THE LATEST

Idina Menzel Ready for Spotlight at Super Bowl

NEWS | By Anthony McCartney | Jan 30
Broadway star Idina Menzel says Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem is her favorite version, but she's looking to make the song her own this Sunday.

James Franco tries to move beyond 'The Interview'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lindsey Bahr | Jan 30
Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview."

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet and Performer, Dies at 81

NEWS | By Hillel Italie | Jan 30
Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died.

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty in Gambia Coup Attempt

NEWS | By Amy Forliti | Jan 30
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.

Virginia to pay $520K to Lawyers in Same-Sex Marriage Case

NEWS | Jan 30
Virginia will pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Alabama Plaintiffs Ask 11th Circuit to Allow Marriage Victory to Take Effect

NEWS | Jan 30
The couple that toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban is urging an appellate court to let the judge's ruling take effect.

Brazil's Largest City to Pay Trans Youth to Complete Education

NEWS | Jan 30
Brazil's largest city hopes to encourage transvestites and transsexual youth to return to school and finish their educations by offering them monthly payments.

Ex-Ford Employee Says He Was Fired for Anti-Gay Remarks

CARS | Jan 30
A former contractor for Ford Motor Co. has filed a complaint alleging he was fired for criticizing the automaker's efforts to support the gay community.

Boobies and Bombshells: Brazil Takes a Hit on Plastic Surgery

STYLE | By Adriana Gomez Licon | Jan 30
Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil. The 27-year-old Urach recently went into septic shock and was placed on life support after a botched operation to augment her thighs.

Connecticut Art Dealer Sentenced to 4 Years for Fraud

ENTERTAINMENT | Jan 30
A Connecticut art dealer convicted in the sale of fraudulent artwork was sentenced Friday to four years and nine months in prison.

Kicking Off the Ballet Season

ENTERTAINMENT | By Paul Parish | Jan 30
Though standing room was full and the house was filled with excitement, once the curtain went up, the whole event began to resemble the roll-out of a new generation of something you should invest in.

Telly Leung Goes to 'Extreme'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Brian Scott Lipton | Jan 30
Over the past dozen years, Telly Leung has proven his expertise and versatility as a musical performer, in such Broadway shows as "Rent" and "Godspell," and on television's "Glee."

Senior 'Bill of Rights' Unveiled

NEWS | By Matthew S. Bajko | Jan 30
A new law set to be introduced in San Francisco aims to protect LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities in the city.

More Haute Couture From Paris Fashion Week

STYLE | By Thomas Adamson | Jan 30
The second day of spring-summer collections primarily belonged to couturier-cum-social psychologist Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel's designer apparently happened upon a political solution and the perfect antidote to the Paris terror attacks: Flowers.

Top 'O' The Mountain to You

TRAVEL | By Joel Martens | Jan 30
The trio of mountain experiences Tom Whitman and his team have created are all about the art of elevation... whether literally, on a mountain with a pair of skis or snowboard, or emotional peaks.


News

Democratic US Rep. Ryan Says He Now Supports Abortion Rights

By Julie Carr Smyth | Jan 29
A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations.


Entertainment

Theatre Review :: Rapture, Blister, Burn

By Colleen Cottet | Jan 30
Goodman Theatre brings the Chicago debut of Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn!" to the Albert Theatre this season.


Business

After 5 Years: Stock Funds Gaining More Believers

By Stan Choe | Jan 30
Last year was the second in a row that investors put more money into U.S. stock funds than they took out. Now that stocks have roughly tripled since hitting a bottom in March 2009, faith is building.


Technology

For Sundance Hits, Theatrical Still Rules Over VOD

By Lindsey Bahr | Jan 29
After the $40 million digital release of "The Interview," video-on-demand may seem like all the rage. Particularly for independent films, VOD is seen by some as a better pathway to moviegoers than trying to lure them to theaters.


Finance

US Average Rate on 30-Year Home Loan 3.63 Percent

Jan 28
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. Here's a look at rates for fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages this week and over the past year.


Cars

Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores

By Tom Krisher | Jan 29
In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.


Style

Derrieres and Dior: Paris Fashion Week Continues

By Thomas Adamson | Jan 29
At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story.


Travel

Study: Chances of Dying in a Car Crash Plunged Over 3 Years

By Joan Lowy | Jan 29
The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


Nightlife

What's HOT South Florida :: 01/29 - 02/04

By Scott Holland | Jan 29
Hot Bods, hot pre-Hookie awards, a hot trans teen romance film, and a little thing they call the Superbowl... all coming at you in the week ahead!