Andrea Bocelli prays at Jordan River site of Jesus' baptism

AL-MAGHTAS, Jordan (AP) — Italian star tenor Andrea Bocelli has prayed at the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism along the River Jordan. Bocelli, 58, who is blind, stood at the edge of the small, greenish stream Monday. A priest scooped up river water and poured it...

Review: 'Alone' is perfect complement to filmdom's 'Dunkirk'

“Alone” (Liveright Publishing Co.), by Michael Korda Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life this summer, thanks to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie “Dunkirk.”...

Street art museum opens in Berlin, a hub for the scene

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber BERLIN (AP) — Street art has a new, permanent home in Berlin. Works by artists from around the world have gone on show at the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in the German capital, located at one end of a street that is already...

White House aide unamused by political Emmy Awards

AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide is offering a lackluster review for the politically-charged Emmy Awards. Speaking Monday on “Fox & Friends,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says “America is responding by tuning...

Alice McDermott captures bygone era of Brooklyn

“The Ninth Hour” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Alice McDermott Alice McDermott’s stunning new novel, “The Ninth Hour,” does for contemporary literature what “Call the Midwife” has done for public television. Both recall an earlier era...

NBC's Carson Daly announces death of mom Pattie Daly Caruso

AP Photo/David Harpe NEW YORK (AP) — Carson Daly’s mother has died. The “Today” show correspondent and “The Voice” host announced the death of Pattie Daly Caruso in a statement read by his “Today” colleague Matt Lauer on the NBC...

Elvis Costello, Lana Del Ray headline Leonard Cohen tribute

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Costello and Lana Del Ray will headline a tribute concert for singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in November to mark a year since his death. Cohen’s family announced “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard...

Former New York US Attorney Preet Bharara launching podcast

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik NEW YORK (AP) — Former federal prosecutor and outspoken White House critic Preet Bharara is launching a podcast. Bharara (bahr-AHR’-ah) was fired in March by President Donald Trump from his post as the U.S. attorney for parts of New York City,...

Lady Gaga postpones European leg of world tour

LONDON (AP) — Lady Gaga has postponed her world tour’s European leg until next year because of ongoing health problems. The six-week part of the Joanne World Tour was set to kick off in Barcelona on Sept. 21. Tour promoter Live Nation says that “Lady Gaga is...

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a rock ‘n’ roll beat. Known as...