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Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Jessye Norman’s illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday’s ...

Report: Driver recklessness caused crash injuring Kevin Hart

LOS ANGELES — A man driving Kevin Hart’s vintage muscle car accelerated recklessly on a Southern California highway, causing the accident that left the comedian, driver and another passenger seriously injured, investigators said in a report released Thursday. Jared Black was turning on to ...

Josh Groban plans to ‘let go’ in upcoming series

NEW YORK — Josh Groban has a date for Valentine’s Day — with 6,000 or so of his fans. The singer-songwriter said Tuesday he has booked New York’s City’s massive Radio City Music Hall for a Feb. 14 show that he promises will be a night of music with special guests and plenty of ...

Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The solar system has a new winner in the moon department. Twenty new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82, scientists said Monday. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons. “It was fun to find that Saturn is the true moon ...

Kansas apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at hoops event

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits. Athletic director Jeff Long ...

Security, NY incident leave some unsettled after ‘Joker’

Extra layers of security, intense on-screen action and a frightening incident inside a New York theater combined to create an unsettling experience for some moviegoers who went to see “Joker” on its opening weekend. A young man who was loudly cheering and applauding on-screen murders sent ...

21 Savage: Kids in US illegally should become citizens

LOS ANGELES — Rapper 21 Savage believes immigrants like him who lived in America illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens. The Grammy-nominated artist who was held this year in federal immigration detention told The Associated Press Thursday night that such immigrants ...

James Franco’s ex-students sue alleging sexual impropriety

LOS ANGELES — Two actresses sued James Franco and the acting and film school he founded Thursday, saying he intimidated his students into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations far beyond those acceptable on Hollywood film sets. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, former students at ...

3 charged with providing drugs that killed rapper Mac Miller

LOS ANGELES — Three men arrested during the investigation into rapper Mac Miller’s deadly overdose last year have now been charged with providing the drugs that killed him, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. A grand jury indictment that was unsealed in Los Angeles accuses the men of ...

2 years after Las Vegas attack, loved ones honor 58 victims

LAS VEGAS — From a sunrise event to a reading of victims’ names at the time the bullets flew, Las Vegas on Tuesday was marking two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with memorials to the 58 people killed at a country music festival. “No anniversary is more ...

Martin Scorsese’s epic ‘The Irishman’ premieres in New York

NEW YORK — Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” premiered Friday at the New York Film Festival, finally raising the curtain on the director’s long-awaited, 209-minute crime-drama opus. Though the film’s genre and cast, including Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, has led some to expect a ...

Versatile Forest Whitaker goes from crime boss to music man

LOS ANGELES — Forest Whitaker plays a real-life crime boss in Epix’s new drama series “Godfather of Harlem” with the commanding intensity expected from him. What’s less expected is the movie musical he filmed in London this summer, a U-turn for the actor who started out a ...

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead’s lyricist, dead at 78

LOS ANGELES — Robert Hunter, the man behind the poetic and mystical words for many of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs, has died at age 78. Hunter died Monday at his Northern California home with his wife, Maureen, at his side, former Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally told The ...

Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

NEW YORK — It’s a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth’s most remote places. And like the last century’s battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1, this one ...

25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in ‘Friends’

LOS ANGELES — “Friends” is getting old. Its fans have never been younger. As the sitcom about six twentysomethings marks its 25th anniversary on Sunday, it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially among tween and teen girls who weren’t yet born when it went off the air in ...

Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party

HIKO, Nev. — Thousands of curious Earthlings from around the globe traveled to festivals, and several hundred made forays toward the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert on Friday, drawn by an internet buzz and a social media craze sparked by a summertime Facebook post inviting ...

Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter ...

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

NEW YORK — A new venture backed by many of video gaming’s biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher ...

Police: Rock star Ric Ocasek found dead in apartment

NEW YORK — Ric Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a Manhattan apartment. The New York City police department said officers responding to a 911 call found the 75-year-old Ocasek at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. They said there was no sign of foul play and that ...

YouTube star Lilly Singh makes bold leap to late-night TV

LOS ANGELES — The stubborn curfew barring female hosts from late-night network TV is about to be challenged. Viewer warning: expect more rule-breaking when NBC’s “A Little Late With Lilly Singh” debuts Monday. Singh is attempting the leap from YouTube sensation to broadcast headliner ...