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CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience slumps

CNN and MSNBC, whose political talk lineups are most popular with fans of President Joe Biden, significantly increased their audiences for his inaugural compared with four years ago when Donald Trump took the oath of office
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People watch a TV screen showing a news report about U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The sign reads "New leadership." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 21

Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

Original “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond has begun undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative
January 21
FILE - In this May 29, 2015, file photo, television actor Dustin Diamond, center, leaves court in Port Washington, Wis., after being convicted of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight on Christmas Day 2014. Diamond is undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative. Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized earlier this month in Florida. Last week, his team disclosed he did have cancer. (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson, File)
January 21

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton's brother, dies at 67

Country star Dolly Parton says her brother and singing partner Randy Parton has died of cancer
January 21
January 21

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS FOR WEEK ENDING 1/16/2021
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Natiruts, Marley, Aparicio sing for unity of the Americas

Brazilian reggae band Natiruts, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley and Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio hope a trilingual song causes the people of the Americas to unite in a more fair and loving world
January 21
This image released by Sony Music Brazil shows cover art for the single for “America Vibra,” a trilingual song featuring Ziggy Marley and the Academy-Award nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. (Sony Music Brazil via AP)
January 21

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USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending: Jan. 17, 2021
January 21
January 21

Virus scuttles Glastonbury Festival for second straight year

Britain’s Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row
January 21
FILE - In this Friday, June 24, 2011 file photo, the crowd at Glastonbury Music Festival clap their hands above their heads as they watch Chipmunk on stage, Glastonbury, England. Britain’s Glastonbury music festival has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row, organizers Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis said Thursday Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
January 21

Who really had the album of the year? Emily Lazar did.

While album of the year nominees at the 2021 Grammys include Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Post Malone, the real victor is Emily Lazar
January 21
Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses for a portrait in New York on Dec. 28, 2020. Lazar is nominated three times in the album of the year category thanks to her work on albums from HAIM, Coldplay and Jacob Collier. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on March 14. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
January 21

Organists offer soundtrack to jabs at medieval UK cathedral

David Halls isn’t a doctor, nurse or ambulance driver, but he wanted to contribute in the fight against COVID-19
January 21
People recieve their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination inside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Salisbury Cathedral opened its doors for the second time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
January 21

Hollywood returns: Gaga, J. Lo headline Biden inauguration

Stars ranging from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen have capped a star-studded inauguration for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris
January 21
Country singer Garth Brooks sings "Amazing Grace" during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
January 20

Smooth Psaki shows new tone in first Biden press briefing

President Joe Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki has held her first press briefing, and it was a sedate affair — even boring at times
January 20
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 20

Comfort TV viewing gives ratings boost to football, dramas

An unprecedented impeachment hearing failed to keep TV viewers from settling back into familiar habits last week
January 20
FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the second half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., in this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, file photo. Rodgers had his worst game of the season in Green Bay’s 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay Back on Oct. 18, as he threw two game-changing interceptions and completed less than half his pass attempts. Rodgers gets a chance to make amends for that performance Sunday when the top-seeded Packers host the Bucs in the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)
January 20

No-go for Joe Exotic: Trump pardon list omits 'Tiger King'

“Tiger King” Joe Exotic's name is missing from President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons
January 20
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, is seen at the zoo he used to run in Wynnewood, Okla. A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of the Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix's "Tiger King" documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals' mothers, to the federal government. U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III issued the order last week in the case against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park based on claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
January 20

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: 'Even as we grieved, we grew.'

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew” in her poem “The Hill We Climb.”
January 20
American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
January 20

Review: In 'The White Tiger,' an epic for modern-day India

Ramin Bahrani's “The White Tiger” is the kind of widescreen epic of class struggle about an ambitious, cunning climber that has long been a rich domain of movies
January 20
This image released by Netflix shows ​Rajkummar Rao, from left, Priyanka Chopra and Adarsh Gourav ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)
January 20

Lawyer says ex-royal staff will shed light on Meghan letter

A lawyer for the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper says the Duchess of Sussex had no reasonable expectation of privacy for a letter she sent to her estranged father after her marriage to Prince Harry
January 20
FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leaves after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. A lawyer for the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper said Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, that the Duchess of Sussex had no reasonable expectation of privacy for a letter she sent her estranged father. The former Meghan Markle is suing publisher Associated Newspapers for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website that published portions of a handwritten letter to her father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry in 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
January 20

