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by Associated Press posted Jun 27 2013 7:29AM
 NEW YORK (AP) - A funeral service for actor James Gandolfini is scheduled to take place in one of New York City's largest churches.
 
     The ceremony at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday. It comes after a private wake for the former star of "The Sopranos" on Wednesday in New Jersey.
 
     The 51-year-old actor died of a heart attack last week while vacationing in Italy with his son.
 
     Broadway theaters paid tribute by dimming their lights briefly Wednesday night. Gandolfini was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 as an actor in "God of Carnage."
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 27 2013 7:12AM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Asian elephant is being introduced to the other elephants at the National Zoo and will begin sharing the same living space.
 
     Officials say 37-year-old Bozie will join the zoo's two other females Thursday in the elephant community center. 
 
     Bozie arrived in May from the Baton Rouge Zoo in Louisiana. She was placed on a 30-day quarantine. In recent days, curators moved Bozie gradually closer to the other females to introduce them. 
 
     Now they have formed a new herd. A zoo spokeswoman says the oldest elephant, 65-year-old Ambika, seems to hold the dominant position over 38-year-old Shanthi and Bozie.
 
     Zoo records indicate Bozie and Shanthi lived together briefly as calves in Sri Lanka before coming to North America.
 
     Bozie has not yet been introduced to the 11-year-old male, Kandula.
 
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Location : LouisianaWashington
People : AmbikaBozieShanthi
by Associated Press posted Jun 26 2013 8:14AM
by Associated Press posted Jun 25 2013 5:56AM
 CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - He went to see a Toby Keith concert. But authorities in Camden, New Jersey says it's what he did outside the venue that has Darren Walp in trouble. Police say the 33-year-old man climbed a fence into a nearby housing complex, waved a Confederate flag and shouted racial slurs at residents. The Keith concert was near an apartment complex in a city where most residents are minorities. Walp is charged with bias intimidation, harassment and criminal trespassing. And it's possible that because of the racial nature of the crime, the Feds may become involved.
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 24 2013 5:36PM
 NEW YORK (AP) - Smithfield Foods is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman.
 
     The announcement Monday came days after the Food Network said it would not renew Deen's contract. Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past in a deposition that came to light last week in a discrimination lawsuit.
 
     In a statement, Smithfield said it "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind."
 
     Deen was scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer. Last week she abruptly canceled on the morning show.
 
     While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to using the N-word in the past, but she insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
 
 
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Location : New York
People : Matt LauerPaula Deen
by Associated Press posted Jun 24 2013 6:27AM
  NEW YORK (AP) - What would you pay for a used Apple computer? Try a-half million bucks. An Apple I computer goes up for auction this week. Bidding starts at $300,000, but be prepared to drop a half-mil or more if you're interested. Only about 30 to 50 of the original Apple computers are thought to still exist. Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist, owns the old Apple and has kept it stashed away in a cardboard box. The computer is being sold by Christie's auction house in New York.
 
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Location : New York
People : Ted Perry
by Associated Press posted Jun 24 2013 5:26AM
 NEW YORK (AP) - Funeral services for actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
 
     An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.
 
     The 51-year-old star of "The Sopranos" died Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack. 
 
     Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that a Signature Airlines flight carrying Gandolfini's body arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome Sunday night. The body was taken from the airport around 11:20 p.m. but Coleman did not say where.
 
     The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.
 
by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 7:23AM
by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 5:23AM
 NEW YORK (AP) - Robert Downey Jr. has signed up for two more "Avengers" films. 
 
     Marvel announced Thursday that the actor will reprise his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3." Downey Jr. has played the character in a trilogy of "Iron Man" movies, as well as the first superhero ensemble "Avengers" film, which made $2.7 billion worldwide. 
 
     Joss Whedon is to return as director of the next "Avengers" film. He is writing the screenplay now. Production is to begin in March, with a theatrical release in May 2015. 
 
