1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in “Les Misrables” on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21. Jean-Baptiste died Friday...

Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation’s oil and gas...

Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return in 2016. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Magic...

‘Django Unchained’ actress gets community service

AP Photo/Uncredited LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts has been ordered to perform community service after a judge refused to buy her apologies to Los Angeles police she’d accused of racial profiling. Watts and her boyfriend, Brian...

After TV slaying, reporter’s dad finds voice on gun control

AP Photo/Stephanie Klein-Davis COLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Andy Parker’s resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he...

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books. The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian...

Survey: Generation LOL most irked by grammar, spelling slips

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider...

Cecil and Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars early

AP Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween? Apparently everybody. The Halloween wars focused on pop culture costumes have heated up early this year. Petitions and social media outrage are already flying over a blood-spattered...

‘Elementary’ star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

AP Photo/Jason Decrow LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s a new guy in “Elementary” star Lucy Liu’s life and he won’t be hard to detect – a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is...

Bridgewater celebrates New Orleans on Katrina anniversary

AP Photo Dee Dee Bridgewater, “Dee Dee’s Feathers” (OKeh/Sony Music/DDB Records) Grammy- and Tony-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater is the most complete jazz singer on the scene today – combining superb vocal chops and the acting talent that makes her a masterful...