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            Box Office Top 20: 'Transformers 5' tops with series low

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Box Office Top 20: 'Transformers 5' tops with series low

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" topped the box office charts, but it was a dubious success. The fifth installment in the series took in a franchise low of $68.5 million in its first five days in theaters, $44.7 million of which came from weekend sales.

In second place, "Wonder Woman" took in an additional $24.9 million in its fourth weekend in theaters, pushing the superhero pic over the $300 million mark. It beat out Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3," which fell to $24.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic totally to $98.8 million.

Rounding out the top five were the Mandy Moore shark thriller "47 Meters Down" in fourth place with $7.1 million, and "The Mummy," in fifth place, with $6.1 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," Paramount, $44,680,073, 4,069 locations, $10,981 average, $68,475,562, 1 Week.

2. "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros., $24,906,310, 3,933 locations, $6,333 average, $318,111,468, 4 Weeks.

3. "Cars 3," Disney, $24,074,497, 4,256 locations, $5,657 average, $98,782,390, 2 Weeks.

4. "47 Meters Down," Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $7,088,262, 2,471 locations, $2,869 average, $23,914,194, 2 Weeks.

5. "The Mummy," Universal, $6,060,495, 2,980 locations, $2,034 average, $68,744,165, 3 Weeks.

6. "All Eyez On Me," Lionsgate, $5,806,975, 2,471 locations, $2,350 average, $38,599,294, 2 Weeks.

7. "Pirates Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," Disney, $5,396,243, 2,453 locations, $2,200 average, $160,161,569, 5 Weeks.

8. "Rough Night," Sony, $4,703,261, 3,162 locations, $1,487 average, $16,638,208, 2 Weeks.

9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," 20th Century Fox, $4,284,115, 2,328 locations, $1,840 average, $65,747,291, 4 Weeks.

10. "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2," Disney, $3,023,042, 1,468 locations, $2,059 average, $380,236,369, 8 Weeks.

11. "Beatriz At Dinner," Roadside Attractions, $1,759,977, 491 locations, $3,584 average, $2,953,757, 3 Weeks.

12. "The Book Of Henry," Focus Features, $948,369, 646 locations, $1,468 average, $3,105,724, 2 Weeks.

13. "Tubelight," Yash Raj Films, $930,058, 338 locations, $2,752 average, $930,058, 1 Week.

14. "It Comes At Night," A24, $800,325, 819 locations, $977 average, $13,043,493, 3 Weeks.

15. "Baywatch," Paramount, $748,404, 480 locations, $1,559 average, $56,656,293, 5 Weeks.

16. "Paris Can Wait," Sony Pictures Classics, $572,743, 408 locations, $1,404 average, $4,153,090, 7 Weeks.

17. "The Big Sick," Lionsgate, $421,577, 5 locations, $84,315 average, $421,577, 1 Week.

18. "Alien: Covenant," 20th Century Fox, $341,308, 294 locations, $1,161 average, $73,334,769, 6 Weeks.

19. "The Boss Baby," 20th Century Fox, $330,791, 241 locations, $1,373 average, $173,080,163, 13 Weeks.

20. "The Hero," The Orchard, $297,927, 81 locations, $3,678 average, $555,891, 3 Weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

            U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

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U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

The evening at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square also featured performances by rapper Michael Franti, Jack Garratt, reggae singer Chronixx, Macy Gray, and The Lumineers, who are currently appearing with U2 on their "Joshua Tree" tour.

Clayton was introduced by British record producer Chris Blackwell as someone who "lived through addiction and came out the other side, and has been courageous enough to admit it."

Taking the stage, the bassist quipped: "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own."

Turning serious, he said: "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential."

He said part of the reason he had a hard time quitting drinking was that, "I didn't think you could be in a band and not drink. It is so much a part of our culture."

It was Eric Clapton, he said, who finally told him he needed help.

"He didn't sugarcoat it. He told me that I needed to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," Clayton said. He credited another friend, The Who's Pete Townshend, for visiting him in rehab, where he "put steel on my back."

As for his bandmates, Clayton said, "I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing. Bono, The Edge, and Larry (Mullen) truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which offers musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.

Arriving at the theater earlier, he told reporters the fund was especially important given the current epidemic of opioid addiction. "MusiCares ... really provides funding for a lot of people to look into those things and find help," he said.

He added that his bandmates had been supporting him for 40 years.

"You know, I guess they loved me before I knew how to love myself," he said. "So it's really important that they share this with me."


John Carucci in New York contributed to this report.

            Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

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Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago.

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on criminal charges against Cosby.

A mistrial was declared June 17 on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand, the former Temple University director of women's basketball, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter was consensual.

Cosby's legal team declared victory after the mistrial, though Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry him.

The comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role on "The Cosby Show" as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable has had his reputation tarnished with accusations of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women.

In the wake of the criminal trial, though, Cosby is planning town hall meetings in an attempt to restore his legacy.

Cosby, 79, is fighting lawsuits by 10 women on both coasts. Three have filed sexual battery or defamation cases in California, and seven have sued for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Huth, said the judge in Los Angeles Superior Court judge may delay setting a trial date to let Pennsylvania prosecutors pursue the retrial against Cosby first.

A second deposition by Cosby was put on hold pending the criminal case. His first deposition in the Huth case is sealed.

A spokesman for Cosby didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

            The Latest: 3 CNN journalists resign over retracted story

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The Latest: 3 CNN journalists resign over retracted story

The Latest on a retracted CNN story about a supposed investigation in a Donald Trump associated and the head of a Russian investment fund (all times local):

8 p.m.

CNN says it has accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story was posted Thursday on CNN's website. It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member named in the story.

CNN said the story didn't meet its editorial standards. A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues, said Monday that story author Thomas Frank resigned. Also losing their jobs are Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor at the organization's Washington bureau, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.


10:50 a.m.

CNN wasn't saying Monday what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story posted Thursday on CNN's website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump's transition team, and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

On Friday night, CNN removed the story, saying it did not meet the news organization's standards. CNN apologized to Scaramucci.

It was unclear whether the story by reporter Thomas Frank appeared on any of CNN's television networks.

Bill Cosby’s rep now says town halls won’t be about sexual assault

Days after Bill Cosby’s representatives said he was planning on touring the country and appearing at town halls to speak with young people about sexual assault, one of those same representatives says that is not the case.

The Huffington Post reported that on Sunday, Cosby’s representative Ebonee Benson told CNN that the town hall meetings will not be about sexual assault.

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“I just want to be clear. The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault,” she told CNN. “This went way beyond a comment made from an interview by my colleague (Andrew Wyatt, another Cosby representative), a day ago.

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“When we initially talked about the town hall meetings, it was about restoration of legacy. Much to what Mrs. Cosby spoke on in her statement is the sensationalism brought on by the media,” Benson said. “This is another example of that. To take something that was meant to talk about the restoration of this man’s legacy that was destroyed by the media before he even had a chance to step into the courtroom. That’s what this is about.”

Benson’s statement comes after Benson and  Wyatt appeared on Good Day Alabama on Wednesday and said that Cosby was planning town halls after a mistrial was declared in a sexual assault case against him from accuser Andrea Constand. 

“We are now planning town halls. We’ll talk to young people,” Wyatt said on WBRC. “This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today. They need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing. It also affects married men.”

Related: Bill Cosby accuser slams his upcoming sexual assault town halls

Wyatt clarified the remarks to The New York Times in an email the next day, saying that Cosby has received “hundreds of calls from civic organizations and churches requesting for Mr. Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system.”

“These groups would like for Mr. Cosby to share that people in the judicial system can use their powers to annul deals for personal agenda and political ambitions,” he said.

Wyatt said that the speeches would be free.

The apparent change of plans comes after one of Cosby’s accusers, Linda Kirkpatrick, appeared on CNN on Saturday and compared Cosby’s town hall to serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, hosting a cooking show.

“Him having a town hall meeting on educating people about sexual assault is the same as Jeffrey Dahmer hosting a town hall meeting on the joy of cooking, neither of which I will be attending,” Kirkpatrick said.

Prosecutors said they plan to retry Cosby after the mistrial was declared.

            Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

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Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Wisconsin attorneys asked a federal appeals court Monday to keep an inmate featured in the Netxflix series "Making a Murderer" behind bars while they fight a second ruling overturning his conviction.

The state Department of Justice's filing argues Brendan Dassey should remain in prison because his case is far from settled. The agency will appeal the ruling to the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next two weeks, has the right to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court or could retry him, the filing said. A Wisconsin jury also found Dassey guilty of "heinous crimes," which points to keeping him locked up, the filing added.

