President Barack Obama says he doesn’t anticipate huge change from EU exit

July 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama isn’t expecting “major, cataclysmic changes” as a result of Britain’s pending exit from the European Union. Speaking to NPR, Obama also said there are more differences than similarities when it comes to Britain’s election compared with the current presidential election in the United States, where discontent has fueled Republican Donald Trump’s rise. Obama said Europe hasn’t fared as well as the United States since…

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‘Glee’ star Mark Salling changed lawyer in child porn case

July 6, 2016

A federal judge on Monday approved Mark Salling’s request to have a new lawyer represent him and set his next court date for Sept. 19. LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who starred on the musical dramedy “Glee” has a new lawyer to represent him in a federal child pornography case. Salling’s new attorney, Michael J. Proctor, did not return an email seeking comment. The 33-year-old actor pleaded not guilty…

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Judge approved settlement in ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright case

July 6, 2016

U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday. It ends the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song for years. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement that will put “Happy Birthday to You” in the public domain. The company has agreed to pay back $14 million to those who have paid licensing fees to use…

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BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

June 28, 2016

Sheila E., jamming on the drums and guitar, singing and dancing without shoes, closed the three-hour-plus show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with “Let’s Work,” ”A Love Bizarre,” ”The Glamorous Life,” ”America” and more. She was joined by “Purple Rain” actor Jerome Benton and Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as…

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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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Muhammad Ali was the subject of plenty films and star of a few

June 6, 2016

He was brash, bold, the best in the world — just ask him — and might have won an Oscar instead of heavyweight gold had he taken his A-list talents to Hollywood instead of the boxing ring. Muhammad Ali would almost seem unbelievable if he was created as a work of fiction for a movie script. He was more quotable than any Tarantino flick, had the presence of Brando in…

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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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