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Michelle Obama raps song about college

WASHINGTON - America is seeing a new side of Michelle Obama, this time as rap artist.The first lady and "Saturday Night Live" actor Jay Pharoah rhyme on a new video to encourage students to "go to college" and "fill your head with knowledge."She also sings a brief solo about her Chicago ...

ABC Family to change its name to Freeform

NEW YORK - ABC Family is getting a new name. The network announced Thursday it will soon be known as Freeform. The rechristening happens Jan. 12, the same day the network welcomes back "Pretty Little Liars" for its season premiere, along with the series debut of "Shadowhunters." The network ...

‘Carol,’ Netflix lead a wide-ranging Golden Globes field

From the sumptuous romance of "Carol" to the apocalyptic rage of "Mad Max: Fury Road," streaming series to network dramas, Will Smith to Amy Schumer, the 73rd annual Golden Globe nominations unveiled a widespread field of nominations that attempted to corral a chaotic Oscar race and an ...

Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time's Person of the Year, praised Wednesday by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis. Time's cover called her "Chancellor of the Free World.""Not once or twice but three times there ...

Gospel singer LaBreeska Hemphill dies at age 75

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gospel singer LaBreeska Hemphill, who co-founded the award-winning family group The Hemphills, has died in Nashville, Tennessee. She was 75. A statement from the family's publicist said she died Wednesday. Originally from Flat Creek, Alabama, she got her introduction to music ...

Streisand upstaged by Katzenberg at entertainment breakfast

LOS ANGELES - Barbra Streisand was the guest of honor at the annual Women in Entertainment breakfast Wednesday, but it was Hollywood publicist Nanci Ryder and film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg who moved the audience the most.Ryder, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease last year, appeared ...

Griffith, Banderas’ divorce finalized

LOS ANGELES - Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' marriage is officially over. A Los Angeles judge finalized the actors' divorce on Friday and the judgment was released Tuesday. Griffith filed for divorce in June 2014 after 18 years of marriage.They first worked together on the set of the ...

ABC offers a new version of ‘Dirty Dancing’

NEW YORK - ABC is stepping out with a new production of "Dirty Dancing."The network said Tuesday it will film a three-hour adaptation of the 1987 film that starred Jennifer Grey. This time, actress-singer Abigail Breslin will play the lead role of Baby.No other cast members were announced, nor ...

‘The Wiz’ helps NBC to a ratings win

NEW YORK - NBC's winning streak in the television ratings hit two weeks, with a turnout of 11.5 million viewers for its live production of "The Wiz" helping the network on a night its ratings are usually low.NBC also benefited from a strong showing for its special saluting the lighting of the ...

And the Kimye baby’s name is … Saint West

LOS ANGELES - And the baby du jour's name is ... Saint West. Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye announced the name of their new boy via Twitter and her app. North's sibling was born Saturday, weighing in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Saint is in fine company. His cousins include Reign Aston Disick. ...

Eagles of Death Metal appear with U2 on stage

PARIS - Members of the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal have made a surprise return to a Paris stage during a concert by U2, less than a month after suicide bombers stormed the band's Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater and killed 89 people.U2 on Monday night was playing the last of ...

Charlie Brown actor gets prison time

SAN DIEGO - A former child actor who was the voice of Charlie Brown in beloved "Peanuts" TV specials is headed to prison, despite a last-ditch effort to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of making criminal threats. Peter Robbins was sentenced Monday in San Diego to four years and eight months ...

Search is on for quarterback Jay Cutler’s brother-in-law

SALT LAKE CITY - Investigators are trying to piece together what happened to NFL quarterback Jay Cutler's brother-in-law, whose hasn't been heard from since his car was found abandoned more than a week ago near a remote dirt road in Utah.Michael Cavallari, 30, lives in Southern California and ...

Vestige of St. Louis Disney park that never was up for sale

ST. LOUIS - Imagine packing up the kids and heading for that dream vacation to a Disney theme park ... in St. Louis.It almost happened a half-century ago when Disney drew up plans for an indoor theme park in downtown St. Louis before giving up in a dispute over money and turning attention to ...

Colts owner picks up Starr’s drum set

INDIANAPOLIS - Jim Irsay is reuniting the Beatles piece by piece.The Indianapolis Colts owner made his latest pricey purchase Friday, picking up Ringo Starr's first Ludwig drum set at auction for $1.75 million."Finally, after 45 years, the Beatles are together again," Irsay said in a text ...

Kim, Kanye West welcome son

LOS ANGELES - The newest member of the Kardashian clan has arrived.Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed a baby boy early Saturday in Los Angeles."He's here!" the reality star teased on Twitter. An announcement on Kardashian's website reads, "KANYE AND I WELCOME OUR BABY BOY!"A ...

Pressing of Beatles’ White Album sells for $790,000

NEW YORK - A rare pressing of the Beatles' White Album from Ringo Starr's record collection has sold at auction for $790,000. Julien's Auctions says an anonymous buyer made the purchase Saturday at a sale in Beverly Hills, California. The mono pressing was the very first in the United Kingdom ...

Caitlyn Jenner sued by family injured in traffic crash

LOS ANGELES - A family who suffered serious injuries in a fatal traffic collision involving Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year sued the Olympic gold medalist on Friday.The Wolf-Milesi family of Malibu sued Jenner in Los Angeles Superior Court for negligence in the February crash, which killed one ...

Coldplay to headline Super Bowl halftime

LOS ANGELES - Coldplay is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.The British rock band, which is releasing a new album Friday, will perform during halftime of the Super Bowl, said a spokesperson for Pepsi, which is sponsoring the halftime show.The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium ...

Mariah Carey hospitalized for flu

NEW YORK - Pop star Mariah Carey is recovering after being hospitalized with a severe case of the flu.The singer was taken to a hospital on Wednesday morning, according to a report on People.com.A representative for Carey said in a statement Thursday that the singer had been feeling under the ...