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Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84....

Broadway ticket-buying now easier for fans, not re-sellers
NEW YORK (AP) -- For longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Debbie Elster, there's never been any doubt the competition to get tickets for his upcoming Broadway shows is going to be fierce....

Penn Jillette apologizes to Newfoundland for insult comedy
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Penn Jillette is apologizing profusely for his wisecracks insulting Newfoundland....

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -- Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia....

American Girl's first Native Hawaiian doll set to go on sale
HONOLULU (AP) -- American Girl has made its first Native Hawaiian doll....

Venezuelan president blasts maestro Dudamel for speaking out
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro has angrily blasted Venezuela's classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel, accusing his one-time supporter of being duped into criticizing the government that has for years been one of his biggest promoters....

Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties went wild....

The Latest: Kennedy Center awards to go on without Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision not to participate in the Kennedy Center arts awards (all times local):...

Prize-winning Polish-US playwright Janusz Glowacki dies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Renowned Polish-U.S. playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki, who won top prizes for his bitter, ironic analysis of the difficult lives of immigrants, died Saturday at 78....

Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director....

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