Review: A showdown at the border in ‘No Man’s Land’

Border tensions are boiled down to the microcosm of two families in “No Man’s Land,” an independent thriller written by and starring Jake Allyn and directed by his brother Conor
January 20
This image released by IFC Films shows, from second left, George Lopez, Frank Grillo, Andie McDowell and Jake Allyn in a scene from "No Man's Land." (IFC FIlms via AP)
January 20

Comforting rituals show in media's depiction of inauguration

After Air Force One took Donald Trump out of Washington, an unusual Inauguration Day quickly felt more traditional, even comforting, for people watching at home
January 20
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 20

Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show' actor Masterson

An attorney for “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has pleaded not guilty on his behalf in a Los Angeles court to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s
January 20
FILE - Danny Masterson appears at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on June 7, 2017. An attorney for Masterson has pleaded not guilty on his behalf in a Los Angeles court to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s. Attorney Tom Mesereau entered the plea for the 44-year-old actor, who was not in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear. Masterson has been free on bond since his arrest in June. Prosecutors allege that he raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003, all at his Hollywood Hills home. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
January 20

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

President Donald Trump has pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a late flurry of clemency action benefiting nearly 150 people, including rap stars and former members of Congress
January 20
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)
January 20

Lil Wayne, Kodak Black get clemency; Joe Exotic does not

When President Donald Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 140 people in a last-minute clemency flurry the list included two rappers, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black
January 20
This combination of images shows Lil Wayne performing during Hot 97's "Busta Rhymes & Friends: Hot For The Holidays" in Newark, N.J. on Sept. 13, 2016, left, and Kodak Black at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Aug. 27, 2017. President Donald Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 140 people in a last-minute clemency flurry after midnight on Wednesday, a list that included rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. (AP Photo)
January 20

Music stars slam UK's 'shameful' failure on EU touring rules

Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been “shamefully failed” by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union
January 20
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle on Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021, say musicians have been “shamefully failed” by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
January 20

Review: Moon Taxi, a cab simply not worth hailing anymore

Moon Taxi have a new album with a dozen songs, but Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy says you may be forgiven for losing track of them
January 20
This cover image released by BMG shows "Silver Dream" by Moon Taxi. (BMG via AP)
January 20

Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

Italian police have recovered a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church without the priests even realizing it was gone
January 20
Italian police officers stand by a copy of the “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) by Leonardo da Vinci, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Italian police have recovered a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church without the priests even realizing it was gone. The discovery was made over the weekend when Naples police working on a bigger operation found the painting hidden in an apartment. Police chief Alfredo Fabbrocini said the owner offered a “less than credible” explanation that he had “casually” bought it at a small market. (Italian Police via AP)
January 20

How Netflix helped 'The White Tiger' movie become a reality

Aravind Adiga's novel “The White Tiger” about a driver in India who rises to become a successful businessman despite the stratified caste system was an international bestseller and critical darling
January 20
This image released by Netflix shows ​Adarsh Gourav ​as ​Balram​ ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)
January 20

An inauguration unlike any other amid a pandemic, unrest

Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden will look unlike anything the nation has seen before as the scars of COVID-19 and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol turn the West Front into a virtual ghost town compared to years past
January 20
Final preparations are made ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 20

From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural

The inaugural celebration will be pared down, distanced, much of it virtual
January 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Tom Hanks arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

Washington, Malek and Leto face off in ‘The Little Things’

The new crime drama “The Little Things” brings together a group of acting heavyweights and unlikely bedfellows in Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto
January 19
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Rami Malek, from left, Jared Leto and Denzel Washington in a scene from "The Little Things." (Nicola Goode/Warner Bros Pictures via AP)
January 19

Two Fox News political executives out after Arizona call

Two of Fox News Channel's top news executives involved in the controversial — but correct — election night call of Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden are out at the network
January 19
January 19

Judge: Maxwell's sex relationships with adults can be secret

A judge says testimony by Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend about her sexual experiences with consenting adults can remain secret when a transcript is released next week
January 19
January 19

Netflix's big 4Q lifts video service above 200M subscribers

Netflix’s video streaming service has surpassed 200 million subscribers for the first time
January 19
FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020, file photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service has surpassed 200 million subscribers for the first time as its expanding line-up of TV series and movies continues to captivate people stuck at home during the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The subscriber milestone highlighted Netflix’s fourth-quarter results released Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
January 19

