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2 women accuse R. Kelly of sexual misconduct in 1990s

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:02pm

Two women say singer R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent.

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been released from jail after posting bond

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:52pm

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been released from jail after posting bond.

Sasha Sagan, daughter of Carl Sagan, has book out in October

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:18pm

Sasha Sagan, daughter of the late Carl Sagan, is working on a book her publisher is calling "part memoir, part guidebook and part social history."

AP Source: Kendrick Lamar, SZA not performing at Oscars

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:08pm

"All the Stars" are not performing at the Academy Awards, including Kendrick Lamar and SZA.

Some notable reaction to the arrest of Jussie Smollett

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:04pm

Notable reaction to the arrest of Jussie Smollett :

Michael Jackson estate lawsuit sues HBO over documentary

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:39pm

The estate of Michael Jackson on Thursday sued HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys, saying the film violates a 1992 contract to air a Jackson concert.

Prosecutors: Smollett told 2 brothers to yell "MAGA country" and put rope around his neck during staged attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:22pm

Prosecutors: Smollett told 2 brothers to yell "MAGA country" and put rope around his neck during staged attack.

Judge sets bond at $100,000 for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying about being attacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:08pm

Judge sets bond at $100,000 for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying about being attacked.

Peter Tork, Monkees' lovable bass-guitar player, dead at 77

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:06pm

Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77.

'Roma' producer could make history at the Oscars

Sigal Ratner-Arias, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:04pm

After more than a decade collaborating with the writer and director Alfonso Cuaron, producer Gabriela Rodriguez knew his work inside out. But even she didn't anticipate the universal success his "Roma" has enjoyed.

Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:48pm

Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has died at the age of 87.

Rita Moreno on playing a sassy grandma, 'West Side Story'

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:29pm

Rita Moreno plays one of TV's best villains. Or is she one of its snidest heroines? Either way, her sass grandmother on the Netflix reboot of "One Day at a Time" is truly a funny concoction.

At the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the dark

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:24pm

For Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh, the Academy Awards are so close and yet so far.

The Latest: Lawsuit takes aim at HBO's Jackson documentary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:22pm

The Latest on a documentary featuring two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys (all times local):

Kentucky teen at center of viral encounter sues over stories

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:14pm

The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, alleging the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist. His attorneys are threatening numerous other news organizations, including The Associated Press.

Studio behind "Empire" show says it understands "seriousness" of Smollett situation and is "considering our options"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:22am

Studio behind "Empire" show says it understands "seriousness" of Smollett situation and is "considering our options"

New Harry Potter roller coaster opening at Universal Orlando

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:10am

Harry Potter fans should get ready to rev their engines.

Ex-'Idol' contestant to live with parents before drug trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:00am

A former "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial.

CORRECTS: Chicago police: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett turns self in on accusation of making false police report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:38am

CORRECTS: Chicago police: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett turns self in on accusation of making false police report. (Corrects APNewsAlert that had a missing word )

Michael Jackson accusers detail road to 'Leaving Neverland'

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:52pm

Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn't know what to think when the lights went up after the first public screening of "Leaving Neverland" late last month at the Sundance Film Festival. In the 236-minute documentary that will air in two parts on HBO and Britain's Channel 4 in March, both describe, in harrowing detail, how they say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys. It was the second time they'd seen it and the first with an audience.