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Area Life

John Prine hippest songwriter in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached. “I said, ‘Hey, my name is Kacey and I am a really big fan. I don’t want to offend you or anything, but is ...

Ivy League historian returns prize after citations questions

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbia University professor who specializes in modern Korean and East Asian history has returned a 2014 prize he received from the American Historical Association after some sources in the winning book were questioned. Charles K. Armstrong, author of “Tyranny of the ...

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NPR’s tweets confusing WASHINGTON — National Public Radio marked the Fourth of July by tweeting the entire Declaration of Independence, but it seems some Twitter users didn’t recognize what they were reading. The broadcaster tweeted out the words of the declaration line-by-line ...

Legion again sponsors Wing Festival

Hot wings, cold beer and local music are on tap again at this summer’s ninth American Legion Wing Festival in Hollidaysburg, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday and running for the following six weeks. Festival committee chairman Albert Wertz encouraged people to arrive early at the American Legion ...

McDonald’s honors Olympian, actress, others at annual awards

NEW ORLEANS — McDonald’s 365Black Awards show, held annually at the Essence Festival, honored actress Tichina Arnold and Olympic gold-medalist Sanya Richards-Ross among others on Sunday as part of a program that each year salutes individuals committed to making positive contributions that ...

Maria Menounos reveals brain tumor battle, quits E! News

NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Menounos says she has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and has announced her resignation from E! News. Menounos tells People magazine that she underwent surgery last month to remove a golf-ball-sized tumor discovered in February. Menounos says 99.9 percent of ...

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Logue looks for daughter NEW YORK — Actor Donal Logue is asking for the public’s help in locating his teenage daughter, who was last seen on June 28 in New York City. The star of Fox’s “Gotham” writes on Facebook that the “net had been flung far and wide” since 16-year-old ...

UNESCO World Heritage talks in Poland face divisive topics

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials have opened the 41st annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s conference in Poland. The meeting will run through July 12 and debate contentious issues like Palestinian motion to deny Israel sovereignty over Jerusalem and the level of protection Poland gives ...

Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction 1. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz (Bantam) 3. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 4. “Dangerous Minds” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) 5. “Tom Clancy: Point of Contact” by Mike Maden (G.P. ...

American Life in Poetry

By Ted Kooser U.S. Poet Laureate 2004-2006 This poem is by P. Ivan Young, who lives in Omaha. It was first published in The Cortland Review. His most recent book is Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain, from Brick House Books. Visiting the Neighborhood (P. Ivan Young) The entrance at the back ...

Silverstein explores friendship in her memoir, ‘My Glory’

By Lincee Ray The Associated Press “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: a Memoir” (Harper Wave) is by Amy Silverstein Amy Silverstein received a new heart when she was 25 years old, and for the next 26 years she beat the odds, surpassing all expectations for a transplant recipient. Then ...

Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

NEW YORK (AP) — After releasing a best-selling children’s book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner’s “River Rose and the Magi-cal Christmas” is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is illustrated by Lucy ...

New novel by John Green to be released in October

NEW YORK (AP) — John Green fans, mark your calendar. The author of the million-selling “The Fault in Our Stars” has a new novel coming Oct. 10, Dutton Books announced in late June. The book is called “Turtles All the Way Down” and tells of a 16-year girl in search of a missing ...

TV’s nonpartisan July 4th: fireworks, constitution

By Lynn Elber The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Happy nonpartisan Fourth of July! In this rancorous political environment, America’s birthday is a chance for people to leave the verbal fireworks aside, at least briefly, and understand and appreciate what they’ve got. TV, which ...

Canceled Netflix series ‘Sense8’ will return for 2-hour finale

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fans have spoken, and the canceled Netflix series “Sense8” is coming back next year for a two-hour final episode. Netflix and show co-creator Lana Wachowski said late last week that fan clamor inspired the show’s return. Netflix had announced earlier this month ...

LA council OKs plans for Lucas museum

By John Rogers The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with lightsaber speed to clear the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art the “Star Wars” creator plans to build down the road from his alma ...

Need a ride? Uber, Lyft in upstate NY and Long Island

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services began operating Thursday in upstate New York and on Long Island, a move that officials say will provide work for thousands of drivers and reduce alcohol-related road accidents. The ride-hailing apps became available for those ...

Whale-watching comes under scrutiny at South Africa meeting

By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — Whale-watching is a growing tourist business in many parts of the world, and delegates to an international whale conference in South Africa say guidelines to protect the animals are increasingly needed. The calls for more ...

Travel briefs

VirginiA Colonial Williamsburg site to restructure WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williams-burg plans to outsource many of its commercial operations and lay off some workers in response to declining attendance and hundreds of millions in debt. The living history museum at Virginia’s ...

Learning about the environment is lifelong endeavor

We too often underestimate the value of knowledge, skills and those that help instill them in us, especially as we grow older. The formal education of our younger years should serve as a sturdy foundation, but a foundation is only the base on which much more should be built. Learning about ...