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Todd Fisher hugs Star Wars character R2-D2 at the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Memorial Service at The Forest Lawn on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
March 25, 2017 - 9:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday, which honored the...
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FILE - In this combination photo, Mindy Kaling, left, arrives at the 41st annual Gracie Awards Gala on May 24, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., addresses supporters during an election night victory gathering on Nov. 4, 2014 in Newark, N.J. Booker has invited Kaling to dinner in Newark after the actress' character on "The Mindy Project," made a joke about Newark. Booker's spokesman says the date hasn't yet been scheduled. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, left, and Julio Cortez)
March 24, 2017 - 3:52 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling. Her character joked after hearing that Booker had come to her colleague's event that "I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?" Booker tweeted "...
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FILE - This April 7, 2011, file photo, shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles. Disney CEO Bob Iger said on March 23, 2017, that Fisher's performance as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" remains unchanged. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death following a heart attack in December. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
March 24, 2017 - 1:52 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" before her death following a heart attack in December. Iger said in an interview at a...
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FILE – In this May 24, 2013, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, speaks with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, center, and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, left, cast members of MTV's "Jersey Shore," on the boardwalk where he took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the New Jersey shore's seasonal reopening for the first time since Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. Under legislation inspired by reality TV star Polizzi, no more than $10,000 of state money could go to pay speakers at New Jersey's public universities. New Jersey's Democrat-controlled Assembly was scheduled to vote Thursday, March 23, 2017, on whether to send the bill to Christie's desk. (Kevin R. Wexler /The Record via AP, file)
March 24, 2017 - 11:52 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Even if New Jersey's governor approves a measure inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay speakers, Rutgers University is still offering $35,000 for this year's commencement speaker. Rutgers says that the...
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March 24, 2017 - 9:55 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar called out rappers by name in his infamous "Control" verse released in 2013, but the internet is playing the guessing game about his target in a new song. Lamar released "The Heart Part 4" on Friday and caused a frenzy on social media as fans and listeners tried to...
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FILE - This April 7, 2011, file photo, shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles. Disney CEO Bob Iger said on March 23, 2017, that Fisher's performance as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" remains unchanged. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death following a heart attack in December. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
March 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" before her death following a heart attack in December. Iger said in an interview at a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, the abandoned childhood home of singer Aretha Franklin sits behind a security fence in Memphis, Tenn. Recently, the Franklin birthplace and the surrounding neighborhoods have moved to the forefront of a large cleanup effort, as the city refuses to accept decay as a fact of life in the urban landscape. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
March 23, 2017 - 3:59 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday. Alan Crone, special counsel to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, told a judge that a working group from the mayor's...
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March 23, 2017 - 1:57 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Actor Richard Gere has compared life for Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron to segregation in the United States. The "Pretty Woman" star toured Hebron this week with Breaking the Silence, a group of Israeli ex-soldiers who criticize Israeli policies in the West Bank...
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March 23, 2017 - 1:54 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John "Sib" Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not yet been determined. Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock...
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March 23, 2017 - 1:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan opened about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted to his website Wednesday. In the Q&A with author Bill Flanagan, Dylan recalled Sinatra telling him, "'You and me,...
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