Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

SAN FRANCISCO -- A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.

The hacker, operating under the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.

Maroon 5, Usher, Alabama Shakes headline Jazz Fest Day 2

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival enters its second day with performances by Maroon 5, Usher and Alabama Shakes.

Maroon 5, which last performed at Jazz Fest in 2013, will close out the Acura Stage on Saturday. The band has some New Orleans ties: their keyboardist PJ Morton is from the city.

Concert fans angry as hyped Bahamas festival is canceled

MIAMI -- Organizers of a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel.

Fyre Festival organizers announced the cancellation of what they previously billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" concert along the lines of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California. People had already begun arriving in the Exuma islands for the first of two weekends that was to include performances by Blink-182 and others.

Jazz Fest kicks off with hometown favorites Connick, Neville

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off with performances by some hometown favorites.

Pianist, vocalist and New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. will close out the Acura Stage Friday while Aaron Neville closes out the Blues Tent.

'13 Reasons' sparks criticism of teen suicide depiction

NEW YORK -- It's a scene as painful to watch as it is graphic: A 17-year-old girl climbs into a full bathtub with a razor. We see her slice into her skin, we see the blood pour out, hear her cry and struggle to breathe. Then she is still.

The suicide of the heroine in Netflix's new popular series "13 Reasons Why" shouldn't come as a shock, since it's depicted in the final episode of a series built around the character's death. But knowing that it is coming doesn't make it any easier.