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Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape

Nelly

SEATTLE (AP) — The rapper Nelly will not face rape charges because the accuser is not cooperating, prosecutors in Washington state said. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in a Seattle suburb. Auburn police arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., in his bus at a Walmart and he was booked ... Read More »

Pete Rose defamation lawsuit dismissed after agreement

Pete Rose

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball was dismissed Friday, federal court documents show. Rose said in the lawsuit that John Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on an AM radio station in Pennsylvania where he accused Rose of ... Read More »

Vincent Nguini, guitarist for Paul Simon, dead at 65

NEW YORK (AP) — Vincent Nguini, a guitarist from Cameroon who worked with Paul Simon since the late 1980s, died last week in Brazil. He was 65. Simon’s publicist, Elizabeth Freund, confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday. Freund said Nguini died on Dec. 8 with his wife, Florence Nombulelo Yawa, by his side. No more details or ... Read More »

Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus to perform Elton John tribute show

Elton John

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are set to honor Elton John at a tribute concert next month. The Recording Academy announced Friday that it will tape “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 30, two days after the 2018 ... Read More »

Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin

Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. With Putin’s approval rating topping 80 percent, there is little doubt about the outcome of the March 18 vote. Instead, voter apathy represents the main challenge for his strategists, who want his showing to be as ... Read More »

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

Dustin Hoffman

ROME (AP) — A playwright who says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her and had her massage his feet in a hotel room when she was 16 said Friday that she spent years in guilty silence and took pains to not dress suggestively in professional contexts because she assumed the incident was her fault. Playwright Cori Thomas was a classmate ... Read More »

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 — the same day as one of the biggest English sports events of the year, the FA Cup final. The date was confirmed Friday by the prince’s Kensington Palace office. While most British royal weddings are on weekdays, this one ... Read More »

Producer of live events drops ties to Tavis Smiley

Paul Williams, John Mellencamp, Tavis Smiley

NEW YORK (AP) — Tavis Smiley’s career has taken another hit as live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing the TV host’s theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Smiley, who has been indefinitely suspended from his PBS talk show and lost his Walmart sponsorship, was to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of ... Read More »

Mario Batali kicked off ABC amid misconduct allegations

Mario Batali

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC’s “The Chew” amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately. ABC said that while it was not aware of any inappropriate behavior involving him and the show, the network says “we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards ... Read More »

Omarosa’s departure highlights lack of White House diversity

Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault, Ben Carson, Lynne Patton

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure, the White House has lost arguably its most prominent and visible African-American senior staffer, serving as a reminder of the lack of diversity at the upper echelons of the Trump administration. Manigault Newman was one of just a handful of African-Americans to hold a senior position under Trump. Ben Carson, the secretary ... Read More »