- Iron Maiden frontman on cancer fight, 747 flight
NEW YORK (AP) — Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson credits his grandfather with getting him through his recent battle with cancer.Late last year, doctors discovered a small cancerous tumor on his tongue. The news came as the band was putting finishing touches on their 16th studio album, "Book of Souls," and began planning their world tour.
- No-contact order between O'Donnell's daughter and man lifted
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A request from Rosie O'Donnell's teenage daughter to lift a no-contact order with the man accused of sending her obscene images was lifted Friday by a New Jersey judge.The judge agreed to lift the order barring contact between Chelsea O'Donnell and 25-year-old Steven Sheerer, according to a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
- Expensive ad space almost sold out for debate
NEW YORK (AP) — Get in your bids fast. CNN said Friday that only one commercial slot is still available for its coverage of the Sept. 16 debate between top Republican presidential contenders, and it's expected to draw top dollar.The trade publication Advertising Age reported this week that CNN is asking for up to $200,000 for a 30-second ad during the debate, a price comparable to slots in popular entertainment shows on the broadcast networks. CNN would not discuss its ad prices.
- VENICE WATCH: Ukraine revolution inspires Venice documentary
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:___
- Miss America Organization gave $6M in cash, tuition in 2014
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization says it handed out nearly $6 million in cash or free tuition to contestants last year in its scholarship awards program.Figures released Friday represent a change in the way the pageant describes its scholarships.
- Q&A: Ken Burns says US civil war still relevant
NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns is looking back at his series "The Civil War" as PBS prepares to air a remastered edition 25 years after the network first aired the landmark 1990 documentary."It speaks to what we're going through today," Burns says of the series which is being aired for five consecutive nights from Sept. 7 through 11 (check local listings for time).
- Afghan artist paints Kabul's walls of war to help heal city
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A city at war, the Afghan capital is among the ugliest in the world.Wide avenues once lined with rose gardens are today gridlocked streets sandwiched by concrete blast walls protecting those inside from the bombs and bullets that form the backbeat of a 14-year insurgency. After recent deadly attacks, the towering walls multiplied almost overnight, appearing in double rows outside government buildings, businesses, embassies and the homes of powerful people.
- Judge grants Salma Hayek restraining order against 2 women
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered two women to stay away from Salma Hayek and not attempt to contact the Oscar-nominated actress for the next three years.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Hayek's request for a restraining order against Liana Philippon and Odette Bodagh, who the actress stated in court filings impersonated her and made a veiled threat to kidnap her daughter.
- Fall Movie Preview: Fukunaga, Netflix set out for new worlds
NEW YORK (AP) — Cary Fukunaga's first feature film, "Sin Nombre"— which translates to "Nameless," was a Spanish-language drama about Honduran immigrants. His latest, "Beasts of No Nation," is a brutal story about a boy drafted into a West African rebel army.Don't be fooled by the exotic filmography. Fukunaga grew up in Oakland, California, in what he calls a traditional middle-class family, first planning to be a professional snowboarder.
- McCartney, Bon Jovi, Fergie join for climate change song
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and Fergie have joined forces to record a song about climate change.Sean Paul, Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat also appear on "Love Song to the Earth," which was released Friday on iTunes and Apple Music via Connect.