Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of reb...

University gets horror filmmaker George Romero's archives

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh is getting a spooky addition: the archives of late iconic horror filmmaker George A. Romero. Romero's horror flicks date back to the 19...

Putin hails new Russian laser weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation's military capability. Speaking during Friday's ...

Author Richard Ford to be honored by Library of Congress

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden anno...

Alongside Cannes mainstays, fresh faces try to stand out

Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set "Atlantics" had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegal...

Yale historian wins Parkman Prize for Frederick Douglass bio

NEW YORK (AP) — Yale University historian David W. Blight, author of a celebrated biography of Frederick Douglass, can hardly keep up with all the honors. In the past three months, B...

Review: Laird Barron returns with an often bleak novel

"Black Mountain" (Putnam), by Laird Barron Like a lyricist, Laird Barron excels at manipulating the tones and cadence of language. Like a Gothic novelist, the mood he creates is ofte...

Neon Future: DJ Steve Aoki's comic book sees techno-optimism

MIAMI (AP) — Forget the dystopian future of science fiction stories, where Skynet endoskeletons stomp on dry human bones or people slumbering in fluid-filled pods serve as living batteries. ...

May the Fourth Be With You: Taiwan President appears at Star Wars event

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least a hundred Taiwanese Star Wars fans showed up near Taipei 101 to mark May 4, and one of them turned out to be President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). Fans of the science ...

Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' heads to Cannes

NEW YORK (AP) — Quentin Tarantino is going back to Cannes, after all. The director's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" was announced as a late addition to the Cannes Film Festival on T...

As car-sharing picks up in US, so do legislative battles

PHOENIX (AP) — When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending April 26: Fiction 1. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto (Audible Studios) 2. The...

Turkey's Academics for Peace punished for anti-war protest

Zafer Guzey is employed three days a week at a studio for string instruments. Sitting hunched over on a wooden stool, the 49-year-old works on a fingerboard with stoic calm and instinctual finesse. He...

Van der Vliet Oloomi's 'Call Me Zebra' wins PEN/Faulkner

NEW YORK (AP) — Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi's "Call Me Zebra," a novel of exile and literary theory, is this year's winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. In giving her the $...

Here's what's playing at the movies this summer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer starts in May at the movies and The Associated Press has you covered with a month-by-month guide of what's playing at the theaters, and on Netflix, from the biggest blockbust...