Review: ‘Elysium’ is imaginative but falls short

Of all the movie villains we’ve met lately, few are stranger than Delacourt, Jodie Foster’s evil, white-blonde, power-suited and power-hungry defense official in “Elysium,” the much-awaited but ultimately somewhat disappointing new film from director Neill Blomkamp. From her…

US charges 2 with lobbying for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged two Chicago men with allegedly violating U.S. law by agreeing to help Zimbabwe’s president get sanctions against his country lifted. The charges were unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago…

Post sale to Bezos ends era of local ownership

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos rocked the world of journalism, but it was also a shock to the community where it’s published: The hometown newspaper of the nation’s capital…

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,121

As of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at least 2,121 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP…

Lady Mary copes with grief, suitors in ‘Downton’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — PBS is standing firm against airing “Downton Abbey” simultaneously with the drama’s U.K. season. Despite the spoilers that leak online from its British run, the period drama has been a ratings hit for…

Rob Zombie complains of skate park noise in Conn.

WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) — The racket from a new skate park in Connecticut is too much for rocker Rob Zombie. The town of Woodbury, Conn., has taken steps to reduce the noise following complaints from Zombie and his…

Nielsen’s top programs for July 29-Aug. 4

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 29-Aug. 4. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 11.41 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.28 million. 3. NFL Exhibition Football:…

Week’s schedule shows change in TV summers

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS’ limited drama series “Under the Dome,” the most popular show on television last week, is notable for what it’s not: a rerun. Three of the top 10 most-watched shows on TV last week…

US magazine circulation slides in 1st half of 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Magazine industry auditors say that U.S. magazine circulation fell 1 percent in the first six months of the year to 289 million. Magazines are selling more digital copies, but this represents just 3.3 percent…
Michael Beasley

Police arrest Beasley; suspected marijuana found

Forward Michael Beasley, who vowed when he joined the Phoenix Suns a year ago that his marijuana problems were in the past, has been arrested by Scottsdale police after they found what they believe to be marijuana in his car.…
Brad Hill

K-State rewards Hill with new 5-year deal

Kansas State has rewarded baseball coach Brad Hill for the best season in school history with a new contract that will guarantee him $1.735 million over the next five years.…

Juan Pablo Galavis is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

NEW YORK (AP) — What Juan Pablo Galavis lacked in airtime on “The Bachelorette,” he made up in popularity among viewers. Now the former pro soccer player will be ABC’s next “Bachelor,” where 25 women begin the show…

‘Bachelorette’ talks about surprising engagement

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past few months, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried have kept their engagement secret as their season on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” played out. So secret, they went by the code names Sonny and…