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Man charged with trying to extort Kevin Hart with video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was charged Wednesday with trying to extort money from Kevin Hart by threatening to release video he secretly shot of the actor and comedian with a woman in Las Vegas. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion...
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George Michael's family asks fans to remove memorial shrines

LONDON (AP) — George's Michael's family is asking fans to remove flowers, photos and other tributes left outside the late singer's two homes. A grassy square across from Michael's London house is bedecked in bouquets candles, flags and handwritten messages for the singer, who died in December 2016...
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Viewers see vulnerable Serena Williams in 5-part TV series

By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis Writer The first episode of "Being Serena," a five-part documentary series on HBO about Serena Williams, closes with the tennis great in a hospital bed, about to have a C-section. Just before the screen fades, a voiceover from Williams is heard: "I was terrified. And...
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Fingerprint left in Play-Doh leads to shoplifting suspect

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department says a fingerprint left in a hunk of Play-Doh led them to a shoplifting suspect. Leicester (LESS'-tuhr) police responded to Walmart on Dec. 11 after an employee found several electronic anti-theft devices that had been covered in the...
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As Girls Arrive, Boy Scouts Change Name of Flagship Program

By DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy...
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Former 'Glee' star Lea Michele is engaged

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and singer Lea Michele has announced her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich with a social media photo of a diamond ring on her finger and the word "Yes." A representative of the former star of "Glee" said Saturday that Reich, president of clothing company AYR, proposed with...
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Medical issue forces Bonnie Raitt to cancel tour dates

NEW YORK (AP) — Bonnie Raitt has pulled out of the first leg of her U.S. tour with James Taylor due to an unspecified "medical situation" that requires surgery. Raitt on Monday posted a statement on her Facebook page apologizing to fans and saying the medical issue arose following her annual...
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New 'Avengers' film amasses $95M so far internationally

By MARK KENNEDY , AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The superhero-stuffed "Avengers: Infinity War" is off to a super start, earning $95 million in 43 countries over the past two days ahead of what could be a record-breaking debut in North America. Marvel Studios reported Friday that the...
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Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

By JOSEPH PISANI , AP Retail Writer Eds: Adds background. Adds photo. With AP Photos. NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99. New Prime members in the U.S. will be charged the higher price starting May 11. The increase...
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DeLorean widow sues for 'Back to the Future' payments

By DAVID , Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The widow of maverick automaker John DeLorean has alleged in a lawsuit that a Texas company illegally received money from the "Back to the Future" movies that used his iconic car. The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as "the...
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