"Dassey's release pending full resolution of this appeal would harm the public interest, as he has been convicted of rape, murder, and mutilation of a corpse, thereby establishing his dangerousness to the public," the filing said.

Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Robert Dvorek, didn't immediately respond to email messages seeking comment.

Dassey told detectives that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach at the Avery family's salvage yard in eastern Wisconsin's Manitowoc County on Halloween 2005. A jury in 2007 convicted him of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and second-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to life. Avery was sentenced to life as well in a separate trial.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August 2016, finding his confession was coerced. Investigators took advantage of his below-average intelligence and his age — he was 16 when Halbach died — to obtain his statements, the judge found.

He has remained behind bars while the state Department of Justice appealed. A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled 2-1 Thursday that the confession was indeed coerced.

Dassey's attorneys asked the court to release him immediately. They contend that he's now 27 and keeping him locked up while state attorneys continue to appeal could cost him more months or even years.

Dassey and Avery have long maintained police framed them. Their cases burst into the national consciousness after the "Making a Murderer" series debuted in December 2015. The filmmakers cast doubt on the legal process in the cases, sparking widespread speculation about their innocence. Both men have accumulated thousands of fans on social media.

Authorities who worked the cases insist the documentary was biased. Prosecutor Ken Kratz wrote in his book "Avery" that Dassey was "a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut" who could have rescued Halbach but instead involved himself in her rape and murder. Avery, he wrote, is "by any measure of the evidence, stone guilty."

Avery is pursuing his own appeal.


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            Detroit studio gets historic marker after facing demolition

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Detroit studio gets historic marker after facing demolition

A legendary recording studio in Detroit that once welcomed artists such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis has received a historic marker just four years after being targeted for demolition.

United Sound Systems installed the approximately $5,000 sign last week after the Detroit Sound Conservancy helped it acquire a historic designation, MLive ( ) reported.

The studio was founded by Italian violinist and recording engineer James "Jimmie" Siracuse and holds bragging rights over the first single for Tamla Records — the label that would later become Barry Gordy's Motown Records. But it shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s, and the building was targeted for demolition in 2013 under a plan to widen I-94.

Federal authorities sought to seize the property last year. Court records show that investigators believe it was purchased in 2009 with money from cocaine trafficking.

A trial for Dwayne Richards, who authorities say bankrolled the building's purchase for $20,000, is set for October.

State transportation authorities have backed off from demolition plans.

Detroit Sound Conservancy works to protect Detroit's sonic history by hosting club and studio tours, preserving old recordings and restoring artifacts important to the Motor City music scene.

Conservancy founder Carleton Gholz said the studio's story is not only a tale of great entertainment but also the narrative of two unique Detroit entrepreneurs.

"One was an Italian immigrant living the American dream, and the other was an African American Detroiter living the American dream," Gholz said. "I would honestly say that a lot of people don't know (the history of United Sound Systems). That's our role at the DSC, to explore how deep all this stuff is. We can't take that for granted."

            Spokeswoman: Cosby town hall's about education, not assault

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Spokeswoman: Cosby town hall's about education, not assault

A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the purpose of the comedian's planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault.

"I just want to be clear," Ebonee Benson told CNN. "The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat: These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault."

The town halls are aimed at restoring Cosby's legacy, and that's what she and fellow Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt meant to say during an Alabama TV station interview last week. Cosby was tried on charges stemming from an encounter with former Temple University worker Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.

Cosby, 79, contends the encounter was consensual.

In last Wednesday's interview with Birmingham station WBRC, Wyatt said:

"We'll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today.

"And they need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things they shouldn't be doing," he said, adding, "And it also affects married men."

Benson, who had read comments from Cosby's wife, Camille, slamming prosecutors after the trial ended with a hung jury, said in that WBRC interview that people need to be aware of changing laws regarding sexual assault, including on statute of limitations.

Their interview resulted in an outcry over the plans for the town halls.

Neither she nor Wyatt responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Monday.

But on CNN Sunday, Benson blamed media reports for triggering criticism of Cosby's town hall plans, including from anti-sexual violence groups who suggested he was being hypocritical.

Instead of sexual assault, Benson said, "it is about continuing on with what Mr. Cosby started 50 years ago when he began in the entertainment business, which is the importance of community, importance of education."

Prosecutors have said Cosby will be retried on sexual assault charges, but Wyatt said Sunday he doubts there will be another trial, pointing to the deadlocked jury.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

            President's media strategy creating friction

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President's media strategy creating friction

White House press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing with reporters turned testy on Monday, with CNN's Jim Acosta interrupting President Donald Trump's chief spokesman to demand he explain why television cameras were ordered off.

Trump's relations with the media — never strong to begin with — have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president's representatives. The White House has appeared to adopt a communications strategy of dealing primarily with its base of supporters, as witnessed by Trump's two interviews in the past week with Fox News Channel's morning show, "Fox & Friends."

Spicer has been one of the most visible media personalities of 2017, with his near-daily briefings at the beginning of the administration lampooned memorably on "Saturday Night Live" by Melissa McCarthy. Lately, however, there's been less willingness to mix it up with reporters.

Board members of the White House Correspondents Association met with Spicer on Monday and expressed the importance of Americans getting the chance to question leaders.

"We believe it is in the interest of transparency to have regular televised briefings," said Jeff Mason, a Reuters correspondent and president of the White House reporters' group. "We aren't satisfied with the current situation and won't be until it changes."

Shortly after the meeting, Spicer held an off-camera briefing. Television networks were allowed to record audio, but not air it live.

When a reporter noted there had been a "drastic shift" in the briefings starting around the time of Trump's foreign trip in late May, Spicer said "We'll continue to mix things up."

Spicer's answer prompted Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, to interrupt and demand that Spicer "tell us why you turned the cameras off." Acosta had interrupted a reporter earlier in the briefing with a similar outburst.

"Why are they off, Sean?" Acosta said. "You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government. Could you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?"

Spicer said "some days we'll have them" on camera, some days not. "The president's going to speak today in the Rose Garden. I want the president's voice to carry the day," he said, referring to scheduled statements later Monday from Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump was not scheduled to take questions during the garden appearance with Modi.

"This is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since Day One," Spicer added.

NBC News' Lester Holt conducted the last non-Fox television interview with Trump on May 11. This past week, he gave interviews to Ainsley Earhardt and Pete Hegseth of "Fox & Friends," a talk show so friendly to the president that CNN media reporter Brian Stelter described it as a Trump "infomercial."

Hegseth, in his interview over the weekend, asked Trump, "Who's been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been the fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks?"

He asked "how frustrating is it to have former President Obama out there, leading the resistance?" It was an apparent reference to a social media message the former president sent out in support of his health care law.

In Earhardt's interview, she discussed Trump's admission that he did not tape conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, despite earlier suggesting that there might be tapes. Raising the idea that Comey may have been taped in the White House "was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those (congressional) hearings," she said.

"Well," Trump replied, "it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that."


AP White House correspondent Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

Tempers flare at BET Awards when things get heated between Migos and Joe Budden

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Tempers flare at BET Awards when things get heated between Migos and Joe Budden

Tempers flared at the BET Awards Sunday night between  members of the Atlanta rap group Migos and interviewer Joe Budden after an abrupt mic-drop end to an interview.

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Actually, the interview wasn’t going that well even before Budden abruptly bolted. He, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis were asking what became a contentious line of questioning when Akademiks said Takeoff (Kirshnik Khari Ball), a member of Migos, how he felt about being left off the hit single “Bad and Boujee.”

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“Do it look like I’m left off ‘Bad and Boujee?'” Takeoff responded.

The mic drop and walk-off shortly followed and that’s when the storm clouds started gathering, figuratively speaking.

“Where’s our security guard?” you can hear someone asking in a video of the incident.

>> Related: Video: Bruno Mars opens 2017 BET Awards

It seems everyone moved on, though, without further incident.

Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September


Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

More than 25 years after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit store shelves and two months after Nintendo stopped production on its revamped NES Classic Edition, the company announced Monday that the Super NES will be back in a mini version slated for a September release.

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The Super NES Classic Edition will come with 21 classic games installed, including Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. A never before released sequel to Super NES classic Star Fox will also be released with the console.

The consoles will be sold starting Sept. 29 at a suggested retail price of $79.99, according to Nintendo.

“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.”

The Super NES Classic Edition will have the same look and feel as the original, according to Nintendo, only smaller.

The company said the following games will come with the system:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

            CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

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CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story was posted on the network's website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.

The story's author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN's Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit.

CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn't meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as "fake news," and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks.

The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.

The failure to follow proper procedures is what led to the resignations, the CNN executive said.

It's not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue. The retracted story had said the Senate intelligence committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

The report also said that two Democratic senators wanted to know whether Scaramucci had indicated in the meeting whether sanctions against Russia would be lifted, a decision that could impact the investment fund.

Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN "did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on."

Haris, in a statement to CNN's "Reliable Sources," noted that he'd been with CNN since 2001, "and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go."


This story has been amended to correct congressional committee's name to Senate intelligence committee, and to correct the spelling of Lex Haris' name.

Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports.

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Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face and broke his nose.

Jason originally received stitches. While at a doctor’s office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, The Associated Press reported. Since then, doctors were working on controlling the bleeding.

Keith Lockhart, who played with the Braves from 1997 to 2002 and is now a scout with the Chicago Cubs, has provided updates on social media and asked for prayers for his son.

Jason underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his nose, but the bleeding persisted. 

According to a Facebook post by Lockhart’s daughter, Sydney, who also has been providing updates on her brother’s condition, Jason was placed on life support Friday. 

In part, she wrote on Facebook:

“Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin.”

The bleeding, however, continued.

On Sunday night, Keith Lockhart wrote on Twitter that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital were closing in on a possible cause for the bleeding:

Late on Sunday, Sydney Lockhart wrote on her Facebook page:

The doctors decided to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today. They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding. They went into both arteries on each side of his nose and cut off the blood supply. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. The surgery was a couple of hours long and Jason is now resting still on the ventilator to keep his vitals monitored and keep him comfortable. They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. We are tired here but hopeful. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. Thank you so much. WE FEEL SO SURROUNDED

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

            Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test

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Dali's bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test

A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate.

Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealist art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia.

At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter. Gala had a daughter from an earlier marriage but the couple had no children of their own. Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.

On Monday, a Madrid court statement said that tests with DNA from Dali's embalmed body were necessary because there were no other existing biological remains with which to make a genetic comparison.

Abel's court litigation started in 2015 when she sued the Ministry of Finance, as the trustee of Dali's estate, and the Gala Dali Foundation that was created to administer it.

"What she wants is to have a result of the tests with full guarantee in order to finish with this as soon as possible," Abel's lawyer Enrique Blanquez told The Associated Press.

If there's a match, Abel could use Dali as her surname and pursue further legal action to claim her rights over the artist's work and property, which according to regional laws could amount to 25 percent of all of the estate.

The Gala Dali Foundation will appeal Monday's decision, foundation spokeswoman Imma Parada said in an e-mailed statement.

But according to Blanquez, the appeal could not immediately stop the exhuming of Dali's remains.

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 18, the lawyer said.


AP writer Ciaran Giles contributed to this story.

            JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

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JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20.

Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997.

Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. The books' magical world has inspired multiple films, spinoffs, memorabilia and amusement park attractions. The White Elephant Cafe, the Edinburgh spot where Rowling wrote the first book, has become an international tourist destination.

"20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others," Rowling tweeted. "It's been wonderful. Thank you."

Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury, will release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

            Oprah picks debut novel 'Behold the Dreamers' for book club

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Oprah picks debut novel 'Behold the Dreamers' for book club

Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel "Behold the Dreamers" is Oprah Winfrey's latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.

"Years ago, I went to the library one day in Falls Church, Virginia, to borrow a book and saw a shelf that only had Oprah book club picks," Mbue, 36, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "And one of the books that caught my eye was Toni Morrison's 'Song of Solomon.' And after reading it, I was very much in awe of it (and) thought maybe I would try writing, too."

Mbue's "Behold the Dreamers" was published in 2016 and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, an honor previously given to Philip Roth and Ann Patchett, among others. The book tells of an immigrant from Cameroon who becomes the chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive not long before the 2008 financial crisis. In Monday's announcement to The Associated Press, made jointly by Winfrey's OWN network and "O'' magazine, Winfrey said "Behold the Dreamers" was both topical and timeless.

"It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality," she said in a video. "And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means."

Winfrey has championed other debut works in recent years, including Ayana Mathis' "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" and Cynthia Bond's "Ruby." She began her club in 1996 and has helped dozens of books become best-sellers. Last year, she provided a major boost to Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," which went on to receive the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Within hours of Monday's announcement, "Behold the Dreamers" had jumped from No. 2,493 to No. 6 on's best-seller list.

Mbue's novel was partly based on personal experience. A native of Cameroon, Mbue is a New York City resident who lost her job working in a media marketing department after the crash and wondered how others managed, including the drivers she saw parked in front of the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan.

Mbue has remained a fan of Winfrey's club, reading such selections as Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible" and Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex," while never imagining she would be invited to the inner circle. When Mbue was told this spring that she would be hearing from someone at "O'' magazine, she assumed they wanted her to review a book.

"And then the phone rings and I hear, 'Hi, Imbolo, it's Oprah,' and she said my book was her next selection," Mbue recalled. "And I really lost it. I was screaming, 'Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!'"

Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

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Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

Former first lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at Sunday night’s BET Awards and Twitter is still overflowing with feelings.

>> BET Awards 2017: Show photos

“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award, recognizing his activism and philanthropic work in Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance.

>> BET Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals

“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways,” she continued. “In addition to making some really amazing music Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”

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The video clip, which highlights Chance’s work with the young people of Chicago and concludes with Obama’s remarks, is online here.

>> Watch the clip here

Twitter users working to process their emotions turned to GIF therapy:

“Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve,” the former first lady concluded. “With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves, fulfilling their God-given potential and then reaching back and lifting up other people along the way.

>> BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

“I can think of no greater legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call you my friend.”

Prince Philip back in the driver's seat with Queen Elizabeth II after hospitalization

Prince Philip is back behind the wheel following his brief hospitalization.

>> Prince Philip leaves hospital

Last week, the 96-year-old royal was hospitalized for a two-night stay for an infection stemming from a “pre-existing condition” but has since been released. According to People, he was spotted driving his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, on Sunday.

>> Read more trending news

The royal couple was reportedly on their way to watch granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Prince Edward, participate in a Guards Polo Club event.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Philip through the years

Officials stated that Prince Philip was in “good spirits” during his hospital stay and was sad to miss the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday and one day of the Royal Ascot horse race.

In May, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip would be taking a step back from his royal duties after 70 years of public service.

  Photos: Prince Philip through the years
  Prince Philip leaves hospital
  Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen
  Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 'official' birthday with Trooping the Color parade
  Photos: Charming Princess Charlotte, Prince George at 'Trooping the Color' parade
WATCH: Xscape reunites for performance at BET Awards

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WATCH: Xscape reunites for performance at BET Awards

Consider the Xscape reunion launched.

>> BET Awards 2017: Show photos

>> BET Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals

Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

>> Watch the performance here

Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their '90s-era hits “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To” and “Just Kickin’ It.”

>> BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

The public return is the first step of the Xscape reunion roll-out.

>> Read more trending news

Since confirming their reunion in March, the foursome has announced a performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans in July (and two dates immediately following in Detroit) and plans for a reality show on Bravo.

            Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards

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Chance honored by Obama, '90s nostalgia rules at BET Awards


At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper was honored as a humanitarian during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, with accolades from the Obamas to Kendrick Lamar.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a taped message for the rapper, saying he was an "outstanding role model" she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, had known since he was a "wee little baby rapper." Lamar gave him a shout-out later on as well, saying Chance was just getting started.

Chance acknowledged that the honor felt early in his young career. But he said, "My God doesn't make mistakes. And I like to think he puts this immense pressure on me to see how I react. "

His wide-ranging speech, which he said was off the cuff, called out several institutions, including the federal government, the Chicago public school system and the judicial system. But he ended by saying he wanted simply to be a better father and person.

"I am a good man, and I will be a better man," he said.



Bruno Mars had a big night with his first-ever BET Award for best male R&B/pop artist, which seems a little late in coming for a star whose been putting out multiplatinum albums and hit singles for years.

The singer though was grateful to the network for giving him his first-ever award, a Soul Train honor for the collaboration he did with B.o.B "Nothin' On You."

"Ever since then, BET has shown me nothing but love and support of my career throughout the years," Mars said in his acceptance speech.

Mars, who was nominated for four awards that night, kicked off the show with an energetic and fun performance of his song "Perm," with his band the Hooligans, all performing and singing in perfect synchronization.



Remy Ma ended Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards and further extended a rivalry that has been going on for years.

Ma took home the award at the end of the four-hour award show in one of the night's most anticipated award announcements.

Ma, who served six years in jail for a shooting, thanked God and named two correctional facilities in her speech and told others that they can come back.

"It's hard, but you can do it," Ma said. "You can make mistakes and come back."

In March, Ma released the diss track "Shether," which was hostile toward Minaj and earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song, and she wasn't at the BET Awards on Sunday.

Ma ended by quoting from one of her songs with Fat Joe and walked away with the award high in her hands.



The BET Awards paid tribute to two '90s era groups with extended performances of soulful, harmony-laced R&B.

The all-female quartet Xscape, featuring LaTocha and Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, reunited at the award show with a medley of their hits including "Just Kickin' It," ''Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?"

A lifetime achievement tribute to New Edition came in a three-part performance with help from the actors from the BET biopic about the band. It started with the child actors singing "Candy Girl," later followed by the older actors for some of the band's hits apart from the group, including BBD's "Poison" and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity."

Finally the real group, clad all in white suits, hit the stage to sing together again with the finale for all the singers and actors together on "If It Isn't Love."



Beyonce was the leading nominee of the night with seven, but she was not in attendance. She reportedly had her twins earlier this month, but she hasn't publicly commented on it.

Still Beyonce had words to share when she won the viewers' choice award through a young duo, Chloe x Halle, that the pop star asked to pick up her award.

"This has been a journey of love, of celebrating our culture, honoring the past, and approaching the present and future with hope and resolve," Beyonce said in the letter.

Her younger sister, Solange, also picked up the Centric award and celebrated her birthday after turning 31 on Saturday.

"My armpits are sweating so much right now," Solange said.



Some of the artists reflected on police violence against blacks during the awards show, which came just days after a police officer in Minnesota was acquitted in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Solange had a moment of silence for "the lives of our brothers and sisters that we have lost due to brutality and violence," during a presentation to honor activist Tamika Mallory.

"Black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the young stars award, noted in her acceptance speech that the night was also the birthday of Tamir Rice, who was 12 when he was shot in Cleveland in 2014.

"So in the midst of this celebration, I'd love to honor his life," Shahidi said.

Actors from the upcoming film "Detroit" also listed names of black men and women killed by police and others, including Castile.



Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

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Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews is a married woman!

The “Dancing With the Stars” co-host wed her hockey player fiancé in an intimate ceremony in Montana surrounded by close friends and family on Saturday, according to People.

>> Check out an Instagram post from the wedding here

Just days before the ceremony, Andrews took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of the sunset.

“Stop,” she captioned the image.

>> See the photo here

The couple started dating in 2012, and Stoll proposed over the holidays at Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33.

Andrews described the romantic proposal during an interview with “Good Morning America.”

>> Read more trending news

“We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there, and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland. I was bawling like a child,” she gushed.

Congratulations to the happy couple!


            Winners at Sunday night's BET Awards in Los Angeles

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Winners at Sunday night's BET Awards in Los Angeles

A list of winners of the 2017 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:

— Video of the year: Bruno Mars, "24K Magic"; Beyonce, "Sorry"

— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars

— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce

— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar

— Best female hip hop artist: Remy Ma

— Best new artist: Chance the Rapper

— Album of the year: Beyonce, "Lemonade"

— Best group: Migos

— Best gospel/inspirational award: Lecrae

— Best collaboration: Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, "No Problem"; Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"

— YoungStars award: Yara Shahidi

— Viewers' choice award: Beyonce, "Sorry"

— Centric award: Solange, "Cranes In the Sky"

— Video director of the year: Beyonce and Kahlil Joseph, "Sorry"

— Best actor: Mahershala Ali

— Best actress: Taraji P. Henson

— Best movie: "Hidden Figures"

— Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams

— Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry

— Humanitarian award: Chance the Rapper

— Lifetime achievement award: New Edition

— Best international act, Europe: Stormzy, England

— Best international act, Africa: Wizkid, Nigeria

VIDEO: Bruno Mars opens 2017 BET Awards

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VIDEO: Bruno Mars opens 2017 BET Awards

The 2017 BET Awards opened with an energizing performance from Bruno Mars.

Billboard reported that the first-time BET Award winner performed "Perm,” an upbeat song from his latest album “24K Magic.”

>> Read more trending news

Mars and his band, the Hooligans, rollicked and rolled across the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and got the crowed ready for the show. 

Mars closed out the performance with a solo dance break in a baseball-inspired outfit.

A video of the performance from BET  can be watched below.

Celebrity chef injured in gas explosion at new Bahamas restaurant

A South Florida chef who starred in a cable TV reality cooking show suffered third-degree burns Thursday after a gas explosion at his new restaurant in the Bahamas, Local 10 News in Miami reports.

Ralph Pagano was airlifted to a Miami hospital after the blast at Resorts World Bimini. He was turning on the kitchen's gas burners when the oven blew up.

"My hands were on fire, my shirt was on fire, my pants were on fire," Pagano told Local 10 News from Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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The chef, who starred in the Lifetime show “All Mixed Up,” suffered burns on his face, legs and hands. "I thought I was going to die," he said. "Luckily, I stopped, dropped and rolled."

"I'm going to need skin grafts and about a month in the hospital, but I'm alive," Pagano said.

Pagano has made other TV appearances, including competing on “Hell's Kitchen” and “Iron Chef.” 

He owns several South Florida restaurants: Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch in Miami and Naked Crab in Fort Lauderdale.

He was opening a new Naked Taco location when the accident occurred

            The Latest: Remy Ma beats Minaj for BET's hip hop honor

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The Latest: Remy Ma beats Minaj for BET's hip hop honor

The Latest on the BET Awards being presented from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Remy Ma has ended Nicki Minaj's seven year winning streak for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards.

Ma's win Sunday was the final award handed out in the show that ran late at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and easily one of the most anticipated of the night.

Ma, who returned from jail in 2014, thanked God and named two correctional facilities in her speech and told others that they can come back.

"It's hard but you can do it," Ma said. "You can make mistakes and come back."

In March, Ma released the diss track "Shether," which was hostile toward Minaj and earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song.

Ma ended by quoting from one of her songs with Fat Joe and walked away with the award high in her hands.


7:45 p.m.

At the tender age of 24, Chance the Rapper has accepted the humanitarian award during the BET Awards on Sunday for his work in his hometown of Chicago, winning over fans for both his musical talents and his philanthropic efforts.

One of his biggest fans, former First Lady Michelle Obama, delivered a taped message for the rapper, saying he was an "outstanding role model" who shined his big light on young people in the community.

Chance acknowledged that the honor felt early in his young career, but said, "My God doesn't make mistakes."

The rapper said he didn't prepare a speech. When the crowd cheered at one point, he urged them on, telling them to "Please, gas me up!" The cheers grew louder, and he shifted his remarks from his own feelings about the award to other topics.

His wide-ranging speech called out several institutions, including the federal government, the Chicago public school system and the judicial system. But he ended by saying he was a good man, and he wanted to be better.


6:35 p.m.

Bruno Mars has won the BET Award for best male R&B pop artist — his first award from a network that he credits with catapulting him to stardom.

Mars said Sunday that BET aired the first award he won — a Soul Train honor for his single with B.o.B. "Nothin' on You." He thanked several executives for showing him what he called "nothing but love and support of my career."

Mars beat out Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Trey Songz and Usher for the award.

It was a big night at the awards ceremony for Mars — he kicked off the show with a high energy yet playful performance of his song "Perm."


5:25 p.m.

Bruno Mars has opened the 2017 BET Award dancing and playing in synchronization with his band the Hooligans to a performance of "Perm."

The pop star paused his performance Sunday to fake-chastise the crowd for not being excited enough and playing around on Instagram during his performance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Host and comedian Leslie Jones, sporting a knee brace and pacing the stage while toweling herself off like an NBA player, brought her high energy, breathless delivery to the opening monologue. She said she injured herself playing basketball but said she wasn't going to hide the brace, declaring, "That's when you know that you're getting old, 'cause you just don't care."

The hip-hop trio Migos won the night's first honor — the best group award.


11 a.m.

The "B'' in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce or Bruno Mars.

Both pop stars are the top nominees at Sunday's show, where they will compete in four of the same categories, including video of the year.

Beyonce, who dominated last year's show with multiple wins and a show-stopping performance, is up for seven honors. Mars, who will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is nominated for five awards.

Mars and Beyonce will also compete for album of the year, video director of the year and the viewer's choice award.

Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" will host the show, which is set to feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and DJ Khaled.

Solange, Migos and Big Sean are also nominated for video of the year.

BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

The 2017 BET Awards was star studded and filled with appearances from the biggest names in R&B, pop, hip hop and rap.

>> Read more trending news

Bruno Mars, Remy Ma, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Migos and more artists hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Related: BET Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals

Related: BET Awards 2017: Show photos

Here is the full list of winners from the show.

Bill Cosby accuser slams his upcoming sexual assault town halls

After Bill Cosby announced that he will be traveling the country to teach young men how to avoid being accused of sexual assault, one of his accusers appeared on CNN to give her reaction.

On Saturday morning, accuser Linda Kirkpatrick shared exactly what she thinks about the idea.

>> Read more trending news

“Him having a town hall meeting on educating people about sexual assault is the same as Jeffrey Dahmer hosting a town hall meeting on the joy of cooking, neither of which I will be attending,” Kirkpatrick said, referring to the serial killer known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, who was killed while in prison.

Cosby’s sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial last week after the jury was unable to reach a decision on whether or not the actor had drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in the early 2000s. Following the ruling, his spokespeople announced that he will host a series of town halls to educate people, particularly athletes and married men, on how to avoid sexual assault charges.

Related: Bill Cosby plans town meetings on sexual assault following mistrial

According to one of his spokespeople, such classes are necessary because “anything at this point can be considered sexual assault, and it’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”

Prosecutors in the Constand case, in which Cosby skirted three aggravated sexual assault charges, have already announced that they will retry him. He also faces similar allegations from at least 60 other women.

Michael Jackson’s family remembers him on 8th anniversary of his death

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Michael Jackson’s family remembers him on 8th anniversary of his death

On the eighth anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, some of his family members are remembering him in different ways.

ABC News reported that members of the Jackson family have made social media posts and tribute performances.

The late singer’s brothers -- Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon -- performed as The Jacksons at England’s Glastonbury Festival Friday. Dressed in military-style jackets similar to those worn by their brother, they performed “Can You Feel It,” the group’s 1981 single. 

The brothers also sang The Jackson 5’s “I'll Be There” and Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon,” dedicating both to Michael Jackson.

Related: Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Jermaine Jackson wrote a message about his brother on Twitter before the performance, saying, “We'll be 4 brothers on stage joined by Michael in spirit. Through the music we made together, we find comfort in memories, esp (sic) this weekend.”

“We all love and miss you,” LaToya Jackson, Michael Jackson’s older sister, wrote on Twitter.

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, also shared thoughts on Twitter. 

According to E! News, she also got a new tattoo on her foot that reads, “Applehead.” The website reported that the word was a term of endearment Michael Jackson was known to use for his loved ones.

The tattoo is now one of several she has to honor her father.

“With every step i take, you lift my foot and guide me forward. Love you,” she captioned the photo of her new tattoo on Instagram.

Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50. The cause of death was cardiac arrest as the result of a mixture of medications in his system.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop called out by former NASA scientist for claim about healing stickers

NASA is disputing claims made by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website about “wearable stickers that promote healing.”

Gizmodo reported that former NASA scientist Mark Shelhamer criticized Goop for promoting stickers from Body Vibes, which in a post claims are “made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear” and “come pre-programmed to an ideal frequency, allowing them to target imbalances,” according to a post on the website.

>> Read more trending news

Time reported that the stickers sell for about $60 per pack.

Shelhamer criticized the claims, telling Gizmodo, “Not only is the whole premise like snake oil, the logic doesn’t even hold up. If they promote healing, why do they leave marks on the skin when they are removed?”

A NASA representative told Gizmodo the organization “(does) not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits.”

Goop said in a statement that it removed the claim about NASA from the site. 

As we have always explained, advice and recommendations included on goop are not formal endorsements and the opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of goop. Our content is meant to highlight unique products and offerings, find open-minded alternatives, and encourage conversation. We constantly strive to improve our site for our readers, and are continuing to improve our processes for evaluating the products and companies featured. Based on the statement from NASA, we’ve gone back to the company to inquire about the claim and removed the claim from our site until we get additional verification.”

Body Vibes, the company that makes the stickers apologized in a statement.

“We apologize to NASA, Goop, our customers and our fans for this communication error. We never intended to mislead anyone. We have learned that our engineer was misinformed by a distributor about the material in question, which was purchased for its unique specifications. We regret not doing our due diligence before including the distributor’s information in the story of our product. However, the origins of the material do not anyway impact the efficacy of our product. Body Vibes remains committed to offering a holistic lifestyle tool and we stand by the quality and effectiveness of our product.”
Video shows Britney Spears’ reaction when meeting fan wearing her ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ catsuit

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Video shows Britney Spears’ reaction when meeting fan wearing her ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ catsuit

Singer Britney Spears came face-to-face Friday with a fan who was rocking her iconic red “Oops, I Did It Again” catsuit during a meet-and-greet in Bangkok.

“Nice to meet you guys. I like your costume. It’s so cool!” Spears said as she greeted the group of fans before posting with them for a photograph.

>> Read more trending news

“I like your catsuit!” she said again after snapping a few pictures with the group. The fan in the catsuit then began singing her own rendition of Spears’ hit song for her.

When the fan stopped, the singer encouraged her to “keep going,” and the whole group broke out in song to help finish the chorus.

Related: Britney Spears had a little “Friday night fun” strutting her stuff on Instagram once again

Spears later shared a video of the encounter on her Instagram page, writing, “These fans made my day!!!!!”

The pop singer is currently in the midst of her Asia tour and has so far performed in Japan and Thailand. She’s been checking into her social media accounts frequently to share pictures and videos from the trip with her fans.

Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

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Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson welcomed her very first child, son Eissa, in January and is having a great time being a mom!

“She’s so happy,” her longtime producer, Jimmy Jam, told Entertainment Tonight.

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“I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio. It’s always just Isa [on FaceTime], she’s in the background somewhere. He’s the cutest baby in the history of babies.”

Currently living in London, Jackson is reportedly excited to get back into performing and recording music, and motherhood may have come along with some newfound creativity.

“I told her that when you have a baby, it’s going to be a whole different inspiration for you,” Jam continued.”A whole different reservoir of creativity, of cadence, of love, and all these things that have always been with you, but it doesn’t really come out until [you become a parent]. She’s recognizing that.”

In the meantime, Jackson is in the midst of finalizing her divorce from estranged husband Wissam Al Mana, with whom she shares her son.

In April, she shared the first and only picture so far of Eissa.

            Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj at BET Awards; '90s R&B shines

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Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj at BET Awards; '90s R&B shines

Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist Sunday in Los Angeles, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Ma last won the prize in 2005, and was sentenced to prison three years later after she shot a former friend after accusing her of theft.

"I wanna thank God first and foremost," said Ma, who named two correctional facilities in her speech and thanked her mentor Fat Joe and husband-rapper Papoose. "You can make mistakes and come back."

In March, Ma released the hostile diss track "Shether," which earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song.

At the live show at the Microsoft Theater, '90s R&B favorites New Edition and Xscape were the most welcomed performers of the night.

New Edition, whose three-part biopic was a white-hot ratings success for BET earlier this year, earned the lifetime achievement award and received a lengthy tribute. It started with the child actors from the movie singing "Candy Girl," later followed by the older actors for some of the band's hits apart from the group, including Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" and Ralph Tresvant's "Sensitivity."

The real group then hit to stage to sing "Can You Stand the Rain" and "Mr. Telephone Man." The actors later joined New Edition for "If It Isn't Love."

Girl group Xscape, set to launch a new reality show on Bravo, reunited at the BET Awards and sang the popular hits "Just Kickin' It," ''Understanding" and "Who Can I Run To?" The crowd was in awe, singing along and filming the performance with their phones.

Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by '90s R&B, also shined Sunday. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year — the top prize but not televised — with their hits "24K Magic" and "Sorry." Mars also won best male R&B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, "Perm."

"To the fans, you know I love you. My first BET Award," he screamed.

Kendrick Lamar surprised the audience when he performed with Future and won best male hip hop artist. He gave a shout-out to fellow nominee Chance the Rapper, who earned the humanitarian award at the age of 24. Chance also won best new artist and best collaboration.

In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance, who has raised $2 million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance "since he was a baby rapper."

"Chance is showing our young people that they matter," she said. "Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves."

Beyonce, who reportedly had her twins earlier this month though she hasn't commented on the topic, was the top nominee with seven. When it was announced that she won the viewer's choice award, Chloe x Halle — the young duo signed to Beyonce — recited a speech given to them from the pop star. Queen Bey was the big winner with five, also taking home album of the year for "Lemonade," best female R&B/pop artist and video director of the year for "Sorry."

Solange, Beyonce's younger sister, also had a big night: She won the Centric award and called Sunday "the best birthday ever" (she turned 31 on Saturday).

"My arm pits are sweating so much right now," said Solange, who thanked BET for showing her "queens" like Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and others during her teenage years.

Solange held a moment of silence later on, and the show also honored some of the minorities who died at the hands of police officers, including Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner and others.

Other winners included gospel rapper Lecrae and Migos, who took home best group. The hip-hop trio also won over the audience with its performances of the hits "Bad and Boujee," ''T-Shirt" and "Congratulations," with Post Malone. Chance the Rapper, and his mom, danced during the long set; as did Queen Latifah, Cardi B., "Stranger Things" actor Caleb McLaughlin and "black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi, who won the YoungStars award.

Though most of the performances were upbeat, others charmed with slower songs: Tamar Braxton and Maxwell gave vocally impressive performances, and Mary J. Blige sang songs from "Strength of a Woman," her recent album that includes emotional tunes about her divorce.

"Mary J. got that break up body. Whoa," screamed Jamie Foxx, who presented an award after Blige's performance.

Leslie Jones of "Saturday Night Live" hosted the four-hour show. El DeBarge and Kamasi Washignton performed "Careless Whisper" in honor George Michael, who died last year on Christmas Day, while Janelle Monae collaborator Roman GianArthur excitedly sang "Johnny B. Goode" in tribute to Chuck Berry, who died in March.

New York rapper Prodigy, who died last week, was remembered in words by his Mobb Deep partner Havoc and Lil Kim, who appeared on the remix of the memorable Mobb Deep hit, "Quiet Storm."

Former BET executive Stephen Hill, who the network said was stepping down in March, was praised throughout the night with kind words from Mars and Bobby Brown.



            Erin Andrews, ex-NHL player Jarret Stoll marry in Montana

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Erin Andrews, ex-NHL player Jarret Stoll marry in Montana

Sportscaster Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarret Stoll have tied the knot.

Publicists for Andrews confirm that the 39-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host married Stoll on Saturday, his 35th birthday.

People magazine first reported the nuptials. According to the magazine, the wedding was held at sunset in Montana in front of a small group of family and friends. Andrews wore a gown designed by Carolina Herrera.

The couple, who started dating in 2012, got engaged in December at Disneyland.

The wedding follows a rocky year for Andrews.

In September 2016, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, months after winning a stalking lawsuit. She settled with two hotel companies that were found partially to blame for the stalker, who got a hotel room next to hers and posted nude video of her on the internet.

Stoll played in the NHL for 13 years, for Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota and the New York Rangers.

            Inmate charged in brutal jail beating of Peter Tosh's son

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Inmate charged in brutal jail beating of Peter Tosh's son

A man accused of attacking and seriously injuring the son of late reggae icon Peter Tosh at a New Jersey jail is facing an aggravated assault charge, authorities said.

The count against Kyrie Baum stems from a Feb. 21 attack at a county jail that left 37-year-old Jawara McIntosh with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma, according to the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The charge was made public Friday, and the agency said Baum has already been indicted.

It wasn't known Sunday if Baum has retained an attorney.

Authorities have not said what sparked the attack, which they say lasted less than 10 seconds and took place in a general custody housing unit. Baum, 40, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was being held at the jail on robbery and gun possession charges at the time.

McIntosh is hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive and in a coma, suffering from brain damage, said attorney Jasmine Rand. She also said that McIntosh's family has filed notice that it plans to sue and also wants the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.

McIntosh, of Boston, was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. He eventually pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack.

Bergen County sheriff's officers immediately responded to the attack, authorities said, adding that McIntosh was treated by medical personnel at the jail before he was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.

The major crimes unit of the county prosecutor's office was notified of the attack due to the serious injuries McIntosh suffered.

McIntosh performed under the stage name Tosh1. His father was a Jamaican-born musician and activist who started The Wailers along with Bob Marley. His 1976 hit, "Legalize It," remains a rallying cry for those pushing to make marijuana legal.

McIntosh is also a pro-marijuana activist and performed the song outside of the New Jersey statehouse in April 2014 during a rally pushing for state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. His family says that he is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization.

Tosh was killed in Jamaica in 1987 during a home invasion robbery.

Rastafarians regard cannabis as a sacrament.

            'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

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'Transformers: The Last Knight' debuts to a franchise low

The hulking machines of "Transformers" are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. But they're still big in China.

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend and a five-day total of $69.1 million since opening Wednesday. All previous "Transformers" sequels opened with $97 million-plus.

But Paramount Pictures' "The Last Knight," the second "Transformers" movie to star Mark Wahlberg, still showed its might overseas. It took in $196.2 million internationally, including an impressive $123.4 million in China.

Future business will tell whether those grosses are enough to cover a hugely expensive movie: $217 million to make, plus nearly as much to market. Studios reap a smaller percentage of ticket sales from Chinese theaters. And reviews — though never much of a factor in "Transformers" land — were worse for "The Last Knight" than the earlier films. Audiences gave this one a B-plus CinemaScore.

Yet "Transformers" has been increasingly skewing international. The previous film, 2014's "Age of Extinction," made $858.6 million of its $1.1 billion global haul abroad.

"Transformers' is built for a global audience," said Kyle Davies, president of distribution for Paramount. "You really have to consider how we did in the overall and it was really strong overseas and in China. That's how we treat 'Transformers': It's a global property. So we're hopeful that we're going to get to a good place."

"Wonder Woman" and "Cars 3" tied for second place, both with $25.2 million. Nearly a month after opening, Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" continues to be a major draw. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically. And at $652.9 million globally, it's the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

In limited release Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy "The Big Sick" landed the best per-screen average of the year. It opened in five theaters, grossing an average of $87,000 from each. Amazon plunked down $12 million for the Judd Apatow-produced Sundance Film Festival hit. Lionsgate is handling the theatrical release.

Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" wasn't far behind. In four theaters, it earned a per-screen average of $60,136. The Focus Features release, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, is a remake of Don Siegel's 1972 Civil War-era gothic thriller about a wounded Union soldier taken in by a Southern all-girls school. At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Coppola won best director, becoming only the second woman to do so.

Both "The Big Sick" and "The Beguiled" expand nationwide in the coming weeks.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $ 45.3 million ($196.2 million international).

2. (Tie) "Wonder Woman," $25.2 million ($20.5 million international).

2. (Tie) "Cars 3," $25.2 million ($11.9 million international).

4. "47 Meters Down," $7.4 million.

5. "All Eyez On Me," $5.9 million ($1.1 million international).

6. "The Mummy," $5.8 million ($16.5 million international).

7. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $5.2 million ($8.3 million international).

8. "Rough Night," $4.7 million ($2 million international).

9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," $4.3 million ($1 million international).

10. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $3 million.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $196.2 million.

2. "Wonder Woman," $20.5 million.

3. "The Mummy," $16.5 million.

4. "Cars 3," $11.9 million.

5. "Baywatch," $10.3 million.

6. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $8.3 million.

7. "Despicable Me 3," $7.2 million.

8. "Everything, Everything," $2.8 million.

9. "77 Heartbreaks," $2.5 million.

10. "Alien: Covenant," $2.3 million.


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            Prince Harry once 'wanted out' of Britain's royal family

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Prince Harry once 'wanted out' of Britain's royal family

Prince Harry says he once "wanted out" of the British royal family.

In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday, the prince said the time he spent in the army was "the best escape I've ever had" and that he thought about giving up his title.

He said: "I felt I wanted out, but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself."

Harry is fifth in line to the throne.

The comments followed an interview published in Newsweek in which he said he doubted anyone in the royal family wanted to be king or queen.

He said his family "will carry out our duties at the right time" and that they're "not doing this for ourselves, but for the greater good of the people."

            Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

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Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome.

At the performance Saturday in Rome at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, a Renaissance architectural masterpiece housing Vatican tribunals, visitors were shown how to wear a Noh theater mask.

Japan's ambassador to the Vatican, Yoshio Matthew Nakamura, says Noh theater absorbs cultural elements from various countries and civilizations.

Japan has been a strong admirer of Vatican artistic treasures. Decades ago, Japanese television sponsored the restoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which was frescoed by Michelangelo.

Presenting his diplomatic credentials last year to Pope Francis, Nakamura gave him binoculars "to see the lives of people in the periphery," an area where Francis says the church must pay more attention.

            Lanvin fuses sartorial and street to cap Paris menswear week

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Lanvin fuses sartorial and street to cap Paris menswear week

Actress Gabrielle Union joined French actor Reda Kateb on the front row of the edgy Lanvin show at Paris Fashion Week.

Here are some highlights from Sunday, the last day of spring-summer 2018 menswear collections.


It was sartorial fused with street. As VIP guests looked on, Lucas Ossendrijver's passion for hybrid styles found its voice on the catwalk for Lanvin.

The veteran Dutch menswear designer took suits with a flavor of the 1950s and mixed them up with sports references, on-trend baggy pants, hoodies and sneakers. The combinations produced a strong spring-summer collection from the storied Parisian house.

A loose, rippling gray worker's overall was given a luxurious makeover, worn under a dark gray wool knee length coat. Loose double breasted jackets with retro rolled up sleeves were accessorized with white, '50s belts and white streetwear sneakers.

But it was not all wintery — owing to unexpected flashes of bright red summer Bermudas.

There were also plenty of clever fashion ideas.

A sartorial Prince of Wales check jacket was fused into sportswear with geometric patterning on the shoulder, zips, studs, tassels and an exposed bright orange interior. Bright Cerulean blue gave a freshness to an inverted sartorial raincoat and made guests dream of the ocean.



The stereotype of young VIP Fashion Week attendees as rich, soulless attention-seekers wasting their parents' money has now been transformed into a fashion concept.

"Enfants Riches Deprimes" (Depressed Rich Kids) was founded some years ago by a conceptual artist not lacking in irony called Henri Alexander Levy. Levy was profoundly marked by his education at the super-rich Institut Le Rosey boarding school in Rolle, Switzerland, and various other boarding schools. He decided to turn those experiences into fashion.

Since 2013, one of the core values of the house is simply to maintain exorbitant price tags — T-shirts cost up to $1,000 and couture jackets are priced as high as $95,000.

Its first Paris Fashion Week show was being held — in a humorous touch — at the symbol of all things moneyed — Christie's auction house.

The label's style of juxtaposing tailored wear with brutally ripped garments at eye-watering prices has earned the house somewhat of a cult-like following. Fans now include celebrities such as Jared Leto, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, Guns N' Roses, and Zayn Malik.



The fashion magazine shoots of the 1950s and '60s were the muse for French designer Agnes B.'s playful spring-summer menswear display.

Male models struck sometimes exaggerated retro poses against the backdrop of a giant photograph of what could have been the French Riviera and the Mediterranean Sea.

It harked back to the retro photos of Vogue magazine — and was very much tongue in cheek. The styles, on the whole, mirrored this era — barring the odd tail coat and soft contemporary overall.

Blue suede shoes, black-and-white brogues mixed with a single-breasted '60s suit that was buttoned high.

The best look was a bright yellow '50s jacket with vivid blue pants, capped with a giant square '60s travel bag. The model who wore it posed with his right foot behind his left foot in opposite directions as post-war fashion models used to do. It provoked chuckles from the guests.



Kenzo went against its grain and channeled the sartorial for spring-summer.

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who normally do not stray from the unpredictable street vibe, buttoned up at the start of their menswear show

High double buttons, ruffled Asian sleeves, and triple pockets defined the very stylish suit styles, some of which were given street cred with baggy Asian-style Burmudas.

Suits in purple sported utilitarian pockets that evoked Chinese revolutionary garb.

It was very cool.

But menswear fashion isn't what it used to be.

The collection also showcased women's designs for spring-summer, a growing trend for designers.

The fusion from men's to women's clothes was handled with sensitivity via stripy statement socks, bold patterns and pure colors.

Lim and Leon then had some fun with optical kinetic stripes that were asymmetrical and draped.


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Prince Harry affectionately calls Duchess Kate the 'big sister he never had'

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Prince Harry affectionately calls Duchess Kate the 'big sister he never had'

In an interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry opened up about his relationship with sister-in-law Kate Middleton and how she helped him come to terms with his mother’s death.

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“There was no filling the hole left by Diana’s death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on,” an excerpt from the story reads. “Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had. He often pops into their apartment at Kensington Palace, where she cooks him a meal — roast chicken is reportedly a particular favorite.”

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Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate all live together at Kensington Palace in London, where Harry lives in a two-bedroom cottage on the grounds, and his brother and Middleton live in a 22-room apartment in the palace itself. Their proximity allows them to maintain a close bond.

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“Kate has quite a different relationship with Harry than she has with William. Harry appeals to her sillier side because he is carefree, footloose and loves banter. He finds things funny about people and says so,” a source told the Daily Mail last year. “Kate also adores the way Harry plays with her children — he is very good with them, a charming big kid and silly uncle.”

Now, the in-laws often carry out their royal duties together, such as promoting their “Heads Together” campaign to raise awareness on mental health.

            Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality


Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality.

"This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another," the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.

The pride parade in New York City, Gaga's hometown, kicks off Sunday.

The Grammy-winning performer, like Madonna, Cher and others before her, has a strong gay fan base who credits the singer with pushing gay rights to the forefront.

Gaga said she's touched to witness the "beautiful pride that I see so many of friends and the LGBTQ community have."

"It's a beautiful pride that we all should be in awe of," she added.

Sunday's parade in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village.

            Opera pops up at NYC garage, dive bar, basketball court

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Opera pops up at NYC garage, dive bar, basketball court

Opera has been popping up recently at the most unlikely New York places: a revamped garage, a dive bar, a basketball court and even an old aircraft carrier.

It's part of a festival with an in-your-face goal — to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out.

The New York Opera Fest 2017 that ends in late June has drawn casual, but curious, spectators, some of whom may never have gone to an expensive production in a plush theater.

On Saturday, composer Darius Milhaud's "The Guilty Mother" got its U.S. premiere in the onetime garage on Manhattan's West Side — a story rife with adultery and intrigue.

The more than 30 festival spectacles included a Brooklyn basketball court that hosted a hip-hop opera called "Bounce," with a group of public school kids participating. Children also were invited, free of charge, to Public School 129 in Harlem for a playground performance last week of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love." The kids helped create the production, from designing the costumes to singing in the chorus.

Excerpts from Bizet's "Carmen" were heard in a bar called Freddy's in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, under a beer-stained wall.

And Mozart melodies floated through a lush community garden on Manhattan's Upper West Side for the composer's "La Finta Giardiniera," a free performance in which a noblewoman poses as a simple gardener while caught up in her own romantic twists and turns.

In Harlem, the Baylander, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was the stage for Tom Cipullo's "Glory Denied," which dives into the struggles of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam.

The festival serves to counter the shrinking audiences for the formal grand opera tradition. Organizers say that experimenting with new ways of presenting it to spectators of all ages has pumped fresh blood into this still great musical theater.

The festival, starting in May, brought together a group of small, innovative companies experts say are the cutting-edge future of the classical arts.



            In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

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In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

Over a million people have visited the relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, since they were brought to Moscow last month.

A total of 1,021,500 people have paid their respects to the holy remains, according to data published Saturday on an official website for the relics.

The queue to see the fragments of the saint's bones on display has regularly extended several kilometers from Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior since the May 23 beginning of public viewings.

The huge turnout underlines the important of the Orthodox Church and the defining role religion plays for many Russians a quarter-century after the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union.

The relics, on loan from Italy, will be moved to St. Petersburg later this month.

            Dior designer celebrates decade at helm at Paris menswear

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Dior designer celebrates decade at helm at Paris menswear

Celebrating a decade at the creative helm of Dior Homme on Saturday, designer Kris Van Assche held court with Christian Slater, Jamie Bell and Kata Mara at his catwalk collection that paid homage to the iconic Dior suit.

Here are some highlights of the spring-summer 2018 menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week.


It was the suit, but not as we know it.

Retracing the origins of Dior Homme without a hint of nostalgia, 41-year-old Belgian designer Van Assche took the house's bread-and-butter two-piece and deconstructed it to produce an edgy, celebratory show.

Tailored in black Ottoman, the new double-breasted blazer was cut with an exaggeratedly nipped waist in a retro style. Long sleeveless coats had surreally bulbous hips and tail coats were cut on the bias.

"I've been here for 10 years now and I wanted to play with the DNA of the brand — the black suit and the white shirt. How can we reinvent it?" Van Assche told The Associated Press.

In case guests momentarily forget what show they were attending, there were plenty of funky reminders: Silk scarves around the neck with the Dior Homme atelier address (3, Rue Marignan). Long angular-shouldered coats were also fastidiously patterned with micro text that repeated the house's name.

Dior Homme defined the collection shown Saturday at Paris Fashion Week as a "fusion of sport and suit."

Halfway through it was clear why, as the sartorial musings gave way to varsity styles such as silken American baseball jackets with Paris emblazoned on the front, and collegiate V-neck tank tops in flame red that ticked the box for the house's younger clientele.



Looking slick in a black Dior Homme suit without a tie, actor Jamie Bell arrived with his actress fiancee Kate Mara at the Grand Palais venue to a flurry of camera flashes.

Mara, who wore a white silk gown, joked that their highly-anticipated wedding would be taking place "today," since they both looked the part.

"Today. We're appropriately dressed. We'll be walking down this aisle," Mara told The Associated Press.

Although the 34-year-old actress would not disclose who would be designing her wedding dress, Bell was less coy.

"Well, I know who I'm wearing, Am I allowed to say this? Dior of course. They've always been good to me over the years. I'm going to wear a bow tie," he said.

"And doesn't he look handsome in Dior?" Mara said.

Mara's latest movie "Megan Leavey," a true life story about a young Marine corporal in Iraq, was released June 9. She said she was "super honored and proud to be telling Megan Leavey's story because she's definitely a hero of mine. And it's rare that there are movies about females in the military."



Designer Olivier Rousteign's fascination with Faberge eggs, couture and Russian imperial glamour seemed to make a bold return at Saturday's indulgent Balmain collection.

The blue-and-gold Faberge egg that Richard Burton once gave to Elizabeth Taylor has been a touchstone for the 31-year-old designer in the past. Here, the iconic ornament — created for the Romanovs from 1885 to 1916, when the company was run by Peter Carl Faberge — seemed to be evoked in black and white.

The result was a show of highly structured clothes — for men and women — with dazzling decorations. Embellished cross-over coats conjured up styles of Russian Tatars with belts nipping the waist. A black long-sleeved mini-dress bore thick tectonic plates on the torso and heavy threading that looked like a shell or protection for a warrior.

And then black-and-white striped tuxedos, with lines in all directions, seemed to fast forward to the exuberance of the Jazz Age.

The show was, predictably, a little over-the-top.



Fashion brings people together. American actors Christian Slater and Rami Malek — both of hit U.S. television series Mr. Robot — unexpectedly ran into each other during Paris Fashion Week.

"It honestly randomly happened, yeah. I did not know he was going to be here. He didn't know I was going to be here. And we actually bumped into each other on the street yesterday. So incredible," Slater told the AP.

Malek, who joined his co-star on the Dior front row, talked about the upcoming third season of the award-winning techno-thriller show.

"Take all that kind of excitement and frenetic energy of the first season. And all the information you get from the second one. Combine it together and it's a ... wild ride," Malek said.



One of Japan's most lucrative fashion houses, Sacai has built a reputation for the avant-garde and quirky. This was on full display in Saturday's color-rich show.

This season, Asia was in the air. An oversize tubular cuff that mirrored the sleeve of a kimono was a leitmotif in Sacai's 49-piece display that showcased both men's and women's designs.

Asian styles were evoked in the multitudinous use of layers — a thick hybrid poncho in Cerulean blue with tassels, or an oversize coat covered in blurred text that looked like a decorative pattern. Models walked the runway on thick Geisha "geta" clogs.

Bright flashes of citrus yellow — a color that symbolizes courage in Japan — came on a bold silken shoulderless design with a billowing skirt and box pleating. It's a look that only a courageous fashionista could wear.

And even the checked suits — normally a Western signature — were rendered here in the Madras fabric pattern.



Hermes has become a byword for simple, unpretentious luxury. With panache, veteran menswear designer Veronique Nichanian proved this again in a classy, masculine show Saturday for spring-summer 2018.

Tasteful colors such as ruddy pink, steel, dusty brown, copper and cobalt blue set off the beautifully cut simple silhouettes. High-waisted baggy pants mixed with fitted bombers, or loose luxuriant sweaters rolled up at the sleeves.

Metallic red shiny pants and hoodies provided this season's twist.

Unlike most Paris fashion shows, the collection produced no far-flung concept, gimmick or muse, simply because none was needed. Nichanian — who's been at the helm of this family-run business for an incredible 29 years — is an expert at letting the clothes do the talking.


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            Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

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Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, 68, received a rock star welcome from thousands of festival-goers, who chanted his name and held up signs that read "I love Jeremy Corbyn" as he took to the festival's main stage. Corbyn gave a wide-ranging speech on women's rights, Brexit, global warming and London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Even before his arrival, music fans at the festival were singing "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of "Seven Nation Army."

The politician, who is popular with Britain's young voters, was set to introduce U.S. hip hop duo Run The Jewels.

Performers at this year's Glastonbury included Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran.

            Trumps attend wedding of treasury secretary and actress

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Trumps attend wedding of treasury secretary and actress

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the guests as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin's) married a Scottish actress.

Mnuchin exchanged vows Saturday night with Louise Linton at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.

Mrs. Trump wore a pink blush dress and the president was in a tux. Vice President Mike Pence also attended.

The 54-year-old Mnuchin worked for the Goldman Sachs investment firm for nearly two decades before founding a hedge fund. He also ran a company that invested in Hollywood movies and was finance chairman of Trump's presidential campaign.

The 36-year-old Linton has appeared in movies and TV shows. Mnuchin also produced movies before joining the government.

It's Mnuchin's third marriage and the second for Linton.

            Writer sues Tupac filmmakers, alleges copyright infringement

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Writer sues Tupac filmmakers, alleges copyright infringement

A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper.

Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that "All Eyez On Me" borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur in the 1990s for Vibe magazine.

The lawsuit says, for instance, the film's fictional character Nigel is based on a character Powell wrote about in one of his magazine articles. The suit says the character is based on Jacques "Haitian Jack" Agnant.

"There are stories with fictional characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work that appear in the Infringing Work," the suit said. "Rather than contact Plaintiff, Defendants, while fully aware of Plaintiff's copyright in the Original Work, willfully and improperly developed, produced, filmed and released the Infringing Work derived from Plaintiff's Original Work."

Powell is suing Lionsgate, Program Pictures, Morgan Creek Pictures as well as producers and screenwriters of the film. A representative for Lionsgate declined to comment Saturday. Morgan Creek Pictures did not immediately respond to the same email request for comment sent to Lionsgate.

Powell's lawyer, Keith White, said his client's "exclusive and intimate access" to Shakur was the result of trust he'd established over the years.

"The narrative that Kevin developed from many intense and exclusive moments with Tupac should not have been used in any film without Kevin's approval and consultation," White said in a statement Saturday.

"All Eyez On Me" debuted last weekend at No. 3 with $27.1 million. Critics have panned the movie and Jada Pinkett Smith, a close friend of Shakur's, contradicted several scenes in the film and called her portrayal "deeply hurtful."

Shakur, one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop, died in 1996 from gunshot wounds.

            John Legend: Singer, songwriter, spelling bee champ

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John Legend: Singer, songwriter, spelling bee champ

John Legend's work has won Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony, but years before achieving global fame, the Legend-to-be took home another prize: spelling bee champ.

A 1989 story in The Springfield News-Sun ( ) proclaimed, "Product of home teaching wins bee." The newspaper noted the future R&B singer's sharp attire, his steady gaze and crisp enunciation, saying the 10-year-old Legend "came to win ... and win he did."

Legend, born John Roger Stephens in Springfield in 1978, credited his mother, Phyllis Stephens, and a tutor with helping him study for the contest. He and his siblings were home schooled.

The newspaper says he took a no-nonsense approach, not cracking a smile during the competition until his tutor cried out with joy when he correctly spelled the winning word: "prejudice."


Information from: Springfield News-Sun,

            Lauren Hutton to be honored at Maine film festival

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Lauren Hutton to be honored at Maine film festival

Lauren Hutton is going to be this year's honoree at the 20th annual Maine International Film Festival.

The 73-year-old actress, model and producer will be awarded the Mid-Life Achievement Award next month in Waterville, Maine.

Festival programmer Ken Eisen told the Morning Sentinel ( that Hutton was part of what he described as a golden age of American filmmaking in the 1970s and that she broke the rules for aging by modeling nude at age 61.

She'll receive the award July 20 at the Waterville Opera House where her movie "American Gigolo," also starring Richard Gere, will be shown.


Information from: Morning Sentinel,