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Jeremy Rosado ejected by 'Idol' judges, leaving 12

Mar 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Rosado has gotten the hook on "American Idol."

Thursday's edition of the Fox singing contest saw the exit of the 19-year-old receptionist from Valrico, Fla. He left behind a dozen finalists still in the running.

They include Elise Testone, a 28-year-old teacher from ...

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Whitney Houston's death was feared, relative says

Mar 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston's sister-in-law said she feared that drugs would end the singer's life.

In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be "kidding herself" to say otherwise.

Patricia Houston, who was her ...

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James T. Ellis, singer for The Trammps, dies at 74

Mar 8, 2012

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — James T. "Jimmy" Ellis, who belted out the refrain "Burn, baby burn!" in a 1970s-era disco hit that's still replayed in modern sports arenas, has died. He was 74.

David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, S.C., said the frontman for The Trammps died Thursday at ...

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Pearlman, Gaddis win book critics prizes

Mar 8, 2012

By HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Short story writer Edith Pearlman has won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.

Pearlman was cited Thursday for "Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories," continuing the run of belated appreciation for an author loved by critics ...

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'Housewives' creator denies anger at Sheridan

Mar 8, 2012

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anger didn't factor into the decision to kill off Nicollette Sheridan's role on "Desperate Housewives," despite her complaints that her boss hit her on the set, the show's creator testified Thursday.

Marc Cherry concluded his testimony in ...

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Box Office Preview: 'Lorax' to stay green

Mar 8, 2012

By PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal's "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" has taken root at the top of the domestic box office, with robust midweek growth of $3 million or so per day and a likely second-weekend gross of around $50 million following its year-topping $70 million ...

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Filmmaker Cameron plans record 7-mile ocean dive

Mar 8, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A calm James Cameron has broken his own record with the world's deepest solo submarine dive, plunging 5.1 miles (8.2 kilometers) in the Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea, the filmmaker said Thursday.

But that's nothing. Later this month he ...

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Polley, Delpy bring films to Tribeca Film Festival

Mar 8, 2012

By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Michael Winterbottom will bring films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival announced the second half of its slate Thursday. After earlier announcing its films in competition, this batch collects the films ...

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Musician Chely Wright to open LGBT center in Mo.

Mar 8, 2012

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When country musician Chely Wright was growing up in Kansas, she had no place she felt she could go for support as she struggled with her sexuality.

Now Wright is opening such a place in Kansas City. The 41-year-old whose hits ...

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Houston's lawyer calls her will 'straightforward'

Mar 8, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer for Whitney Houston said Thursday that her will is a "straightforward" case and expects no complications with the administration of her estate.

Kenny Meisalas said in a phone interview that "things with the family have been very smooth, no problems." He said things are ...

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Monkees star Davy Jones mourned in private funeral

Mar 8, 2012

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Monkees singer Davy Jones was remembered in a small private Florida funeral as a laid-back daydreamer who brought fans into a world blissfully free of worries.

The service was held behind locked doors Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic ...

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Ian Fleming's magical Chitty car flies again

Mar 8, 2012

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Most cars are just that: Four tires and an engine. And then there's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the flying version born of Ian Fleming's imagination and the namesake of the James Bond creator's only book for children.

That's a big driver's seat to ...

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Apollo to induct Lionel Richie, Etta James

Mar 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame.

The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4.

Richie is a multi-award winning artist who performed with The Commodores at the Apollo in the 1970s.

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Rowling's Harry Potter website to launch in April

Mar 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling's long-awaited website for all things Harry Potter will be open for business in early April.

The Pottermore site was announced last year, with a scheduled launch in October. But a statement posted on the site this week says testing was extended after feedback from ...

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Obama film portrays determined president

Mar 8, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An upcoming documentary released by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign seeks to portray the president as a determined figure who took on a series of difficult challenges during his first term.

Obama's campaign has released a trailer to ...

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Chesney, Aldean, McGraw to perform at ACM Awards

Mar 8, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith are among the stars who will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards next month.

Eric Church and Luke Bryan round out the first wave of performers announced by the academy on Thursday.

Reba ...

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Actor Steven Seagal, Ariz. sheriff's office sued

Mar 8, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Actor Steven Seagal and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are being sued over a 2011 arrest that a Phoenix-area man says was staged for a reality TV show.

Jesus Llovera says Seagal and deputies unlawfully raided his home because they thought Llovera was raising fighting roosters.

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Bette Midler to be honored by Songwriters Hall

Mar 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler's voice has helped make songs like "Wind Beneath My Wings" classics, and now she'll be honored for that gift.

Midler is set to receive the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14 in New York. The organization's chairman, Jimmy ...

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Russian grannies win bid to sing at Eurovision

Mar 8, 2012

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian group known as the Buranovo Grannies has swept aside glamorous opposition to represent the country at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The eight women beat 24 competitors, including a double act comprising 2008 Eurovision winner Dima ...

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Banda black market suspected as Calif tubas vanish

Mar 8, 2012

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets.

But the high school marching bands of Southern California are tuba-less these days, and their music directors think they know why.

There's a banda bandit ...

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