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Cole died from pulmonary tension

NEW YORK - Natalie Cole's family said the singer's cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.Her family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that after Cole received a kidney transplant in 2009, she was diagnosed with pulmonary ...

Yazbeck to take over for Morrison on Broadway

NEW YORK - Tony Yazbeck will step into the heroic shoes of former "Glee" star Matthew Morrison in Broadway's "Finding Neverland." Yazbeck will play J.M. Barrie, the "Peter Pan" author, in the adaptation from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired ...

‘Making a Murderer’ juror stands by verdict

MILWAUKEE - A juror involved in the homicide case that spawned the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer" says she stands by the verdict.The 10-part series raises questions about whether Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were wrongly convicted, spurring new scrutiny of the case and ...

LeVar Burton: Time is right for ‘Roots’ remake

PASADENA, Calif. - LeVar Burton, who starred in the influential 1970s miniseries "Roots," said the remake is arriving at a crucial time."As far as we have come in the area of race relations and the topics of social justice, fairness and equality, we still have a long way to go," he told a TV ...

‘Sister Wives’ stars won’t be charged if law stands

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah prosecutors say a polygamous family made famous by a reality TV show won't face charges if a law against plural marriage stands.The Utah Attorney General argued in court documents filed Wednesday that the "Sister Wives" stars can't challenge the law because they've never ...

Prosecutors reject Cosby sex charges

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County prosecutors declined Wednesday to charge Bill Cosby with sexually abusing two teenagers in 1965 and 2008, citing time limits and a lack of evidence.The decision comes about a week after Cosby, 78, was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 ...

‘Hamilton’ digital lottery crashes on Day 1

NEW YORK - The launch of the digital lottery to get discounted tickets to Broadway's hit show "Hamilton" has not been exactly revolutionary.Composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda says 50,000 hopefuls overwhelmed the lottery site and so no winners were selected for Tuesday's show, the first day ...

Weatherly leaving ‘NCIS’ after 13 seasons

LOS ANGELES - "NCIS" star Michael Weatherly says he's leaving the long-running CBS drama.Weatherly, who plays Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, has been with "NCIS" since it debuted in 2003.In postings on his Twitter account Tuesday, Weatherly thanked the show's fans worldwide and said "NCIS" was a ...

Box Office Top 20: ‘Star Wars’ flies toward ‘Avatar’ record

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is even closer to usurping "Avatar's" reign as the top domestic box office earner of all time.Disney's record-busting film brought in $90.2 million over the New Year's weekend, bringing its domestic total to $742.2 million. "Avatar" earned $760.5 ...

Body of missing country singer recovered at Oklahoma lake

PONCA CITY, Okla. - The body of a country singer was recovered Monday at an Oklahoma lake, one week after he disappeared while going duck hunting with a companion who had sent an ominous tweet about threatening weather.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Craig M. Strickland, 29, of Springdale, ...

‘Meredith Vieira Show’ ending after 2 seasons

LOS ANGELES - "The Meredith Vieira Show" is ending after two seasons. In a statement Monday, Vieira said she was sorry to see her daytime talk show wrap and thanked her viewers. Vieira's syndicated program failed to get ratings traction in the competitive daytime arena ruled by shows including ...

People’s Choice award for Ellen

LOS ANGELES - Ellen DeGeneres is receiving a humanitarian award, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is reaping the benefits. Producers of the People's Choice Awards announced Monday that DeGeneres will be recognized as the Favorite Humanitarian at Wednesday's ceremony. The honor comes ...

Activision acquires Major League Gaming

LOS ANGELES - Activision is adding a veteran e-sports organizer to its arsenal. "Call of Duty" publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans Monday to buy Major League Gaming in a move to push deeper into e-sports. The deal to purchase the 12-year-old competitive gaming organizer is ...

Ready, set, roll: Boston Marathon gets its 1st documentary

BOSTON - America's marquee marathon is ready for its close-up."Boston," the first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon, is in the works. Its creators say the movie will go well beyond the 2013 bombings to retrace the iconic footrace's first steps in 1897."Over the years, ...

Motion to block subpoena of Bill Cosby’s wife denied

BOSTON - Bill Cosby's wife will be forced to testify in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion by Camille Cosby to throw out a subpoena requiring her to give a deposition in the ...

Charleston a focus of Spoleto Festival USA

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Historic Charleston is a large focus of next spring's 40th edition of the Spoleto Festival USA, from glimpses of the city in the iconic opera "Porgy and Bess" to the tragedy of the Emanuel AME Church shootings.The lineup for the internationally known arts festival that runs ...

Chris Brown investigated for alleged battery

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation of battery against R&B singer Chris Brown.Authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged battery at the Palms Casino Resort, Lt. Jeff Goodwin said. A police statement Saturday evening said an ...

Ratings plunge for NYE College Football Playoff

DALLAS - Jimmy Kimmel told people to watch. All the prodding and promoting wasn't enough to convince many fans to tune in.College football's move to create a new tradition with semifinal matchups on New Year's Eve drew ratings more than a third lower than last season, when the matchups were ...

Vegas police investigating Brown for alleged battery

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation of battery against R&B singer Chris Brown.Lt. Jeff Goodwin says authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged battery at the Palms Casino Resort. Goodwin would not release any details about ...

‘Game of Thrones’ author blogs that he missed book deadline

NEW YORK - For fans of George R.R. Martin, winter is not coming - at least not right away.The "Game of Thrones" author says he missed a Dec. 31 deadline to finish "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in his popular fantasy series. That means the next HBO season based on the novel will start ...