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

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s won him Oscar nominations and made him one of the best-selling poets in…

  • Katy Perry says halftime performance will make you ‘Roar’

    PHOENIX (AP) — Katy Perry says her Super Bowl halftime performance will make you “Roar” — with animals. The singer told reporters at a press conference Thursday that her performance Sunday will include “a lion…

  • Family says Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter of record-setting popularity, has died at 81

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Family says Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter of record-setting popularity, has died at 81.

  • Idina Menzel ready for spotlight at Super Bowl

    PHOENIX (AP) — Broadway star Idina Menzel says Whitney Houston’s rendition of the national anthem is her favorite version, but she’s looking to make the song her own this Sunday. Menzel said singing the anthem…

  • Lawmakers: Cut taxes for stars who play 4 nights in AC

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Stars who play at least four nights in Atlantic City would be freed from having to pay state income taxes on all shows in the state that year under the…

  • Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber has apologized for his bad behavior in a new video posted to Facebook. The singer says in a 2-minute video posted early Thursday that his “arrogant and conceited” attitude…

  • Lil Wayne sues mentor’s record label for $51M, seeking split

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Lil Wayne has had it with his record label. He’s suing Cash Money Records for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $8 million on a record he…

  • Musician Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley altercation

    INDEPENDENCE, Calif. (AP) — Bassist Geezer Butler, a founding member of Black Sabbath, has been cited and released after an altercation at a saloon in Death Valley National Park. The Inyo County, California, sheriff’s office…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS U.S. stock indexes are mixed in midday trading as the price of oil continues to fall. NEW YORK (AP) —Stocks are moving between slight gains and losses in midday trading. Energy stocks are…

  • Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and John Legend have been added to the group of artists set to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the…

  • Tom Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith’s Grammy-nominated hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down”…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 1-7

    Feb. 1: Actor Stuart Whitman is 87. Singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 81. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 78. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 78. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook…

  • Music Review: Bob Dylan’s late-night disc

    Bob Dylan, “Shadows in the Night” (Columbia) Bob Dylan has never called “Shadows in the Night” a Frank Sinatra tribute album. The idea seems nuts: one of the last century’s greatest songwriters challenging perhaps its…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Jan. 25-31

    Jan. 25: Actor Dean Jones is 84. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 70. Actress Jenifer Lewis (“The Preacher’s Wife”, “The PJ’s”) is 58. Actress Dinah Manoff (“Empty Nest”) is 57. Country drummer Mike Burch of River…

  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 1-7

    Feb. 1: Actor Stuart Whitman is 87. Singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 81. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 78. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 78. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook…