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Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he ‘used to be’ comedian

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he “used to be a comedian” and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case. The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage for about an hour Monday night ... Read More »

Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

Neil Diamond

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered his “sincerest apologies” to those ... Read More »

‘Executed’ North Korean pop diva takes Olympic spotlight

Hyon Song Wol

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang’s top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics. Hyon Song Wol, the photogenic leader of Kim Jong Un’s hand-picked Moranbong Band, has made two ... Read More »

The Latest: Stars mingle and dance at SAG Awards after-party

Sterling K. Brown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Sunday’s presentation of the Screen Actors Guild from the Shrine Auditorium (all times local): 9 p.m. The SAG Awards are over, but the after-party is giving nominees the chance to mingle and unwind. Robert De Niro held court on a couch in the center of the room and looked deep in conversation as ... Read More »

Jim Rodford, ex-bassist of The Kinks and The Zombies, dies

LONDON (AP) — Former Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died after a fall. He was 76. The Zombies, the group Rodford had played with since 1999, confirmed the death of the British musician on their Facebook page Saturday. Zombies co-founder Rod Argent says his cousin and longtime bandmate was a “magnificent bass player.” Rodford joined The Kinks in 1978, touring ... Read More »

Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement on Instagram

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday morning saying the two got engaged right before the new year. He said they are “very happy and in love” and that their “cats are chuffed as well.” Sheeran said last fall how Seaborn inspired his ... Read More »

Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty’s autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page, moments ... Read More »

Kim and Kanye choose Chicago for their new baby’s name

Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West

Chicago — where Kanye West was raised — is the name of baby No. 3 with Kim Kardashian West. Mom made the announcement Friday on her app without explanation. Chicago was born Monday, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins big sister North, 4, and middle brother Saint, 2. Kardashian West’s fertilized egg had been implanted into a surrogate, who ... Read More »

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday. But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of ... Read More »