SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts. The fifth Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival that opens Saturday has been designated a living monument to Neville, who died in April at age 79. The festival was co-founded by Neville's wife, Kristin Neville.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's prison system is contradicting claims about the worsening condition of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned on a terrorism conviction who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days. Sentsov is demanding that he and 64 other Ukrainians who he considers political prisoners be released. The case has attracted considerable international attention, with Western nations campaigning for his release.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham is disavowing the support of white nationalists and claims her views about the nation's demographic changes have been distorted, although that hasn't quieted critics who see bigotry in her words. Her commentary this week leading into the one-year anniversary of a white nationalist demonstration that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, has also drawn attention to how Fox speaks to an audience that is overwhelmingly white.
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) - A photographer says actor Bill Murray slammed him against a door and poured a glass of water over him while he was taking photos of a band at a Massachusetts restaurant. Peter Simon tells The Boston Globe he was on an assignment for The Martha's Vineyard Times at Lola's in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday when Murray accosted him, swore at him and threatened him.
BEIRUT (AP) - It was an unusual way to reveal a struggle against cancer, particularly in a part of the world where the illness is still largely considered a private matter and taboo. But a video clip released on Twitter is how Lebanese singer Elissa chose to share the news with her fans and millions of followers on social media.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America. Ai is to receive the Artistic Expression Award at PEN's LitFest Gala in Los Angeles, the literary and human rights organization announced Friday. The event takes place November 2 at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. PEN noted that the prize follows the recent razing of the artist's Beijing studio.
NEW YORK (AP) - Demi Lovato has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery. The singer was scheduled to perform in Mexico in September and in South America in November, but announced Thursday that she would not perform the shows. Over the weekend Lovato checked out of the hospital she was rushed to on July 24 for a reported overdose. The 25-year-old wrote a lengthy post Sunday on Instagram, saying she remains committed to overcoming addiction.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say local rapper General Reezy and a woman were fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting, and four others were injured. Police say the shooting happened before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say a minivan stopped and fired at a crowd standing on a corner with an assault rifle. Reezy, whose real name is Averill Davenport, and the woman identified as Niesha Cooper, were both shot in the chest. Police say they died at a hospital.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Sweden is calling on Russia to release a Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike, saying it's worried about his "deteriorating health condition." Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wrote Thursday on Twitter that the detention of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov "violates international law and is based on a legal process that did not meet elementary standards of justice."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carrie Underwood says her family is adding "another fish to our pond." The 35-year-old singer announced Wednesday on Instagram that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child. She says they are "absolutely over the moon." Underwood and Fisher, a former NHL player for Ottawa, Canada, and Nashville, Tennessee, have a 3-year-old son, Isaiah.
CHESTERFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Long before Aerosmith filled stadiums with tens of thousands of fans, the band traveled New England in a tiny van playing to smaller crowds. That dilapidated van has been found in the woods of a small Massachusetts town. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show "American Pickers," located the van in Chesterfield, a town of about 1,200 residents 100 miles west of Boston.