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Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks dies at 96

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and lyricist who with the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross popularized the “vocalese” singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96. His daughter, Aria Hendricks, confirmed his death to the New York Times. She said he died Wednesday at a New York City …

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George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

George Avakian, Jimmy Heath

NEW YORK (AP) — George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian’s daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate available. Avakian, an executive …

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Heat top Celtics 104-98, snap Boston’s 16-game win streak

Dion Waiters, Jaylen Brown

MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net. It was a huge shot in the final moments, and a lucky one. That’s what it took to end Boston’s 16-game winning streak. Goran Dragic scored 27 points, Waiters …

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Weinstein’s Impact: List of men accused of sexual misconduct

Jeffrey Tambor

NEW YORK (AP) — Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape. To be sure, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before. But …

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David Cassidy: A rocking romancer to millions of young fans

NEW YORK (AP) — David Cassidy could sell the heck out of uncertainty. “I Think I Love You,” the smash hit that in 1970 launched the Partridge Family musical group plus the ABC comedy-with-songs show of the same name, found Cassidy center stage delivering such lyrics as “I think I love you, so what am I so afraid of?/ I’m …

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Nick Carter ‘shocked,’ ‘saddened’ by singer’s assault claim

Nick Carter

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter says he’s “shocked and saddened” by accusations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago. Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream wrote in a blog post earlier this month that she was “forced to engage in an act against my will.” She said the Backstreet Boy took her …

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Meghan McCain marries Ben Domenech in Arizona ceremony

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Meghan McCain has married fellow conservative commentator Ben Domenech at her family’s ranch in Arizona. McCain’s father, Sen. John McCain, announced the wedding early Wednesday, tweeting : “Yesterday I was deeply blessed to give away my little girl at a ceremony with family & friends in #Arizona.” The 33-year-old co-host of “The View” announced her engagement …

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Erykah Badu offers ‘soul therapy’ ahead of Soul Train Awards

Erykah Badu

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — There’s no question that Erykah Badu is the soul hostess. On Sunday, she’ll host the Soul Train Awards on BET. But earlier this week, she was the soulful host who invited a small group of reporters to a West Hollywood hotel suite for an introductory lesson on chakras. Badu transformed a room at Le Parc …

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Indian police probe Maria Sharapova housing fraud case

Maria Sharapova

NEW DELHI (AP) — Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off. Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees (millions of dollars) from home buyers …

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Lewis, Urlacher, Moss, Seymour among hall semifinalists

MOSS

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The hall said Tuesday that all ties for the 25th spot in the semifinals also advance. Others in their initial year of eligibility who made this cut are Brian Urlacher, Richard Seymour, Steve Hutchinson and Ronde …

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