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Singer Belinda hit for involvement in Mexican politics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 5:49pm

Pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico's politics because she's a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday.

Judge dismisses harassment charge against Liev Schreiber

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:21pm

A suburban New York judge has dismissed charges against Liev Schreiber for allegedly attacking a local photographer while the actor was filming the popular Showtime series "Ray Donovan."

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:10pm

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84.

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:54pm

A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.

Q&A: 'This Is Us' creator Dan Fogelman on 'Life Itself'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:43pm

As in his TV series "This Is Us," jubilant and catastrophic events tend to cluster for Dan Fogelman. Days before his latest and most ambitious movie, "Life Itself," opens in theaters, and the third season of his hit NBC show premieres, Fogelman's house was robbed. The thieves returned later the same evening, smashing through a glass plate door. Fogelman says he had to chase them away.

The LA Film Festival gets a fresh fall start

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:29pm

The LA Film Festival may be in its 24th year, but the local independent film showcase is stepping up with a new fall date, starry premieres featuring the likes of Tiffany Haddish and Henry Cavill and a re-energized commitment to spotlighting documentaries and diverse filmmakers.

Milan Fashion returns to elegance with Arbesser, N.21

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:25pm

Milan Fashion Week launched Wednesday on a note of optimism with news that sales have reached pre-crisis levels.

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:37am

Gamil Ratib, an award-winning Franco-Egyptian actor whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world, died Wednesday, state media reported. He was 92.

Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:03am

Musician David DiChiera (DEE'-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera's role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

Met season promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

Mike Silverman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:23am

Jonas is back, if only briefly. Anna is here, in full diva mode. The seemingly unstoppable Placido marks his 50th anniversary. And the "Ring" contraption returns — maybe for the last time — with a promise of greater reliability and fewer "clunks and clicks."

French court upholds Kate Middleton topless photos fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:39am

A French court of appeals has upheld a ruling Wednesday that two directors of French celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum 45,000 euros ($52,500) for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing back in 2012.

Q&A: Chris Pratt on running on screen, Tom Cruise, religion

Ryan Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:34am

When Chris Pratt is running his fastest, he has a tendency to fall.

Fervent Thai fans of Korean actor overstep airport security

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:49am

Extreme efforts by two Thai female fans to meet their South Korean idol have raised concerns about security procedures at Thailand's main airport.

Man pleads guilty to 'Field of Dreams' site vandalism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:33am

A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" has changed his plea to guilty.

Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 6:20am

Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death.

Uganda's opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 4:33am

Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport.

Hala Alyan, Ta-Nehisi Coates win Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:23am

A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama's presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 8:54pm

The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

'Silly old bear': New exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh

Tracee M. Herbaugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 8:30pm

When people care too much, Winnie-the-Pooh argues it's just love.

Music modernization bill clears another hurdle in Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 7:47pm

The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.