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Barry Manilow joins concert to help human rights groups

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

Barry Manilow is adding his legendary voice to a concert series in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.

Melee in court in case tied to 'Real Housewives' guest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

A melee broke out Friday at a hearing for a pair charged in the deaths of two men found in a burning car owned by a woman who often appears on "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Subject of film 'Bernie' appeals lengthy sentence for murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:02pm

A former Texas mortician whose legal issues were the subject of the 2011 film "Bernie" is appealing his sentence of 99 years to life in prison in the killing of a wealthy widow.

Correction: Whitney Biennial-Emmett Till Protest story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

In a story March 23 about a protest at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of the demonstration. Artist Parker Bright spent two days standing in front of a painting of lynching victim Emmett Till, not several days over a week.

Are 'gay moments' in 'Beauty' and 'Power Rangers' progress?

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:17pm

A hug. A wink. A dance. A non-answer. These are the so-called gay moments in a handful of recent high-profile studio movies that have sparked both rapturous celebration and startling backlash.

Sao Paulo street art debate over what makes cities livable

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:46am

When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural — 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center.

Misty Copeland's next leap: Giving us all better bodies

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:17am

If you've ever binged on a box of doughnuts — yep, the whole blessed thing — ballerina Misty Copeland can relate. She's done it too, lots.

John Mayer's new single is ode to ex-girlfriend Katy Perry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

John Mayer's new single, "Still Feel Like Your Man," is about ex-girlfriend Katy Perry.

Even if 'Snooki' bill approved, university to pay speaker

Josh Cornfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:56am

Even if New Jersey's governor approves a measure inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay speakers, Rutgers University is still offering $35,000 for this year's commencement speaker.

Katy Perry, Maroon 5 to perform at Wango Tango radio concert

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:48am

Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and One Direction's Niall Horan are set to perform at the annual Wango Tango concert near Los Angeles in May.

Coming for you: Who is Kendrick talking about in new song?

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 8:36am

Kendrick Lamar called out rappers by name in his infamous "Control" verse released in 2013, but the internet is playing the guessing game about his target in a new song.

9-inch marble statue could sell for $3 million at auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:41am

She's small but mighty — and she could be worth more than $3 million.

Amy Schumer drops out as Barbie in film based on doll

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:12am

Amy Schumer won't be playing Barbie after all.

Netflix/Marvel's 'Iron Fist' epic fail, say viewers, critics

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:45pm

If your web connection seems sluggish while you're watching "Iron Fist," don't blame your internet provider. The problem is the listless pace of this new Netflix series.

Iraqi-American composer musically translates wartime letters

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:41pm

Rahim AlHaj cried every time he read the letters of eight Iraqis sharing personal, harrowing tales of love, loss and hope in wartime since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Rather than retreat, the Iraqi-American composer and musician immersed himself in the stories and emerged with a collection of songs to illustrate them.

Bill inspired by Snooki caps public university speaker fees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:10pm

A bill inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay to speakers was approved by lawmakers Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

Poland's WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:41pm

A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views.

Dylan gives rare interview, talks Sinatra, Elvis

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:12pm

Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted exclusively to his website Wednesday.

Memphis officials to help save Aretha Franklin's birthplace

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:04pm

The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.

Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies at age 67 on cruise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:00pm

John "Sib" Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67.