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  • Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to…

  • Philadelphia mayor raps with The Roots (Video)

    WASHINGTON — I guess you really can call him Wonder Mike. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter capped off hometown heroes The Roots’ performance at the city’s Fourth of July festival by making a cameo during a cover…

  • Singer Michael Buble and wife are expecting second baby

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian crooner Michael Buble and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, are expecting their second baby. Buble made the announcement Tuesday via a video posted to his social media accounts. The clip shows their…

  • Penn & Teller aim to work their brand of magic on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Magic doesn’t just happen like, well, magic. That’s a major message of Penn and Teller, who for 40 years have plied their trade as sassy secularists in the priesthood of magicians,…

  • Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah. The Brooklyn-born son of a Bronx jeweler, Weintraub rose from…

  • Suge Knight due in Los Angeles criminal court for 2 hearings

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court for hearings in separate murder and robbery cases filed against the former rap music mogul. Knight changed attorneys in…

  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 12-18

    July 12: Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 78. Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 72. Actress Denise Nicholas (“In the Heat of the Night”) is 71. Actor Jay Thomas is 67. Actress Cheryl Ladd is…

  • Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah. The Brooklyn-born son of a Bronx jeweler, Weintraub rose from…

  • Aretha Franklin sings praises of Illinois after highway help

    CHICAGO (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s spokesman said the Queen of Soul was grateful and exclaimed “Hallelujah!” after the state of Illinois helped out when her tour bus broke down on the way to Chicago and…

  • Broadway’s Idina Menzel readies US tour like a pop star

    NEW YORK (AP) — Idina Menzel, who has crossed over from the Broadway stage to the Billboard charts, is still surprised that she’s able to sell concert tickets like a proper pop star. “It’s hard…

  • Rock opera ‘Deep Love’ takes the long road to NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — There’s not much to do in eastern Idaho in the winter. It’s freezing, windy and depressing. Why not create a musical? Stay-inside weather — plus a healthy dose of heartache —…

  • ‘Trombone Shorty’ takes main stage at Essence Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He’s no stranger to huge audiences and national exposure, but Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews says his upcoming performance at the Essence Festival is a dream come true. Andrews, known for high-energy…

  • Man critically hurt in fall at Grateful Dead show in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a man was critically hurt in a fall at a Grateful Dead concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Chicago Police Department spokesman Officer Hector Alfaro says police were called around 9…

  • Last Grateful Dead show breaks Chicago stadium ticket record

    CHICAGO (AP) — A performance that the Grateful Dead says was their last together has topped records for ticket sales at Chicago’s Soldier Field set by the band earlier in the weekend. In a news…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    POPE-SOUTH AMERICA Pope Francis on home turf urges defense of poor and planet QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis, Latin America’s first pope, has returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff.…