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Dear Annie

Dear Annie: When my dad passed away several years ago, he left a certificate of deposit to me. When it matured, I went to the bank with my mom because she had a CD that matured at the same time. The CD that Dad left me was a payable-on-death CD, with me as the only beneficiary, and my dad was ...

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, with Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wait as the Queen leaves by car following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Queen Elizabeth II, Markle, royals attend Christmas service

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the British royal family — along with newcomer Meghan Markle, an American actress engaged to Prince Harry — attended a Christmas church service on Monday as a crowd of local residents gathered. Markle smiled and gave a ...

‘The Florida Project’ is reality for young star’s stand-in

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A low-rent motel near Walt Disney World isn’t just the setting for the acclaimed film “The Florida Project” — it’s also home for the 7-year-old stand-in for the movie’s young star. An Orlando Sentinel report says Rebekah Wiggins has the same brown shade of ...

Celebrity birthdays

Dec. 24: Actor Clarence Gilyard (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) is 62. Actress Stephanie Hodge (“Unhappily Ever After”) is 61. Bassist-synthesizer player Ian Burden of Human League is 60. Actor Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 51. Singer Ricky Martin is 46. “Twilight” series ...

Tyler Perry writes about the ‘Higher’ power that sustains him

NEW YORK — Tyler Perry has always relied on the word of God to lift him up in troubling times, but even he admits the onslaught of negative headlines over the past 18 months has tested his spirit. “I got so consumed with this (presidential) election and the negativity of the campaign and ...

Laurie Metcalf gets her first Oscars shot with ‘Lady Bird’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurie Metcalf has won three Emmys and a Tony Award in her nearly 40-year year career, but the veteran stage and screen actress still feels uncomfortable in front of a camera. “Even after all those years on ‘Roseanne,’ I have a real fear of cameras. They make me ...

Celebrity birthdays

Dec. 17: Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 81. Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 80. Actor Bernard Hill is 73. Actor Joel Brooks (“Six Feet Under”) is 68. Singer Paul Rodgers is 68. Singer Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions is 66. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites ...

‘I, Tonya’ reclaims Harding’s narrative in provocative film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Screenwriter Steven Rogers was watching a documentary about the disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding not too long ago and thinking about big ideas of class and abuse and the media and truth that were all tied up in her story. The media at the time, he said, took that ...

Waterloo Station: ABBA exhibit explores band’s 1970s rise

LONDON (AP) — ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus says a new London exhibition about the Swedish pop group took him right back to the 1970s — and he realized some things haven’t changed. Abba: Super Troupers includes reconstructions of the hotel room in England where band members stayed after ...

Students learn about TV at Texas school district station

SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — Lights, camera . action. In a dark room filled with computer screens and soundboards, students are busy learning skills that will help their future careers. The Valley Morning Star reports KSBG is the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District's public ...

What stays, what goes: Disney and Murdoch after the sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family. Here’s a look at what the Disney and Murdoch empires will look like under The Walt Disney Co.’s $52.4 billion deal for 21st Century ...

NY state kicks in $690K for Woodstock 50th anniversary event

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Planning for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock concert is already underway, and it's getting a big boost from New York state. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the Regional Economic Development Council awards announced earlier this week by Democratic ...

Armie Hammer, Kyle MacLachlan and other celebs talk holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas at Miranda Cosgrove’s house will be all about Penelope, her dog. Armie Hammer’s holiday wish list is directly from the heart: Some quality family time with his two kids. And when it comes to the real tree-fake tree debate? Well, celebrities are just like us. We ...

Celebrity birthdays

Dec. 10: Actress Fionnula Flanagan (“Waking Ned Devine”) is 76. Actor Tommy Kirk is 76. Singer Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy is 76. Singer Ralph Tavares of Tavares is 76. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 71. Drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange of The Commodores is 71. Country singer Johnny ...

Chris Stapleton has a bold but simple plan: to put music first

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — These last few years, Chris Stapleton is often surprised by early-morning texts of congratulations from his friends. Take, for instance, last week, when the Grammy Award nominations were announced. “That’s how I usually find out. People go ‘Congratulations’ ...

With a small book, Gene Simmons is ready to make you rich

NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Simmons wants you to be rich and powerful, but it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have to learn English, wake up early, turn off the TV and study. “I want to shake you up and tell, you a real harsh truth: The world doesn’t need you,” he says. “The ...

Jonas brother testifies at FIFA bribery trial about concert

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA corruption scandal took another odd twist Thursday with surprise testimony by pop star Kevin Jonas about attending a Paul McCartney show in Argentina. Prosecutors called the former member of ...

In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo, James Franco, left, and Dave Franco pose for a portrait in New York to promote their film, "The Disaster Artist." (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

How James Franco made a good movie about the worst film ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are bad movies, and then there is “The Room,” a spectacularly bizarre independent drama from 2003 starring, written, financed and directed by Tommy Wiseau, a unique-looking and accented man of ambiguous age and origin. “The Room” tells the story of a San ...

Celebrity birthdays

Dec. 3: Director Jean-Luc Godard is 87. Singer Jaye P. Morgan (“The Gong Show”) is 86. Actress Mary Alice is 76. Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 69. Actress Daryl Hannah is 57. Actress Julianne Moore is 57. Actor Brendan Fraser is 49. Singer Montell Jordan is 49. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 37. Actor ...

Selena Gomez honors Francia Raisa for life-saving transplant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Selena Gomez received top honors Thursday at the annual Billboard Women in Music event, but the singer felt the recognition may have been misplaced. “To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” a tearful Gomez said of actress ...