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Looking for Prince Charming? Check him out at the Gallo Center


“Cinderella” A fairy tale will come true on the Gallo Center stage this weekend, while entertaining the audience with its lavish production. Complete with a unicorn-drawn carriage, Central West Ballet … Click to Continue »

Have what it takes to win a talent show? $1,500 at stake in Modesto if you do


Got talent? Then the Gallo Center wants to hear from you as it sets the stage for the 2018 Valley Talent Project. The Gallo Center for the Arts is accepting … Click to Continue »

YouTube star Bento the Keyboard Cat dies at age 9. Condolences pour in.


It's nearly impossible to go online these days and not come across videos of cats swinging from ceiling fans or being scared by cucumbers. Cats litter Facebook and Snapchat and … Click to Continue »

Ready for another helping of gruesome TV comedy from Modesto’s Timothy Olyphant?


Modesto native Timothy Olyphant stars in season two of the comically gruesome "The Santa Clarita Diet," returning Friday, March 23, on Netflix and streaming thereafter. Olyphant stars with Drew Barrymore, … Click to Continue »

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Discovery of USS Juneau wreckage provides some closure


The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during … Click to Continue »


Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows

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After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of "entertaining" opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which … Click to Continue »

Cosby lawyers: No T-shirts, flowers or slogans at retrial


Bill Cosby's lawyers want T-shirts, buttons and other slogan-filled items banned from his upcoming sexual assault retrial after some accusers were seen with them in the audience at his first … Click to Continue »

Nielsen's top programs for March 12-18

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 12-18. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.27 million. 2. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million. 3. "The … Click to Continue »

Cynthia Nixon takes aim at Cuomo in 1st campaign event


Newly announced New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Tuesday criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo, her Democratic primary opponent, for favoring corporations and the rich over average New Yorkers. The liberal … Click to Continue »

First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite skeptics

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Pushing back against her critics, Melania Trump said Tuesday she's committed to fighting cyberbullying despite the knocks she's gotten for taking on the issue when her husband regularly uses Twitter … Click to Continue »


Vermont resort for 'Bachelor Winter Games' ordered to close

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A private Vermont ski resort that was the setting for "The Bachelor Winter Games" on ABC has been shut down for failing to pay taxes. The resort missed a required … Click to Continue »

Judge won't dismiss 'Apprentice' contestant suit vs. Trump


A defamation lawsuit brought by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who accused President Donald Trump of unwanted sexual contact can move forward while he is in office, a judge … Click to Continue »

Cash-strapped museum urges judge to OK contentious art sale

A cash-strapped Massachusetts museum urged a judge on the state's highest court Tuesday to quickly sign off on a contentious plan to sell dozens of pieces of art, including works … Click to Continue »


Germany returns 3,000-year-old wooden Olmec busts to Mexico

Mexico says German authorities have returned two rare, wooden Olmec sculptures over 3,000 years old. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said Tuesday the sculptures had been held at … Click to Continue »


White tiger born in Texas has 'Stars Wars' moniker Kylo Ren


A rare white tiger born at an exotic animal sanctuary near Dallas has been named for a Dark Side villain in "Stars Wars." Angela Culver with In-Sync Exotics in Wylie … Click to Continue »

Twitter: 'Black Panther' is most tweeted about movie ever

The pop culture sensation "Black Panther" has set another record: most tweeted about movie ever. Twitter said Tuesday that Ryan Coogler's box-office smash has been tweeted about more than 35 … Click to Continue »

'The Crown' producers say sorry to stars after pay dispute

Producers of the Netflix drama "The Crown" apologized Tuesday to actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith over the revelation that Foy was paid less than her male co-star. A producer … Click to Continue »


Google closes on $2.4 billion Chelsea Market purchase in NYC


Google Inc. has finalized the $2.4 billion purchase of New York City's Chelsea Market building. The management company Jamestown Properties announced the sale of the former Nabisco factory on Tuesday. … Click to Continue »

Pakistan bans TV host for 3 months over false report


Pakistan's supreme court has banned a TV host from appearing on-air for three months over his false report that the rape and murder of a young girl was linked to … Click to Continue »


New Orleans mayor releases new book, a treatise on race

When New Orleans removed four Confederate monuments last year, Mayor Mitch Landrieu became a national voice on race in America, a subject he explores in a new book. Parts memoir, … Click to Continue »

Fins up! Georgia Aquarium to create shark habitat in Atlanta


The Georgia Aquarium has announced it's adding a new shark exhibit featuring a viewing gallery to give visitors a close-up view of the animals. It's set to open in 2020, … Click to Continue »

Erratic Chicano writer who vanished focus of new documentary


Oscar Zeta Acosta, a volatile Mexican-American writer who was the real-life inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson's Dr. Gonzo in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," is the focus of a … Click to Continue »

Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for film


Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland. Principal photography for "Judy" is underway in London, … Click to Continue »

Alliance of American Football to kick off after Super Bowl


Pro football — actual games — won't disappear from TV screens, mobile devices and the American consciousness once the Super Bowl ends next February. The Alliance of American Football will … Click to Continue »


Drumroll please: It's Sir Ringo as ex-Beatle knighted


Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise. Either way, it's a fitting honor for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition. … Click to Continue »

Vatican enters Venice Architecture Biennale with 10 chapels


The Vatican is planting 10 chapels in the woods of one of Venice's lagoon islands for its first-ever contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture … Click to Continue »


Books placed backward: art or nonsense?


Looking for an easy way to organize a messy bookshelf? You might consider turning all the spines backward. Yes, the backward bookshelf is one of the easiest ways — albeit, … Click to Continue »


Thomas Pynchon receiving $100,000 prize from arts academy


Thomas Pynchon is receiving a $100,000 prize this spring from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. But that doesn't mean he'll turn up to accept it. The academy told … Click to Continue »

Thai court sentences Laotian drug kingpin to life in prison


A Thai court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to a Laotian drug kingpin who was notorious for a high-flying lifestyle and alleged social connections to celebrities and other VIPs. … Click to Continue »

Frederica von Stade to star in opera about Alzheimer's


Frederica von Stade is taking on another challenging late-career role, singing in the world premiere of an opera about two women afflicted by Alzheimer's disease. Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday it … Click to Continue »


'Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller set for early prison release


Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller is set to be released from prison early. WTAE-TV reports Miller was originally scheduled for release June 21, but online records … Click to Continue »

Spring-themed cake for Prince Harry, Meghan's spring wedding


Lemon, elderflower, fresh flower decorations: The cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May wedding will be appropriately spring-themed. Kensington Palace said Tuesday the royal wedding cake will be a … Click to Continue »


South Korean K-Pop singers to perform in North Korea


South Korea said Tuesday it will send a 160-member artistic group to North Korea, including about 10 celebrated K-Pop singers, for rare concerts there. The South Korean musical artists will … Click to Continue »

Horoscopes for Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Aries March 21-April 19 Communications won't always flow smoothly between now and the end of April, so with Mercury slowing be prepared for snags and misunderstandings as the Sun transits … Click to Continue »