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Cubs fire Renteria, go after Joe Maddon as manager

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs fired Rick Renteria on Friday to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon....

Vikings' Robison has had a pain in the butt

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt....

All Blacks in Chicago for exhibition vs. USA Rugby

CHICAGO (AP) -- America's history on rugby's world stage can be summed up in two sentences....

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments....

Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) -- Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday....

In the Nevada desert, a team elevates a town

ALAMO, Nev. (AP) -- Life follows a familiar pattern in this impossibly green valley straddling a two-lane highway in the middle of the Nevada desert....

Looking for playoff contenders outside the obvious

The first games after the release of the College Football Playoff rankings have a chance to reveal some new contenders....

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Son to Usher: Dad, you're not a great singer

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."...

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

NEW YORK (AP) -- Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg....

Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmaker Nolan on his robots

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride - and they're just not on board to sweep the floors....

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

LONDON (AP) -- Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara....

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr....

AP PHOTOS: Haunted houses horrify on Halloween

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- JT Mollner likes to compare haunted house visitors to bungee jumpers and skydivers - they want to be safe, but they also want an adrenaline rush....

Review: 'The Real Thing' is thoroughly excellent

NEW YORK (AP) -- The first time "The Real Thing" came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival....

Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade....

Tiny Harris defends implants to change eye color

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., has the attention of skeptical eye doctors and social media haters over a procedure she underwent to permanently lighten the color of her eyes....

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