• 2 women dead from suspected drug overdoses at music fest

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Two young women died from suspected drug overdoses at a popular weekend music festival at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds, prompting calls for an investigation and concern over the use of drugs at youth-oriented events. The women were found unresponsive on Saturday at the HARD Summer music festival in Pomona, about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Tracy Nguyen, 18 of West Covina and Katie Dix, 19, of Camarillo were hospitalized but died within hours of each other, authorities said. The deaths appeared to be due to drug overdoses but autopsies were planned, coroner's Lt. Fred Corral told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1OIVJsa). The two-day festival had sellout crowds of about

  • 2 wounded in shooting outside hip-hop concert in New Jersey

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — State police say two people have been wounded in a shooting outside a hip-hop concert in central New Jersey and a suspect is still at large. Authorities say the shooting happened late Monday night outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Two people were flown to area hospitals. Their conditions weren't immediately known. State police say the suspect fled into nearby woods and a search was underway early Tuesday. Hip hop artists J. Cole and Big Sean had been performing at the venue. Eighteen-year-old Omayma Bougdour tells the Daily News gunfire began after an argument broke out in the parking lot. She says "everyone started sprinting and stampeding." Big Sean and J.

  • Reba, husband/manager announce their separation

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff writer  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma country music superstar Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, announced Monday they are separating. They have been married for 26 years.

  • Drake unveils new Raptors uniforms during a Toronto concert

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Rapper Drake took the wraps off new uniforms for the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The Grammy winner, who collaborated with the team on the new look, wore a black and gold version of the uniform while performing the finale of his OVO Fest concert in Toronto. Drake, the team's "global ambassador." wore the No. 6 jersey of new Raptors guard Corey Joseph, who is from suburban Toronto. The redesign isn't radical. The Raptors will still wear white with red trim at home, and red with black trim on the road. The black and gold version is one of two road alternates, the other being black and red. Both the home and road jerseys read "Raptors" across the chest. Previously, the road jerseys had "Toronto"

  • Streep finds her inner rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Early on in "Ricki and the Flash," Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she's even decided to pick it up. With smoky eyes, braided rocker hair and a swagger that suggests skin that's as thick as her leather pants, this doesn't seem like a woman who would back down from a challenge. She hesitates more than once to pick it up — you get the sense that she's either become accustomed to being scolded by the voice on the other end of the line, or has just given up on dealing with that other life completely. It's a small but telling moment in a lovely film laced with intensely human details that allow the audience the opportunity to actually know its characters in ways that so many films come up short.

  • 50 Cent says expenses $108,000 a month; $72,000 for mansion

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening. He has a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties and interest on his investments. But he's paying $72,000 a month to maintain his suburban Hartford mansion. He filed for bankruptcy last month after New York City jurors ordered him to pay $7 million to a woman who said he posted online a crudely narrated sex tape she made with a boyfriend. His Monday court filing says he also owes money to his stylist, his barber and his fitness coach. The rapper was born Curtis Jackson III. His album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" helped make him one of the world's be

  • Jackie Chan wants to work with son Jaycee on album, movie

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Action star Jackie Chan says he wants to work with his son Jaycee on a movie and an album as they mend their relationship after Jaycee was imprisoned on a drug charge. Jaycee Chan was released from a 6-month prison sentence in February after pleading guilty to allowing others to use marijuana at his Beijing apartment. Jackie Chan, 61, said late Monday that prison was good for his son because it made him mature and that their relationship has changed for the better. Before, "I was too Chinese, traditional — you, son, go away, I don't want to help you, you have to help yourself," Chan said in an interview in Beijing.

  • VA to review status of Marines affected by tainted water

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will begin reviewing the disability status of Marines who developed cancers and other conditions due to exposure to chemicals that contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune (luh-ZHERN') for more than 30 years. An announcement from VA on Monday said the move is in addition to the health care it provides for more than a dozen conditions to eligible veterans who were stationed at the North Carolina base for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987. According to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the VA will begin the process of granting presumptive disability status, meaning veterans who say they were affected by the water will get the benefit of the doubt as long

  • Musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale file for divorce

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale filed for divorce on Monday, seeking to end a nearly 13-year marriage between two members of rock music royalty. Stefani filed her petition citing irreconcilable difference and Rossdale filed a response shortly thereafter, court records show. The former couple cited irreconcilable differences for the breakup and said in a statement that they would work to raise their three sons together. Stefani, 45, is a judge on NBC's "The Voice" and is the frontwoman for the band No Doubt, in addition to having a successful solo career. Rossdale, 49, is lead singer of the band Bush and has also worked "The Voice.

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown buried next to her mother

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up pictures. The casket holding the 22-year-old daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. and made the short trip to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, the same facility that handled Houston's funeral arrangements three years ago.

