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  1. From Brad Pitt and Katy Perry to YouTube stars and tech geeks, National Portrait Gallery asks: Who is a celebrity?

    Visual Arts

    WASHINGTON — In the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame alongside athletes and entertainers.

    A painting of Brad Pitt by Colin Davidson is among the work on display in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze," at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Obama, and Katy Perry all make the cut. Curators at the National Portrait Gallery are taking a close look at how celebrity images are cultivated and how they've evolved in the new exhibition. [Associated Press]
  2. Photo gallery: B.B. King in Tampa Bay: Let the good times roll!


    B.B. King performed for audiences all over Tampa Bay through the many years of his lengthy and legendary career. Here's a sampling of photos from some of those concerts. Maybe you, like our staff photographers, were fortunate enough to be in attendance. If so, please leave a comment below.


    (March 18, 1999) B.B. King at Ruth Eckerd Hall. [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  3. How 'American Idol' destroyed itself

    Pop Culture

    The symptoms were all there for American Idol — falling ratings, high talent costs, advertiser defections. Few were surprised when Fox announced this week that the show's upcoming 15th season would be its last.

  4. Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana


    LONDON — In the week of an election that has failed to make hearts flutter, many in Britain rejoiced on Monday after Kensington Palace announced that Britain's new princess would be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

    Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge princess was born to parents Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on Saturday. [Associated Press]
  5. Christie Ally — not Kirstie Alley — pleads guilty


    TRENTON, N.J. — No, Kirstie Alley is not involved with politically motivated lane closures in New Jersey.

    David Wildstein, left, is an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He pleaded guilty Friday for his role in lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. Kirstie Alley, right, was on "Cheers." She tweeted a joke Friday morning that "THIS is how rumors once again get started." [AP photos]
  6. Heartwarming story of the day: Taylor Swift calls fan with cancer to discuss music


    Aww of the day

    Taylor Swift calls fan with cancer

    The family of a 12-year-old Chicago girl with cancer says Taylor Swift called her to talk about music, touring and the disease. Ed Beazley said Swift chatted with his daughter, Emily, for about 10 minutes Wednesday. Emily has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. …

    The family of Emily Beazley, who has cancer , says entertainer Taylor Swift called her to talk about music, touring and her disease. Friends and family have been appealing to Swift through social media to call Emily, including a video with about 200 children singing and dancing to Swift songs. (Brian Jackson/Chicago Tribune via AP)
  7. Photo gallery: Celebrity-gazing is main course at White House Correspondents dinner


    WASHINGTON — Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm Saturday as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom."

    President Barack Obama smiles at the annual White House Correspondents Association Gala at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. [Getty Images]
  8. Country band Lady Antebellum's tour bus catches fire along Texas interstate (w/video)


    GARLAND, Texas — A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, but no one was injured.

  9. Nik Wallenda to walk on 400-foot Orlando Eye wheel


    NEW YORK — Daredevil Nik Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of a 400-foot observation wheel in Orlando this month.

    High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announces his latest stunt at the 400-foot Orlando Eye, during a news conference, in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of an Orlando, Florida observation wheel on April 29. The daredevil has previously crossed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the divide between two Chicago skyscrapers. [Associated Press]
  10. Quote on Angelou stamp apparently came from another author


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new limited edition "Forever" stamp honoring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou.

    Tthe US Postal Service is issuing a limited edition "Forever'' stamp honoring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou. The stamp for showcases Atlanta artist Ross Rossin's 2013 portrait of Angelou, an oil painting in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery collection. [Associated Press]