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Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:50am

Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of 87.

Mahashweta Devi, Indian writer, social activist, dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:41am

Mahashweta Devi, a well-known Indian writer and social activist, who used her writing to give voice to the oppressed poor tribal and forest dwellers, has died. She was 90.

Media groups argue for access in Prince estate case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:30am

Media organizations are asking a Minnesota judge to guarantee public access to all proceedings surrounding Prince's estate.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman in Venice film fest lineup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:30am

This year's Venice Film Festival will include a stylish thriller from Tom Ford, a sci-fi drama with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams and a star turn from Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Bradley Cooper's DNC appearance irks conservatives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:20am

Bradley Cooper's appearance at the Democratic National Convention has irked some conservative fans of the actor's portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in 2014's "American Sniper."

2 arrested for alleged extortion of internet star YesJulz

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:00am

Two South Florida residents have been arrested after police say they threatened to leak sexually explicit images of social media star YesJulz unless she paid them.

Lady Gaga putting on invite-only Democratic convention show

Geoff Mulvihill and Josh Cornfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:50pm

Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, will get some time in the Democratic convention spotlight Thursday with some help from Lady Gaga.

50 years later, Dylan's motorcycle crash remains mysterious

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:52pm

Bob Dylan tumbled from a Triumph motorcycle on a sunny Friday morning here 50 years ago on July 29, 1966. The banged-up musician holed up in the mountains of upstate New York for months afterward, dramatically altering the rocket ride of his career.

Netflix announces 'Gilmore Girls,' 'One Day At A Time' dates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 8:01pm

The television revivals at Netflix that began in February with "Fuller House" continue as the streaming network announces premiere dates for two more series reboots.

O'Jays ask Republican congressman to stop using their music

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 7:11pm

The founding members of the O'Jays are asking a Republican to stop using their music for the second time in a week.

Dr. Dre beats gun rap following Malibu driveway encounter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 6:01pm

Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to bring gun charges against rapper Dr. Dre.

Creator of Broadway hit 'Hamilton' visits Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:41pm

Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly compared himself to a hard-to-catch Pokemon as fans pursued him with cellphones Wednesday during a visit to his parents' native Puerto Rico shortly after the end of his run on the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator Jack Davis dies

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:21pm

Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.

Earls of Leicester lead bluegrass award nominations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

The Earls of Leicester are nominated for eight awards individually and as a group, including entertainers of the year, at this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards.

Sandy Pearlman, produced Clash, Blue Oyster Cult, dead at 72

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:41pm

Sandy Pearlman, a pioneering rock critic who later produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult and worked with The Clash, Patti Smith and other punk artists, has died.

Attorneys eye what led to charge against Motley Crue's Neil

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 12:31pm

Attorneys for Vince Neil said Wednesday they're investigating what led to a misdemeanor battery charge accusing the Motley Crue frontman of grabbing a woman's hair and pulling her to the ground in April outside a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Guns N' Roses star Slash surprises 'School of Rock' cast

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:31am

The kid band at the heart of the Broadway musical "School of Rock" got a surprise guest during rehearsal — Guns N' Roses star Slash.

Bill O'Reilly: Slaves that built White House were 'well-fed'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:51am

Bill O'Reilly says the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."

Fergie, Black Eyed Peas headline separate DNC concerts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:11am

Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas haven't played together in five years, but they will be playing separate concerts in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Strout on Man Booker Prize list

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 8:30am

Celebrated South African novelist J.M. Coetzee and U.S. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout are among the contenders announced Wednesday for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.