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Hook, line and sinker: Big fish in the music world on the reel cost of fame

- The Washington Times

California ska/punk band Reel Big Fish has been entertaining audiences for two decades with their upbeat songs celebrating partying, drinking and slyly enjoying life — usually peppered with a rather colorful vocabulary. The band spends a good chunk of the year on the road, as most established bands must now do to turn a profit.

Jude Law


- The Washington Times

There was a time in Hollywood where genre-bending was all the rage, and this year’s first major entry in cinema hybrid comes in the form of “Black Sea,” a combination submarine/heist thriller from Scottish helmer Kevin Macdonald, who directed the Oscar-winning “Last King of Scotland.”

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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, listens during his murder trial, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., as defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, looks on while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor, right. Hernandez is charged with killing Lloyd, 27, a semiprofessional football player, in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

- Associated Press

Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence - Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed - as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.

Digital exhibit to showcase works of Wright, Jones

Associated Press

The University of Arkansas Libraries' Special Collections and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library and Archives is unveiling a digital exhibit showcasing the work and lives of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Fay Jones.

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Jill St. John, right, with Robert Wagner, center, and Rod McKuen, left, attend a party for "Night of 100 Stars II," in New York. McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was 81. (AP Photo/Rene Perez, File)

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

- Associated Press

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens at Lake Tahoe

Associated Press

A shuttered hotel-casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened under the Hard Rock banner after a $60 million renovation that local business and tourism officials hope will help jump-start the struggling main casino drag in the shadow of a big ski resort.

Correction: Super Bowl-No More Ad story

- Associated Press

In a story Jan. 28 about a domestic violence , The Associated Press misspelled the name of a singer who was quoted. It is American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, not Jordan Sparks.

Tom Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith

Associated Press

Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" and Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down" a musical accident.