In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 file photo, Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File) by Hillel ItalieAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday age 71. Reed died in Southampton, N.Y. of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008. Reed never approached the commercial success of such superstars as the Beatles and Bob Dylan, but no songwriter to emerge after Dylan so radically expanded the territory of rock lyrics. And no band did more than the Velvet Underground to open rock music to the avant-garde — to experimental theater, art, literature and film, to William Burroughs and Kurt Weill, to John Cage and Andy Warhol, Reed’s early patron.
In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.
This undated image provided by H&M shows plus-size model Jennie Runk, who is a size 12 or 14, in a swimsuit ad from 2012. (AP Photo/H&M) by Mae AndersonAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to women’s clothing sizes, there’s some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women’s plus-size clothing, generally defined as size 14 and up, still makes up only about 9 percent of the $190 billion spent annually on clothes. What’s wrong with this equation? It’s not that plus-size women aren’t into fashion. Rather, the fashion industry doesn’t seem interested in them.
Wendy Jackson, left, and others with Independence Blue Cross mark the opening health insurance exchange by providing information on health carereform at Suburban Station Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Carla JohnsonAP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open-enrollment period.
Evelyn Lowery, wife of fellow civil rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery, poses for a photo at the SCLC Woman center which she founded and…
BlackBerry on May 13 unveiled the Q5, a lower-cost, brightly colored smartphone aimed at emerging markets. (CNN Photo/Courtesy BlackBerry) by Jonathan Anker (HLN) — Hey bud, what’s up? Got a second for your old man? I wanted to tell you about something. Just, please, put your iPhone down for a second so we can talk, OK?
This Feb. 26, 2010 file photo shows John Legend, right, and Christine Teigen at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend is officially off the market.
In this Dec. 9, 2011, file photo, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya watches during the the weigh-in for a fight between Amir Kahn and Lamont Peterson in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight his substance abuse.
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson seen at The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Redtouch Red Carpet, on June 16, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision for EFG/AP Images) NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have had a baby daughter.