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The Latest: Cooper, Coogler among surprising Oscar nom snubs

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, which are being announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 8:50 a.m. The 2019 Oscar nominations are full of surprises and some downright stupefying snubs. “A Star Is Born” and “Black …

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Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a double nominee at the Academy Awards, where rapper Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the first time while songwriter Diane Warren is also vying for her first win with her 10th nomination. Gaga scored best actress and best original song nominations Tuesday for her work in “A Star Is Born” — repeating the …

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Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday. The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions and remained in custody Tuesday, a judicial official said. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to …

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Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87. Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock, Arkansas. A songwriter and singer, Russell and …

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Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini’s “Turandot” by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character. Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera were stolen from a truck near the western German city after the driver pulled into …

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Hedi Slimane unveils debut menswear show for Celine in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Passers-by gathered outside the giant glass windows of Celine’s traffic-stopping show venue Sunday night: erected in Paris’ sparkling Place de la Concorde, which is also used as a traffic circle. Designer Hedi Slimane’s debut menswear effort for Celine — the most highly anticipated show of the season — also drew the stars inside, including Courtney Love. All …

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Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

DALLAS (AP) — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children’s hospital. Timberlake took a break from his “Man of the Woods” tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare’s Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. A video of the kids was widely shared all …

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Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

George Harrison, Klaus Voorman, Jesse Ed Davis, Eric Clapton

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As a child, Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents’ home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans. Wray eventually took all that rage …

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Pope puts Sistine choir under aide’s eye after scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal. The Vatican said Saturday that the all-male ensemble, believed to be the world’s oldest choir, is now being led by Monsignor Guido Marini, who assists Francis during church ceremonies. Francis named another monsignor, Guido Pozzo, to handle the …

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Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

R. Kelly

NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have held …

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