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Citing Trump remarks, entire president’s arts council quits

Kal Penn

NEW YORK (AP) — Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up. Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated Friday, and signed by 16 of 17 committee members, cited the “false equivalence” of President Donald Trump’s comments about last weekend’s ... Read More »

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Charlottesville Killer Was Hillary Supporter, Funded By Soros THE FACTS: James Fields, who’s charged with murder after ... Read More »

Trey Songz reaches plea deal in Detroit assault case

DETROIT (AP) — R&B singer Trey Songz has reached a deal with prosecutors to reduce a felony assault charge stemming from a concert in Detroit. The 32-year-old artist pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace in a Wayne County court. He will serve 18 months of probation. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from stage during ... Read More »

Robin Thicke’s girlfriend announces pregnancy

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke’s girlfriend has announced she’s expecting a baby with the singer and her due date is the same as the birthday of Thicke’s late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram Thursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that “the due date is March 1st, Alan’s birthday!” The actor died in December at age ... Read More »

Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office said he planned to schedule an execution for Jack Greene after a ... Read More »

Cash family: Keep Johnny’s name away from ‘hateful ideology’

JOHNNY CASH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer’s name or image. In a Wednesday night Facebook post shared by Cash’s daughter Rosanne and son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were “sickened” to learn a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was wearing a T-shirt with ... Read More »

Grammy-winning singer arrested for bringing drugs into Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband were arrested in Guam and charged with illegal drug possession. The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2wdFrZF ) that Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana Tuesday as the two arrived on the island for a benefit concert at a school. Court documents state crystal-like ... Read More »

Education activist Malala Yousafzai to study at Oxford

LONDON (AP) — Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her “Congratulations” notice. She plans to major in ... Read More »

Hawkins, star at Notre Dame, worked for Dodgers, dies at 80

Tommy Hawkins, Tommy Lasorda

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy Hawkins, the first black basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, died Wednesday. He was 80. Hawkins died in his sleep at home in Malibu, son Kevin told The Associated Press. He had been in good health and had lay ... Read More »

Aretha Franklin set to move back to Detroit for retirement

Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city. The legendary soul singer tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/2wijMOV ) that she is moving from her longtime home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She also wants to open a small club that she plans to call Aretha’s. ... Read More »