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College music department resurrects long-lost funk music

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 27th - 4:38am

Back in the summer of 2005, Drexel University's Music Industry program got a very curious phone call.

South Korea's 'Song-Song' couple seek divorce, stunning fans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 27th - 1:26am

South Korean superstar couple Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are seeking a divorce to end their celebrity marriage of less than two years.

Photo of Salvadoran refugees shows power of still images

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:39pm

From Bosnia to West Africa, she has witnessed tragedy. But the photo of two drowned Salvadoran refugees this week still left Corinne Dufka in shock.

Technical snafu interrupts NBC's first presidential debate

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 8:39pm

NBC News' coverage of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign season Wednesday was marred by a technical glitch that led President Donald Trump to tweet that the network "should be ashamed."

Kim Kardashian West faces backlash over Kimono shapewear

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 3:44pm

Kim Kardashian West has received backlash on social media from people who object to what they say is appropriation of the traditional Japanese kimono in the name of her upcoming shapewear line.

Britney Spears' conservatorship sues blogger for defamation

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 3:14pm

The conservatorship that oversees Britney Spears' personal life and career sued the creator of a blog devoted to the pop superstar Wednesday in an increasingly aggressive effort to push back against the so-called "Free Britney" movement, which alleges the singer is being controlled against her will.

At 50, Watts relishes in a plethora of rich roles

Brooke Lefferts, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 2:12pm

It's often said that actresses have trouble finding meaty roles as they get older, but at age 50, Naomi Watts is flourishing, with two key projects that share a common theme — strong women determined to have their voices heard.

Directors guild changes eligibility rule to favor theaters

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:44pm

The Directors Guild of America is changing the eligibility rule for its top award in favor of theatrical releases over streaming.

Alleged sex tape in R. Kelly case turned over to defense

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:58am

Prosecutors have turned over to R. Kelly's attorneys a tape they say shows the singer having sex with a minor girl two decades ago.

Book award named for Ernest Gaines raises cash prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:09am

The cash prize that goes with the book award named for author Ernest Gaines is growing.

Monroe statue theft suspect previously took ax to Trump star

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:52am

Prosecutors say the man suspected of stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from atop a Hollywood public art installation is the same person who smashed President Trump's Walk of Fame star with a pickax last year.

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' co-star Beth Chapman dies at 51

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:44am

Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show and later spoke out against some bail reform measures as a leader of a national bail agents' organization, has died.

Desus & Mero shake up the late-night talk show universe

Gary Gerard Hamilton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:04am

Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez may be hosts of a late-night TV talk show that attracts A-list celebrities but they don't feel like they're competing with the likes of Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert.

Sebastian Maniscalco to host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 8:13am

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards.

Sheryl Crow says 2008 fire destroyed all her master tapes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 7:35am

Singer Sheryl Crow says the original tapes of albums such as "Tuesday Night Music Club" and the track "All I Wanna Do" perished in a 2008 fire at Universal Music Group.

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s request to toss groping case is denied

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 3:34am

A judge rejected Cuba Gooding Jr.'s bid to throw out his New York City groping case so he can continue working, saying Wednesday that she needed time to review written arguments and didn't want to make a rash decision.

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has heart operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 9:40pm

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has undergone a heart operation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Jerry Carrigan, drummer for Elvis, George Jones, dies

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 5:45pm

Alabama-born drummer Jerry Carrigan, who was in the first rhythm section for FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals and later an in-demand session player in Nashville, Tennessee, died at age 75 in Chattanooga.

McConnell pledges vote on 9/11 bill after Stewart criticism

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 3:14pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a Senate vote on a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 2:08pm

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club.