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'Sonic' speeds to $57M debut; 'Parasite' sees big Oscar bump

Feb. 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Parasite” saw one of the largest post-Oscars bumps in years following its best picture win. Paramount...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Feb. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102. He died...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, recording artist Lizzo performs at the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl Party at Meridian on Island Gardens in Miami. Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with tequila. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

Lizzo talks diversity, self-confidence and femininity

Feb. 14, 2020 5:54 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with tequila. The star from Detroit, who won best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best traditional R&B...

FILE - In this May 20, 2006, file photo, soprano Deborah Voigt performs during the Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring the Met's General Manager Joseph Volpe in New York. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy ran an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was accompanied by a large photo that filled more than half the page of Voigt. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

Feb. 14, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Deborah Voigt was in California earlier this week when she got a text from a friend on the East Coast. "So sorry to hear the news of your passing," read the Monday message. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy had run an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Snoop Dogg arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of

Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King for rant over Bryant

Feb. 12, 2020 10:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After days of blistering criticism, Snoop Dogg has finally apologized to Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant. “Two wrongs don't make no right. when you're wrong, you gotta fix it," he said in an Instagram...

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In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles. Durst faces trial in the slaying of his best friend 20 years ago. Jury selection begins Wednesday, Jan.19, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Eccentric millionaire Durst faces trial in friend's killing

Feb. 17, 2020 2:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There is almost no physical evidence connecting New York real estate heir Robert Durst to the slaying of his best friend in Los Angeles 20 years ago. What does link him to the killing of Susan Berman, though, is a cryptic note sent to police with her address and one word:...

Billy Joel's plans for stable on NY estate get scrutiny

Feb. 17, 2020 12:06 PM EST

CENTRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel's bid to stable a dozen horses on his Long Island estate has some neighbors concerned about smelly manure, and the local government isn't horsing around as it weighs the issue. The Village of Centre Island decided this week to commission an engineering study on the...

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...

Long-time Owensboro Symphony Orchestra employee Carl Davis previews the pre-concert announcement for the symphony's James Bond concert during a rehearsal on Jan. 31, 2020 in Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Man's work with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra spans 47 years

Feb. 17, 2020 10:34 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Carl Davis was fascinated after hearing the “Lone Ranger” on the radio when he was 8 years old, but not by the program. Davis was captivated by the show’s theme song. “I did a lot of research, even at a young age like that, to figure out where that theme...

Common performs before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Column: Kobe, Ex-Comish Stern Waked as Only NBA Can

Feb. 17, 2020 12:29 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It's been almost a month since Kobe Bryant died, almost two months since NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern preceded him. If one measure of a man is how much he's missed, well, the Windy City wake honoring both was raucous enough to shake the heavens. The NBA All-Star weekend is supposed...

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...

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

Feb. 16, 2020 11:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s...

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...

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...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, New York Yankees' Rickey Henderson, bottom, steals second base below Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández during a baseball game in New York.  Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett, File)

Former star SS Fernandez dies at 57; Blue Jays hits leader

Feb. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tony Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernández was taken off a life support system in...