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William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling

William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.

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Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl teams vie for purring rights

Football tampering is inevitable when felines take the field Sunday in Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

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TV Review: A murder at the edge of the world takes 'Fortitude' to crack

A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case.

‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at 77

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.

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Desert stars: Celebs converge on Phoenix for Super Bowl 49

The desert is great for stargazing, and that will certainly be the case as the Super Bowl takes over Phoenix and its suburbs.

Gaga, Tony Bennett among duets set for Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani.

Book Review: Matthew Reilly writes action-packed 'Great Zoo of China'

"The Great Zoo of China" (Gallery), by Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton's classic "Jurassic Park" and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, "The Great Zoo of China."

Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith’s megahit “Stay With Me” for its similarities to his song “I Won’t Back Down.”

Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent.

What! Facebook went down? No storm selfies during brief outage

No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

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Movie Review: 'Boy Next Door' way too predictable

No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer "The Boy Next Door," a gender-reversing B-movie spin on "Fatal Attraction" that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion.

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Book Review: Sports guy Greenberg hits home run with latest novel

"My Father's Wives" (William Morrow), by Mike Greenberg

One-half of the long-running and ever-popular "Mike & Mike" national sports radio show, Mike Greenberg (alongside co-host and former NFL player Mike Golic) spends the morning drive-time period touching on all the prevailing topics of the day in the world of sports.

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Dick Gregory to speak at LU Tuesday

Almost from the beginning, controversy has followed St. Louisan Dick Gregory, and been a part of his career.

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Movie Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless 'Mortdecai'

Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from the Swinging Sixties, "Mortdecai" is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy tone or snappy rhythm of the classic caper movies that it aims to pastiche.

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