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Avicii, DJ-producer who performed around the world, dies

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:43pm

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.

Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

Colleen Long and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:39pm

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend was charged with sex trafficking, after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master," recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

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

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:14pm

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

From far and wide, Beyonce brings excitement to HBCU culture

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:45pm

When Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges at Coachella, the singer's grand performance reignited interest in the marching band culture and created shockwaves of excitement to students attending those schools.

Springsteen 'Born to Run' manuscript heads to summer auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 1:22pm

Bruce Springsteen's songwriting scrawl is born to make bucks.

Doc series revisits death of Trayvon and birth of a movement

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 12:09pm

Six years after his death, Trayvon Martin's name is known throughout the country as a symbol of social injustice and a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement his killing helped forge.

Natalie Portman snubs 'Jewish Nobel,' triggers backlash

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:43am

Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the "Jewish Nobel" because of "extreme distress" over recent events in Israel, triggering an angry backlash Friday from some in the country's political establishment.

Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:25am

Rep: EDM star Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman at age 28. .

'Scandal' cast participates in live reading of final episode

Michael Cidoni Lennox, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:37am

Kerry Washington hopes that when people look back on "Scandal," they remember the show as courageous and bold.

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):

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.