The origin of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ questioned at copyright trial

June 15, 2016

A lawyer for the estate trustee of the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, claimed the British rockers lifted the passage from the instrumental tune “Taurus,” recorded by his band Spirit, and infringed on the songwriter’s copyright. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The opening to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best-known ballads, was played for jurors Tuesday in a case brought by the estate…

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Minnesota governor declared ‘Prince Day’ to mark birthday

June 7, 2016

Prince died April 21 from an accidental overdose of the narcotic painkiller fentanyl. The governor’s proclamation, issued Monday, is meant to celebrate his contributions to music and the entertainment industry, and his quiet philanthropy. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Tuesday to be “Prince Day” in Minnesota to mark what would have been his 58th birthday. The proclamation urges Minnesotans to wear purple Tuesday in…

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‘Dukes’ fame to studio owner, Schneider doing what he wishes

June 7, 2016

John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke on the show, opened John Schneider Studios in the southeast Louisiana town of Holden — between New Orleans and Baton Rouge — two years ago and is celebrating the recent release of his horror-comedy “Smothered,” which was shot there. HOLDEN, La. (AP) — It’s taken decades, but an actor best known for his role on “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV…

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Emmy- and Oscar-winner Sally Field to return to Broadway in ‘The Glass Menagerie’

June 7, 2016

Field will play Amanda Wingfield, the faded Southern belle at the heart of the Tennessee Williams play. She played the same part in 2004 at the Kennedy Center but said that run felt too short. NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy- and Oscar-winner Sally Field will return to Broadway this spring in a revival of “The Glass Menagerie,” playing a part she has tackled before but never managed to shake. “Amanda…

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Prince died of accidental fentanyl overdose – Autopsy report

June 3, 2016

The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show. It was not immediately clear whether Prince had a prescription for the drug and, if…

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For the 1st time since 1970, Barbra Streisand going to Tonys

June 2, 2016

The singer and actress, who was a Tony nominee in 1962 for “I Can Get It for You Wholesale” and in 1964 for “Funny Girl,” hasn’t graced Tony night since 1970, when she got a special Tony. NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand will take the stage at this month’s Tony Awards for the first time in 46 years. James Corden, a Tony-winner and the host of CBS’s “The Late…

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Sellout crowd arrived early for 100th Indianapolis 500

May 30, 2016

The sold-out running of the 100th Indianapolis 500 somehow got off to a splendid start with most fans in their seats in plenty of time before the green flag waved. Speedway spokeswoman Suzi Elliott said he was unaware of any significant complaints. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There was gridlock. There were lines. Fans left for the track early — very early. “I think people who come every year were very much…

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Johnny Depp’s daughter defended him after abuse allegations

May 30, 2016

In an Instagram post Sunday, Lily-Rose Depp calls her father “the sweetest most loving person I know.” She didn’t specifically reference the allegations but says Depp has “been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.” NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp’s 17-year-old daughter has defended him after his wife raised allegations of domestic abuse. Depp’s wife, Amber…

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