Weather Channel taking active stance on climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel is looking beyond cold fronts and summer showers with a project featuring the voices of 25 prominent people talking about the need to take action on climate change. The network says its “The Climate 25″ series is about...

Don Winslow returns to drug wars in thriller ‘The Cartel’

NEW YORK (AP) — Don Winslow is obsessed, and he knows it. “People refer to this as the `Mexican drug problem’ and it’s NOT the Mexican drug problem. It’s the American drug problem. It’s the European drug problem,” the crime novelist says...
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Czech film festival to honor actor Richard Gere

AP Photo/Claudio Onorati PRAGUE (AP) — The international film festival at the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary will honor U.S. actor Richard Gere for his outstanding contribution to world cinema. Gere will present his movie “Time Out of Mind” to kick off the festival...

Berlin Philharmonic names Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic has named Kirill Petrenko as its next chief conductor – one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of classical music. The orchestra made the announcement Monday at a news conference at its concert hall in Berlin. Petrenko will...

Jazz and classical musician Gunther Schuller dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, has died at age 89. His son, bassist Ed Schuller, said his father died Sunday morning at a hospital in Boston. Schuller began his career in the 1940s as a...

Nevada to tax music events as Vegas becomes festival mecca

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Northern Nevada has long been known as home to the freewheeling counterculture Burning Man festival in the starkly beautiful Black Rock Desert. In the past five years, Las Vegas, too, has evolved into a festival goers’ mecca. Hundreds of thousands of...

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