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Russell Simmons steps down from companies amid allegation

NEW YORK – Russell Simmons has stepped away from his companies after a second allegation of sexual misconduct, though the Def Jam founder again denied ever being violent. “Rachel ...

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK – Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard-rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” “Hells Bells” and “Ba...

‘House of Cards’ cancelled as fallout continues for Spacey

NEW YORK – The fallout facing Kevin Spacey widened Monday following an accusation that he allegedly made sexual advances on a teen boy, with Netflix pulling the plug on his hit show “House o...

‘SNL’ gears up for new season launch with Gosling, Jay-Z

NEW YORK – “Saturday Night Live” kicks off its new season with Ryan Gosling as host, Jay-Z as the musical guest – and pretty likely some jokes at the expense of the White House. T...

Maya Rudolph to star in live ‘A Christmas Story’ in December

NEW YORK – The Fox network has cast Maya Rudolph to help lead the live TV musical “A Christmas Story” this winter. The “Saturday Night Live” veteran and star of “Bridesmaids” will...

Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89

NEW YORK – Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89...

A ‘robust’ Broadway season leads to Tony nods for 25 shows

NEW YORK – A year after falling head-over-heels for a musical about Alexander Hamilton, the Broadway community threw its arms wide open at the 2017 Tony Award nominations, handing out nods t...

Sarah Michelle Gellar still has awesome skills with a skewer

NEW YORK – As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick – only this tim...

Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller dies

NEW YORK – Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and later in...

Veteran music executive and former pop star Tommy Page dies

NEW YORK – Tommy Page, a former pop star whose song “I’ll Be Your Everything” went to No. 1 in 1990 and who later became a record company executive, publisher of Billboard magazine and a vic...

Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, Skrillex lead ACLU concert

NEW YORK – Outrage about President Donald Trump’s travel ban has prompted a spring fundraising concert for the American Civil Liberties Union that will feature a diverse lineup, including Ma...

Beyoncé announces she’s pregnant with twins

NEW YORK – Blue Ivy is about to become a big sister – twice over. Beyoncé and Jay Z announced Wednesday on Instagram that the superstar singer is pregnant with twins. “...