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Former NFL player Pacman Jones reaches plea in casino case

Mar. 22, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

RISING SUN, Ind. (AP) — Former NFL cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has accepted a plea agreement following his arrest at a southeastern Indiana casino. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jones initially faced charges including battery, cheating at gambling and resisting arrest. Court records show...

After 19 years, Wallows finally releases band's first album

Mar. 22, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In their early days, the Beatles were called Johnny and the Moondogs and Coldplay went by Pectoralz. The rock band Wallows is no different. Over the years, the trio has had a number of names, from the Feaver to The Narwhals. Now they're taking a big step to help people remember the band: A...

Barack Obama congratulates A-Rod J. Lo on their engagement

Mar. 22, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack Obama is feeling the love about the engagement of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod shared a congratulatory handwritten note Thursday on Twitter he received from the former president and his wife, Michelle. Obama wrote: "After 26 years together, we can say that whatever...

Judge expected to rule on R Kelly request to fly to Dubai

Mar. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is expected to rule on whether to allow R&B singer R. Kelly to travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges. Kelly arrived at a Chicago courthouse Friday morning for a hearing in the case....

Dr. Duhamel: Honorary doctorate for 'Transformers' star

Mar. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel is soon to be a doctor in his native North Dakota. The "Transformers" star will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the University of North Dakota's spring commencement ceremony in May. The degree recognizes his success in the film industry and...

Italy, China deepen ties under wary gaze of US, EU

Mar. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's head of state told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global influence....

R Kelly defense emerges, including saying accusers are lying

Mar. 22, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he's in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, with an audience numbering just 12 jurors. While the day lawyers deliver...

Chicago Symphony musicians' strike over wages, pension

Mar. 22, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A line of classical musicians marching with picket signs in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's historic downtown building is fast becoming one of the city's must-see spots. About 100 of the orchestra's musicians have been on strike since March 11, at odds with orchestra officials over...

Grammy-winning singer Jason Isbell brings new fest home

Mar. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama native Jason Isbell is bringing a new musical festival to the Shoals area. The first-ever ShoalsFest is set for Oct. 5 and will feature performances by Isbell and the 400 Unit, his wife Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow, and Mavis Staples on the main stage. A second stage lineup will...

Alternative rockers Shinedown coming to Illinois State Fair

Mar. 22, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Alternative rock band Shinedown will appear at the Illinois State Fair in August. Officials announced Thursday that the multiplatinum-selling group will headline the Illinois Lottery Grandstand on Aug. 17. Shinedown has sold 10 million albums worldwide, earned 11 platinum and gold...