RI officials kick off music & arts festival in Providence

June 4, 2016

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed spoke at City Hall on Friday to kick off “PVDFest.” Drummers and performers from a street theater group led them to the podium. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are welcoming an expected 100,000 people to Providence for an arts and music festival. The event, which runs through Sunday, features local and international artists and musicians. On Saturday, which Elorza…

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Matt Damon told MIT graduates to face the world’s problems

June 4, 2016

The actor, who grew up near the MIT campus and played a mathematically gifted MIT janitor in “Good Will Hunting,” listed what he described as some of the world’s greatest problems, including income inequality, a corrupt banking system and a broken political system. Then he told graduates: “Turn toward the problems you see. You have to engage.” CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Matt Damon spoke to Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates…

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At puzzling painkiller mystery, prince autopsy report hints

June 4, 2016

The single-page document lists a fentanyl overdose as the cause of death, but it offers few clues to indicate whether the musician was a chronic pain patient desperately seeking relief, a longtime opioid user whose habit became an addiction or a combination of both. The report from the medical examiner who conducted Prince’s autopsy is tantalizing for what it doesn’t say. Blanks for contributing causes are marked “na” for “not…

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Authorities say man cited ‘Purge’ film in Indiana slayings

June 3, 2016

A Marion County judge entered a not guilty plea for Johnathan Cruz and ordered him held without bond during an initial hearing Thursday on three murder counts and other charges for the attacks starting May 12. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 19-year-old Indianapolis man has been charged with killing three people over four days in attacks a prosecutor said he justified by citing the horror movie “The Purge,” which is about…

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‘Ninja Turtles’ sequel is a cartoon on steroids

June 3, 2016

Not that a live-action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sequel owes anything at all to an adult audience, but in an age where comic books of every stripe are tailored to be must-sees for ages 8 to 80, it’s a little disarming to find one hopeful franchise that is really and truly for kids. They’re the one audience who will just let the nonsense wash over them. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:…

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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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Chinese developer Wanda opened theme park to take on Disney

May 30, 2016

Wanda executives unveiled their $3 billion “Wanda City” in the southeastern provincial capital of Nanchang to thundering music reminiscent of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme and hailed the center as a representative of Chinese entertainment culture in the face of encroaching foreign influences. NANCHANG, China (AP) — China’s largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, opened an entertainment complex on Saturday that it’s positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival…

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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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