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McLean arrested on domestic violence charge

CAMDEN, Maine - "American Pie" singer Don McLean was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge Monday in Maine, a jail supervisor said. McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail, Cpl. Brad Woll said. The singer-songwriter lives in the town of ...

Lack of diversity in nominees drives boycott

NEW YORK - Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars' second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year's ceremony. In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he "cannot support" the ...

Ex-DA expected to be key defense witness at Cosby hearing

PHILADELPHIA - An ex-prosecutor is expected to testify that he promised Bill Cosby would never be charged over a 2005 sex-assault complaint, but a judge must decide if that constitutes an immunity deal.Then-prosecutor Bruce Castor will be a key witness for the defense at a Feb. 2 hearing over ...

Maher: I want a presidential appearance for birthday

PASADENA, Calif. - Bill Maher is hoping for a visit from President Barack Obama for his 60th birthday.The HBO "Real Time" host said he's launching a petition campaign for his fans to urge the White House to schedule a presidential appearance on his show.He said Friday that it wouldn't bother ...

Actor, California lawmaker fight bogus memorabilia

LOS ANGELES - Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has seen it time and time again: "Star Wars" fans with movie posters and other memorabilia that they believe were signed by him.The autograph often turns out to be bogus.Weary of seeing fans victimized by unscrupulous dealers, Hamill has teamed up ...

Dustin Diamond booked into Wis. jail

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. - Former "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond has been booked into jail to start his four-month sentence for an altercation at a Wisconsin bar.The Ozaukee County Jail website shows Diamond was booked Friday.Diamond played Screech on the 1990s TV show. He was convicted ...

Thursday’s GOP debate seen by 11.1M viewers

NEW YORK - Thursday's GOP debate drew 11.1 million viewers to Fox Business Network, according to the Nielsen ratings company. That clash of Republican presidential candidates was the sixth for the GOP in this election cycle, and was the least-watched thus far. Last month's faceoff, aired on ...

Duchovny, Anderson learn to love their ‘X-Files’ characters

PASADENA, Calif. - Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny say they learned to appreciate being known for "The X-Files" characters that made them sci-fi sex symbols more than 20 years ago."It took me a long time to embrace it after we were done with the series," Anderson said Friday, joining ...

Alan Rickman dies at 69

LONDON - British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, has died. He was 69.Rickman's family said that the actor died early Thursday in London after a battle with cancer.Daniel Radcliffe, who played opposite ...

Nominations set stage for Oscar sequel, starring Inarritu

Coming soon: "Oscars: The Sequel."A year after Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman" swept top honors at last year's Academy Awards, Inarritu will again play a leading role at the Academy Awards with his 1820s revenge thriller "The Revenant," which landed a leading 12 nominations Thursday.Other ...

NBC: Fallon in best shape ever despite falls

PASADENA, Calif. - Jimmy Fallon's series of falls have raised some concern among NBC executives, but the network entertainment chief said Wednesday that the late-night comic is "in better shape than he's ever been."The "Tonight" show host hurt himself in falls three times within five months ...

Sherri Shepherd appeals surrogacy ruling

PHILADELPHIA - Actress Sherri Shepherd is appealing a Pennsylvania court ruling that found her responsible for a child born to a surrogate before she divorced.The Legal Intelligencer reports Wednesday that Shepherd is appealing the Superior Court decision to the state's high court. Shepherd's ...

Cable network Al Jazeera America to shut down

PASADENA, Calif. - The Al Jazeera America cable news network said Wednesday it will shut down two and a half years after its launch, a victim of a rough business environment and political headwinds it could not conquer.The channel, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera cable network, had ...

Scott, McKay among Directors Guild nods

NEW YORK - Adam McKay, Tom McCarthy and George Miller landed their first nods from the Directors Guild of America in a group of nominees that spanned genres from comedy to science fiction.Nominations for outstanding achievement in directing went to McKay for the finance romp "The Big Short," ...

Rose: Penn to talk to him about ‘El Chapo’ interview

CBS News' Charlie Rose says that Sean Penn has agreed to talk to him about his interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for Rolling Stone magazine. Penn's exclusive turned out to be controversial: Authorities said his meeting with one of the world's most wanted men helped them ...

CFP championship’s viewership down nearly a quarter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The College Football Playoff championship's viewership is down nearly a quarter from last year.Alabama's 45-40 victory over Clemson on Monday night averaged 25.7 million viewers on ESPN, down 23 percent from the 33.4 million for the inaugural CFP title game in 2015.The ...

Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

NEW YORK - David Bowie, the chameleon-like star who transformed the sound - and the look - of rock with his audacious creativity and his sexually ambiguous makeup and costumes, died of cancer Sunday.Bowie, whose hits included "Space Oddity," ''Fame," ''Heroes" and "Let's Dance," died surrounded ...

Playboy Mansion for sale but Hef wants to stay

LOS ANGELES - For $200 million, the Playboy Mansion, where risque parties have raged for decades, could be yours.But you might want to think twice if you're aiming to close escrow on the famous property that went on the market Monday and move in quickly, since Playboy Magazine founder and party ...

Fraud trial starts for Princess Cristina

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain - Spain's Princess Cristina spent 12 hours in court Monday at the start of her landmark criminal case, confronting accusations of bankrolling a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for ...

Cole remembered with mix of music and laughter

LOS ANGELES - Natalie Cole was remembered as a loyal friend, "the best and bossiest big sister," and a worthy successor to her famous father's legacy in a joyous and music-filled funeral highlighting her Baptist faith. The two-hour, 50-minute service Monday at West Angeles Church of God in ...