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Israeli man under house arrest for leaked Madonna songs

  JERUSALEM (AP) — An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition was placed under house arrest Thursday on suspicion of hacking into international pop star Madonna’s computer and stealing and selling unreleased songs, his lawyer said. Police said Israel’s cybercrime unit arrested 38-year-old Adi Lederman on Wednesday after an investigation coordinated [...]

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Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

  NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart. The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in [...]

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Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of a new generation. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the Sunni-ruled kingdom [...]

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SAfrica former police chief dies, was jailed for corruption

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The legacy of former apartheid activist and member of parliament, Jackie Selebi, who died Friday, may be overshadowed by his disgrace as national police commissioner. The former top police official, who also was president of Interpol from 2004 to 2008, was convicted of corruption in 2010, accused of accepting bribes from [...]

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Hollande, leaders calls for investments in the green economy

  DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where political and financial leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Kate Moss holds court at Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens bares all

  PARIS (AP) — If fashion had a monarchy, she would be its queen. Kate Moss certainly acted like one from her regal seat in the center of Louis Vuitton’s front row in Paris. The 41-year-old model held court in a large fur coat, giggling and chatting loudly to almost everyone in her vicinity, even ostensibly waving [...]

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Rainn Wilson returns to TV in Fox crime series ‘Backstrom’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Rainn Wilson knows he’ll be remembered as Dwight Schrute, the odd, overly confident character lacking social graces that he played on NBC’s “The Office” for nine seasons. “I have no problem being known as Dwight until the day that I die. I’m so blessed and lucky,” the 49-year-old actor said [...]

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Box office top 20: ‘American Sniper’ hits $107 million

  NEW YORK (AP) — The record wide-release opening of “American Sniper” was even bigger than estimated. Clint Eastwood’s war drama took in $107 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The result is the biggest January weekend ever and easily the top debut for Eastwood. The film had played in very [...]

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Cosby welcomed by audience in California city of Turlock

  TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Bill Cosby was embraced by fans on Sunday, January 11,  during his first performance in California since allegations of past sexual assaults surfaced. The Modesto Bee reports Cosby was greeted warmly and left with a standing ovation at Turlock Community Theatre. Only one protester showed up to Cosby’s comedy tour [...]

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Pharrell: Live Earth concert to press for climate action

  DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Pharrell Williams says he’ll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert Thursday, June 18, to fight global warming. The pop star is teaming up with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall to pull off a “Live Earth” concert on seven continents to build support [...]

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Milan Fashion designers celebrate normality

  MILAN (AP) — Tactile fashion is setting the trend on Sunday, the second day of MilanFashion Week previews for next autumn and winter menswear. Designers are luxuriating in mohair, cashmere and heavy knits, enveloping men in rich, luxurious knitwear, including oversized scarves, chunky sweaters and slumping caps. Dark shades dominate, with some flashes of pink, purple and [...]

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