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Portman's snub of 'Jewish Nobel' triggers Israel backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:09am

U.S. actress Natalie Portman's decision to snub a June ceremony in Israel where she was to have received a prize dubbed the "Jewish Nobel" triggered an angry backlash Friday from some Israeli politicians, including the culture minister.

As Prince's health waned, alarm grew in inner circle

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:53am

Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got the fentanyl that killed him, according to investigative documents released Thursday.

The Latest: Prince's sister troubled by death investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:49am

The Latest on the investigation into the death of Prince, who was found unresponsive on April 21, 2016, after a fentanyl overdose (all times local):

Sarah Jessica Parker calls Cynthia Nixon's run 'exciting'

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:49am

Cynthia Nixon's quest for the governorship of New York state has at least one high-profile fan excited — Sarah Jessica Parker.

Julian Lennon's environmental books hope to 'empower' kids

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:39am

For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom.

The Go-Go's going to Broadway with a merry, musical mashup

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:29am

When the idea first came up, the Go-Go's found it so improbable and off-beat that they instantly fell in love with it.

Nobel body: 'unacceptable behavior' not widely known

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:59am

An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations at the Swedish body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature found Friday that "unacceptable behavior in the form of unwanted intimacy" has taken place within the ranks of the prestigious institution.

German theater asks guests to wear swastikas for Hitler play

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 5:36am

A theater in southern Germany is proceeding with plans to open a satirical play Friday about Adolf Hitler's youth in which some patrons will be wearing swastika armbands, despite objections and legal complaints.

Ariana Grande releases new song, first since 2017 bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 4:48am

Ariana Grande has released her first song since a 2017 terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom.

Pacino, De Palma remember 'Scarface' at Tribeca reunion

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:01am

Old "Scarface" friends said hello again at a 35th anniversary screening Thursday that reunited stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and filmmaker Brian De Palma for an evening full of reflection on how the ferocious and garish gangster epic — like Tony Montana's rise from dishwasher to drug lord — has grown in stature.

Bette Midler to return to 'Hello, Dolly' for a summer run

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:28pm

Bette Midler is not quite ready to say goodbye to her Dolly.

Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:51pm

Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got the fentanyl that killed him, according to investigative documents released Thursday.

Hundreds celebrate former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 9:14pm

The memorials to former first lady Barbara Bush have begun with a celebration of her life in front of Houston's City Hall.

Bono gets new George W. Bush Medal for leadership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:54pm

Rock star Bono, frontman for the band U2, has been presented with the first of what the George W. Bush Presidential Center intends to be an annual medal for individuals who change the world in some way.

The Latest: Doctor said Prince 'doesn't look really well'

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

The Latest on the investigation into Prince's death (all times local):

Co-defendant in Hawaii concert scam gets 2 months in jail

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:06pm

A Florida man was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail and four months home confinement for his role in scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.

Oscar-nominated film inspires billboard for Oklahoma victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 3:17pm

The Oscar-nominated film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" inspired an Oklahoma woman to create her own signs in the hopes of solving the 2016 killings of her daughter and another woman.

'60 Minutes' report details progression of Alzheimer's

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 2:13pm

Filmed over 10 years, a "60 Minutes" report this weekend shows in startling detail the progression that Alzheimer's disease takes on a patient.

High winds delay opening of Coachella festival camping

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:37pm

Gusty winds swept the mountains and deserts of Southern California on Thursday, forcing managers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to close campgrounds where thousands of fans were heading for the annual event's second weekend.

Authors share memories of friendship with Barbara Bush

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 11:44am

Sandra Brown knew she had a friend in Barbara Bush from the moment she heard the story about the 2000 election, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was in a virtual tie with then-Vice President Al Gore for the presidency.