     The 48-year-old actor had previously suggested "Iron Man 3" might be his last spin in a stand-alone "Iron Man" film. Marvel's announcement made no mention of an "Iron Man 4" release.
 
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Location : New York
by Associated Press posted Jun 21 2013 5:21AM
  NASHVILLE (AP) - "The Voice" winner Danielle Bradbery didn't have to wait long to get a record deal. Big Machine Label has already signed her, just days after she was declared the winner. Big Machine is home to artists like Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw.
 
by Buzz 60 posted Jun 20 2013 8:27AM


VIDEO - Actor and comedian Russell Brand went on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' to discuss his comedy tour 'The Messiah Complex,' and wound up taking over the show, making fun of the anchors. Gillian Pensavalle takes a look at what happened.

by E! Online posted Jun 20 2013 8:25AM


VIDEO - The celebrity chef addresses reports she has used racial slurs. Hear what a rep for Deen is saying now.

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People : Deen
by AP posted Jun 20 2013 4:45AM

VIDEO -      LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO and James Gandolfini's managers say the actor famous for his role in "The Sopranos" has died in Italy. 
 
     The cable channel, and managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, say the 51-year-old Gandolfini (gan-dahl-FEE'-nee) died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. 
 
     In a statement, HBO called the actor a great talent and a gentle and loving person. 
 
     Gandolfini played conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking HBO series that aired from 1999 to 2007. 
 
     His film credits included "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Killing Them Softly," and he appeared in the Broadway production "God of Carnage." 
 

by Associated Press posted Jun 17 2013 5:17PM
  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Miss Utah Marissa Powell is the latest beauty queen to trip on national television, not over her gown, but during the interview segment.
 
     Asked about income inequality at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas Sunday night, the 21 year-old gave a rambling, awkwardly-worded answer that included several long pauses and the phrase "create education better."
 
     The cringe-inducing response was getting lots of buzz Monday. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump scolded the haters on Twitter, saying anyone can lose their train of thought.
 
     But Miss Utah is not the only beauty to mangle an answer, and her answer was certainly not the worst recorded in a pageant.
 
     Miss South Carolina took that crown with her 2007 "such as"-filled response to a question about geographical literacy.
 
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by E! Online posted Jun 17 2013 9:42AM


VIDEO - The mom and Food Network star dishes on how her daughter is already taking an interest in cooking! Listen in.

by E! Online posted Jun 17 2013 9:39AM


VIDEO - The Brazilian stunner poses for her own line of intimates. See her in sexy undergarments.

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by E! Online posted Jun 14 2013 8:22AM


VIDEO - On "Chelsea Lately" with guest host Ross Mathews, Melissa dishes about her makeout session with Ryan Reynolds!

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by E! Online posted Jun 14 2013 8:19AM

VIDEO - Tish and Billy Ray are calling it quits with Tish citing "irreconcilable differences." Listen in.

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Topics : Human Interest
People : Billy RayTish Ray
by AP posted Jun 7 2013 9:37AM


VIDEO - Michael Jackson's head of promotions failed to consult doctor; Mel Brooks awarded AFI Life Achievement Award; Willie Nelson celebrates turning 80 with a concert

by E! Online posted Jun 6 2013 11:27AM


VIDEO - At the 2013 CMT Music Awards, Carrie Underwood won the top honor of video of the year for 'Blown Away,' and also performed her hit 'See You Again' in tribute to the Oklahoma tornado victims.

by AP posted Jun 6 2013 10:31AM

VIDEO - Millions of people are tuning out cable providers and signing up for internet television. The rise of startups, like Aereo, is giving consumers more viewing choices, but broadcasters are gearing up for a prime time fight.

by E! Online posted Jun 6 2013 10:26AM


VIDEO - The country musician sounds off on whether he'll be returning to "American Idol" at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Get the scoop!

by Associated Press posted Jun 5 2013 6:29PM
 NEW YORK (AP) - Jon Stewart is starting a summer-long break from anchoring "The Daily Show," but it will be no holiday. He'll be in the Middle East making his first movie.
 
