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Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly concert

R. Kelly

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges. In a rare statement, the government’s Dubai Media Office also denied claims by his lawyer in …

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Cyndi Lauper to bring star power to Vermont commencement

Cyndi Lauper

JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — A university in Vermont has announced singer, songwriter and activist Cyndi Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address. Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18. The 65-year-old attended what was then known as Johnson State College in the 1970s. She didn’t earn a degree but launched a career …

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Streisand apologizes for remarks on Michael Jackson accusers

Barbra Streisand

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday for her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying that she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.” Streisand had received bitter criticism online after she was quoted in The Times of London as …

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Service planned for Keith Flint of The Prodigy fame

Keith Flint

LONDON (AP) — The surviving members of the band The Prodigy have invited fans of the late Keith Flint to line a procession route ahead of a private service celebrating his life on March 29. The band tweeted Saturday that a church service for Flint will be for family and close friends only but that speakers would be provided so …

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A look at Russians who became mixed up in Trump probe

MOSCOW (AP) — An investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into an elaborate Russian operation that sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and try to help Donald Trump win the White House has cast a spotlight on more than a dozen Russian nationals, including billionaires, an elusive linguist, an ambassador and a pop star. A look at …

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R. Kelly’s trip to Dubai off for now as contracts reworked

R. Kelly

CHICAGO (AP) — An overseas trip by R. Kelly is in limbo after his attorney asked a judge Friday for more time to provide details to the court about up to five concerts the R&B singer wants to perform next month in Dubai. A Chicago pretrial hearing only briefly touched on a defense motion asking the judge in the sexual …

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Gary Clark Jr. is confronting racism with ‘This Land’

Gary Clark Jr.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Gary Clark Jr. has created a lot of conversation with “This Land,” the provocative first song off his latest album that shares the same name. In the angry blues-rock song, he recounts racial epithets hurled his way and other racist taunts before he defiantly asserts that he too is “America’s son.” In the accompanying video, young …

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The Latest: No decision on R. Kelly’s Dubai travel request

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on R. Kelly’s request to travel to Dubai for concerts (all times local): 11 a.m. An overseas trip by R. Kelly is in limbo after his criminal attorney asked for more time to provide details to the court about concerts the singer wants to perform next month in Dubai. A Chicago hearing only briefly touched …

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Barack Obama congratulates A-Rod J. Lo on their engagement

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack Obama is feeling the love about the engagement of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod shared a congratulatory handwritten note Thursday on Twitter he received from the former president and his wife, Michelle. Obama wrote: “After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes …

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