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Composers tell EU: Broadcasters treat us unfairly

Feb 29, 2012

By DON MELVIN, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — A group representing composers and songwriters is alleging that some of Europe's most prominent broadcasters are coercing them into giving up the copyrights to their work, sharply diminishing their earnings.

The European Composer and Songwriter ...

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'American Idol' brings back Jermaine Jones

Feb 28, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jermaine Jones has a second shot at becoming an "American Idol."

The 25-year-old so-called "gentle giant" of Pine Hill, N.J., was given a last-minute spot among the male semifinalists Tuesday after the Fox singing contest's judges had ...

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Dion cancels more Vegas shows on doctor's orders

Feb 28, 2012

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Singer Celine Dion has canceled more shows at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, citing a virus causing an inflammation of her vocal cords.

Christi Nelson, an official with show producer AEG Live, said Tuesday that the French-Canadian pop superstar ...

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Ex-wrestler says 'heel' kicked him in bid to win

Feb 28, 2012

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A former professional wrestler is suing his opponent and the Indiana-based promoter who arranged their bout last year, claiming his foe was supposed to lose their match but had other ideas and kicked him so hard in the crotch that one of his testicles ruptured and had to ...

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Oscarcast rewards ABC with week's top-rated show

Feb 28, 2012

By FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Billed as Hollywood's biggest night, the Academy Awards telecast was also TV's biggest show last week, helping crown ABC as overall prime-time winner.

Sunday's Oscarcast was easily top-ranked, with an audience of nearly 40 million viewers.

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Marilyn Monroe chosen for Cannes festival poster

Feb 28, 2012

PARIS (AP) — Organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have chosen to honor Marilyn Monroe by selecting a photo of the Hollywood sex goddess for the poster of this year's event.

The organizers said in a statement Tuesday that "50 years after her death, Marilyn remains one of the major figures of ...

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Charlie Sheen's new sitcom to debut June 28 on FX

Feb 28, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Sheen will be stirring up a new round of laughs when "Anger Management" arrives June 28.

FX on Tuesday set the premiere date for Sheen's new sitcom, which returns him to weekly TV after his noisy exit last season from the CBS hit "Two and a Half Men." Announced last summer,

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Man gets prison for NY part of art-theft spree

Feb 28, 2012

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A wine steward who served time in California after going on a bicoastal binge of plucking pricey art off gallery walls and using it to adorn his own home was sentenced Tuesday to prison in New York.

Mark Lugo said simply, "I'm sorry," as a judge ...

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'Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Wash.

Feb 28, 2012

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said.

Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times ...

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Harvard group seeks degrees for expelled gays

Feb 28, 2012

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Students and faculty at Harvard University are calling on the school to award posthumous degrees to seven students expelled nearly a century ago for being gay or perceived as gay, and they're timing a rally for their cause to coincide with a visit ...

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Actress Meryl Streep donates $10,000 to RI school

Feb 28, 2012

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Meryl Streep has donated $10,000 to a charter school in the struggling Rhode Island city of Central Falls after a plug from fellow actress and hometown favorite Viola Davis.

Angelo Garcia, founder and director of the Segue Institute for ...

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Pippa Middleton to ski 56-mile Swedish X-C race

Feb 28, 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Pippa Middleton will be strapping on the skis for charity.

The sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is tackling Sweden's traditional 56-mile (90 kilometer) cross-country marathon on Sunday.

Race spokesman Per Strid says Pippa and her brother James are doing the Vasaloppet ...

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Don Omar leads Billboard Latin Music finalists

Feb 28, 2012

By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper and reggaeton star Don Omar leads the pack of finalists for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Telemundo announced Tuesday.

The Puerto Rican artist is named 16 times in 14 categories. He is named twice in two of the categories.

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Va AG settles with White House crasher's charity

Feb 28, 2012

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office says officials have reached a settlement with a charity run by White House party crasher Tareq Salahi for allegedly making false statements, submitting inaccurate financial statements and ...

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Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw among 'Dancing' cast

Feb 28, 2012

By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urkel, the Empress of Soul and one of the Green Bay Packers are waltzing onto "Dancing With the Stars."

"Family Matters" actor Jaleel White, singer Gladys Knight and National Football League player Donald Driver will be among the 12 celebrity ...

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Hudson on witness list for upcoming murder trial

Feb 28, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is on the witness list for the upcoming Chicago trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in 2008, according to court documents.

But prosecutors haven't yet disclosed whether Hudson will actually testify at the April 9 ...

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Kid Rock gets wild and free for Romney event

Feb 28, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — For his Michigan finale, Mitt Romney wanted Kid Rock.

The GOP presidential candidate, after all, begins and ends almost every event with Kid Rock's song "Born Free."

So Romney's people reached out to Kid Rock's people. The answer came back:

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Stars to celebrate Johnny Cash's 80th with concert

Feb 28, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert.

Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the ...

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340-ton rock begins rolling to LA for art's sake

Feb 28, 2012

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After months of preparation, a massive boulder has begun its 105-mile journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The 340-ton chunk of granite that acclaimed earth artist Michael Heizer selected to be the centerpiece of his latest creation ...

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Malaysia bans Erykah Badu show over Allah body art

Feb 28, 2012

By SEAN YOONG, Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body.

The American R&B singer was scheduled to ...

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