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Royal praise for Dutch singer’s victory at flashy Eurovision

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since the 1970s. Duncan Laurence beat out over-the-top, camp-filled performances from across Europe and beyond to win the competition Saturday night with…

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The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday, with Duncan Laurence’s doleful piano ballad “Arcade” crowned champion of Europe’s annual music extravaganza. The 25-year-old was tapped as an early front-runner before the Grand Final but was only ranked third after the vote of professional juries from…

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The Latest: Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest (all times local): 2:00 a.m. The Netherlands is the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Duncan Laurence’s doleful piano ballad “Arcade” was tapped as an early front-runner before Saturday’s Grand Final. But it had to rely on the…

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Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, died Saturday. He was 92. Through a spokeswoman, Shore’s family said he died at his Las Vegas home surrounded by family. He was the father of actor-comedian Pauly Shore. Shore’s nearly seven-decade career stretched from the “Borscht Belt” summer…

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Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn’t brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth’s “Portnoy’s Complaint.” After a Pulitzer early…

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Woodstock 50 festival: Investment bank is lining up money

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival are signaling progress toward resolving a financial crunch after a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live. The festival announced Friday that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. has signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together. Meanwhile, organizers say preparations continue. The anniversary event is…

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Business manager sentenced for defrauding Ne-Yo, McKnight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who served as business manager for Ne-Yo has been sentenced in Ohio to more than seven years in prison for defrauding the R&B singer in a sports beverage scheme. Kevin Foster was convicted last year on 16 counts including wire fraud, money laundering and tax charges. Prosecutors…

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JAMES LEVINE, Jsmes Levine

Levine’s company received $936K from Met in final season

NEW YORK (AP) — Records show conductor James Levine’s company received $936,755 from the Metropolitan Opera in his 47th and final season, a tenure cut short when he was fired as music director emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. The payments to Phramus were disclosed Wednesday when the Met released…

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‘Kinky Boots’ to star in movie theaters, coming full circle

NEW YORK (AP) — If anyone is kicking themselves that they missed seeing the musical “Kinky Boots,” relax — it’s coming to a movie screen nearby this summer. Fathom Events plans to show a performance from the London cast in nearly 500 movie theaters across America on June 25 and again on June 29. The…

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Nipsey Hussle, Cardi B

APNewsBreak: Cardi B tops BET noms, Nipsey Hussle up for 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated Press late Thursday that Cardi B’s nominations include two for the top prize — video of the year — with…

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