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Keith Nunez, left, takes pictures of his wife, Carolina, at the first-ever Hello Kitty fan convention,  Hello Kitty Con, held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The convention was held to honor the character's 40th birthday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hello Kitty fans jam LA’s Little Tokyo

- Associated Press

Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.

In this image from his television ad provided by the Roberts campaign, Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, right, talks with Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder. Roberts' campaign launched a statewide spot Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 with Snyder endorsing the three-term incumbent just five days before the election, which has Roberts locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Pat Roberts Campaign)

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder endorses Sen. Roberts

- Associated Press

Beloved Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder on Thursday endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts for re-election and is appearing in a television ad for the three-term Republican incumbent, potentially giving the GOP a boost in a race with national implications.

‘House of Cards’ actress Elizabeth Norment dies

Associated Press

Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey’s hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series “House of Cards,” has died. She was 61 years old.

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Former Sedalia resident builds handmade guitars

- Associated Press

What do soup pot lids, old car transmissions, wooden salad bowls and cigar boxes have in common? Well if Jack Herndon, formerly of Sedalia, has anything to do with it, they will come together in perfect harmony and play beautiful music.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

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

- Associated Press

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."

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Astros, Rockets games to have wider TV audience

Associated Press

A Houston judge has approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan allowing AT&T and DirecTV to buy Comcast SportsNet Houston and convert it to Root Sports Houston, allowing Houston Astros and Rockets games to be seen by a much wider television audience.

A second book for Hamilton _ this time, recipes

- Associated Press

"I can't believe I have to say this," Gabrielle Hamilton admonishes us in an asparagus recipe, "but please arrange with all the tips facing the same direction. Not in a chaotic jumble."

This 2014 photo provided by Roundabout Theatre Company shows, from left, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon, Josh Hamilton and Maggie Gyllenhaal, in a scene from Tom Stoppard's play, "The Real Thing," in New York. McGregor and Gyllenhaal are making their Broadway debut as lovers in the play which opens Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the American Airlines Theater in New York.  (AP Photo/Roundabout Theatre Company, Joan Marcus)

Review: 'The Real Thing' is thoroughly excellent

- Associated Press

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.

Massachusetts-based publisher wins national award

Associated Press

Editor & Publisher, a journal that has chronicled the newspaper business for about 130 years, has named a Massachusetts-based media executive as the nation's publisher of the year.

This 2014 photo provided by CBS shows, from left, Tyler Ritter as Ronny, Jack McGee as Arthur and Laurie Metcalf as Marjorie, in a scene from the pilot for the CBS comedy, "The McCarthys," premiering Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television network.  (AP Photo/CBS, Robert Voets)

'McCarthys' inspired by creator's modern family

- Associated Press

After the sitcom "Happy Endings" was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: his own family inspired "The McCarthys," a new CBS comedy about a sports-obsessed brood with one gay son.