Welsh singer-songwriter-sensation Duffy performed at First Avenue in 2008.

Singer Duffy says rape, captivity led to her public retreat

Grammy-winning singer Duffy says she's been out of the public limelight for years to focus on recovering from being "drugged and raped and held captive over some days."

Placido Domingo apology prompts new accuser to step forward

February 25
Opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary, in August.
The words "I am truly sorry" have not been uttered often in the #MeToo era. So when soprano Luz del Alba Rubio woke up Tuesday to see an apology from opera superstar Placido Domingo, she was in shock.

Actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

February 25
Jussie Smollett arrived at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for a March hearing in Chicago.
Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago and falsely reporting to police that the phony attack was real.
National
February 25

Avenatti lawyer to put Stormy Daniels' credibility on trial

The credibility of porn star Stormy Daniels will be the central issue when Michael Avenatti goes on trial in April on charges that he cheated her of $300,000 from a book deal, his attorney said Tuesday.
National
February 25

Singer who drew fire at Mar-a-Lago competent to face trial

A Connecticut opera singer is now mentally competent to stand trial on charges that she sped through a checkpoint outside President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, drawing gunfire from law enforcement officers, her attorney says.
Celebrities
February 25

Lawyer: Man unfit for trial in slaying linked to dating app

A Michigan man charged with killing and mutilating a man whom he met through the dating app Grindr is not mentally fit to stand trial, his attorney said.
Celebrities
February 25
Michael Center, former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, leaves federal court in Boston, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, after being sen

Ex-coach gets 6 months in college scam, runs from courthouse

The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin sprinted away from a scrum of reporters and his own lawyers Monday after he was sentenced to six months in prison for taking a $100,000 bribe as part of a sweeping college admissions scam.
Music
February 25
Placido Domingo

US opera union probe finds Plácido Domingo abused power

An investigation into legendary singer Plácido Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings.
National
February 24
This April 26, 2016 photo shows author Jon Krakauer in Bozeman, Mont. The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of r

Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.
Celebrities
February 24
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York.

'A new day': Harvey Weinstein convicted, led away in cuffs

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women and led off to prison in handcuffs Monday in what his foes hailed as a landmark moment for the legal system and a long-overdue reckoning for the man vilified as the biggest monster of the #MeToo era.
Movies
February 24

Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 1-7

March 1: Actor Robert Clary ("Hogan's Heroes") is 94. Singer-actor Harry Belafonte is 93. Singer Mike D'Abo of Manfred Mann is 76. Singer Roger Daltrey…
Celebrities
February 24
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, former model and restaurateur B. Smith arrives at the BET Honors red carpet in the Warner Theatre in Washingt

B. Smith, model turned lifestyle guru, dead at 70

Barbara "B." Smith, one of the nation's top black models who went on to open restaurants, launch a successful home products line and write cookbooks, has died at her Long Island home at age 70 after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Movies
February 23
Lizzo wins the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasade

Lizzo, 'Just Mercy' win top honors at NAACP Image Awards

Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and "Just Mercy" won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season.
Music
February 23

Singer Pharrell is making music on Miami's restaurant scene

Grammy award-winning singer Pharrell may have been fired from three different McDonald's as a teen, but that didn't stop him from opening what has become one of the hottest restaurants in Miami.
National
February 22
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives to testify to the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov.

Ex-US envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal.
Celebrities
February 22
Britain's Prince Harry and then-fiancee Meghan Markle in November 2017.

UK's Prince Harry, Meghan abandon use of Sussex Royal brand

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have abandoned plans to use the "SussexRoyal" brand after they step back from royal duties.
Celebrities
February 22
David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc with the award for outstanding comedy series at

Unscripted 'Friends' reunion special to launch with HBO Max

WarnerMedia's new streaming service will debut with some extra "Friends."
National
February 21

Man accused of racist threats expected to plead guilty

A white man charged with cyberstalking and making racist online threats against a black activist in Virginia is expected to plead guilty next month, according…
Celebrities
February 21
Harvey Weinstein and his attorney Donna Rotunno, right, leave the courtroom during jury deliberations in his rape trial, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in New

Weinstein jury indicates it is split on most serious counts

The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial indicated Friday that it is deadlocked on the most serious charges against the once powerful Hollywood mogul, but the judge told the panel it must keep working.
National
February 21
Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy resigns from Harvard Kennedy School board

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, has stepped down as honorary chair of an advisory board of an institute at a Harvard University graduate school named in honor of her father, the school confirmed.
Books
February 21
Victoria "V.E." Schwab. For her “Shades of Magic” series and other books, she inhabits her 17-year-old self, a “pretty angry teenager.” For �

Bestselling young adult authors are aiming at older readers

After gaining millions of young readers for her "Divergent" fantasy series, Veronica Roth decided she and her characters were ready for the next phase — a novel for adults.
National
February 21
H.R. McMaster

H.R. McMaster book `Battlegrounds' coming out in April

A book by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's second national security adviser, will have a book out April 28. First announced in the summer of 2018, "Battlegrounds" will focus on national security and foreign policy, including his contentious time with Trump.
Celebrities
February 21

Florida homeless group helps top chefs prep food festival

From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, celebrity chefs are in town this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where fine-palated foodies might not know that some of their dishes have been prepared at one of Florida's largest homeless shelters.

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