Area Life

The Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, dies at 46

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46. O’Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available. Holmes said the singer’s family is ...

Real ID is a big deal: Not having one could keep you grounded

A lot of Altoona travelers never intend to travel abroad, so have no need for a passport. If they wanted to visit a sick relative four states over or go to Florida for a Disney vacation, they could always use their Pennsylvania driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. But identification ...

Crawford recreates iconic Super Bowl ad 26 years later

NEW YORK — Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son. Crawford recently filmed the commercial, which will debut at Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. It includes her son, Presley Walker Gerber, ...

Queen’s bra-fitter says book cost company royal warrant

LONDON — The former owner of a firm that made lingerie for Queen Elizabeth II wept Thurs­day as she expressed regret that the company lost its royal warrant after her memoir disclosed details of a meeting with the monarch at Buckingham Palace. June Kenton said Rigby & Peller lost the ...

Broadway’s ‘A Bronx Tale’ to help Bronx fire victims

NEW YORK (AP) — The producers of the hit Broadway musical, “A Bronx Tale,” plan to donate $4 for every ticket sold to performances from Jan. 16 through 21 to help families affected by a deadly apartment building fire in the Bronx. The donations will go to The Child Reach Foundation, ...

Fogerty irked ‘Proud Mary’ film borrows from his song’s name

NEW YORK (AP) — John Fogerty says he’s annoyed that Taraji P. Henson’s new film, “Proud Mary,” borrows from his popular song’s name without his involvement. Fogerty does not own the rights to his infamous song. In a statement released Thurs-day, he says “it irks me when people ...

Vegas hotels bet on tech to dazzle guests

LAS VEGAS — It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call. Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas’ ...

Chaplin to Oprah: Calif.’s Montecito is a star haven

Montecito, the California coastal enclave devastated by this week’s deadly mudslides, is known as Oprah’s hometown. But it was Char-lie Chaplin, the biggest star of another era, who helped make it a haven for celebrities. At the height of his fame in 1928, Chaplin led a small group of ...

Travel briefs

Spain Country saw record number of visitors in ’17 MADRID — Spain says it had a record number of international visitors in 2017 and that one in five tourists chose the restive Catalonia region as their main destination. Preliminary statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism late ...

Jerusalem in controversy

President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has stirred controversy in the world. Some say it should have been done long ago. Others argue that it will disrupt and annihilate the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Who has sovereignty over the ...

Simplify life with the Lord

I think it’s time to simplify my life. Lately, things are just too complicated. Take games, for example. I’ve always liked Yahtzee, adored Scrabble, and my new favorite online game is something called Ruzzle that involves swiping letters across a board to form words. At the risk of ...

Spiritual notes

The first Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on Jan. 22 and end on Jan. 30. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers following the daily ...

ArtsAltoona outlines Kress plans

A few hours after a news conference Tuesday that outlined plans for a multi-faceted arts complex downtown, one of the participants recited an axiom: “By the inch, it’s a cinch; by the yard, it’s hard.” The official was Ken Decker, building chairman for ArtsAltoona, the recently formed ...

No wedding, no ‘Crown’: What’s a royal obsessive to do?

NEW YORK — Are you a royal desperado, in that binge-watching kind of way? The House of Windsor, under that and other grand names, has provided five British monarchs to date, but it took you a quick minute to breeze through the recently released second season of “The Crown” on Netflix. ...

Jimmy Buffett sails to aid of regatta on St. Barts

SAN DIEGO — Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it’s appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in ...

Grapevine

Miller archive Texas bound AUSTIN, Texas — The archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller, which shed light on seven decades of his works, will be going on display at the University of Texas. A university spokesman said Wednesday that the Harry Ransom Center humanities ...

Earth Matters: Disconnect with outdoors growing

Some folks are not particularly curious about the natural world. This lack of scientific and ecological curiosity usually translates into an apathy toward environmental protection, as well. Selfishly, the only places they care about protecting are their own immediate surroundings. Indeed, ...

Girl Scouts kick off cookie campaign

Sales began Friday with the return of the popular S’mores PITTSBURGH — Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania entered the next century of selling cookies on Friday. The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for ...