comedy starring Bill Cosby. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File) FILE – In this Nov....
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Multiple fractures for Bono in NY bicycle accident

FILE – In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Bono arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A New York City doctor says U2 singer Bono suffered multiple fractures and had to have two surgeries after his weekend bicycle accident. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr....
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Mike Love has book deal; memoir due out in 2016

FILE – This June 15, 2012 file image released by Starpix shows Mike Love of The Beach Boys as the band performed as part of 2012 Summer Concert Series on “Good Morning America,”in New York. Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits...

Don Lemon regrets comments to alleged Cosby victim

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN newsman Don Lemon apologized Wednesday for his sexually charged interrogation of one of the women who has accused Bill Cosby of assault. During an interview with Joan Tarshis that aired Tuesday night, Lemon responded to her claim that Cosby forced her...

TV Land pulls ‘Cosby Show’ from lineup

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. NBC...
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Library honoring Billy Joel with pop music prize

Billy Joel holds up the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the end of a concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Billy Joel holds up the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song...

Phil Klay wins National Book Award for fiction

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Klay’s “Redeployment,” a debut collection of searching, satiric and often agonized stories by an Iraq war veteran, has won the National Book Award for fiction. Klay was chosen Wednesday night over such high-profile finalists as...
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Ruben Blades tangos his way to Latin Grammys

FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, Panama’s salsa singer Ruben Blades performs during the 10th edition of the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City. Blades is nominated for two Latin Grammys for his “Tangos.†album. He will also perform at the...

Play in NYC based on deadly Conn. school shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — A new play about the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in will have a benefit reading in December in New York City to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy. Eric Ulloa’s “26 Pebbles,” which was adapted from...