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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 23-29

Feb. 18, 2020 8:43 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 23-29 Feb. 23: Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 74. Actress Patricia Richardson ("Strong Medicine," ''Home Improvement") is 69. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 68. Singer Howard Jones is 65. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 58. Actress Kristin Davis...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1999, file photo, drivers in the first 125-mile Daytona 500 qualifying race start the race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach became the unofficial

Track: 5th straight sellout for season-opening Daytona 500

Feb. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is a sellout for the fifth consecutive year. Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday that all reserved grandstand seats have been purchased for the 62nd running of "The Great American Race." Track president Chip Wile says “we have the most loyal...

FILE - In this May 25, 2018 file photo, Darius Rucker performs on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.  The Country singer couldn’t quite believe it when he was surprised this week with the news that his song “Wagon Wheel” was certified eight times platinum, making it one of the top five most popular country singles ever.   On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Rucker stopped by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to his items in an exhibit, but his label, Universal Music Group Nashville, surprised him with a plaque featuring eight platinum-colored records.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" keeps rolling

Feb. 13, 2020 2:26 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Country singer Darius Rucker couldn’t quite believe it when he was surprised this week with the news that his song “Wagon Wheel” was certified eight times platinum, making it one of the top five most popular country singles ever. On Wednesday, Rucker stopped by...

Paul English, Willie Nelson's longtime drummer, has died

Feb. 12, 2020 5:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A publicist for Willie Nelson says Paul English, Nelson's longtime drummer and the inspiration for Nelson's song “Me and Paul,” has died. He was 87. Elaine Schock had no other details on English's death as of Wednesday. English joined Nelson's band, nicknamed the...

First lady Melania Trump sits down at her table after speaking during the Governors' Spouses' luncheon in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Melania Trump asks governors' spouses to tackle cyberassault

Feb. 10, 2020 3:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday cited the influence of “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation's governors to address cyberassault in their states. “I know the many issues associated with online safety will be hard to stop, but there is a...

Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for

Making Oscar history, 'Parasite' wins best picture

Feb. 10, 2020 6:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong Joon Ho's masterfully devious class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. “Parasite” took...

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Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor Oscar for 'Joker'

Feb. 10, 2020 12:58 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix’s visceral portrayal of a troubled man’s descent into villainy in “Joker” earned him his first Oscar in a career that has seen personal and professional highs and lows. “I've been a scoundrel in my life. I've been selfish. I've been...

The Latest: ‘Parasite’ wins best picture Academy Award

Feb. 9, 2020 11:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): __ 8:30 p.m. “Parasite” has won the best picture Academy Award, making history as the first foreign language film to win the ceremony's top honor. Bong Joon...

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, right, and wife Vanessa Nadal attend the world premiere of

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 9-15

Feb. 3, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 9-15 Feb. 9: Actress Janet Suzman is 81. Singer Carole King is 78. Singer Barbara Lewis is 77. Actor Joe Pesci is 77. Author Alice Walker is 76. Actress Mia Farrow is 75. Actress Judith Light is 71. Country singer Travis Tritt is 57. Actor Jason George is 48....

Entertainer Jay-Z arrives for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Beyoncé, Jay-Z sit during national anthem at Super Bowl

Feb. 2, 2020 10:16 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Coverage of entertainment and celebrity happenings at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami: ________ BEYONCE, JAY-Z SIT DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM Video of Beyoncé and Jay-Z sitting while Demi Lovato sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl has surfaced online. TMZ posted the...