‘GTA’ creator Rockstar thrives by breaking the law

Rockstar Games doesn’t play by the rules. Not that anyone would expect the creators of the massively successful “Grand Theft Auto” franchise to operate like other game designers. And while that’s created an undeniable mystique around this week’s…

Kevin Costner donating items to benefit SD auction

DEADWOD, S.D. (AP) — Actor Kevin Costner has donated personal items and movie memorabilia to a charity auction that will benefit a Lakota interpreter at his Tatanka tourist attraction in South Dakota. Costner’s childhood baseball and bat and…

First long-list announced for book awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate DiCamillo and David Levithan were among the 10 authors who made the first-ever long-list of finalists for the National Book Awards, part of a new nominating process that prize organizers hope will lead…
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Photos: Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off reef

Engineers say they have succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Concordia from an Italian reef where it has been embedded since it capsized in January 2012.…
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center left in yellow, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Miss America cheers pageant diversity

Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.…

U. of Michigan plans research on Gershwin music

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has entered a partnership with the estates of George and Ira Gershwin to provide music scholars complete access to the Gershwins’ papers, compositional drafts and original scores to create…

The New Yorker introduces subtle design changes

NEW YORK (AP) — The New Yorker is introducing subtle design changes to its pages. Starting on Monday, readers will find small changes to the magazine’s table of contents, contributors page, “Goings On About Town,” Briefly Noted and…
File-This Nov. 18, 2011 file photo shows Alecia Moore aka Pink arriving at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles. Billboard has named Pink its woman of the year. Billboard announced Monday Sept. 16, 2013 that the pop singer will receive the honor at its annual Women In Music event Dec. 10 in New York City. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)

Billboard names Pink woman of the year

Billboard announced Monday that Pink will receive their woman of the year honor at its annual Women In Music event Dec. 10 in New York City.…

Arab American museum accredited by industry group

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Arab American National Museum has earned a coveted piece of industry credibility: accreditation. The museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn planned to announce Monday that it’s been accredited by the American Alliance…

Miss America cancels visit to boardwalk fire site

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A visit to the scene of New Jersey’s devastating boardwalk fire by the newly crowned Miss America will have to wait. The Miss America Organization told The Associated Press Sunday night that Nina…
Bob Newhart poses backstage with his award for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for "The Big Bang Theory" at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Bob Newhart finally gets his Emmy Award

Bob Newhart, among TV’s most enduring stars with shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally captured his first Emmy Award.…

Bob Newhart finally gets his Emmy Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Newhart, among TV’s most enduring stars with shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally captured his first Emmy Award. Newhart, 84, was honored at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony…

‘Insidious’ sequel scares up box-office success

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers had an appetite for fright this weekend, sending “Insidious: Chapter 2″ to the top of the box office. The haunted-house horror sequel debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the…