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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Neil Peart of Rush performing during the final show of the R40 Tour in Los Angeles. Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Neil Peart, drummer for influential rockers Rush, dead at 67

Jan. 11, 2020 1:43 AM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the influential Canadian band Rush, has died. He was 67. His representative, Elliot Mintz, said in a statement Friday that Peart died at his home Tuesday in Santa Monica, California. The band posted a message on Twitter also...

FILE - This 1959 file photo shows Edward

Edd Byrnes, who played "Kookie" in "77 Sunset Strip," dies

Jan. 9, 2020 10:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edd Byrnes, who played cool kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died. He was 87. Byrnes died Wednesday at his home...

CORRECTS SOURCE TO TOYO MIYATAKE STUDIO - This 1945 photo provided by the Toyo Miyatake Studio shows a memorial service for Giichi Matsumura, who died on nearby Mount Williamson during his incarceration at an internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry in Manzanar, Calif., during World War II. A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California's second-highest peak was identified Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, as Matsumura, a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II. (Toyo Miyatake Studio via AP)

AP Exclusive: Sierra skeleton ID'd as 'ghost of Manzanar'

Jan. 3, 2020 11:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California's second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II. The Inyo County sheriff used DNA to identify the remains...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Presidential hopefuls in Senate say impeachment comes first

Dec. 19, 2019 7:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay sending the impeachment articles to the Senate risks eating further into senators' final weeks of campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination before the first caucus in February. The five senators affected seem unfazed by the...

Powerful Santa Ana winds sweep parts of Southern California

Dec. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful Santa Ana winds swept mountains and valleys of Southern California on Tuesday, toppling several big rigs and trees. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning and said it would be in effect for most of the day. A predawn gust hit 88 mph (142 kph) in Fremont Canyon...

FILE - This May 6, 2019, file photo shows the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. The beachfront hotel built without proper permits and fined nearly $15.6 million will be allowed to remain open. After hours of debate the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, to approve after-the-fact permits for the Shore Hotel, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Correction: Luxury Hotel-Fine story

Dec. 17, 2019 2:34 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story December 14, 2019, slugged BC-US—Luxury Hotel-Fine, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the hotel's developer, Sunshine Enterprises, must pay a fine of nearly $15.6 million for opening the hotel without proper permits, as well as $2.3 million in mitigation...