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Amy Krouse Rosenthal's daughter to finish author's project

CHICAGO (AP) -- The daughter of author Amy Krouse Rosenthal plans to finish a project her mother started before her death earlier this month following a battle with cancer. Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books. A New York Times essay titled, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," was widely-shared online after being published 10 days before she died on March 13.

Human rights activist Nadia Murad writing memoir

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nadia Murad, the human rights activist who survived the murderous reign of ISIS, is working on a book. Tim Duggan Books, a Penguin Random House imprint, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it had acquired "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State." Murad's memoir is scheduled for Oct. 31.

Poet Jenny Xie has won the Walt Whitman Award for best debut

NEW YORK (AP) -- Poet Jenny Xie (SHUH) has won the Walt Whitman Award for an outstanding debut collection. The Academy of American Poets told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Xie was chosen for "Eye Level." As winner of the Whitman prize, Xie will receive $5,000, a six-week residency in Italy and a publishing deal with Graywolf Press, which will release her book in April 2018.

Dylan to meet Nobel academy to receive literature diploma

HELSINKI (AP) -- Nobel literature prize laureate Bob Dylan will meet with members of the Swedish Academy during a weekend visit to Stockholm and they will hand over his Nobel diploma and medal, the academy said Wednesday Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the academy, said in a blog on the academy's website that Dylan will not give his Nobel lecture during the weekend but that a recorded version would be sent at a later date.

Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) -- Snoop Dogg will induct the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, while Pharrell Williams will induct Nile Rodgers during the ceremony in Brooklyn next month. The Rock & Roll Hall announced Wednesday additional guests who'll be on hand April 7 at the Barclays Center to induct this year's newest class. Dhani Harrison will induct ELO and Pat Monahan will induct Journey.

Thailand's ex-tourism chief gets 50 years for taking bribes

BANGKOK (AP) -- The former head of Thailand's tourism promotion board was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison for accepting $1.8 million in bribes from two Hollywood producers to let them organize the Bangkok International Film Festival a decade ago. The Bangkok Criminal Court found Juthamas Siriwan guilty on 11 counts, each carrying a six-year sentence, but prison sentences are capped at 50 years under Thai law.

N.W.A., Vin Scully to be preserved by Library of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, "Straight Outta Compton" -- the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation's culture wars -- has been selected for the prestigious National Recording Registry. The album was one of 25 additions to the registry announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress, and it wasn't the only one with a Los Angeles connection.

First reactions to 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Walt Disney Studios unveiled the fifth installment in their "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise "Dead Men Tell No Tales" Tuesday night at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Initial reactions from those in attendance, including press, theater owners and exhibitors, were largely positive, celebrating a return to form for the franchise and the well-done VFX. Official reviews are under embargo until May 22.

Johnson says 'Baywatch' is summer's 'sexiest, funniest' pic

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- CinemaCon just got a little less dressed. The cast of "Baywatch" took the stage Tuesday afternoon alongside around two dozen scantily clad men and women sporting the classic red bathing suits to preview the film for exhibitors and theater owners at the annual convention. Star Dwayne Johnson told the audience of theater owners and exhibitors that their movie is going to be the craziest, sexiest, funniest R-rated comedy of the summer.

Sean Spicer tells reporter to 'stop shaking your head'

NEW YORK (AP) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter to "stop shaking your head" during an exchange at his daily press briefing Tuesday. Spicer appeared annoyed by April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, when she asked what President Trump's administration would do to revamp its image following reports of its ties to Russia. Spicer objected to the premise, saying: "I appreciate your agenda here.

Trump's lawyers: 'Apprentice' contestant can't sue president

NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican President Donald Trump's lawyers say he's immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who accused him of unwanted sexual contact. The lawyers said in a state Supreme Court filing Monday they'll formally ask for a dismissal or a suspension of the January claims by Summer Zervos until he leaves office.

Cosby lawyers ask to exclude testimony on other women, pills

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday to prevent jurors at his upcoming sex-assault trial from hearing the actor admit giving women quaaludes, money or educational funds, saying the testimony would unfairly prejudice them. "The testimony about quaaludes and the alleged provision of money or educational funds is quintessentially the kind of evidence that causes 'unfair prejudice,'" Cosby's lawyers wrote in advance of a hearing on the issue Monday.

Nielsen's top programs for March 20-26

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million. 2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million. 3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.71 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million. 5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.54 million. 7. NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.81 million. 9.

'60 Minutes' tops ratings for first time since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS' "60 Minutes" returned this week to a familiar place it hadn't been accustomed to visiting that much lately: first place in the prime-time television rankings. The venerable newsmagazine hadn't finished as the most-watched program of the week since November 2008, when newly elected Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sat down for the first TV interview since their election.

Elton John to help develop animated 'Technicolor Dreamcoat'

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated adaptation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." STX Entertainment chairman Adam Fogelson announced the project Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and exhibitors. The musical, which Rice and Webber created in the late 1960s, is based on the "coat of many colors" story from the Book of Genesis.

Public television chief says Trump budget would hit options

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would most dramatically affect rural and minority communities, eventually forcing some local television and radio stations to close, the corporation's president and chief executive officer told Congress Tuesday. The president's budget would eliminate $445 million in federal funds for the non-profit corporation, which supports programs such as Sesame Street, Frontline and documentaries from filmmaker Ken Burns.