Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations

FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, Keith Urban poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his latest album, "Ripcord." Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nominations as both artist and producer for his record “Ripcord.” The nominations were announced Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, on “CBS This Morning.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including entertainer of the year and album of the year for “Ripcord.”

Casting Oscar

A copper plated Oscar statuette is run through a series of chemical baths at Epner Technology in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Each statuette is coated in three layers - the final one the iconic gold - and every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over by people far from Hollywood who have spent the last several months making 60 identical gold Oscars for the Feb. 26th awards. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

ROCK TAVERN, N.Y. — Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood.

‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

In this undated image made from video provided by the BBC, hatchling marine iguanas - just a few minutes old - huddle together on a rock near the sea shore where they will spend their lives in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC's epic nature series "Planet Earth II" takes viewers around the world - and around many genres of television. The seven-part series, which begins in the U.S. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 with a simulcast on BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV, is a spectacular demonstration of how far nature programs have come. And no one has been more closely linked to their evolution than David Attenborough, the 90-year-old naturalist who narrates "Planet Earth II." (BBC via AP)

LONDON — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world — and around many genres of television.

Beyonce or Adele?

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016 file photo, singer Beyonce Knowles attends the Tidal X: 1015 benefit concert in New York. Beyonce is nominated for Grammy Awards for best album, best song and record of the year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — She sold 3 million albums in one week. BUT SHE BROKE THE INTERNET.

CNN’s ‘History of Comedy’ a laughing, learning matter

FILE - This March 19, 2004 file photo shows actor and comedian George Carlin in New York. Carlin is featured in CNN's docuseries, "The History of Comedy," premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. EST. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

NEW YORK — One of the great things about comedy is, it demands so little effort to enjoy. Grins and guffaws can seem to issue directly from a tickled funny bone.

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