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Philadelphia celebrates with Mummers Parade

PHILADELPHIA - Outrageously costumed Mummers have strutted and twirled at Philadelphia's annual New Year's Day parade, a colorful celebration that features string bands, comic brigades, elaborate floats and plenty of feathers and sequins.Participants danced wildly and toted parasols Friday down ...

Cosby tweets ‘Thank You’ to friends, family

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby has tweeted a brief message to fans following his arrest on a sexual assault charge. The message says, "Friends and fans, Thank You." It was sent Thursday from Cosby's Twitter account. The 78-year-old comedian was charged this week with drugging and sexually assaulting ...

Natalie Cole, Grammy winning singer, has died at age 65

LOS ANGELES - Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own success with R&B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" before triumphantly intertwining their legacies to make his "Unforgettable" their signature hit through technological wizardry, has ...

Hard-fought legal battles expected in the Cosby case

PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby's lawyers went on the attack Thursday after the comedian's arrest, calling the sexual assault charges a flawed, politically motivated case that will not hold up in court.They are expected to try to gut the prosecution's case or get it thrown out altogether by a variety ...

Lucas sorry for calling Disney ‘white slavers’

LOS ANGELES - George Lucas has apologized for criticizing Disney's handling of "Star Wars" and saying he had sold his characters to "white slavers" in a recent interview with Charlie Rose.In a statement issued Thursday, Lucas says he misspoke and used a "very inappropriate analogy." It was not ...

Swift’s world tour the top earner with $250.4M

NEW YORK - Taylor Swift's star-studded "1989 World Tour" topped Pollstar's list of worldwide tours of the year, grossing $250.4 million.Swift's tour grossed $70 million more than the No.2 tour of the year, AC/DC's "Rock or Bust World Tour," which brought in $180 million.One Direction, U2 and ...

Bill Cosby charged with a sex crime dating to 2004

ELKINS PARK, Pa. - Bill Cosby was arrested in the twilight of his life and career Wednesday and charged with a decade-old sex crime after a barrage of accusations from dozens of women made a mockery of his image as TV's wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable.Holding a cane, the 78-year-old ...

Tonya Pinkins quits NYC play

NEW YORK - Bertolt Brecht's epic play "Mother Courage and Her Children" may be about the horrors of war, but a new off-Broadway production is revealing real conflict offstage, too.Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins said she will abruptly leave the Classic Stage Company's revival early ...

Miss Colombia calls mix-up a humiliation

BOGOTA, Colombia - The Colombian beauty queen who was briefly crowned Miss Universe is making the best of what she calls a humiliating situation. Ariadna Gutierrez told Colombia's W radio Wednesday that no one can take away the four minutes during which she wore the crown. Gutierrez was ...

The CFP semifinals, a new tradition for New Year’s Eve

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple.All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes - no small feat since they'll be having that dance in Lansing, ...

Broadcasters to call their last Rose Parade

LOS ANGELES - Longtime Rose Parade broadcasters Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards will make the 2016 edition their last. The pair will anchor KTLA-TV's coverage Friday morning, describing the flower-covered floats, marching bands and equestrian units moving down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard. ...

Specials drummer Bradbury dies at 62

LONDON - The family of Specials drummer John (Brad) Bradbury has announced that he has died at the age of 62. He was for many years an integral part of the band's unique ska and reggae sound. The family and the band announced his death Tuesday. A family statement said he died Monday but did not ...

Ex-’Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child-porn possession

LOS ANGELES - Authorities say former "Glee" star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.Police Officer Tony Im says the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served at his home in the Sunland area.Im says ...

Heirs to New Hampshire poet sue ‘Big Bang Theory’ producers

NEW YORK - The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty" eight decades ago said in a lawsuit Monday that TV's "The Big Bang Theory" is violating their copyrights.Edith Newlin's daughters sued CBS and other media-related companies over the copyright to a song the ...

Rivera injured in fall, postpones series

NEW YORK - Fans of Chita Rivera will have to wait a little longer to see her perform at Cafe Carlyle in 2016. The actress and singer postponed her show after being injured in a fall over the Christmas holiday.Rivera was to appear at the legendary venue on Jan. 12-23. She will now take the stage ...

San Francisco demands help investigating Bieber graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's city attorney is demanding that Justin Bieber's music publisher help determine who is responsible for sidewalk graffiti promoting the pop star's latest album.City attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Universal Music Group on Monday, saying the graffiti ...

Powder horn believed to be Alexander Hamilton’s for auction

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey dentist believes an engraved piece of cow horn that goes up for auction next month symbolizes the American dream for a man who was key to the founding of the United States and is now the focus of a blockbuster hip-hop Broadway musical.A descendant, an arms appraiser ...

Calif. governor pardons Robert Downey Jr.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The governor of California pardoned Robert Downey Jr. on Thursday for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that led to the Oscar-nominated actor's imprisonment for roughly a year.Downey was among 91 people granted pardons for criminal convictions after demonstrating ...

UK’s No. 1 goes to charity song, not Bieber

LONDON - The National Health Service Choir has beaten Justin Bieber to capture Britain's official Christmas No. 1 song - and he's OK with that. The Canadian pop star's "Love Yourself" was ahead earlier this week - but then Bieber tweeted that he wanted fans to "do the right thing" and boost the ...

Will Smith enlightened by playing ‘Concussion’ doctor

NEW YORK - While the new Will Smith film "Concussion" may lead some to question their support of the NFL, the forensic pathologist who first drew attention to the dangers of repeated head trauma said he wanted his discoveries to "advance football.""Concussion" tells the true story of Dr. Bennet ...