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Del Crandall, star Braves catcher and ex-manager, dies at 91

May. 06, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Del Crandall, a star catcher who played on two Milwaukee Braves teams that reached the World Series in the 1950s before managing the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners, has died. He was 91. He had Parkinson’s disease and died Wednesday...

Weinstein sues lawyer Jose Baez, seeks return of $1M in fees

May. 06, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein wants his money back. The convicted rapist is suing his one-time lawyer Jose Baez for breach of contract and is seeking a refund on $1 million in legal fees he says he paid the high-profile attorney for a short stint on his legal team. ...

David Oyelowo fulfills new directing passion in 'Water Man'

May. 06, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While starring in films like “Selma” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” actor David Oyelowo discovered a new passion: directing. Oyelowo was inspired to step behind-the-camera after learning different nuances of the craft from respected directors...

Ed Sheeran becomes shirt sponsor of English club Ipswich

May. 06, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

IPSWICH, England (AP) — English singer Ed Sheeran is the new shirt sponsor for third-division soccer club Ipswich. The longtime Ipswich fan, known for songs such as “Shape of You" and “Perfect,” signed a one-year deal Thursday to sponsor the men's and women's...

Vatican conference features Fauci, Francis — and Aerosmith

May. 06, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The CEOs of vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna joined cardinals, academics and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith in opening a unique Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them. The...

The Latest: Conference features Fauci, Francis and Aerosmith

May. 06, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

ROME — The Vatican is opening a three-day health conference featuring a star-studded lineup. It includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is leading the U.S. coronavirus response, soprano Renee Fleming, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. The...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

May. 06, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

1. “Sooley” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “What Happened to You?” by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry (Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book) 3. “Finding Ashley” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 4. “Shadow and Bone” by...

Iraq's prank TV show depicting IS attacks taken off air

May. 06, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Responding to viewer outrage, Iraq's media regulator canceled a TV prank show that lured guests into simulated ambushes by militants, forcing participants and viewers to relive some of the terror and fear that were widespread under the rule of the Islamic State group. ...

Rapper G Herbo charged with lying to federal investigators

May. 06, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The rapper G Herbo is in more legal trouble in connection with an alleged scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said. The Chicago native, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, was...

In the shadow of COVID-19, a toll on entertainment workers

May. 06, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many, the pandemic upended life for actor and dancer Rena Riffel. The Los Angeles-based performer needed help with rent, utilities and counselling when jobs suddenly dried up. “Being an artist, we are already very fragile with our finances,"...