Williams to debut new version of US anthem
WASHINGTON - American composer and conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.
Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual "Capitol Fourth" celebration in Washington. But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. It was in September 1814 when Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore's Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British bombardment.
"A Capitol Fourth" will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today on PBS and NPR.
Jewel divorcing husband after 16 years
NEW YORK - Singer Jewel and her husband are divorcing after a 16-year relationship.
The 40-year-old writes in a letter posted on her website that she and Ty Murray want their separation "to be nothing less loving than the way we came together."
A representative for the singer confirmed the news Wednesday.
Jewel and Murray were married in 2008. They have a son named Kase.
Jewel says she decided to write the post - called "Dear World" - to inform her fans before the news broke in the tabloids.
Burt Reynolds memoir scheduled for 2015
NEW YORK - Burt Reynolds, the actor who once showed all, is now ready to tell all.
G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Wednesday that Reynolds' memoir, "But Enough About Me," is set for release in fall 2015.
The 78-year-old Reynolds promises in a statement to "set the record straight" on everything from his love affairs with Sally Field and Loni Anderson to his Cosmopolitan centerfold from 1972. His films include "Deliverance," "Boogie Nights" and "Smokey and the Bandit."
Reynolds' book also is expected to cover his friendships with Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson, among others.