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  • Snoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl

    PHOENIX (AP) — Super Bowl weekend isn’t just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg — it’s also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop. The rapper has for years…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Not running: Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 campaign before getting in WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better…

  • Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff’s…

  • Rapper Pitbull to root for, then perform for, Patriots

    PHOENIX (AP) — Pitbull has thrown his Super Bowl allegiance to the New England Patriots. The platinum-selling rapper will perform at the team’s after-party on Sunday. The Miami native made a brief appearance on actress…

  • Judge orders reporter to reveal details in James Brown case

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A journalist covering the fight over soul singer James Brown’s estate was ordered Friday to tell a court how she obtained a diary from Brown’s widow. A judge issued a restraining…

  • Kravitz among Super Bowl performers rooting for Seahawks

    PHOENIX (AP) — Add Lenny Kravitz to the list of Super Bowl performers who are rooting for a Seattle Seahawks victory on Sunday. The rocker is performing as part of Katy Perry’s halftime extravaganza on…

  • Lawyer wants reporter to reveal details in James Brown case

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A reporter covering the fight over soul singer James Brown’s estate has been ordered to tell a court how she obtained a diary from Brown’s widow. A judge issued a restraining…

  • Elvis kitsch up for auction after quirky owner’s death

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of Elvis Presley-themed items are going up for auction this weekend in north Mississippi. They’re from the kitschy collection of the late Paul MacLeod. The Elvis super fan operated his…

  • Cuba’s Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands…

  • Jay-Z business makes bid for Aspiro music streaming company

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business controlled by rapper Jay-Z has made a $56 million offer to buy the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro. Project Panther Bidco Ltd. has offered 1.05 Swedish kroner (13 cents)…

  • Court denies bid for new trial in Michael Jackson case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday upheld a jury’s decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts was not responsible for his death. The 2nd District Court of Appeal…

  • Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say rap mogul Marion “Suge” (shug) Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County…

  • Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender,…

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP SILENT AS DEADLINE PASSES Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remain…

  • Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one…