LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stakes may be high for Ethan Hunt and his team in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," but it was hardly impossible for the Tom Cruise pic to conquer the box office.
LONDON (AP) — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72.
Tributes poured in Sunday for Cilla Black, the 1960s pop star championed by The Beatles who became one of Britain's best-loved television presenters, following her death at the age of 72. Warm, kind and full of laughs, the working-class redhead from Liverpool -- known nationwide just as "Cilla" -- was a fixture on British TV screens for more than 50 years. Singer Cliff Richard said he would "miss her dearly", adding: "I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.
Stamping her heels to the brisk strumming of a guitar, Merche Esmeralda, 68, twirls her black shawl in the sunshine as the Madrid traffic streams by a roundabout behind her. At an age when most top ballet and contemporary dancers would long ago have hung up their pumps, this flamenco star still shines -- and now a generation of new artists is rising to follow. "This is a great time for flamenco.