     While he's away, Stewart says he'll miss hosting the Comedy Central fake newscast. 
 
     As he explains, "People clap for me! That doesn't happen just anywhere."
 
     Stewart will be directing and producing "Rosewater" from his own script, based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari. This Iranian journalist was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran's presidential election.
 
     Pressed for more details about the film, Stewart cracked, "I haven't seen it yet. But I hear it's good."
 
     After Stewart signs off Thursday night until returning Sept. 3, correspondent John Oliver will handle anchor duties on the New York-based show.
 
 
by E! Online posted Jun 5 2013 7:51AM


VIDEO - Swift drops by on singer's rehearsal. Watch the fan moment.

by Associated Press posted Jun 4 2013 6:56PM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Newseum in Washington is poking some fun at TV anchors with a new exhibit about the 2004 comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell.
 
     The Newseum announced plans Tuesday for "Anchorman: The Exhibit" to be created with Paramount Pictures. It's scheduled to open Nov. 14 with props, costumes and footage from the film, including Burgundy's jazz flute and a mock anchor desk.
 
     The exhibit would open just before the release of the sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" in December.
 
     Newseum Vice President of Exhibits Cathy Trost says news anchors represent the authority of TV news but also have been targets for laughs. She says the exhibit will explore the reality behind the humor of "Anchorman" and the rise of personality-driven news in the 1970s.
 
     
 
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People : Will Ferrell
by CNET posted Jun 4 2013 10:39AM


VIDEO - See 5 of the best cars to hit showrooms this year across a wild variety of types and prices.

by AP posted Jun 3 2013 10:12AM


VIDEO - Kim Kardashian reveals she's expecting a baby girl; Angelina Jolie attends first premiere since op; 'Fast and Furious 6' is top of the box office.

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by Associated Press posted Jun 1 2013 11:00AM
  VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man is facing vandalism charges after authorities say he painted a crosswalk on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed.
 
     Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Cardenas was arrested Thursday morning in Vallejo and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Solano County Sheriff's Lt. Brad DeWall says workers spotted Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city intersection.
 
     The intersection already has three crosswalks. 
 
     DeWall says Cardenas also painted lines through those.
 
     State transportation workers painted over Cardenas' alleged crosswalk later in the day. A police cadet had been posted at the intersection until then to keep pedestrians from using it.
 
     Cardenas remained behind bars Friday on $15,000 bail. Dewall says he did not have an attorney.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 1 2013 10:00AM
  LAS VEGAS (AP) - The world's richest series of card tournaments are beginning in Las Vegas amid the return of the websites that helped make them what they are today - a destination for everyone from the wealthiest gamblers to the everyday players who learned the game online.
 
     The World Series of Poker - a seven-week extravaganza featuring trash talking, catch-up session and shifting stacks of chips- gets underway one month after the return to the U.S. of legal online poker.
 
     Organizers hope the online rebirth will help restart the poker craze of the 2000s.
 
     Tens of thousands of poker fans will flock to Sin City to compete for millions of dollars in prize money and 62 champion bracelets.
 
     More than 3,000 players are expected to enter Saturday's opening weekend "millionaire maker" tournament.
 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 1 2013 9:15AM
 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire auction house is selling medical records and a handwritten letter from gangster Al Capone detailing the final years of his life and declining health due to syphilis.
 
     Capone's letter to his doctor is postmarked Aug. 25, 1941 - two years after his prison sentence for tax evasion was up. He was suffering from dementia and his mental age was pegged by doctors as vacillating from 7 to 14.
 
     In a lengthy letter updating his condition, Capone's Miami doctor told another physician of the plan to hire a male nurse posing as a chauffeur to protect the public from unprovoked attacks.
 
     Bidding on the memorabilia offered by RR Auction in Amherst ends June 19.
 
     Capone died in 1947 at age 48.
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : ConcordMiamiNew Hampshire
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