PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friday's opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival highlighted a worldwide spectrum of musical influences, from the alternative Chicago-based rock band Wilco to Irish singer-guitarist Hozier and the Jamaican and reggae stylings of singer Jimmy Cliff.
Electronic music has enjoyed soaring growth in recent years, but to detractors the genre consists of little beyond crowd-pleasing DJs clicking play on their computers. Richie Hawtin, a leading force in techno music, on his latest tour has gone not only to clubs but to college campuses where he brought fellow DJs to lecture. "As big as the scene has become and as easy as it is to get involved... to go beyond that and to find your own unique voice or sound is quite difficult," he told a hall full of aspiring electronic artists at New York's New School.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria's four-year conflict.
NEW YORK (AP) — Using her own family and Robin Williams as an example, a tearful Glenn Close urged some of the most powerful women in entertainment to help society shed its fear of those fighting mental illness in an emotional speech Friday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon.
Streaming giant Netflix has defended a new Adam Sandler movie after a group of native American actors stormed off the set saying it used racially offensive stereotypes. Netflix implied that the native Americans were being oversensitive about what were clearly jokes. Among those who walked out was Navajo Nation tribal member Loren Anthony, who is also the lead singer of a metal band, Bloodline. Another native American actor, Allison Young, said: "We talked to the producers about our concerns.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new group plans to produce a stage version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in author Harper Lee's hometown, where leaders fear a stalemate over rights to the play will kill an annual production that lures thousands of visitors annually.
NEW YORK (AP) — When Amanda Berry's toddler daughter had night terrors and started screaming and running around the room, Berry couldn't always get to her — because she was chained and couldn't move that far.
Fans of hit US television series "Grey's Anatomy" woke up Friday to a world devoid of "Dr McDreamy," a popular character killed off in a car accident, in a devastating blow to devotees. Dr Derek Shepherd, played by actor Patrick Dempsey since the character was first introduced in the show's 2005 pilot, faced unexpected doom in Thursday's episode when he pulled over to help victims of a car accident.
An exhibition teaming works by British artist Tracey Emin -- many of them new -- and Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, who died aged 28 in 1918, opened in Vienna on Friday. The show at the city's Leopold Museum incorporates around 50 of Emin's often highly sexualised works alongside around 15 similar, if tamer, drawings and poems by Schiele. Emin, 51 -- best known for her "My Bed" work shown at the Tate Gallery in 1999 -- said the aim of the exhibition was to liberate both her work and that of the Austrian artist, a contemporary of Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.
A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel.
The "Fast and Furious" franchise is set to roar into its next phase with an eighth installment due in 2017, the first without Paul Walker, the late actor's co-star Vin Diesel said. "We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen," Diesel told the CinemaCon movie confab in Las Vegas, cited by industry journal the Hollywood Reporter, which said the eighth movie will come out on April 14, 2017. Walker died in a high-speed car crash north of Los Angeles when the last movie was only half completed.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Pratt left the CinemaCon crowd in stitches with his irreverent, high-energy and slightly racy comments at the annual conference of theater owners Thursday. The actor, there to promote "Jurassic World" along with director Colin Trevorrow, introduced a sizzle reel of new footage from the dinosaur epic.
NEW YORK (AP) — Trust a John Kander-Fred Ebb musical to make the sunny color of vitality and youth positively menacing.
Judge in Colorado theater shooting case won't move trial
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys' longstanding request to move the death penalty trial to another county, saying he would have to search outside the state and perhaps even the country to find jurors who haven't been exposed to extensive publicity.