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Arrest after shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A hip-hop promoter was charged on Monday with pistol-whipping someone during an altercation that included a shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap in his hometown that left three people wounded, authorities said. The shooting happened outside a 24-hour deli in Paterson early Sunday. The names of the victims weren’t released, but police said Fetty Wap wasn’t ... Read More »

George Lucas gives another $10M to USC for student diversity

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

NEW YORK (AP) — George Lucas has given another $10 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to fund the student diversity program he helped establish. The donation was announced Monday by USC, Lucas’ alma mater. Last fall, USC established a foundation in Lucas’ name to support students from underrepresented communities who qualify for financial support. ... Read More »

Barry Jenkins’ next project? ‘The Underground Railroad’

Barry Jenkins

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins writing and directing the adaptation of the 2016 National Book Award winner. Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” is a part-historic, part-surrealistic novel ... Read More »

Prosecutors fight Cosby bid to query 2,000 potential jurors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case in Pennsylvania objected Monday to defense efforts to prescreen as many as 2,000 potential jurors. They also said in a court filing that the jury should be selected weeks before the scheduled June 5 trial so jurors can prepare to be sequestered nearly 300 miles away from home. And they ... Read More »

Colombia mad over Wiz Khalifa’s visit to Pablo Escobar tomb

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — American rapper Wiz Khalifa is stirring controversy in the South American nation of Colombia, where he laid flowers and smoked what looks like a joint at the tomb of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The rapper is an avid marijuana smoker and used his Instagram account to post several photos of him smoking at Escobar’s tomb in ... Read More »

Punk legend Johnny Rotten supports Trump, Brexit vote

John Lydon

LONDON (AP) — Count punk pioneer Johnny Rotten among President Donald Trump’s supporters. The former Sex Pistols front man, whose real name is John Lydon, tells ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” that “there’s many, many problems” with Trump as a person, but he’s not racist. Lydon says Trump “terrifies politicians and this is joy to behold.” He says he looks at ... Read More »

Houston student dies days after FaceTime with Beyonce

Beyonce

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston high school student has lost her battle with terminal cancer days after having a dream come true in a talk with Beyonce over a video chat. Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith says senior Ebony Banks died late Saturday night. The teen’s Hastings High School classmates started an online campaign before her death to ... Read More »

Actress Shailene Woodley reaches deal in pipeline protest

Shailene Woodley

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal that calls for no jail time over her involvement in protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. The “Divergent” star was among 27 activists arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her arrest on Facebook. She initially pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and engaging in ... Read More »

Turkish pop star, journalists on trial over failed coup

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish pop singer and 28 other people, mostly journalists, went on trial Monday on terrorism charges for alleged links to a failed coup attempt, highlighting the gulf between Turkey’s assertions that such prosecutions are needed to restore stability and international concerns that Turkish democracy is in peril. Singer Atilla Tas and the other suspects in Turkey ... Read More »

Adele: ‘I don’t know if I will ever tour again’

Adele

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Adele fans who didn’t catch her on her world tour that’s winding down may be out of luck in the future. The New Zealand Herald reports Adele told the audience during Sunday night’s show in Auckland that “touring isn’t something I’m good at” and she doesn’t know if she “will ever tour again.” The concert ... Read More »