Rapper Bow Wow apologizes for attending packed Houston club

Houston's mayor called out rapper Bow Wow for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus
January 19
FILE - Bow Wow attends WE TV's "Bridezillas" Season 11 premiere party on Feb. 22, 2018, in New York. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called out the rapper for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

File details investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' monologue

A file obtained by The Associated Press shows the U.S. Secret Service investigated John Mulaney, but found no wrongdoing in a joke the comedian made on “Saturday Night Live” in February 2020
January 19
FILE - John Mulaney arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. A file obtained by The Associated Press shows the U.S. Secret Service investigated John Mulaney, but found no wrongdoing in a joke the comedian made on “Saturday Night Live” in February 2020. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

Screen Actors Guild may discipline, expel Donald Trump

After leaving the White House, President Donald Trump may lose his SAG card, too
January 19
FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 400,000 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 19

Teen whom Biden befriended as fellow stutterer has book deal

The teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer has a book coming out this summer
January 19
FILE - Then Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hugs Brayden Harrington at a campaign stop in Gilford, N.H. on Feb. 10, 2020. Harrington, who will be part of a primetime inaugural special, has a book coming out this summer. His picture story “Brayden Speaks Up” will be released Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 19

Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

Along with dystopian novels and White House tell-alls, the U.S. Constitution has been a best-seller during Donald Trump's presidency
January 19
This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the first page of the United States Constitution. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, more than 1 million copies of the Constitution in various editions were sold since Trump took office. The sales are especially notable because the Constitution can be read or downloaded for free, including from the U.S. government. (National Archives via AP)
January 19

New this week: 'The White Tiger,' Salt-N-Pepa movie & Rhye

This week’s new entertainment releases include plush and warm tunes from Rhye, the R&B musical project by Mike Milosh
January 19
This image released by Netflix shows key art for "The White Tiger," a film streaming on Netflix beginning January 22. (Netflix via AP)
January 19

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 pushed back to October

Organizers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival say they now plan to hold this year's version of the event in October
January 19
FILE - Festival goers attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on April 28, 2018. Organizers of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival say they now plan to hold this year's version of the event in October. Jazz Fest is usually held every spring but it didn't happen last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, with the virus still a threat, the event has been postponed until fall. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

Judge orders 'Tiger King' zoo to turn over big cats

The new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary have been ordered to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs and their mothers to the federal government
January 19
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, is seen at the zoo he used to run in Wynnewood, Okla. A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of the Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix's "Tiger King" documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals' mothers, to the federal government. U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III issued the order last week in the case against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park based on claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
January 19

Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy

Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex are asking a British judge to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial
January 19
Pedestrian pass by The Royal Courts Of Justice, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will ask a High Court judge to rule in her favour in her privacy action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father. The case will be heard remotely due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
January 19

Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Church, H.E.R. to sing at Super Bowl

R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H
January 19
This combination photo shows Eric Church performing at the 2016 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 29, 2016, left, and Jazmine Sullivan performing at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2019. Sullivan and Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at the next month’s Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

Apple Books-Top-10

Apple Books-Top-10 for week ending 1/17/2021
January 19
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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

US-Apple-Movies-Top-10 for week ending 1/17/21
January 19
January 19

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending Jan. 15th
January 19
January 19

NASCAR to hold pre-race Daytona 500 concert with Luke Combs

NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert featuring country music star Luke Combs
January 19
FILE - Singer-songwriter Luke Combs speaks in the press room after winning awards for male vocalist of the year and song of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, file photo. NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert featuring country music star Luke Combs. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
January 19

New books with buzz? Dozens excerpted in free e-preview

Which upcoming books have buzz
January 19
January 19

Review: Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return

Frankie Elkin travels the country searching for missing persons
January 19
This cover image released by Dutton shows "Before She Disappeared" by Lisa Gardner. (Dutton via AP)
January 19

Students write inaugural poems for poetry academy contest

Inaugural poems aren't only for grownups
January 19
January 19

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Celebrities having birthdays during the week of Jan. 24-30 include actor Daveed Diggs, singer Alicia Keys and TV host Ellen DeGeneres
January 19
This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 24-30 shows, from left, Daveed Diggs, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming, Alan Alda, Oprah Winfrey and Christian Bale. (AP Photo)
January 18

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden
January 18
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Garth Brooks performs "Dive Bar" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Brooks, who joins Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez among others, performed during the inaugural celebration of President Barack Obama in 2009. He turned down a chance to play for President Donald Trump in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)