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Actor Bill Cosby walks out of the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday.

Cosby’s lurid decade-old testimony is read to the jury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial heard from the comedian without him actually taking the stand Thursday as prosecutors read into the record his lurid, decade-old testimony about what he said were several sexual encounters with Andrea Constand that culminated in ...

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Taylor Swift returns to Spotify, Pandora, more

NEW YORK — Taylor Swift is getting back together with a few of her famous exes, including Spotify and Pandora. The pop star's representative confirmed her full catalog will return to all streaming platforms Friday. Her official Instagram fan account, Taylor Nation, posted the news ...

Jesse Ventura to work for Russian TV

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura says he hasn't been able to find work since his highly-publicized defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, so he will work for Russian TV. Ventura told The AP on Thursday that ...

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Friday night at 8 p.m., the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will perform live in concert at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. Today the four-man band consists of Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, John McEuen and Bob Carpenter. The show is restricted to those age 21 and older.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to perform Friday

TAMA — The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, celebrating its 50th anniversary as a group, will be performing live in concert Friday night at 8 p.m. at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel as part of a tour consisting of around 70 shows this year. The American country/rock bank was founded in Long Beach, ...

Applause Calendar, June 8, 2017

June 8 Marshalltown School Registration 11a.m. to 7 p.m. First through 12th grade First through Eighth grades register at Miller Middle School Ninth grade through 12th grade register at Marshalltown Learning Academy Preschool and kindergarten registration held earlier/To register ...

Delta Nu 2017 Festival of Gardens Tour

STATE CENTER — The Delta Nu Study Club of State Center will be hosting the Third Annual Festival of Gardens Tour at five State Center homes on June 18, the final day of the 59th Annual Rose Festival. The tour will run from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased ahead of time at ...

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The Peanuts Gang comes to the Civic Center

DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts announces that A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage will make an appearance at the Des Moines Civic Center for one night only at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Tickets to A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage will go on sale at 9 a.m. on June 12 and can be ...

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Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

‘I was frozen’: Cosby accuser says she was drugged, groped

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless. "In my head, I was trying to get my hands ...

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Clooneys welcome twins Ella, Alexander

NEW YORK — George and Amal Clooney's twins have arrived — one of the most anticipated births since Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt were born in 2008. Beyonce and Jay Z, you're next. The Clooneys welcomed a son and a daughter on Tuesday morning, announcing in a joint statement that daughter ...

Stacy Keach suffered heart attack on stage

CHICAGO — Medical tests show that when actor Stacy Keach became confused during the May 30 premiere performance in Chicago of "Pamplona" he was suffering a heart attack. Because of Keach's illness, the entire run of the one-man play about author Ernest Hemingway was canceled. Goodman Theatre ...

Grande returns to Manchester to honor victims

MANCHESTER, England — Ariana Grande returned to the city to pay tribute with an energetic, all-star concert featuring Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Liam Gallagher two weeks after a suicide bombing killed 22 of her fans and injured dozens of others in Manchester, England. Grande was ...

Southern rocker Gregg Allman laid to rest near Highway 41

MACON, Ga. — Southern rocker Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday near his older brother Duane in the same cemetery where they used to write songs among the tombstones, not far from US Highway 41. Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor Allman, who was carried into Rose Hill ...

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Evel Knievel Museum opens in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new Kansas museum is giving enthusiasts of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel a jump on appreciating his death-defying, bone-breaking exploits. The $5-million, 13,000-square-foot homage to the hard-living man who became a global pop icon in the 1970s with ...

Maher apologizes for using racial slur on-air

LOS ANGELES — Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur to describe himself as a house slave during a live segment for his HBO talk show. Maher's comment during his discussion with Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, was quickly and broadly criticized after it aired on the comedian's ...

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Rosanne Anderson, Guild president, and Dorothy Faidley, superintendent of Fabric and Threads, show the 2017 State Fair raffle quilt at the May meeting of the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety.

State Fair quilts topic at Quilt Sew-ciety

The May meeting of the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety was held on May 2 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshalltown. Following a time of refreshments and socializing the meeting was called to order by President Rosanne Anderson. Two guests were introduced. Minutes and treasurer’s reports ...

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Griffin not ‘laying down’ for Trump

LOS ANGELES — Embattled comedian Kathy Griffin says she's not afraid of Donald Trump and plans to keep making fun of him but maintained that she's sorry for a video that depicted her holding a likeness of the president's severed, bloody head. At a rambling press conference Friday, Griffin ...

Grande’s Manchester benefit to air on Disney

NEW YORK — Disney says its networks will air Ariana Grande's "One Love Manchester" benefit on Sunday. The concert, to be carried by broadcasters around the world, is aimed at helping victims of the recent attack in Manchester, England. The full concert will air live at 2 p.m. EDT on ...

‘Wonder Woman’ lassos $11M opener

LOS ANGELES — "Wonder Woman" is off to a good start at the box office. Warner Bros. on Friday said the superhero pic drew in an estimated $11 million from Thursday night pre-shows. Analysts expect the film to bring in more than $90 million across the weekend. "Wonder Woman's" Thursday ...

NatGeo TV kills off movie adaptation of O’Reilly book

NEW YORK — The National Geographic TV network says it won't air "Killing Patton," its next planned movie adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's book series on the deaths of historical figures. The network wouldn't comment on whether the decision had anything to do with the harassment allegations that ...

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Richards auctions items for autistic adults

WESTON, Conn. — Rolling Stones fans are sure to get some satisfaction from an upcoming auction to benefit a pair of Connecticut charities that help autistic adults. The Stamford Advocate reports that Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his wife, Patti Hansen, are donating items from their ...