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The Latest: Kurt Busch wins Bristol for 6th victory

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest from NASCAR’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Kurt Busch has won the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway to steal the spotlight from his younger brother. Busch’s victory was his first of the season and sixth career Cup win on the Tennessee bullring. He raced Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint …

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Yankees celebrate 1998 World Series championship team

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada returned to the Bronx on Saturday for the New York Yankees’ celebration of their 1998 World Series championship team. Darryl Strawberry and former manager Joe Torre also attended the ceremony before New York’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Derek Jeter did not make the trip because of his …

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Ariana Grande tears up as she recalls Manchester tragedy

Ariana Grande

NEW YORK (AP) — The very mention of Manchester still brings Ariana Grande to tears. The singer cried during an interview Friday with Ebro for Beats 1 on Apple Music as she shared thoughts on the 2017 concert in England, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people. She said that terrorists “want you to be afraid,” adding that those who …

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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. In recent weeks, the faithful have arrived …

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Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas make their engagement official

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s official for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The two on Saturday announced on their respective Instagram accounts they are engaged. Each posted the same picture, a close-up of them gazing lovingly at each other, an engagement ring on Chopra’s finger. The two are in India with both of their families. “Taken … With all my …

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MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin

NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they’re just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is “working on a lot of different options.” Franklin, who was 76, died …

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Aretha Franklin’s funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

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NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul’s family and friends. Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African …

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A focused Mackenzie Phillips takes it one day at a time

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mackenzie Phillips, who’s upending expectations with her portrayal of a brutal inmate on “Orange is the New Black,” deserves another look off-screen as well. Phillips has battled addiction and made disturbing sexual abuse allegations well before such revelations were common, and she’s forthright when asked to look back at those dark chapters. But it’s the work …

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Stan Lee gets 3-year restraining order against ex-adviser

Stan Lee

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee’s restraining order against a former business manager was extended for three years on Friday, in another apparent step toward stability for the Marvel Comics mogul after a tumultuous year. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Keya Morgan to stay away from the Marvel Comics mogul and his family members, making permanent a previous …

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Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles

Young Thug, Jeffery Lamar Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car, authorities said Friday. The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge just after midnight Friday, said Officer Drake Madison. He was being held on $35,000 bail. Madison said several hundred people …

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