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In this undated photo provided by Republic Records is Pop Smoke. The up-and-coming rapper known as Pop Smoke, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was fatally shot during a break-in early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said.

Police: Robbery looks unlikely as motive in rapper killing

Feb. 20, 2020 9:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The home-invasion death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles does not appear to be part of a robbery, police said Thursday, as detectives sought to identify the shooter and the music community mourned. Investigators were not ruling out a robbery, but they were looking at other...

A police officer guards outside a Hollywood Hills home where a fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in Hollywood Hills shooting

Feb. 19, 2020 8:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said. “We are devastated by the...

Dave performs on stage on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Rapper cites Meghan at UK music awards, wins album of year

Feb. 19, 2020 3:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Soulful London rapper Dave brought a political edge to the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards, giving a performance alleging racism in Britain's government and in media coverage of the royal family before he won the coveted album of the year prize. Previously an unpredictable and...

New Pharrell song 'Virginia' to be featured in ad campaign

Feb. 19, 2020 4:24 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — An upcoming ad campaign for Virginia Beach will feature a new song by Grammy-winning hometown superstar Pharrell Williams. The singer, rapper and producer contacted the city last year asking how he could help after the mass shooting at a municipal building in May, Deputy City...

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...

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Last shot wins: Team LeBron wins All-Star Game 157-155

Feb. 17, 2020 12:14 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back. And in...

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Leonard, LeBron, Davis lead Team LeBron over Team Giannis

Feb. 16, 2020 11:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local): 10:35 p.m. Kawhi Leonard scored 30, LeBron James scored 23 and Chicago product Anthony Davis finished with 20 points after hitting the winning free throw to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in the...

Common named MVP, Team Wilbon wins All-Star Celebrity Game

Feb. 14, 2020 10:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rapper and actor Common had 10 points and four steals to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the All-Star Celebrity Game as Team Wilbon beat Team Stephen A, 62-47 on Friday night. Rapper Famous Los scored 25 points and former NBA player Quentin Richardson had 12 points and 12 rebounds at...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign event in Durham, N.C., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bernie Sanders pranked by Russians posing as Greta Thunberg

Feb. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian pranksters claim they called U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pretending to be climate activist Greta Thunberg and offered Thunberg's support to his campaign. Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who have fooled many high-profile victims around the world,...

FILE - At left, in a March 4, 2018, file photo, Kobe Bryant attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars  in Los Angeles. At right, in a May 28, 2019, file photo, Jennifer Hudson sings

Jennifer Hudson set for Kobe Bryant tribute at All-Star Game

Feb. 13, 2020 4:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jennifer Hudson is coming to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with her voice. The NBA has released a list of entertainers headed to All-Star weekend, the group headlined by Hudson — the two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner — who, just before Sunday...