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‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic set for resentencing in Oklahoma

JILL BLEED and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide a new sentence Friday for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic after an appeals court ruled last year that the prison term he’s serving on a murder-for-hire conviction should be shortened. Although supporters of Joe Exotic — whose real…

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Family says lax security allowed killing of rapper Drakeo

ANDREW DALTON AP ENTERTAINMENT WRITER LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of security allowed dozens of men to ambush rapper Drakeo the Ruler, who was beaten and stabbed to death backstage at a Los Angeles music festival, his family and their lawyers said Thursday. Drakeo, 28, an acclaimed West Coast rapper whose legal name is…

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‘Navalny’ aims to make noise for imprisoned Russian leader

JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Within hours of Russian authorities officially adding Alexei Navalny to the country’s registry of terrorists and extremists, a new documentary about the imprisoned Russian opposition leader premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “Navalny” was dramatically added to the festival at the last minute, and announced just…

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Bill to regulate explicit books in school libraries killed

MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday killed legislation that would have required parental consent for students to check out sexually explicit books from school libraries. Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, introduced the bill after parents across the state complained about library books that included graphic depictions…

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Rare Tom Brady card from 1st Super Bowl year to be auctioned

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — One of just 20 special football cards from the year Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl is coming up for auction. The 2002 Topps Finest X-Fractor card is expected to draw six figures, underscoring the hot market for memorabilia associated with the quarterback dubbed the GOAT, or Greatest of All…

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‘Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider’s history-making run ends

LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling streak is over, snapped Wednesday by a Chicago librarian after 40 consecutive wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money. Schneider’s success put her in the ranks of Ken Jennings, who’s serving as guest host, and the quiz show’s other all-time…

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Elton John postpones Texas concerts after getting COVID-19

The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Despite being vaccinated and boosted, Elton John has contracted COVID-19 and is postponing two farewell concert dates in Dallas. John “is experiencing only mild symptoms,” according to a statement. “Elton and the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour look forward to returning to the stage shortly.” John was due to…

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Bobbe ‘Beegie’ Adair, jazz pianist, dies in Tennessee

KRISTIN M. HALL AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jazz pianist, session musician and bandleader Bobbe Long “Beegie” Adair, who played on over 100 records throughout her six decade career, has died. She was 84. Her manager, Monica Ramey, said Adair died Sunday in Franklin. A cause of death was not immediately released. She…

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Neil Young reportedly fights Spotify over Rogan podcast and COVID

DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It’s Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan for the allegiance of Spotify. Or is it? The veteran rocker fired off a public missive to his management on Monday, demanding that they remove his music from Spotify in protest of Rogan spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on…

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Health official bows out of Mardi Gras parade; cites threats

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans’ health director says she won’t take part in one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season, citing threats over the city’s resumption of COVID-19 restrictions to combat the highly contagious omicron variant. The Krewe du Vieux says it still considers Dr. Jennifer Avegno its queen and will…

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