- Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war Updated: Jul-03-15 3:22 am
BAGHDAD - In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.
- Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring Updated: Jul-02-15 1:14 pm
NEW YORK - "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.
- Harry Potter coming back, this time on stage in new play Updated: Jun-26-15 10:16 am
LONDON - Harry Potter is going to have a new adventure - one that takes him from page and screen to stage.
- Review: 'Max,' about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers Updated: Jun-25-15 1:05 pm
It's officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with?
- Sherman Alexie explores new realm with picture book Updated: Jun-25-15 12:38 am
NEW YORK - National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie - already a poet, novelist and short story writer - moves into a new realm with his first picture book set to be released in May 2016.
- Coloring books give adults a chance to escape stress Updated: Jun-15-15 9:28 am
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Tracey Forrest loves to color.
- Jimmy Fallon wants to give dads a win with his new book Updated: Jun-10-15 2:37 pm
NEW YORK - Jimmy Fallon spends his evenings as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," having fits of laughter with Bradley Cooper, pretending to be a teenage girl whose favorite word is "Ew!" and coming up with hashtags, but the favorite part of his day is when he's at home, reading to his almost 2-year-old daughter, Winnie Rose. (His second daughter, Frances Cole, is a baby.)
- Herrera named nation's first Latino poet laureate Updated: Jun-10-15 11:09 am
WASHINGTON - A son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. poet in chief.
- Paul Weller heads across the universe on 'Saturns Pattern' Updated: Jun-10-15 7:45 am
LONDON - From teenage rock star to "The Modfather," Paul Weller has been a sound and style icon to fans for more than 30 years. But his own philosophy is: Don't look back.