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Prince Harry’s New Zealand tour ends

May 17, 2015 AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Britain’s Prince Harry finished a weeklong New Zealand tour Saturday in which he visited remote islands and engaged with indigenous Maori by paddling a traditional canoe and... more »»

Taylor Swift closes Rock In Rio USA

May 17, 2015 LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift’s headlining set at Rock In Rio USA featured her anthemic pop hits, screaming fans and bright lights beaming from the stage. It also played like a fashion show. more »»

Beyonce visits Haiti to see progress since quake

May 17, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Music superstar Beyonce has visited Haiti with the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs chief. Haiti U.N. more »»

‘Blues can never die’: B.B. King reigned but music lives on

May 16, 2015 LAS VEGAS — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.” But no one could play the blues like B.B. more »»

For first time in years, major US orchestra performs in Cuba

May 16, 2015 HAVANA — The Minnesota Orchestra played to a sold-out house Friday night in the first performance in Cuba by a full professional U.S. more »»

Tove Lo rising on charts as singer and songwriter

May 16, 2015 LAS VEGAS — Tove Lo is having a sexy year, musically speaking. more »»

'The Simpsons' parting with ways Shearer?

May 15, 2015 NEW YORK — An escalating contract dispute suggests that Harry Shearer may be exiting "The Simpsons," where he has voiced several of its characters since the Fox cartoon series debuted in 1989. more »»

Stephanopoulos will not moderate GOP debate

May 15, 2015 NEW YORK — ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican presidential debate next winter, part of the fallout from reports that the network's top political anchor contributed... more »»

Spike Lee defends ‘Chiraq’ title for movie about Chicago

May 15, 2015 CHICAGO — Flanked by parents holding photographs of the children they’ve lost to gun violence in Chicago, filmmaker Spike Lee on Thursday defended his choice to make a movie about the city with the... more »»

Iowa Watercolor Society Miniature Exhibition on display at Fisher Community Center

May 14, 2015 TIMES-REPUBLICAN Have you ever painted a barn – on a postcard? How about a speedboat on an ice cream container or a Tuscan landscape on a cell phone case? The Iowa Watercolor Society artists from... more »»

CBS ends 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'

May 14, 2015 NEW YORK — CBS is saying goodbye to its long-running hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" with a two-hour finale this fall and hello to "Supergirl," an unusual genre show for the network. more »»

‘Iowa’s Memorial Day Weekend Tradition’

May 14, 2015 AMANA — The Iowa Renaissance Festival returns to Middle Amana Park in the heart of the Amana Colonies for its 24th year of history re-enactments and family fun. more »»

Sandra Lee says cancer surgery postponed

May 14, 2015 ALBANY, N.Y. — Food Network television star Sandra Lee says her surgery for breast cancer has been postponed until next week because of an upper respiratory infection. more »»

‘Cowboys In The Sky’ this weekend

May 14, 2015 TIMES-REPUBLICAN The 13th annual “Cowboys In The Sky” Sid Roseland Memorial Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling event will be held this May 16 and 17, at the Marshall County Fairgrounds. more »»

Tying up a few loose ends as ‘Mad Men’ comes to an end

May 14, 2015 NEW YORK — “Mad Men” is nearing its end with grace and assurance as its characters already are scattering from view. more »»

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ primed to become instant classic

May 14, 2015 The silences in “Mad Max: Fury Road” are unsettling. more »»

McCartney Meets Elvis benefit performance for Camp Courageous

May 14, 2015 Camp Courageous is hosting a unique fundraiser, a special performance by tribute artist Matt King in “Paul McCartney meets Elvis.” The event will take place at 6 p.m. more »»

Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy

May 14, 2015 TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy is taking the state of Iowa by storm during the month of June, with concerts in multiple cities throughout the state. more »»

‘Churchill’ on the Old Creamery’s Studio Stage

May 14, 2015 AMANA — “Churchill,” opens May 28 and runs through May 31 on the Old Creamery’s Studio Stage, with shows on Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m and on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. more »»

Princess Mathilde's pink diamond sold for $15.9M

May 13, 2015 GENEVA — An 8.72-carat pink diamond ring believed part of a collection once owned by Princess Mathilde Bonaparte sold at auction Tuesday for $15.9 million, according to Sotheby's Geneva. more »»



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