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President Barack Obama's last chance to zing Washington

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:01am

President Barack Obama will get one more chance on Saturday to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself as he attends his final White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:00am

Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.

Big Freedia twerks her way to stardom

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 8:10am

It's been a tumultuous year for New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia: She was caught up in a housing scandal, performed on Beyonce's epic song "Formation" and in the accompanying video, made headlines for being banned from a club for bringing twerking — her signature style of overtly sexual dance — and continues to have one of the highest-rated reality shows on digital cable network Fuse.

Bangkok ferris wheel catches fire, but no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 5:10am

The ferris wheel at a newly opened dinosaur theme park in Bangkok caught fire on Saturday, but the park said no one was on it at the time, and no injuries were reported.

President Obama celebrates jazz at the White House

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 11:20pm

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are celebrating International Jazz Day a day early with a concert at the White House.

Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket close out Friday's Jazz Fest

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:41pm

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. A look at the festival's fifth day:

Hawaii selects businesses for medical pot but excludes actor

Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 8:01pm

Hawaii selected eight businesses Friday to open medical marijuana dispensaries — but not one owned by Woody Harrelson.

'Maze Runner' shoot delayed further due to star's injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:40pm

Principal photography on "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has been further delayed to allow star Dylan O'Brien more time to recover from injuries he suffered during the shoot in mid-March.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:10pm

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Brewvies asks judge to block law in 'Deadpool' case

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:02pm

A Utah theater in trouble for serving booze during the movie "Deadpool" is asking a judge to block an obscenity law they say is so broad it would apply to Michelangelo's "David."

The Latest: Toussaint remembered fondly at festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:01pm

The Latest on The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (all times local):

Romania: police confiscate Byzantine coins from British man

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:41pm

Romanian border police say they have confiscated 71 Byzantine coins from a British citizen traveling from Turkey to Romania.

Obamas engage in sports trash talk with royal family

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:50pm

The Obamas and the royal family are engaging in trash talk with Britain's royals before next week's athletic competition for wounded military personnel and veterans.

Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:20pm

Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family backlash.

Former star of "The West Wing" greets White House reporters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:00pm

Allison Janney played a White House press secretary on "The West Wing." She got a chance to do the real thing on Friday.

Prominent Russian novelist attacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 7:50am

The Kremlin's spokesman has denounced nationalist demonstrators who threw green liquid on a prominent Russian novelist.

Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:40am

Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.

Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias top Billboard Latin Music Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 9:11pm

Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias took home seven awards apiece, including six shared awards for their hit duet "El Perdon," at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami.

Student gets custom trombone, peers get music knowledge

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 8:00pm

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is no stranger to New Orleans' music scene, having grown up inside it.

Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 7:50pm

The start of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was marked with thunderstorms, but the music played on to crowds that were thinned by the bad weather.