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Chicago police union wants federal probe in Smollett case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:31am

The Chicago police union's president alleges that the county's top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants the Justice Department to determine if she broke any laws.

Colbert postpones visit to New Zealand after attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:25am

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has postponed what was supposed to be a surprise visit to New Zealand following the terrorist attack in Christchurch that killed 50 people.

James Corden returns to host the 2019 Tony Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:05am

James Corden is returning to host the 73rd annual Tony Awards.

Jerry Lee Lewis cancels shows, is recovering from stroke

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:04am

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have to cancel upcoming shows, including his appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Tyler Perry steps in to help 4 children of slain single mom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:42am

Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has lent his support.

Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:01am

Novelist Tommy Orange keeps winning awards.

A rough journey to new music for Jenny Lewis

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:53am

Life hasn't been easy for singer Jenny Lewis since the sunnier days when she performed in support of a 2014 album while wearing a rainbow-hued pantsuit and carrying a guitar with similar bright colors.

Anderson Cooper has a 2-book deal, first expected in 2022

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:03am

Anderson Cooper has a two-book deal and plans to collaborate with historian-novelist Katherine Howe.

Filmmaker David Lynch teaching a class on creativity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:03am

According to filmmaker David Lynch, all it takes are 70 ideas to make a feature film.

'Both sides of the binary:' Exhibit explores gender, fashion

Tracee M. Herbaugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:24pm

A colorful new exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts explores how blurring gender lines are redefining the fashion industry.

Meghan McCain fires back at Trump tweets against her father

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 6:00pm

Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump's life is "pathetic" after his weekend Twitter attack against her father, the late Sen. John McCain.

Country star Kane Brown countersues producer over contract

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 5:59pm

Country star Kane Brown and Atlanta-based producer Polow Da Don are suing each other in a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money.

Reality TV star 'Mama June' arrested in Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 3:51pm

Reality television star June "Mama June" Shannon has been arrested on drug charges in Alabama.

Andre Williams, who co-wrote 'Shake A Tail Feather,' dies

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:32am

Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote "Shake A Tail Feather" and performed across musical genres, died. He was 82.

Fox News hires Donna Brazile as political contributor

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 10:24am

Former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile, who was fired by CNN for tipping off the Hillary Clinton campaign about debate topics in 2016, has joined Fox News Channel as a political commentator.

Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens to join Country Hall of Fame

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 9:39am

Country hit-making duo Brooks & Dunn, comedic singer Ray Stevens and industry veteran Jerry Bradley will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

'Staircase' documentary prosecutor died of natural causes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 9:10am

An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series.

Library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 7:04am

The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed.

La Scala returns $3.4 million to Saudi Arabia in debacle

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 5:24am

Italy's famed La Scala opera house will immediately return 3 million euros ($3.4 million) sent to an escrow account by Saudi Arabia in what Milan's mayor on Monday termed a badly handled fundraising deal. But he did not rule out future dealings with the kingdom despite concerns raised over its human rights record.

Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, 'Miserlou' composer, is dead

Lindsey Bahr and John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 6:14pm

Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81.