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Spanish top court backs rapper in freedom of speech case

Feb. 25, 2020 1:22 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned a previous verdict that found a rapper guilty of exalting terrorism and humiliating victims of attacks in tweets. César Montana Lehmann of the Def Con Dos rock band had been sentenced to one year in prison by the country's Supreme Court...

Fans watch the live stream of a public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

Feb. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the big screens at Staples Center to wrap up a...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 1-7

Feb. 24, 2020 12:45 PM EST

March 1: Actor Robert Clary ("Hogan's Heroes") is 94. Singer-actor Harry Belafonte is 93. Singer Mike D'Abo of Manfred Mann is 76. Singer Roger Daltrey of The Who is 76. Actor Dirk Benedict ("The A Team") is 75. Actor-director Ron Howard is 66. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) of Sweethearts...

Former Pink Floyd bass player Roger Waters speaks to crowds gathered at Parliament Square in London, protesting against the imprisonment and extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange  extradition, Saturday Feb. 22, 2020.  (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)

Marchers support Assange ahead of London extradition hearing

Feb. 22, 2020 1:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. Famous backers, including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie...

This undated image provided by Focus Features shows actors Anya Taylor-Joy, left, as Emma Woodhouse and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley in director Autumn de Wilde's film

Review: Austen's 'Emma,' humanized but not modernized

Feb. 19, 2020 5:19 PM EST

There's beauty to spare in the new screen adaptation of Jane Austen's “Emma,” from its palatial country estates with their art-filled galleries and manicured lawns, to the exquisitely detailed costumes (those feathered bonnets!), to star Anya Taylor-Joy, whose porcelain skin and blonde ringlets look...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John cancels New Zealand shows as he battles pneumonia

Feb. 18, 2020 5:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows late Tuesday as he continued to suffer from a bout of pneumonia. The shows have been rescheduled for next year. Earlier this week, John needed to cut short a performance in Auckland after he lost his voice and needed...

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...

British DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies at 56

Feb. 17, 2020 10:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British music producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall, who helped bring the underground sounds of acid house to a mass audience, has died. He was 56. Weatherall’s management said in a statement that he died Monday in a London hospital from a pulmonary embolism. “He was being treated...

Elton John, from left, David Furnish, and Bernie Taupin celebrate Elton John and Bernie Taupin winning an Academy Award as they arrive at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

He's still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour

Feb. 16, 2020 11:53 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia, his tour promoters said Monday, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted online by fans at Sunday night's performance showed John...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John, sick with pneumonia, cuts New Zealand show short

Feb. 16, 2020 3:09 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart...