Turkey sliding into ‘regime of terror,’ says Nobel-winner Pamuk

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, was a known critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the attempted coup in July"In Turkey, we are progressively putting behind bars all people who take the liberty of voicing even the slightest criticism of the government," Pamuk said. Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, was a known critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the attempted coup against the Turkish strongman in July.


Internet star sings of Gaza cat and ‘My Trousers’

Palestinian singer Adel Meshoukhi performs at a wedding in RafahMobbed by fans wherever he goes, Adel Meshoukhi is the kind of singer that perhaps only Gaza could produce: an internet sensation who depends on a modest stipend from Hamas. Very few people in Gaza, the small Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas, haven't heard of the young and disenchanted Meshoukhi.


Is NBC’s prime-time Olympics due for a change?

Is NBC's prime-time Olympics due for a change?A former journalist turned college professor, Kelly Whiteside is watching NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage this month for the first time in 16 years. She's surprised at what she's found — not because …


Review: ‘I Am No One’ is slow-motion thriller

This book cover image released by Tim Duggan Books shows "I Am No One," by Patrick Flanery. (Tim Duggan Books via AP)"I Am No One" (Tim Duggan Books), by Patrick Flanery


Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Lubana al-Quntar, a Syrian opera singer who was granted asylum in the United States, sings with the Refugee Orchestra Project on World Refugee Day, at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 2016Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee. Just days after the billionaire presidential candidate repeated his call to stop Syrian refugees entering America, Quntar had the audience spellbound even if many of the church pews were empty. Quntar has been in the United States for five years after leaving Syria five months into its conflict.


Bill Murray to receive top US comedy prize at Kennedy Center

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, actor Bill Murray attends an NCAA college basketball game between Xavier and Villanova in Cincinnati. Despite his move into serious roles, Bill Murray never stopped making people laugh. Now he’s being honored with the nation’s top prize for comedy. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday, June 13, 2016, that Murray will be this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Though he long ago transitioned from zany comedy into poignant, seriocomic roles, Bill Murray never stopped making people laugh, and now he's being honored with the nation's top prize for humor.


Cowboy brothers ride ‘Amazing Race’ fame, run for office

Jet McCoy, left, a Republican running for state Senate in the Ada area, talks to a voter as he knocks on door in neighborhoods in Ada, Okla., Thursday, June 9, 2016. Jet McCoy and his brother Cord McCoy are looking to capitalize on their fame as the Oklahoma cowboys-turned-reality-stars as both pursue seats in the state Legislature, one as a Republican and the other a Democrat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ADA, Okla. (AP) — When he wants to go unnoticed in public, Jet McCoy sheds the black cowboy hat he donned for three seasons on "The Amazing Race" in favor of a regular ball cap.


UK: Queen’s birthday celebrations ends with street party

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Sunday June 12, 2016. The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips has masterminded the street party for 10,000 people, to mark the monarch's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations. (Dominic Lipinski /PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's subjects serenaded her with impromptu renditions of "Happy Birthday," on Sunday, as the monarch slowly drove past some 10,000 people attending a massive street fair in her honor.


Florida police seek motive for killing of ‘The Voice’ singer

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, "The Voice" Season 6 contestant Christina Grimmie performs as part of "The Voice Tour" at Cobb Energy Centre, in Atlanta. Florida authorities say "The Voice" star Grimmie is in critical condition after being shot at a concert venue in Orlando by a suspect who then fatally shot himself after being tackled by the singer-songwriter's brother. Orlando Police Department officials tell WKMG-TV that Grimmie was shot Friday night at The Plaza Live, where she was scheduled to perform. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Christina Grimmie was a vivacious, outgoing singer whose career was born on social media and propelled toward the big time by television. She didn't consider herself a famous person, not like the judges on "The Voice," where she competed, but she had a following that was as enthusiastic about her music as she was.