  • Bieber in compliance with vandalism sentence, judge says

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge said Monday that Justin Bieber is complying with the terms of his probation in a vandalism case after the singer recently performed part of the community labor requirement of his sentence. Superior Court Judge Leland Harris made the comments Monday in a hearing in the pop singer's misdemeanor vandalism case filed after he damaged a former neighbor's home with eggs last year. Bieber has already completed the anger management and restitution requirements of his sentence. He was also ordered to complete five days of roadside cleanup, graffiti removal or other manual labor, which is the final component of his sentence.

  • Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock announce separation

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country superstar Reba McEntire and her husband and manager Narvel Blackstock announced they are separating after 26 years of marriage. The two said in a joint statement Monday that they had been separated for the past several months. "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," the duo said in a statement from Big Machine Label Group. "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time." A representative for Big Machine declined to say whether they had filed for divorce.

  • Haslam says guns-in-parks bill worth reviewing for clarity

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers should consider reviewing a new law that allows handgun carry permit holders to bring firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields following a key opinion from the state's attorney general, Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an opinion last week saying private organizations that use the parks for events cannot prevent licensed permit holders from taking weapons into the events. His opinion has sparked concern among organizers of events like the Memphis in May festival that draws thousands each year.

  • Pavement Throw Open Their Vault: Inside 'The Secret History, Vol. 1'

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Indie heroes Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich reminisce about band's early-Nineties beginnings.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra extends music director's contract

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra said Monday it was extending the contract of Andris Nelsons, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century. The new eight-year contract with Nelsons will run through 2022, the orchestra announced. It replaces the original five-year deal that began in September. The new deal also includes an evergreen clause that reflects a "mutual desire for a long-term commitment" that could keep Nelsons in Boston beyond 2022. "This is a significant opportunity for me and the orchestra to work together on deeper levels, artistically and musically," Nelsons said in a statement.

  • Lebanon's trash crisis worsens amid rising heat, anger

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — It's summer in this proud Mediterranean city, with celebrities and Lebanese expats flocking to international festivals and parties at Beirut's beaches and nightclubs. But the country's own citizens are suffocating from mountains of stinking garbage collecting on the streets — yet another reflection of government paralysis and its inability to find a solution for the capital's rubbish. Lebanon has enjoyed relative calm amid the violence afflicting neighboring countries in the past few years. Despite a massive influx of Syrian refugees and occasional outbursts of sectarian clashes, Beirut has largely survived the regional upheaval, even if its politicians have been locked in internal disputes, unable to agree on a n

  • Brett Eldredge selected to judge Miss America pageant

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Country singer Brett Eldredge is the first of seven judges to be announced for ABC's live broadcast of the 2016 Miss America competition. The reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year said the upcoming gig was "a dream come true." Additional hosts and judges for the competition will be announced in the coming weeks. Fifty-two women representing their home states and territories will be competing in the Sept. 13 pageant, which will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The "Don't Ya" singer will be releasing his second album, "Illinois," named after his home state, on Sept. 11.

  • Lollapalooza ends 30 minutes early due to weather in Chicago

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Severe weather forced the Lollapalooza music festival on Chicago's lakefront to end a half-hour early Sunday night. Lollapalooza organizers say they made the decision after the National Weather Service and six onsite weather monitors predicted strong storms with possible lightning. Florence and the Machine, Bassnectar, Kygo and NERO shortened their sets and more than 89,000 fans exited Grant Park. Earlier Sunday, the festival evacuated at 2:35 p.m. due to forecasts of a significant storm, which eventually moved north. About 48,500 fans and 4,500 staff, artists and vendors were evacuated. The gates reopened at 3:30 p.m. and music started again at 4 p.m. Sandee Fenton is director of publicity for C3

  • Chita Rivera tells young performers to lose the lip-syncing


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Musical theater great Chita Rivera has friendly advice for young stars who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. Rivera, at a TV critics' meeting Sunday to promote her upcoming PBS special, was asked what she thinks of those performers who say they have to rely on lip-syncing. The 82-year-old, with a disdainful look fixed on her face, replied: "Couldn't you tell?" Rivera, who won Tony Awards for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "The Rink," said she's still on stage because she was properly trained in breath control. She received her 10th Tony nomination earlier this year, for "The Visit.

  • AC/DC's Rudd pleads not guilty to breaching detention rules

    Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on Monday to breaching the rules of his home detention sentence by drinking alcohol. A New Zealand judge allowed Rudd to remain in home confinement on bail pending a November hearing on the possible breach. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer could face further sanctions, including jail time, if the judge concludes Rudd was in breach of his conditions. However, drinking alcohol would likely be considered on the lower end of potential breaches. Asked by reporters after the hearing if he was nervous about what lay ahead in the case, Rudd replied: "No, the only thing I'm nervous about is I don't, I don't actually don't know what's going on.