'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Aug 14, 2016

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, achieving cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch (112-cm) performer — a word he preferred to actor — inside the waste-bin-shaped costume has ...

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Aug 7, 2016

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and irrepressible wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national television fame, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 86. Benny Harrell, Fountain’s son-in-law and manager, said Fountain was in hospice ...

Lock of John Lennon's hair fetches $35,000 at auction

Feb 21, 2016

Lock of John Lennon's hair fetches $35,000 at auction

A lock of John Lennon’s hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch (10-centimeter) lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fraser, a United Kingdom-based memorabilia collector. A German ...

Paul McCartney pens pithy sounds to accompany emoji

Feb 11, 2016

Paul McCartney pens pithy sounds to accompany emoji

The Beatles were masters of concise yet catchy songs, and now Paul McCartney is writing tunes that are even more succinct — to accompany emoji. The former Beatle announced Wednesday that he has written a series of sounds to go with emoji on video ...

Feb 5, 2016

Crew grounded over Bollywood crooner's midair concert

India’s Jet Airways has grounded five crew members for allowing a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight announcement system, an airline spokesman said Friday, prompting a social media backlash against the decision. The temporary suspension of the crew comes after a video showing ...