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Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 5:24pm

Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence.

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:54pm

The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):

A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:14pm

Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country's economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro's government ordered up a rival concert of its own.

Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose knot

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 3:04pm

The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.

Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:52pm

Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up.

Meghan Markle spotted in New York for rumored baby shower

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:42pm

Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower.

Michael B. Jordan, Michelle Yeoh added to Oscars presenters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:34am

Michael B. Jordan, Brian Tyree Henry, Michelle Yeoh and Elsie Fisher may have missed out on Oscar nominations this year, but they will be on stage at the Dolby Theatre during Sunday's ceremony.

Police: Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:04am

Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe.

New Mitch Albom book, 'Chika,' coming in November

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:01am

The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade.

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:56am

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

The Latest: Casino company to complete Macao Lagerfeld hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 5:58am

The Latest on the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (all times local):

Costume Designers Guild to honor Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 1:08am

Oscar nominees Glenn Close and "Black Panther" costume designer Ruth E. Carter will be honored Tuesday night at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

W.E.B. Griffin, prolific military novelist, dead at age 89

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:47pm

W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died at age 89.

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:22am

Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault.

Ancient site linked to Caesar's murder to open to public

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:30am

A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar's murder will be opened to the public.

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:30am

Refusing to back down amid a mounting battle over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, the government of President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that it will hold its own huge concert to rival one being organized by billionaire Richard Branson, a backer of opposition leader Juan Guaido.

First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:55am

Glance around the "Jeopardy!" set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it's easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power.

Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:21am

Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head.

Million-selling 'Questioneers' team readies new picture book

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:03am

The million-selling "Questioneers" team of author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts has an Election Day special planned.

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:06pm

Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema.