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Tulane plans big book festival between Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University has announced plans for a major book festival to be held annually between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The first New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will be March 19-21, 2020.
Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss.
CBS signs Stephen Colbert to 3-year extension

CBS signs Stephen Colbert to 3-year extension

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more years. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through at least August 2023.
Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

BALTIMORE — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S.
Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

HAVANA — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98.
'Spirited Away,' other Studio Ghibli films head to HBO Max

'Spirited Away,' other Studio Ghibli films head to HBO Max

LOS ANGELES — The vast catalogue of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service.
Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

PARKLAND, Fla. — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool.
UK's Prince William, Kate tour Pakistani cultural hub Lahore

UK's Prince William, Kate tour Pakistani cultural hub Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan — Britain's Prince William and wife Kate toured Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, where they undertook an emotional visit to a cancer hospital previously visited by William's mother, the late Princess Diana.

Iconic Las Vegas wedding chapel is no longer up for sale

LAS VEGAS — The owner of a Las Vegas chapel where celebrity couples like Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have gotten married is staying wedded to her business.
Singer Gretchen Wilson forced to leave New Mexico hotel

Singer Gretchen Wilson forced to leave New Mexico hotel

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Country singer Gretchen Wilson was removed from a New Mexico hotel after she performed at a weekend music festival. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Wednesday that police were called to Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces around 3 a.m.