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Valerie Harper hospitalized after falling ill before musical

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper has been hospitalized after falling ill before a performance. Officials at the Ogunquit (oh-GUHNG’-kwit) Playhouse say the 75-year-old actress, who has battled...

Judge defends actions in country singers’ divorce case

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is defending his actions in allowing country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to keep details of their divorce private. The Oklahoman newspaper reports ( http://bit.ly/1U9ohP8 ) that attorneys and others had criticized...

HBO to air two-part U2 tour special

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and U2 are collaborating on a double-barreled special about the veteran Irish rock band’s current world tour. The network said it will air a documentary in November about how the “iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE” show was put together and how...

‘Gone Baby Gone’ actor is pulled from water at beach, dies

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say an actor who had roles in “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Fighter” has died more than a week after he was pulled from the water at a Boston beach. Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says 54-year-old Sean Malone...
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David Cassidy prepares to auction Florida mansion

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize. He’s taking some last looks around his five-bedroom Florida mansion, worrying over...
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Orbiting secrets, ‘Star Wars’ and fandom with Simon Pegg

AP Photo/Amy Sussman LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Pegg has too many state secrets to keep track of, and most of that is J.J. Abrams’ fault. Ever since the prolific director saw Pegg in Edgar Wright’s zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” the British actor...
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With 5th album, Luke Bryan could reach even greater heights

AP Photo/Donn Jones NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Bryan is easily the reigning prince of country music: He’s scored 10 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart; he’s one of a few contemporary acts to sell out stadiums; and he’s achieved back-to-back...
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Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn’t a secret

AP Photo/Evan Vucci NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart says his “secret” White House meetings with President Barack Obama weren’t so secret, and not that big a deal. During his penultimate week as “The Daily Show” host, Stewart reacted to a Politico...
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‘It’s a gift’ _ Leslie Odom Jr. relishes his ‘Hamilton’ shot

AP Photo/Andy Kropa NEW YORK (AP) — During an early version of the Founding Fathers musical “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr. was in the seats with the audience, blown away. The guy playing Aaron Burr was making him a little envious, too. “I said to myself,...
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10 of Jon Stewart’s highlights from `The Daily Show’

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow NEW YORK (AP) — When he leaves Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. But here are 10 Stewart highlights – both on and off...