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An old sketch up for auction May 20 in New York is a crude, black-and-white drawing of the iconic "Sg. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover _ and the artist is almost surely John Lennon.
NEW YORK (AP) -- An old sketch up for auction May 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan is a crude, ink-on-paper drawing of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The artist is almost surely John Lennon....

Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer who killed himself in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by best-selling author James Patterson
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by best-selling author James Patterson....

Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise Wednesday: Captain Jack Sparrow himself
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself....

"The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online
"The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online....

Ann Coulter says she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it "a dark day for free speech in America."
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters....

The sale of Soviet masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels
MOSCOW (AP) -- The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels....

Officials say a fire has destroyed part of a movie set that was being used to film the final season of the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies"
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Officials say a fire has destroyed part of a movie set that was being used to film the final season of the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies."...

ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future
NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future....

Through Jonathan Demme's adventurous, freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady beat
NEW YORK (AP) -- Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat....

Jonathan Demme's films ranged from concert performances to topical dramas to screwball comedies, including Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia."
NEW YORK (AP) -- MELVIN AND HOWARD: Among the most memorable films about Howard Hughes, this 1980 release starred Jason Robards as the mysterious billionaire and Paul le Mat as Melvin Dummar, the struggling everyman who encounters Hughes in the Nevada desert. Mary Steenburgen won an Oscar for playing Lynda, Melvin's first wife....

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An old sketch up for auction May 20 in New York is a crude, black-and-white drawing of the iconic "Sg. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover _ and the artist is almost surely John Lennon.

Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer who killed himself in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by best-selling author James Patterson

The Billboard chart-topping rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 30 months in an Illinois prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge

A bassist who long performed with the Motown group The Temptations has died after a performance in Missouri

The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama's administration has a book deal

Music Review: 2nd album from The Whistles and the Bells, the solo project by bluegrass performer Bryan Simpson, is a winner

A Virginia town plans to unveil a mobile mural of its native daughter, singer Ella Fitzgerald

Stephen Sondheim accepted an honorary prize and the Trump administration came under repeated criticism at the annual gala for PEN America, the literary and human rights organization

Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 years old on Tuesday

KIDZ BOP, the musical brand for children that's sold millions of CDs over the years, is launching its new tour in a big way with the help of juggernaut promoter Live Nation