Arts and entertainment

August 16, 2018 - 2:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House...
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FILE - In this July 5, 1989 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani, File)
August 16, 2018 - 1:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Publicist Gwendolyn...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1993 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
August 16, 2018 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2005 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the McDonald's Gospelfest 2005 in New York. The event celebrates gospel music and features a talent competition for choirs, steppers, praise dancers and soloists. A person close to Franklin said on Monday that the 76-year-old singer is ill. Franklin canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)
August 16, 2018 - 11:17 am
DETROIT (AP) — Family statement on the death of Aretha Franklin: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces,...
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August 16, 2018 - 9:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson says he's the "luckiest guy in the world" after wasting little time pursuing Ariana Grande. In September's GQ magazine, Davidson says he told Grande on the day he met her, "Hey, I'll marry you tomorrow." He says she was calling his...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Stormzy poses for photographers upon his arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London. London rapper Stormzy said Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, he is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
August 16, 2018 - 7:15 am
LONDON (AP) — London rapper Stormzy is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University. The grime artist says the Stormzy Scholarship will pay the 9,250 pound ($11,750) a year tuition fees, plus a maintenance grant, for two undergraduates at the 800...
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This combination photo shows, top row from left, Ed helms, Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon and Keith Urban, and bottom row from left, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Garner, Maria Menounos and Marg Helgenberger, who are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Sept. 7. Cooper is returning as co-executive producer of the live, hour-long event. (AP Photo)
August 16, 2018 - 7:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon. Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey and organization co-founder Katie Couric also will take part in the Sept. 7 fundraiser. Stand Up...
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August 16, 2018 - 12:37 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has named two new writers as the state poet and author. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Colson Whitehead will serve as state author and Alicia Ostriker will be state poet. Whitehead is a novelist whose most recent work is "The Underground...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 photo, Adrian Buitenhuis, director of the documentary film "I Am Paul Walker," poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The new one-hour documentary about the actor's childhood, family and career is directed by Buitenhuis. It premiered last weekend on the Paramount Network. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
August 15, 2018 - 9:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five years after Paul Walker's death, his brothers say they're open to playing his character again in the "Fast and Furious" franchise. Producers asked Caleb and Cody Walker to fill in for their brother and help complete "Furious 7" after he died in a fiery off-set car...
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FILE--In this Nov. 3, 2011, file photo, Pearl Jam's lead vocalist Eddie Vedder performs in concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, file)
August 15, 2018 - 5:52 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian...
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