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Ringo Starr, Green Day rock their way into Rock Hall
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ringo Starr was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a little help from one of his famous friends....

Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new "Star Wars" trilogy....

Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor
BOSTON (AP) -- Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program....

Don Francisco says it's time to close Sabado with dignity
MIAMI (AP) -- After receiving standing ovation from his emotional audience, Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante," tried to explain why television's longest-running show is coming to an end....

'Star Wars' design team teases 'Force Awakens' themes
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about a generational transfer in more ways than one. Set 30 years after the events in "Return of the Jedi" and coming to theaters just over 30 years after the film first debuted, that idea remained top of mind for the film's brand new production design team, fans learned at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday....

Ex-'Top Gear' star got false cancer diagnosis before fracas
LONDON (AP) -- Former "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson says doctors told him he probably had cancer just days before a fracas in which he attacked a colleague from the popular motoring show....

Gwen Stefani, Usher perform for thousands at Earth Day rally
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A daylong Earth Day concert had R&B star Usher dancing on crutches Saturday on the National Mall to rally thousands for political action to confront climate change and poverty....

Musical chairs: Who would Shelton want in his 'Voice' seat?
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Musical chairs is a common game on "The Voice." Pharrell is sitting in a seat originally owned by CeeLo Green and once occupied by Usher, while Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in when Christina Aguilera took a hiatus from the show....

Facsimile of first Elvis recording re-released by Jack White
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After anonymously buying Elvis' first-ever recording at a January auction, Jack White is offering a limited-run vinyl re-release of "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" at his Third Man Records in Nashville....

Singer Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rising country star Sam Hunt may be finding success on the pop charts, but don't fret - he won't pull a Taylor Swift....

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Don Francisco says it's time to close Sabado with dignity

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