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Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.


Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

A photo of Louis Armstrong is framed by his trumpet at the Louis Armstrong House Museum on Friday Oct. 17, 2014 in New York. The image is part of the collection from photographer Jack Bradley, whose close friendship with Armstrong gave him unrestricted access to make thousands of photographs of the great jazz musician. A portion of his collection is featured in a new exhibition opening Tuesday at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs and saving Armstrong's sound recordings, fan letters — and even handkerchiefs.


Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.


Reaction to death of Oscar de la Renta

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta attends the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012 fashion show during Fashion Week in New York. De la Renta received the 2012 Couture Council Award by The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. De la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)Reaction to the death late Monday of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta:


AP PHOTOS: De la Renta's creations over the years

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2010, file photo, the finale of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.


Survey shows media differences due to politics
NEW YORK (AP) — Conservatives and liberals not only have different political views, they diverge sharply on what news sources they rely upon and trust, a survey has found.
Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers.


Porn production moratorium ends after testing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California-based trade group for the adult film industry has lifted a moratorium on production spurred by a feared HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set.
Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach multiyear deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group remain in a months-long standoff, but the online retailer has reached a multiyear agreement with another major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Review: Play reveals tense birth of a classic film

In this image released by David Gersten & Sam Rudy Media, Larry Pine, left, and Vincent Kartheiser perform in a scene from "Billy & Ray", at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/David Gersten & Sam Rudy, Carol Rosegg)NEW YORK (AP) — Two tough guys, one tough script and their Herculean team effort to cram steamy sex and violence into a strictly-censored Hollywood studio film is the subject of Mike Bencivenga's fascinating play "Billy & Ray."


NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

In this Sept. 1, 2011 photo released by NBC, NBC News' chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman appears on the "Today" show in New York. Snyderman who has been at NBC since 2006, covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and worked briefly with Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman who caught the virus and is now being treated in Nebraska. Snyderman and her crew voluntarily agreed to quarantine themselves for 21 days, the longest known incubation period for the disease. They have shown no symptoms. New Jersey health officials ruled that her quarantine should be mandatory after Snyderman and her crew were spotted getting takeout food from a New Jersey restaurant. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor.


Pitbull to host American Music Awards on Nov. 23

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013 file photo, host Pitbull speaks on stage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Pitbull is set to host the 2014 American Music Awards again. Dick Clark productions announced Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, that the platinum-selling rapper will also perform at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards.


At A Glance: The cost of cable vs. a la carte

Graphic shows rates for bundled cable services vs. a la carte services; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;Is a la carte streaming a better deal?


'Fury' wins war at N. American box office

Actors Brad Pitt (C), Logan Lerman (L) and Shia LaBeouf (R) of World War II action film "Fury" pose at a photocall in London on October 19, 2014Los Angeles (AFP) - Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" slayed its way straight to the top of North America's box office, knocking "Gone Girl" out of first place, industry data showed Monday.


Yearwood, Santana to perform at World Series

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, Trisha Yearwood poses in Nashville, Tenn. Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series. Major League Baseball said Monday, Oct. 20, that Yearwood will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of Game 1 when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Trisha Yearwood and Carlos Santana are among the musicians set to perform the national anthem during the World Series.


Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actor arrested in Idaho

This Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, booking photo provided by Ada County Sheriff shows actor Nicholas Brendon, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., after he was arrested in Boise, Idaho. Brendon has been charged with two misdemeanors, including malicious injury to property and resisting or obstructing officers. (AP Photo/Ada County Sheriff)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An actor best known for his role in the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is apologizing for actions that led to his arrest in a hotel lobby in southwest Idaho.


Sleater-Kinney reunite for album, tour

Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney perform at Barnsdall Art Park as part of ArthurFest on September 4, 2005 in Los Feliz, CaliforniaNew York (AFP) - Sleater-Kinney, whose combination of snarling guitars and feminist politics made the band key to the riot grrrl movement, is reuniting for its first album in 10 years and a tour.


Jimmy Fallon's picture book inspired by daughter

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, Jimmy Fallon presents an award at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Fallon has a deal with Feiwel and Friends for the picture book “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada.” Fallon says he was inspired by his daughter, Winnie Rose, whose first word, alas, was “Mama.” The publisher announced Monday, Oct. 20, that the book is scheduled for release in June. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Forgive Jimmy Fallon if his new book is a story of wishful thinking.


'Fury' defeats 'Gone Girl' in box-office battle

This photo released by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows Brad Pitt as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier in Columbia Pictures' "Fury." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Giles Keyte)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fury" was the champion of the weekend box-office battle, knocking two-week champ "Gone Girl" to second place.


Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81

FILE - In this June 24, 2004 file picture Swiss photographer Rene Burri poses in front of his most famous photo of Che Guevara, taken in Havana, Cuba, in 1961, pictured in the museum Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer who captured iconic black and white images of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81. Magnum Photos, the agency he joined in 1955 when he was just 23, confirmed Burri died Monday Oct. 20, 2014 , but didn’t immediately provide further details. (AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro CampardoFile)GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.


British royal couples' 2nd child due in April

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold their new born son George, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, that their second baby is due in April — the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they have offered a month for the royal birth.


Barkley to tip off NBA season in Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Barkley is coming to Times Square to tip off the NBA season.
San Francisco radio stations ban hit song 'Royals'

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press in Mexico City, Mexico. The popular song “Royals” by Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won’t play the song during the duration of the World Series. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.


Review: Little Big Town top-notch on new album

This CD cover image released by Capitol Nashville shows "Pain Killer," by Little Big Town. (AP Photo/Capitol Nashville)Little Big Town, "Pain Killer" (Capitol Nashville)


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