J.K. Rowling

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called "The Ickabog," which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Game of Thrones' author joins group to buy historic railway

May 26
Author George R. R. Martin, winner of the award for outstanding drama series for "Game of Thrones," poses in the press room at the 67th Primetime Emmy
George R.R. Martin, the famed author of the "Game of Thrones" fantasy series, has joined a group to buy the historic Santa Fe Southern Railroad.

Morgan Wallen arrested after ejection from Nashville bar

May 24
Morgan Wallen, performed at Target Field on July 21, 2018. He was arrested Saturday night in Nashville on public intoxication and disorderly conduct c
Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologized Sunday following his weekend arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.
Celebrities
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel "Killing Commendatore" during a press conf

Correction: Virus-Outbrak-Japan-Murakami story

In a story May 23, 2020, about Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's radio show, The Associated Press erroneously spelled book titles. The titles are "Killing Commendatore" and "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle," not "Killing Comnendatore" and "Windup Bird Chronicle."
Stage & Arts
May 26

Stars to come out to support NYC's The Public Theater

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a star in his own right but even he has had to gulp at the wattage on tap for the upcoming benefit for New York City's fabled Public Theater.
Music
May 26

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6:May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 90. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 82.…
Music
May 26
US drummer Jimmy Cobb performs during the 47th Heineken Jazzaldia, on July 20, 2012, in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian. Cobb, the last sur

Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis' 1959 "Kind of Blue" groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked…
Celebrities
May 25
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, shown on March 29, 2017, are co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" which is recorded at NBC News studios in Rockefell

Florida family grieves as Trump spreads debunked conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host

A little after 8 a.m. on July 20, 2001, a couple arriving for an appointment opened an unlocked front door at an office in the…
Celebrities
May 25
In this March 27, 1962, photo, President John F. Kennedy, left, receives a silver bowl from William J. Small, with station WHAS in Louisville, Ky., in

William Small, 'hero to journalism' at CBS, NBC, dies at 93

Longtime broadcast news executive William J. Small, who led CBS News' Washington coverage during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and Watergate and was later president of NBC News and United Press International, died Sunday, CBS News said. He was 93.
Celebrities
May 23
The death of 22-year-old Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro wrestler starring in the newest season of the Netflix reality show "Terrace House," is swiftly mo

Japanese pro-wrestler in popular reality show dies at 22

Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro-wrestler who appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show "Terrace House," has died. She was 22.
National
May 22
Lori Loughlin left federal court with her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli in Boston on Aug. 27, 2019.

Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam, but fate is hazy

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two…
Celebrities
May 22

Star college football recruit charged with attempted murder

A high school football player designated as a star recruit for colleges by ESPN is accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend.
National
May 22

In prison, producer finds new voice for inmates, and himself

David Jassy was a successful music producer who had worked with Britney Spears and others when he was sent to prison for killing a man during an altercation. While serving his time, he would hear talented young inmates rapping in the yards at San Quentin State Prison with skill and power. In his cell, where Jassy used his keyboard to make beats, he invited the men to perform rap freestyles and taught them about songwriting and music production.
Music
May 22
John Prine performs at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., in 2018.

Recording Academy records John Prine song for charity

The Recording Academy has released a new recording of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" with proceeds going to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Celebrities
May 22
Garrison Keillor led an audience singalong during a 2016 broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" from the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Passengers for canceled 'Prairie Home' cruise won't get a full refund

Garrison Keillor's firm incurred nonrefundable expenses, says an associate: "When we're done, there will be zero left in the coffers."
Celebrities
May 21
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left federal court in Boston in April 2019.

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

“Full House” actress Lori Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has agreed to serve five…
Celebrities
May 21
Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to serve time for college scam

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli to serve time for college scam

It's part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process, according to court papers.
Music
May 21

The Who's Roger Daltrey concerned about teens with cancer

Roger Daltrey worries that the coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on a special group of people in need β€” teens with cancer
Music
May 21

Kelly Clarkson, Alex Trebek among Daytime Emmy nominees

The first season of "The Kelly Clarkson Show" received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for best entertainment talk show and host, while "Jeopardy!" veteran Alex Trebek's nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category.
National
May 21

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it's become a cliche.The African American combat…
Books
May 21
Former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller, β€œThe President's Daughter."

Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller

After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller.
Celebrities
May 21
TV talk show host Wendy Williams arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas.

Wendy Williams pauses talk show because of health condition

Wendy Williams is taking a break from her daytime talk show to receive treatment for a previously announced health condition.
Music
May 21
Photographer Astrid Kirchherr next to one of her images of John Lennon.

Astrid Kirchherr, photographer of the Beatles, dead at 81

Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and helped shape their trend-setting visual style, has died at age 81.