Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish classical composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, widely considered a successor to Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of 87….

He’s a skydiver working with a net _ but no parachute

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — He's made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world's most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for "Ironman 3." But the plunge Luke Aikins knows he'll be remembered for is the one...

Lady Gaga putting on invite-only Democratic convention show

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, will get some time in the Democratic convention spotlight Thursday with some help from Lady Gaga….

50 years later, Dylan’s motorcycle crash remains mysterious

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Bob Dylan tumbled from a Triumph motorcycle on a sunny Friday morning here 50 years ago on July 29, 1966. The banged-up musician holed up in the mountains of upstate New York for months afterward, dramatically altering the rocket ride of his career….

No spoilers, but ‘Gilmore Girls’ star says chemistry is back

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Melissa McCarthy answered the call for Netflix's "Gilmore Girls" sequel and made magic again with star Lauren Graham, the show's creator said….

Earls of Leicester lead bluegrass award nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Earls of Leicester are nominated for eight awards individually and as a group, including entertainers of the year, at this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards….

Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator Jack Davis dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died….

Trump gets smoother ride than Clinton in Russian media

MOSCOW (AP) — Bias is often in the eye of the beholder, and President Barack Obama's claim that Russia's news media favor Donald Trump isn't an open-and-shut case. But informal surveys of Russia's main outlets suggest that Trump gets...

Damon’s company is taking steps to address diversity crisis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Damon is taking steps to address the diversity crisis in Hollywood through his and Ben Affleck's production company, Pearl Street Films, and collaboration with the people behind the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at...

Sandy Pearlman, produced Clash, Blue Oyster Cult, dead at 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy Pearlman, a pioneering rock critic who later produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult and worked with The Clash, Patti Smith and other punk artists, has died….