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  LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the first day of downtown Los Angeles’ inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city is tuning up for round two. The Budweiser Made in America concert resumes at 2 p.m. Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many acts set to [...]

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LL Cool J lends a hand for NYC schoolkids

LL Cool J lends a hand for NYC schoolkids NEW YORK (AP) — LL Cool J says it is important to help out kids in need. The “NCIS” actor and hip-hop star handed out backpacks with school supplies to children in Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday. He notes that a relatively small contribution can have a big effect [...]

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Rap mogul Suge Knight shot, wounded in nightclub

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was shot and injured in a packed nightclub early Sunday, but he was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant said. Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood’s [...]

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Katy Perry channels Britney Spears at MTV VMAs

  Katy Perry and Riff Raff took it back to 2001 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in matching denim, while Amber Rose channeled Rose McGowan circa 1998 in barely there silver with cascading chains at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Perry popped out of a sports car with the grilled Riff Raff onto the red [...]

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With no Miley Cyrus twerking, VMA ratings down

  NEW YORK (AP) — Without Miley Cyrus’ twerking to get tongues wagging, ratings for MTV’s annual Video Music Awards took a tumble. The pop music extravaganza, at which Beyonce was in the spotlight, reached 8.3 million viewers on Sunday. That’s down from the 10.1 million who saw last year’s show but up from the 6.1 million who watched [...]

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West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A young man on camera names the person who’s challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention [...]

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Kevin Spacey to sing in 1-night-only concert in DC

  NEW YORK (AP) — He has lied, cheated and killed, but “House of Cards” President Frank Underwood isn’t done yet. Next he’s going to sing. Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will take time out from filming the third season of the Netflix hit series to show off his vocal talents at a one-night-only [...]

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Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by Oregon police

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of [...]

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Prince to release new album in September

  NEW YORK (AP) — Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30. The pop icon announced Monday that he would release “Art Official Age” on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music. He reached a deal with [...]

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Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

  BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday, August 25, after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Standing water made a muddy mess Monday morning, August [...]

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Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

  (AP) — The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage. Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats [...]

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