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Dubai finds itself entangled in case against R. Kelly

R. Kelly

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai found itself entangled in the sex abuse case against American R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday after the performer asked a U.S. judge to allow him to come to the Arabian Peninsula sheikhdom to perform shows and “meet with the royal family.” Officials in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates did not ... Read More »

10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting grants

NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Tyree Daye will finally have some time to really write, and not think too much about money. “I can take the summer off and pay down some debts,” Daye, from Youngsville, North Carolina, said Wednesday night after accepting his $50,000 Whiting Award, given annually by the Whiting Foundation to 10 emerging artists. Established in 1985, ... Read More »

‘Full House’ to big house in college scheme? Experts differ

BOSTON (AP) — Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law, some lawyers say. But others predict that ... Read More »

World Video Game Hall of Fame to announce 2019 finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — This year’s finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame are about to be revealed. Hall officials say they will announce the Class of 2019 contenders on Thursday morning. The winners will be inducted May 2. Players can weigh in by casting a “Player’s Choice” ballot through March 28 at the website: www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org . The ... Read More »

Court reviews arrest request on K-pop singer Jung Joon-young

Jung Joon-young

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — K-pop singer Jung Joon-young was attending a South Korean court hearing Thursday on whether a warrant will be issued for his arrest on allegations he illegally shared sexually explicit videos of women taken without their knowledge or consent. He told reporters at the Seoul Central District Court that he was sorry and apologized again to ... Read More »

Daniels: ‘Pain and anger’ around ‘Empire’ in recent weeks

Lee Daniels

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the weeks since cast member Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic attack have been “a freakin’ rollercoaster.” In an Instagram video that doesn’t refer to Smollett by name, Daniels says since “the incident” he and his cast have “experienced pain and anger ... Read More »

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday. Machelle Hobson’s children had no food, water or access to a bathroom whenever they were sequestered in ... Read More »

Scripts from ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ to be digitally preserved

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Hollywood producer Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center say they’re working together to digitally preserve Reiner’s collection of scripts from the 1960’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The scripts are full of Reiner’s handwritten changes to the dialogue. Reiner, who turned 97 on Tuesday, says creating and producing the comedy is the project he’s most ... Read More »

Citing cash woes, R Kelly asks judge for OK to fly to Dubai

R. Kelly

CHICAGO (AP) — Cash-strapped R. Kelly asked a judge Wednesday to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, according to a new court filing that said he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex abuse charges. The R&B singer hopes to do up to five concerts next month in ... Read More »

Huffman’s court date pushed back in admissions scam case

Felicity Huffman

BOSTON (AP) — A judge has granted a request to push back actress Felicity Huffman’s court appearance in Boston on charges that she participated in a college admissions cheating scam. Huffman was initially scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on March 29 along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin and other parents. But a judge on Wednesday moved Huffman’s hearing ... Read More »