• Mendez, former CIA officer portrayed in ‘Argo’ dead at 78

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film “Argo,” has died. He was 78.

  • PBS films tackles Native American links to rock, blues, jazz

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new PBS Independent Lens documentary shows how Native Americans laid the foundations to rock, blues and jazz.

  • Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.

  • Man accused of threat linked to R Kelly turns self in

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of threatening a father who says singer R. Kelly kept his daughter from her family has turned himself in.

  • Correction: Obit-Mary Oliver story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about the death of poet Mary Oliver, The Associated Press erroneously quoted one word in her poem, “When Death Comes.” The last line should read “this world,” not “the world.”

  • Review: Deerhunter balances bleak with upbeat on new album

    Deerhunter, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” (4AD)

  • Review: Franti shares the love on ‘Stay Human Vol. II’

    Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Stay Human Vol. II” (Thirty Tigers)

  • Les Moonves to challenge CBS severance denial

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.

  • And the nominees won’t be (but should be) …

    NEW YORK (AP) — By its nature, awards season tends to winnow a field of films and performances until many of the same names are read week after week, award show after award show, leading up to the Academy Awards. It’s a process that always leaves deserving nominees left out for lack of buzz, awareness or box office.

  • Q&A: Maroon 5’s PJ Morton on Super Bowl and Grammy noms

    NEW YORK (AP) — PJ Morton is prepping for the biggest week of his life: He’s set to perform at next month’s Super Bowl halftime show as a member of Maroon 5, and seven days later, he’ll attend the Grammy Awards, where he’s nominated for four honors — including three for his work as a R&B singer.