Gilbert, King and Fielding have novels out in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gilbert spent enough years as a memoir writer, and had so much success, that even her admirers forget that she started out in fiction. “For all intents and purposes, whatever I did before…

Fashion mostly noted for its absence at VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — The clothes that had everyone talking at MTV’s Video Music Awards were mostly notable for their absence. Miley Cyrus appeared on stage in a revealing leotard, then stripped down to a nude bikini to…

NYC to exhibit masterpieces from Dutch museum

NEW YORK (AP) — The 17th century painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is coming to a New York City museum this fall. The Frick Collection will show Johannes Vermeer’s portrait of the girl with an enigmatic gaze…

Photos: Wildfire rages near Yosemite

Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.

Country stars pay tribute to pioneering band

Various Artists, “Alabama & Friends” (10 Spot) Nowadays, long hair and loud guitars are common in country music. That wasn’t always the case. The new album “Alabama & Friends” pays tribute to a pioneering band that proved decades…

Career criminal banned from Brooklyn court

NEW YORK (AP) — A career criminal who once stalked “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston has been banned from the Brooklyn federal courthouse for stalking a female judge. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/14wJZVJ ) says David Hester-Bey can only enter…

A list of winners at the MTV Video Music Awards

A list of winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Video of the year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” Best female video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Best…

Michelle Obama, daughters see 2 Broadway shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama and her daughters caught Broadway’s “The Trip to Bountiful” after spending part of the day watching tennis at the U.S. Open. The first lady and her girls slipped into their seats at…

Timberlake, ‘N Sync take over Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Even if the hotly rumored ‘N Sync reunion doesn’t happen, the MTV Video Music Awards are already shaping up as Justin Timberlake’s night. The lead nominee — with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — is…

Michigan Tech professor writes streetcar book

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Technological University professor has written a book about historic streetcar service in the Upper Peninsula’s Copper Country. Bill Sproule is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Houghton school. His…