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India Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna dies of cancer at age 70

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:45am

Vinod Khanna, a dashing Bollywood actor turned politician, has died of cancer, a hospital official said. He was 70.

'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:45am

With a headline of "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen.

The Latest: Police expect clash with or without Ann Coulter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:34am

The Latest on Ann Coulter's canceled appearance at UC Berkeley (all times local):

Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:06am

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether or not the weather cooperates.

Berkeley police prep for clash with or without Coulter visit

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:00am

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters.

Latvia grants citizenship to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:20am

Latvia on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Baryshnikov by granting citizenship to the ballet dancer, choreographer and actor who was born in the Baltic nation when it was part of the Soviet Union and later became a U.S. citizen.

Ivanka Trump microphone quip draws criticism for Fox host

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:20am

Fox News host Jesse Watters says he enjoys Ivanka Trump's voice and wasn't making a joke "about anything else" when he mentioned that he liked the way she held a microphone.

'Sgt. Pepper' sketch to be auctioned May 20 in New York

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:02am

An old sketch up for auction May 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan is a crude, ink-on-paper drawing of the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The artist is almost surely John Lennon. The significance is another story.

Surprise! Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow on Disney ride

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:33am

Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself.

Netherlands marks king's 50th birthday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:45am

The Netherlands marked the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander on Thursday with orange-clad citizens holding parties and street sales throughout the country.

Fire destroys movie set in Virginia being used for 'TURN'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:08am

Officials say a fire has destroyed part of a movie set that was being used to film the final season of the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies."

Rapper Kevin Gates gets 30 months in prison on gun charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:00pm

The Billboard chart-topping rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 30 months in an Illinois prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge.

Hollywood producer testifies in Robert Durst murder case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:22pm

A Hollywood producer testified Wednesday that a friend claimed to have impersonated the first wife of real estate heir Robert Durst in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead.

YouTube announces music competition series for emerging acts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:00pm

YouTube is launching a new music competition series for emerging artists featuring Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo.

In Demme's eclectic career, a nonstop rock 'n' roll beat

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:16pm

Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat.

Sheriff: 'Bachelor' star refused to answer door after crash

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:06pm

Former "Bachelor" Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest.

JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe sells for $718,000

Crystal Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:35pm

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday.

WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:25pm

An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has been transferred to Paris from the University of Oklahoma.

Cosby, daughter, lawyer speak out as sex assault trial looms

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:15pm

Bill Cosby and his delegates are speaking out in select media interviews Wednesday, a month before jury selection starts in his Pennsylvania sex assault trial.

5 notable films by the late Jonathan Demme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:56am

MELVIN AND HOWARD: Among the most memorable films about Howard Hughes, this 1980 release starred Jason Robards as the mysterious billionaire and Paul le Mat as Melvin Dummar, the struggling everyman who encounters Hughes in the Nevada desert. Mary Steenburgen won an Oscar for playing Lynda, Melvin's first wife.