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Lawyer: Gooding Jr.'s accuser 'troubled,' groping case bogus

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:13pm

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lawyer is urging a judge to dismiss the forcible touching case that landed the actor in handcuffs two weeks ago, arguing that witnesses and security video contradict a woman's allegations that he groped her at a New York City night spot.

Monarchy cost British taxpayers $85.2 million last year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:03pm

Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers 67 million pounds ($85.2 million) during 2018-19, a 41% increase on the previous financial year.

Police release hundreds of files from Smollett investigation

Don Babwin and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:53pm

Chicago police on Monday released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including releasing video footage for the first time of the "Empire" actor wearing a thin white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose.

Bounty hunter's wife remains in coma in Honolulu hospital

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 4:03pm

The wife of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV star Duane "Dog" Chapman remained in a medically induced coma Monday so that she can be treated without suffering pain.

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 2:26pm

The mouse that roared was heard.

'True Justice' explores lawyer who defends death row inmates

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 12:53pm

Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he's always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he's not speaking on the criminalization of black men, Stevenson is researching another historical site connected to an episode of racial violence.

Viola Davis determined to go above and beyond on diversity

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 12:39pm

When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen.

McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims' fund

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 11:48am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting this week with Sept. 11 first responders following withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart that Congress had failed to ensure that a victims' compensation fund never runs out of money.

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 9:06am

A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino.

A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 10:32pm

A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards, which aired live Sunday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Wife of reality TV bounty hunter in medically induced coma

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 8:46pm

The wife of reality TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman is in a medically induced coma, a report said.

The Latest: Nipsey Hussle honored with award at BET Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 6:37pm

The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):

Steamy romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

Stefanie Dazio and Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 3:30pm

Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91.

Longtime Kenzo designers stage final show in Paris

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 12:04pm

It was quite literally the final curtain for Kenzo's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, after the duo's eight successful years at the creative helm of the house came to a close.

Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote 'Ain't That a Shame," dies at 100

Hillel Italie and Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 12:00pm

Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n' roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as "Ain't That a Shame," ''I'm Walkin'" and "Let the Four Winds Blow," has died. He was 100.

Michael Jackson's popularity endures, even after new scandal

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 9:32am

Michael Jackson was depicted as a child molester in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" earlier this year, but the negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image.

University of New Mexico gets rare George Orwell collection

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 10:01pm

A longtime advocate and employee of the University of New Mexico University Libraries is donating his collection of rare George Orwell books.

Elliot Roberts dies; manager for Neil Young, Joni Mitchell

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:18pm

The manager of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and many other rock stars has died. Elliot Roberts was 76.

Woody Guthrie's children named Mermaid Parade king and queen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:48pm

Woody Guthrie's children, Arlo and Nora Guthrie, are king and queen of this year's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

10 troubled, triumphant years for the Michael Jackson estate

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:56am

Ten years ago, entertainment lawyer John Branca and Michael Jackson renewed the partnership that had brought the wealth and status of both men to new heights. Eight days later, Jackson would be dead. Yet his role in Branca's life would only become larger.