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FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West filed signatures on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Ohio, to run for president as an independent candidate in November. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Kanye West qualifies as presidential candidate in Arkansas

Aug. 11, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Arkansas' ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate, Secretary of State John Thurston said Tuesday. Thurston told West's representatives in a letter that his office had verified the rapper had submitted at least the...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 16-22, Angela Bassett, from left, arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif., Sean Penn arrives at the Sean Penn J/P Haitian Relief Organization Gala on Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, Andy Samberg arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Lee Ann Womack arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, Demi Lovato arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Kacey Musgraves attends the Chanel Nº5 In The Snow launch event on Dec. 10, 2019, in New York and Kristen Wiig arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22

Aug. 10, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 16-22 Aug. 16: Actor Gary Clarke (“Hondo,” ″The Virginian”) is 87. Actor Julie Newmar is 87. Actor-singer Ketty Lester (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 86. Actor Anita Gillette is 84. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 81. Actor...

Kanye West's nomination papers challenged in Wisconsin

Aug. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West's attempt to get on Wisconsin's presidential ballot as a third-party candidate is being challenged. One challenge filed Friday with the Wisconsin Election Commission alleges that West's nomination papers were delivered too late and don't properly list his residency....

FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West filed signatures on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Ohio, to run for president as an independent candidate in November. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Republicans push Kanye 2020. But will it really hurt Biden?

Aug. 6, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden. The rapper qualified...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, music producer Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, attends the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Detail was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said. The 41-year-old producer was held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Grammy-winning producer Detail accused of sexual assault

Aug. 6, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning music producer Detail faces more than a dozen felony charges including 11 counts of rape involving six women, authorities said Thursday. The producer was arrested Wednesday night and was being held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los...

Porn, rap interrupt Zoom hearing of Twitter hacking suspect

Aug. 5, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The online bond hearing for a Florida teen accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts was interrupted Wednesday by rap music and pornographic videos from users who apparently disguised their names. The interruptions — including one by a user who shared a screen and took over...

Chicago police investigate the scene of a shooing Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, on Oak Street in Chicago. The shooting left one person dead and two inured, authorities said. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Man killed in Chicago shooting was local rapper, police say

Aug. 5, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

A man who was fatally shot as he stood with another man on one of Chicago's most fashionable streets was a local rapper, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 26-year-old Carlton Weekly of the suburb of Markham. Chicago police spokesperson Tom Ahern on Wednesday confirmed...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, in North Charleston, S.C. West has filed signatures in Wisconsin to run for president as an independent candidate in November. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Rapper Kanye West files in Wisconsin to run for president

Aug. 4, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West filed signatures in Wisconsin Tuesday to run for president as an independent candidate in November. The Wisconsin Elections Commission said signatures were submitted on behalf of West on the last day for independent presidential candidates to submit the required...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Roc Nation partners with Brooklyn’s LIU to launch new school

Aug. 4, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class...

Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance, Sunday, July 19, 2020 in North Charleston, S.C. Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, delivered a lengthy monologue Sunday touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals. Whether he's actually seeking the nation's highest office remains a question. (Lauren Petracca Ipetracca/The Post And Courier via AP)

Kanye West submits petitions to appear on Arkansas ballot

Aug. 3, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Rapper Kanye West on Monday filed signatures to appear on the Arkansas ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate. Representatives of West submitted 1,723 signatures with the secretary of state's office, which has 10 days to verify that he's submitted the 1,000...