Arts and entertainment

July 17, 2019 - 8:25 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Ehrlich is returning as executive producer of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards for the last time, capping his 40th anniversary with what's called "music's biggest night." The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Ben Winston will become the executive producer for the 63rd...
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This image provided by Apple shows new emoji's released by Apple. Both Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that, as usual, included cute crittters, but also ones that expand the boundaries of inclusion. The announcement coincides with Wednesday, July 17, 2019 World Emoji Day. (Apple via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 8:15 am
Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity. The announcement coincides with Wednesday's World Emoji Day . Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2009 file photo, Italian author Andrea Camilleri makes his point during a demonstration against the Vatican's influence on the ongoing right-to-die debate, in Rome. Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, known for his popular novels and TV series centered on the much-loved inspector Salvo Montalbano, died in Rome Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 93. Camilleri was Italy’s most successful writer, but until he was nearly 70 he had been a virtually unknown author of a handful of historical novels set in his native Sicily. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 17, 2019 - 3:48 am
ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixed humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italian RAI state TV, which produced...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 19, 2018, file photo, attendees Michael Mijerark, left, and Ryan Trent, center, dress as knights from "Warcraft," at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The four-day 2019 Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday, July 17, 2019, when the showroom floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
July 17, 2019 - 3:02 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here. The four day convention kicks off Wednesday when the show room floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise. Later, Warner Bros. will get things going with a ScareDiego event promising some hair-...
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Luke Combs speaks at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family," at Grand Ole Opry, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
July 16, 2019 - 9:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just two years after releasing his major label debut record, country singer Luke Combs was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry alongside his country music idols like Vince Gill. Combs had the most popular country album in 2018 and is currently the leader in country album...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, musician Johnny Clegg performs on stage during his own farewell concert in Johannesburg. Clegg died at his home in Johannesburg Tuesday, July 16, 2019 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
July 16, 2019 - 7:23 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday. He was 66 and had pancreatic cancer. The Grammy-nominated and British...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Kelly, who was arrested in Chicago on July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice, was ordered held without bond on Tuesday, July 16. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
July 16, 2019 - 6:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. "If he was attracted to middle school girls in...
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This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from the final episode of "Game of Thrones." On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series. (HBO via AP)
July 16, 2019 - 3:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The bloodthirsty...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Kelly, who was arrested in Chicago on July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice, was ordered held without bond on Tuesday, July 16. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
July 16, 2019 - 2:25 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A federal judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex crime charges. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling Tuesday after Kelly was arrested...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, recording artist Meek Mill speaks at a gathering to push for drastic changes to Pennsylvania's probation system, in Philadelphia. Lawyers for Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade. They say the city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge against the performer. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 16, 2019 - 1:13 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform. Defense lawyers believe the city judge who has overseen his case...
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