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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:36

Queen Elizabeth II hopes Kate has baby soon

LONDON (AP) - It seems Queen Elizabeth II is getting a bit impatient as she waits in a rare British heat wave for the birth of her third great-grandchild. The queen said Wednesday she hopes the former Kate Middleton gives birth soon. Asked by a schoolgirl at a public event whether she was hoping for a boy or a girl, the queen said, "I don't think I mind. I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. The queen is shortly expected to begin her annual summer holiday in Scotland. Prince William and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child, who will be third in line to the throne. The baby is due in mid-July. William and Kate say they do not know the baby's gender.

BOSTON (AP) - Rolling Stone says its cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) falls within the traditions of journalism and the magazine's commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage. The cover is a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like a rock star than a suspect in a bombing. A preview on the magazine's website says the story traces how "a bright kid with a charming future became a monster." Rolling Stone editors say in a statement that Tsarnaev is in the same age group as many of its readers, making it important for the magazine to examine the complexities of the issue. Both the CVS pharmacy chain and Rockland, Mass.-based convenience store chain Tedeschi Food Shops say they won't carry the magazine. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.

NEW YORK (AP) - Not many people read "The Cuckoo's Calling" before word leaked out over the weekend that author Robert Galbraith was, in fact, J.K. Rowling. But a handful who did managed to get a signed copy. And that could mean a lot of money. Rowling spokeswoman Nicky Stonehill told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Rowling, the "Harry Potter" author, signed a few copies of her detective novel as "Robert Galbraith." Bids for a first edition signed as Galbraith have topped $1,000 on eBay. Stonehill declined to comment on how any reader obtained a signed copy. "The Cuckoo's Calling" was published quietly in April. It is No. 1 on Amazon.com and publisher Little, Brown and Company has commissioned a new printing of 300,000 copies.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:42

Carley Rae Jespen's first pitch

TAMPA BAY, Florida (AP) - Ever do something so bad, you just had to laugh at yourself? Then you know how Carly Rae Jespen felt after she threw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday. To call it a pitch is a stretch. She looked good winding up but when the ball left her hand, she spiked it to the ground and it rolled about a third of the way up the first base line, where it nearly hit a photographer expecting to track the ball to the plate. Pitcher Matt Moore scrambled to recover the errant toss. She may be a bad pitcher, but Jespen is a good sport. She posted her own pictures of her misfire on Instagram, saying that she was so bad, Moore gave her a sympathy hug.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:41

Dave Matthews gets lift from a fan

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (AP) - Dave Matthews had been planning to take his bicycle to his concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania this past Saturday. But he ended up having his bicycle taken to the show for him. The musician was on his way to the show when the bike got a flat - and he was left flat because he didn't have a cell phone. Along came Emily Kraus and her boyfriend, who were headed to their show. They realized the stranded guy was Matthews - and the two of them put the singer's bike on their own rack and drove him to the show. Matthews was grateful - and showed it. He gave the woman a shout out from the stage during the show, gave them front-row seats, invited them backstage and even autographed their tickets. Kraus says she still can't believe what happened, saying "it was surreal."

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:41

Randy Travis reported awake, interacting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Some encouraging medical news for Randy Travis. His doctors say the country music legend is awake and interacting with his family and friends yesterday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke. His doctors also say he is no longer on a heart pump, is breathing spontaneously - and is in the early stages of physical therapy. However he isn't out of the woods. Travis remains in critical condition and is on a ventilator. Travis is 54 - and his fiance is thanking his fans for their prayers and support.

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:59

Loretta Lynn plans gospel festival

NASHVILLE (AP) - Loretta Lynn will host a dinner at her ranch outside Nashville. Lynn is putting on what she calls a gospel sing with dinner at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, on September 28 and 29. The lineup includes Mark Lowry, The Sneed Family and many others. The event includes tours of Lynn's home and her "Coal Miner's Daughter" museum. Details are at www.LorettaLynn.com

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:59

Randy Travis sedated

NASHVILLE (AP) - Randy Travis is still hospitalized in critical condition and is heavily sedated. A statement from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Texas says Travis is resting comfortably after having brain surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure brought on by a stroke. Travis had been admitted a week ago with congestive heart failure caused by a virus.

NEW YORK (AP) - Glenn Close is auctioning off 380 designer dresses she wore in her five seasons of "Damages." They include clothes by Armani and Prada. Proceeds will go to Close's charity Bring Change 2 Mind. It raises awareness of mental illness. She created the charity after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The DVD of Season 5 of Damages comes out tomorrow.

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:57

Minions rule the Box Office AGAIN!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The minions are still golden. The animated "Despicable Me 2" stays number-one for a second straight weekend. Its world-wide total now tops $472 million. Adam Sandler's comedy "Grown Ups 2" opens in second. It brings in more than 42 mil, for the second best opening of Sandler's career. The monsters-versus-robots action flick "Pacific Rim" opens at a disappointing number-three. "The Heat" is fourth, followed by "The Lone Ranger."