Florida House attacks 'handouts' championed by Gov. Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is releasing a scathing new video that trashes two programs championed by Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican-controlled House on Thursday posted a video to YouTube that mentions several economic development deals that went bust...

Keith Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for “Ripcord.” Country vocal group Lady Antebellum announced the...

Epic 'Planet Earth II' offers creatures'-eye view of nature

AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth LONDON (AP) — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world – and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings...

Bill Maher guest cancels, citing Yiannopoulos booking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A journalist is refusing to appear on Bill Maher’s show because of his objections to another guest, conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Jeremy Scahill posted a statement Wednesday on Twitter explaining why he won’t be on HBO’s...

Isabelle Huppert: 'I'm not an artist, I'm the canvas'

AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer NEW YORK (AP) — She’s made more than 100 films over 45 years, not to mention her frequent stage work, and is recognized as not only one of the best actresses to come out of France, but as one of the leading actresses in the world. And yet,...

Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime producer of the Grammy Awards is offering apologies to Metallica and Shirley Caesar after a technical glitch and a misprint marred their inclusion on the show. The mic for Metallica’s James Hetfield wasn’t initially working when...

In new report, man claims Justin Bieber punched him in June

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Las Vegas man who says Justin Bieber assaulted him in Cleveland eight months ago has filed a police report about the fracas. Thirty-four-year-old Rodney Cannon claims in the report filed Tuesday with Cleveland police that the pop star took his sunglasses...

Making 'Portlandia': Brainstorming, basketball, improv

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “Portlandia” brain trust is gathered to hash out another round of endearingly goofy tales set in a mythical (sort of) Portland. Laptops dot the conference table where stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen sit with fellow writers of the...

Woman sues Howard Stern over aired phone call to IRS

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has sued radio personality Howard Stern and the federal government after her telephone conversation with an IRS agent was aired on Stern’s show. Judith Barrigas says in her lawsuit that after her private conversation was aired she...

Met scraps Bondy's 'Tosca,' replaces it with realistic sets

AP Photo/Hans Punz NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is scrapping Luc Bondy’s maligned production of Puccini’s “Tosca” after just 59 performances, less than one-third the total of its predecessor by Franco Zeffirelli. The Met said Wednesday a...