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'Sad Mary' is back: Blige breaks down, toughens up on album

Mary J. Blige, “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol) Let’s state the obvious here: Mary J. Blige has a way with hurt. Songs like “Not Gon’ Cry” and “No More Drama” might even prove that Blige is at her best when she’s at her worst....

Tom Hanks going on 'NFL moratorium' over Raiders move

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tom Hanks says he’s going on a “moratorium” for two years after his hometown Oakland Raiders leave for Las Vegas, but he didn’t explain what that entails. The NFL approved the Raiders’ plan to move last month. A $1.9...

'Wonder Woman' director finds herself in rare summer role

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Patty Jenkins first expressed interest in making a “Wonder Woman” movie over 10 years ago. She’d just made “Monster,” which won Charlize Theron an Oscar, and was doing the rounds at various studios talking about what...

Kim Kardashian: Gunpoint heist 'meant to happen to me'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year “was meant to happen.” Kardashian tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s episode of the comedian’s chat show that she’s “such a...

'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

AP Photo/Kevork Djanzezian NEW YORK (AP) — With a headline of “Yep, I’m Gay” on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing...

Ellen DeGeneres recalls pain, liberation of coming-out show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres can measure her career and personal success by several impressive yardsticks, including a popular daytime talk show and eight-year marriage to Portia de Rossi. But two decades ago, as star of the ABC sitcom “Ellen,” she put...

'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

AP Photo/Kevork Djanzezian NEW YORK (AP) — With a headline of “Yep, I’m Gay” on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing...

Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW (AP) — The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow’s art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels. The sale of the...

Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

AP Photo/John Raoux NEW YORK (AP) — One of Comcast’s fastest-growing businesses hasn’t been selling cable or internet subscriptions – or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It’s been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over...

Ivanka Trump microphone quip draws criticism for Fox host

AP Photo/Michael Sohn NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News host Jesse Watters says he enjoys Ivanka Trump’s voice and wasn’t making a joke “about anything else” when he mentioned that he liked the way she held a microphone. Watters made the comment while hosting...