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Kodak Black

Kodak Black pleads guilty in federal weapons case

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. Black entered the change of plea in Miami federal court Thursday, months after he had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors in May charged the 22-year-old rapper for crimes including falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms. Prosecutors say a weapon purchased…

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Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry

Alabama postpones 50th anniversary tour over singer’s health

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Country band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications. The group announced Wednesday that the 69-year-old Owen is suffering from migraines and vertigo, and doctors say he needs more time to recover. The news comes after a string…

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs’ masters

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun. “CBS Sunday Morning” previewed some of its pre-taped interview with Swift on Wednesday. The reporter asks Swift if she would consider re-recording her songs in order to own the new versions, and Swift…

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Drake White

Country singer Drake White reveals brain condition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly collapsing onstage recently, country singer Drake White has revealed he has a brain condition that disrupts normal blood flow. White told “People” magazine that he’s known about the condition since his diagnosis in January and he has been undergoing a series of procedures to cut off blood flow to…

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Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus

Hemsworth seeks to divorce Cyrus after 7 months of marriage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Liam Hemsworth is seeking a divorce from Miley Cyrus after seven months of marriage. The 29-year-old Australian actor filed for the dissolution of his marriage to the 26-year-old American pop star in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. Hemsworth, whose attorney Laura Wasser has been involved in many major stars’ divorces,…

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Riesterer, wrote Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” dies

PARIS (AP) — Frederic Riesterer, the producer and creator of electronic dance music who co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit “I Gotta Feeling” with The Black Eyed Peas, has died. He was 58. Riesterer, who used the stage name Fred Rister, also worked with David Guetta but, unlike the superstar French DJ, eschewed the limelight. Last year…

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Placido Domingo

LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a “thorough and independent investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company’s general director. In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn…

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Was Dolphins coach sending a message via Jay-Z songs?

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins’ latest featured musical artist at practice: Jay-Z. The team’s sound system played more than half a dozen songs by the rapper at the start of practice Tuesday, one day after receiver Kenny Stills objected to recent comments from Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players,…

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No camping at Phish shows near Denver over plague concerns

DENVER (AP) — Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside Denver will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague. The Denver Post reports public health officials are still finding infected fleas…

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Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the “Storm Area 51” internet drive.…

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