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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 30-May 6

April 30: Actress Cloris Leachman is 91. Singer Willie Nelson is 84. Actor Burt Young is 77. Actor Perry King ("Riptide") is 69. Singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer of the MC5 is 69. Singer Merril Osmond of The Osmonds is 64. Director Jane Campion is 63.

US students score poorly on national arts and music exam

WASHINGTON — When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help.
Faye Dunaway speaks on Oscar's best picture fiasco

Faye Dunaway speaks on Oscar's best picture fiasco

NEW YORK — Actress Faye Dunaway says she thought co-presenter Warren Beatty was joking when he paused before showing her the envelope that should have contained the Oscar's best picture winner.
O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

LOS ANGELES — Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out.
Lawsuit claims ex-Fox News host was harassed online by Fox

Lawsuit claims ex-Fox News host was harassed online by Fox

NEW YORK — Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said in a lawsuit Monday she believes network operatives used bogus social media accounts to torture her after she complained about sexual harassment.

HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' to return with divorcing co-hosts

LOS ANGELES — The divorcing co-hosts of HGTV's "Flip or Flop" are returning to the show for a seventh season. HGTV announced late Monday that Tarek and Christina El Moussa will be back on the show for a 20-episode run beginning in December.

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

LOS ANGELES — Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 per cent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms.

Ex-reality TV star arrested in Phoenix for car theft, drugs

PHOENIX — A former reality television star has been arrested in Phoenix for alleged vehicle theft and drug possession. Phoenix police say 31-year-old Jacob Harris was released on his own recognizance Monday after his initial court appearance.
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

NEW YORK — Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88.
Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows

Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows

LAS VEGAS — Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights.