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June 30

EXPLAINER: How will R. Kelly sentence impact other trials?

R. Kelly could be in his 80s before the singer is free again, based on a 30-year prison term imposed this week by a New York federal judge for sexually abusing young fans
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In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly briefly addresses Judge Ann Donnelly during his sentencing in federal court, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
June 30

Lawyer: Hussle lifted up neighborhood he was gunned down in

The prosecutor said the rapper sought to raise up his neighborhood with him.
June 30
Defense attorney Aaron Jenson speaks during opening statement during Eric Holder murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles prosecutor says the killing of Nipsey Hussle was premeditated by a man charged with fatally shooting the Grammy Award-winning rapper outside his clothing store three years ago. (Frederick M. Brown/Daily Mail.com via AP, Pool)
June 30

Four Atlantic City casinos reach contract agreement with union, averting a strike on Fourth of July weekend

Four Atlantic City casinos reach contract agreement with union, averting a strike on Fourth of July weekend
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Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

Essence’s chief executive officer said she’s been asked many times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans
June 30
Vanessa Dawson, back left, producer of Maui Moisture, stands in her hair care truck near the Essence Festival in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked a multitude of times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
June 30

Sonny Barger, figurehead of Hells Angels, dies at 83

The leather-clad founding member of the notorious motorcycle club has died.
June 30
FILE - Hells Angels founder Ralph "Sonny" Barger and his wife Sharon are shown after his release on $100,000 bond in San Francisco, Aug. 1, 1980. Barger, the leather-clad figurehead of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club, has died at age 83. Barger's death was announced late Wednesday, June 29, 2022, on his Facebook page. Barger composed the post placed on the Facebook page managed by his current wife, Zorana. (AP Photo/Robert Houston, File)
June 30

Review: Austen-era schemes, dreams fill 'Mr. Malcolm's List'

“Mr. Malcolm’s List” is not, technically, by Jane Austen, but it is Austenesque through and through
June 30
This image released by Bleecker Street shows Freida Pinto in a scene from "Mr. Malcolm's List." (Ross Ferguson/Bleecker Street via AP)
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Frank Daniels, ex-AP chair and newspaper publisher, dies

Former Associated Press board chair Frank Daniels Jr. has died at 90
June 30
FILE - This undated image shows former chairman of The Associated Press Frank A. Daniels. Daniels Jr. has died at 90. His son says he died Thursday, June 30, 2022. In addition to his service on the board of directors of the not-for-profit news cooperative, Daniels shepherded The News & Observer of Raleigh through an era of political and economic transformation in the New South. (AP Photo/File)
June 30

Like ‘Bridgerton’? Wait till you catch ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’

Years before “Bridgerton” and the Regency-era fashion moment it helped inspire, director Emma Holly Jones was dreaming of an early 19th century romantic comedy with a diverse cast
June 30
Sope Dirisu, from left, Freida Pinto and Zawe Ashton pose for a portrait to promote "Mr. Malcolm's List" on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
June 30

Review: Imagine Dragons offer light at the end of the tunnel

If you were hiding under your bed after listening to the last album by Imagine Dragons, it’s time to come out
June 30
This cover image released by Interscope shows "Mercury — Act 2," by Imagine Dragons. (Interscope via AP)
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Sonequa Martin-Green, Kate Mulgrew share 'Star Trek' stories

After light years in space, actors Sonequa Martin-Green and Kate Mulgrew are meeting up on Earth to compare “Star Trek” stories
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Kate Mulgrew, left, and Sonequa Martin-Green pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK launch of the streaming site Paramount +, in London, Monday, June 20, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
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USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending 6/26/2022
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Mary J. Blige arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
June 30

NFL and Ice Cube team up for economic equity initiative

The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube
June 30
FILE - Rapper Ice Cube, right, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round of the NFL football draft Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas. The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube. The league announced Thursday, June 30, 2022, a partnership with Contract with Black America Institute, an economic inclusion-focused initiative led by artist and entrepreneur O'Shea Jackson, who is known as Ice Cube.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 30

Author Jesmyn Ward wins Library of Congress fiction prize

The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award and is being honored for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice
June 30
FILE - Author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York on Nov. 15, 2017. The 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has gone to Jesmyn Ward, who at 45, is the youngest person to receive the library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work examining racism and social injustice. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
June 30

US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

Despite a growing recognition of the newspaper industry's problems among politicians and philanthropists, a new report says a downward trend continues
June 30
FILE - A man reads a newspaper during his lunch break in Cincinnati on July 6, 2005. A report from Northwestern University says local newspapers in the United States are dying at the rate of two per week. There has been growth in digital alternatives, but not nearly enough to compensate for what has been lost. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
June 30

UK royals' spending up 17%, mostly for palace overhaul costs

Royal accounts show the British monarchy’s publicly-funded spending rose by 17% to 102.4 million pounds ($124 million) in the past year, with the renovation of Buckingham Palace taking up a large part of the expenses
June 30
FILE - A dog walker passes a quiet Buckingham Palace, in London, March 23, 2021. Royal accounts show the British monarchy’s publicly-funded spending rose to 102.4 million pounds ($124 million) in the past year, with the renovation of Buckingham Palace taking up a large part of the expenses. The palace’s annual Sovereign Grant report showed that royal spending went up by 14.9 million pounds, or 17%, compared to the previous year, a report published Thursday, June 30, 2022 showed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
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FILE - This Jan. 24, 2011, photo shows "Sesame Street" muppet Elmo posing for a portrait with the assistance of puppeteer Kevin Clash in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to promote the documentary "Being Elmo" in Park City, Utah. Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street." (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)
June 30

Meghan bullying claims: Review findings to stay private

Buckingham Palace has investigated how staff handled allegations of bullying.
June 30
FILE - Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles after attending a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London June 3, 2022 to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Buckingham Palace has investigated how staff handled allegations of bullying made against Meghan. But the findings will remain private. Palace officials told reporters Wednesday, June 30, 2022, that the details of the independent review were not being released because of the confidentiality of those who took part. (Toby Melville, Pool Photo via AP, File)
June 29

Trial winds down in shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle

Both sides have rested their cases in the trial of a man charged with the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle
June 29
FILE - Rapper Nipsey Hussle attends an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif., March 29, 2018. Three years after rapper Hussle was gunned down outside a Los Angeles clothing store that he founded to help revitalize the neighborhood where he grew up, a trial will finally begin Wednesday, June 15, 2022, for the man charged with killing him. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 29

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

R. Kelly is being sentenced in a sex trafficking case.
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FILE - R. Kelly turns to exit during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
June 29

Review: In 'Rise of Gru,' Minion mayhem reigns

For a not small segment of the audience for “Minions: Rise of Gru,” only one thing really needs to be said
June 29
This image released by Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)
June 29

Ratings show Fox News viewers tuning out Jan. 6 hearings

Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur during daytime hours, and ratings show that a striking number of their viewers are tuning it out
June 29
Members of the news media wait for the arrival of Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol prepares to start a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Sean Thew/Pool via AP)
June 29

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children
June 29
FILE - R. Kelly arrives at the Cook County Criminal Court Building, in Chicago, June 13, 2008. R&B legend R. Kelly is entering another phase of his well-publicized downward spiral with a sentencing in a New York City courtroom, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that could put him behind bars for a quarter century or more. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
June 29

'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' to debut at TIFF

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out,” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival
June 29
This image released by Lionsgate shows Daniel Craig, from left, Lakeith Stanfield and Noah Segan in a scene from "Knives Out." Craig will return as Detective Benoit Blanc in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” writer-director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his whodunit hit “Knives Out.” It will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. (Claire Folger/Lionsgate via AP)
June 29

R. Kelly, who used music superstardom to subject young fans to systemic sexual abuse, sentenced to 30 years in prison

R. Kelly, who used music superstardom to subject young fans to systemic sexual abuse, sentenced to 30 years in prison
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Dutch police release 2 Belgians held after jewelry heist

Dutch police have released without charge two Belgians who were arrested on suspicion of involvement in a daring smash and grab jewelry heist at a prestigious art fair
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Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture
June 29
FILE - Singer Janet Jackson performs during the European MTV Awards in Bilbao, Spain, on Nov. 4, 2018. Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 2022 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. Headliners will include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Mickey Guyton and New Edition. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
June 29

NBA Finals viewership up 24 percent over 2021

The Nielsen company says the NBA Finals series between two stories franchises reached 24% more viewers than the 2021 Finals
June 29
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, holds up the Bill Russell Trophy for most valuable player after the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 to win basketball's NBA Finals championship, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
June 28

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reaches labor deal with workers

More than 200 employees at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts have ratified a contract that includes better pay and benefits
June 28
FILE - Museum curator Victoria Bunting, center, pickets in front of the Museum of Fine Arts on Nov. 17, 2021, in Boston. More than 200 unionized workers at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts have ratified a contract that includes better pay and benefits, officials said Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The collective bargaining agreement is the first since museum workers voted to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110 in November 2020, the union and management said in a joint statement. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
June 28

DeBose, Kotsur, Eilish among 397 invited to film Academy

Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among the 397 individuals who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
June 28
This combination of photos shows some of the new members named to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, top row from left, Andrew Ahn, Mariano Barroso, Lori Tan Chinn, Pawo Choyning Dorji, and Robin de Jesús, second row from left, Jamie Dornan, Billie Eilish, Ryusuke Hamaguchi , Jeremy O. Harris, and Gaby Hoffmann, third row from left, Amir Jadidi, Troy Kotsur, Adele Lim, Olga Merediz, and Hidetoshi Nishijima, bottom row from left, Finneas O’Connell, Jesse Plemons, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Anya Taylor-Joy. (AP Photo)
June 28

Police: 2 arrested after armed jewel heist at Dutch art fair

Smartly dressed robbers wielding what appeared to be weapons and a sledgehammer have staged a brazen jewelry heist at an international art fair in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht
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Woody Allen mulls end of career, talks with Alec Baldwin

Woody Allen told Alec Baldwin during a live interview Tuesday on Instagram that he is mulling ending his movie-making career, saying directing has lost its luster
June 28
Actor Alec Baldwin attends the screening for "Framing John DeLorean" during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2019, in New York, left, and filmmaker Woody Allen attends a press conference for the film "Irrational Man," at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 15, 2015. Allen told Alec Baldwin during a live interview Tuesday on Instagram that he is mulling ending his movie-making career, saying directing has lost its luster. (AP Photo)
June 28

Chris Pratt picks military veterans for 'The Terminal List'

Chris Pratt’s respect for people serving in the U_S_ military runs deep, so much so that he uses veterans in his new Amazon series, “The Terminal List.'
June 28
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Chris Pratt in a scene from the series "The Terminal List," premiering July 1. (Amazon Studios via AP)
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The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending June 24th
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The top 10 books on the Apple Store for week ending 6/19/2022
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The top 10 apps on the Apple Store for week ending 6/26/2022
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Bonnaroo, a leader in green fests, faces climate change risk

Two decades old, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival strives to create a greener, more energy efficient and less wasteful music experience
June 28
Festivalgoers use the free solar charging station at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
June 28

‘Tiger King’ star Doc Antle set to be released on bond

Bond has been set for “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle on charges he laundered more than half a million dollars
June 28
This image provided by the Horry County Sheriff's Office in Conway, S.C., shows Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who was arrested by the FBI, Friday, June 3, 2022, on federal money laundering charges. (Horry County Sheriff's Office via AP)
June 28

Britney Spears' ex ordered to trial on stalking charge

A judge has found that there is enough evidence against a man once briefly married to Britney Spears to go to trial for felony stalking
June 28
Jason Allen Alexander, who was once married to Britney Spears, attends an event in Las Vegas, Jan. 31, 2004.
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Marc Jacobs finds his Nietzsche at the NY Public Library

Marc Jacobs’ runway show in the grand, marbled lobby of the New York Public Library came exactly a year after his previous show in the same venue — the first in-person runway show since the pandemic had shut things down for a couple of seasons
June 28
A model walks the runway during the Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 presentation at the New York Public Library on Monday, June 27, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck)
June 28

Ludacris' manager and 2 others shot, 1 fatally, in Georgia

A man was killed and two others injured, including rapper Ludacris' manager.
June 28
FILE - Record producer Chaka Zulu looks through material, created by his artists, to post to YouTube on Sept. 2, 2008, in Atlanta. Zulu, who manages rap star and actor Ludacris, was injured in a parking lot shooting in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta on Sunday night, June 26, 2022. A man was killed and another man was also injured in the incident. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
June 28

AP PHOTOS: Crowds celebrate St. Petersburg graduate gala

The Scarlet Sails celebration is a rite of passage both figuratively and literally. Every year, tall ships with glowing red sails make their way down the Neva River in St. Petersburg to honor recent school graduates as they set out on their journey into adulthood. Enormous, happy crowds gathered along the river banks to watch the ships on Friday and Saturday, along with an elaborate fireworks show. The pageant’s colors were augmented by the deep blue glow of the night sky, which never becomes completely dark over the northern city during the summer. Recent graduates flocked from throughout Russia for the celebration, embracing each other, tossing their fellows in the air and clambering onto windowsills and door frames to watch the passing ships. The celebration dates to Soviet times, in 1968, and is rooted in the earlier romantic fantasy novel of the same name by Russian author Aleksandr Green, which was turned into a popular movie in 1961. The book tells the tale of a poor girl...
June 28
People watch a brig with scarlet sails floating on the Neva River during the Scarlet Sails festivities marking school graduation in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Saturday, June 25, 2022. The Scarlet Sails celebration is a rite of passage both figuratively and literally. Every year, tall ships with glowing red sails make their way down the Neva River in St. Petersburg to honor recent school graduates as they set out on the journey into adulthood. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 28

Ludacris' manager and 2 others shot, 1 fatally, in Georgia

A man was killed and two others were injured, including rap star Ludacris’ manager, in a parking lot shooting in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta on Sunday night
June 28
FILE - Record producer Chaka Zulu looks through material, created by his artists, to post to YouTube on Sept. 2, 2008, in Atlanta. Zulu, who manages rap star and actor Ludacris, was injured in a parking lot shooting in an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta on Sunday night, June 26, 2022. A man was killed and another man was also injured in the incident. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
June 27

Mary Mara, TV actor for decades, dies in apparent drowning

Television actor Mary Mara has died in an apparently accidental drowning in upstate New York
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Podcast dramas morph to TV shows in Hollywood reappraisal

Listened to any good television shows lately
June 27
This image released by Wolf Entertainment shows art for the fiction podcast "Dark Woods," with Corey Stoll and Monica Raymund. (Wolf Entertainment via AP)
June 27

MSNBC appoints Alex Wagner as 4-night prime-time anchor

MSNBC says that journalist Alex Wagner will take over Rachel Maddow's prime-time slot four nights a week, beginning in August
June 27
This image released by Showtime shows journalist Alex Wagner from "The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth." MSNBC named Wagner as host of its 9 p.m. weeknight show on the four nights that Rachel Maddow is not working. (Alison Cohen Rosa/Showtime via AP)
June 27

Feds seize websites after probe of pirated Latin music

Federal authorities have seized six websites that prosecutors say were illegally distributing copyrighted music to millions of users
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No reruns: Committee tries new approach to break through

Many observers expected the Jan. 6 committee hearings would be nothing more than reruns, but they've proven much more
June 27
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)