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Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie

Jul 23, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children.

Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance. The mash-up between the ...

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Jury reaches no verdict in Ventura defamation case

Jul 23, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's still no verdict as jurors try to decide whether a decorated military sniper libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.

Jurors deliberated from about 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Wednesday before leaving the federal courthouse in St. Paul.

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'Sinister Six' spinoff to come next for Spider-Man

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a "Sinister Six" spinoff in 2016, pushing "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, Sony's Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule.

By ordering "Sinister Six" ahead of the next "Spider-Man" movie, the studio hopes ...

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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Jul 23, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan district attorney says six people have been indicted in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New ...

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CBS says Colbert keeping CBS' 'Late Show' in NYC

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will not only be following in David Letterman's footsteps, he'll be doing it on the same stage.

CBS said Wednesday that Colbert, who is replacing Letterman as the "Late Show" host next year, will keep the show in New York City's Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert's debut ...

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CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.

The live program, "CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights," moderated by Bob Schieffer ...

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Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global

Jul 23, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.

Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book long-list for the prestigious fiction award, announced Wednesday.

This is the first year writers of all nationalities have been ...

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Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the ...

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4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

Jul 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, pop-culture fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.

The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a ...

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Dumb Starbucks explained on Comedy Central show

Jul 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dumb Starbucks is coming back, but only on TV.

The comic who came up with the fake-store concept will discuss its origins and aftermath on next Tuesday's episode of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You."

Star Nathan Fielder opened the Dumb Starbucks coffee shop in a Los Angeles ...

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Pat Schroeder: Clinton would face 'subdued sexism'

Jul 22, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Former House Democrat Pat Schroeder predicts that Hillary Clinton would face "a lot of sexism" if she decides to run for president in 2016.

Schroeder served in the House from 1973 to 1997 as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado. Now 73, she appears in ...

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Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty

Jul 22, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For 30 years, Ken Burns has found the Roosevelt family "irresistible."

Various members of the political dynasty have popped up in the filmmaker's projects on America's national parks, Prohibition and the Civil War. Now, Burns shines a spotlight on the family itself in ...

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Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night ...

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'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

Jul 22, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.

"We will have to wait to know when it's finished and available," Kerger said of the ...

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Toronto Film Festival unveils lineup

Jul 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a star-heavy lineup amid increased festival jockeying for the most plum premieres of Hollywood's fall season.

Toronto's slate for Sept. 4-14, announced in a press conference Tuesday, features anticipated performances from Denzel ...

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Freida Pinto speaks at girls' rights summit in UK

Jul 22, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.

The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children's development organization, called Tuesday for more ...

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George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

Jul 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles.

Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.

The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be ...

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'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

Jul 22, 2014

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

20th Century Fox has created an "X-Men"-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San ...

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Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl," will receive the prize in Washington in November.

The Gershwin Prize honors a ...

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Big milestone for Britain's little prince

Jul 22, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ and MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.

Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday. While ...

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