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Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial

MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter. Gregg Tchirkow, of Monessen, claimed at Thursday’s preliminary hearing that the...

Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward are National Book Award nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Egan and Jesmyn Ward, prize-winning authors with new novels out this fall, are on the fiction long list for the National Book Awards. On Friday, the National Book Foundation announced 10 fiction nominees, completing a week in which long lists also...

At more US colleges, video gamers get the varsity treatment

AP Photo/Collin Binkley BOSTON (AP) — In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they’re playing video games. Varsity...

Trump demands ESPN apologize for anchor's tweets

AP Photo/Alex Brandon WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on ESPN to apologize days after one of the sports network’s anchors called him a “white supremacist” and “bigot.” ESPN said Thursday it had accepted the apology of its...

Real-life road trip helped 'Brad's Status' actors bond

TORONTO (AP) — Ben Stiller thought the best way to prepare for his role as a dad taking his son on a college tour in the film “Brad’s Status” was to take the actor playing his son on an actual road trip. So Stiller and Austin Abrams got in a car and took a...

Angry Birds maker Rovio valued at $1 billion in planned IPO

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish maker of “Angry Birds” and other popular mobile games, says that its initial public share offering will value it at about $1 billion. The company based in Espoo, Finland said Friday that the shares will...

Alec Baldwin, Sterling K. Brown, more kick off Emmys weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Sterling J. Brown is taking Emmys weekend one day at a time. The “This is Us” star and nominee is juggling a jam-packed schedule of call times and parties in the lead up to the awards ceremony Sunday, where he’s nominated for lead...

Video game players get varsity treatment at more US colleges

AP Photo/Collin Binkley BOSTON (AP) — In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they’re playing video games. On college...

Vegas rolls out red, white, green carpet for Mexican holiday

AP Photo/John Locher LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas never needs an excuse to party, and as an entertainment oasis a short trip from Mexico, the city will roll out the red, white and green carpet starting Friday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. A premier boxing match, a...

Some weird and wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

AP Photo/Diane Bondareff NEW YORK (AP) — What, really, is a fashion show? Discuss. Of course, there’s the well-worn formula: People wait in line for ages, sit down, wait some more, look at clothes for about 10 minutes, spend another half-hour greeting and double-cheek...