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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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March 23, 2017 - 11:51 am
HELSINKI (AP) — British actress Emma Thompson says she once turned down an offer by Donald Trump to stay at the Trump Towers, years before he became the U.S. president. Speaking on a Scandinavian TV show, Thompson said that while filming the 1998 film "Primary Colors," the phone in her trailer rang...
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In this image released by CBS, Mayim Bialik, from left, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco appear in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." CBS says it’s bringing back 18 of its current series for the 2017-2018 season. Returning scripted shows include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “Scorpion” and all three editions of “NCIS” _ Los Angeles, New Orleans and the original. (Darren Michaels/CBs via AP)
March 23, 2017 - 11:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it's bringing back 18 of its current series for the 2017-2018 season. Announced Thursday, those pickups include six comedies, nine dramas, the reality series "Survivor," and newsmagazines "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours." Returning scripted shows include "The Big Bang Theory...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, Vincent Asaro leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after beating charges that he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas." Asaro was rearrested Wednesday, March 22, 2017, for the alleged torching of a car that cut him off in traffic. Also charged in the arson and in an unrelated bank robbery was John J. Gotti, 23, the namesake grandson of the notorious Gambino crime family boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File)
March 22, 2017 - 5:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An aging mobster who beat a charge that he took part in a legendary heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas" was accused Wednesday in a less noteworthy crime — getting a group of gangsters, including John "Dapper Don" Gotti's namesake grandson, to torch a car that cut him off in...
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March 22, 2017 - 3:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS led with 70 nominations overall while its daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" led with 25 nods when nominations were announced Wednesday for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy awards. TV's remaining trio of soap operas, "General Hospital" (23 nominations), "The Bold and the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Chance the Rapper performs at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago summer 2017 to headline the Lollapalooza music festival. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
March 22, 2017 - 9:48 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago this summer to headline the Lollapalooza music festival. Other headliners announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza's website include The Killers, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Muse and blink-182. The...
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March 22, 2017 - 7:34 am
LONDON (AP) — It was 50 years ago today — almost — that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. The city of Liverpool is getting set to celebrate the half-centenary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," one of the most influential albums by local heroes The Beatles. The city announced Wednesday...
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