Here's some free political advice from Paul McCartney to Prime Minister David Cameron: Don't mess with the fox hunting ban.

The former Beatle said Friday that any move to reintroduce hunting would be unpopular.

He spoke out before a vote in Parliament next week on the government's proposal to loosen the hunting ban. The proposal would allow a pack of hounds to flush a fox out of hiding but not kill it.

Hunting opponents believe this would amount to legalizing hunting again after a ban was imposed in 2004. McCartney said many Britons back the Conservative government but would turn against it if hunting makes a comeback.

"It is cruel and unnecessary and will lose them support from ordinary people and animal lovers like myself," he said.

Leon Russell documentary surfaces

It's been decades since filmmaker Les Blank made the documentary about musician Leon Russell, "A Poem is a Naked Person." But it's only now, two years after Blank's death, that the film is finally enjoying its first theatrical run. The documentary follows Russell and his colorful entourage from 1972 to 1974. Blank followed the Oklahoma-born pianist, singer and songwriter when he was one of rock music's most popular touring performers. After a screening of the film, Russell, 73, said, "Watching yourself on film, if you've never watched yourself on film before, you want to go crawl into bed and stay there for a week."

Contrite: Ariana Grande has apologized for a second time for licking doughnuts and saying "I hate America." The singer said in the video clip posted late Thursday that she's "disgusted" with herself. She adds that she didn't clearly convey her true feelings in her first apology. "I wanted to shove my face in a pillow and just disappear," she said in the four-minute clip. Grande came under fire this week when TMZ posted a video of her licking doughnuts and saying "I hate Americans. I hate America" inside a doughnut shop in California. The video had more than 1 million views on YouTube.

Farewell: Judith St. George, a children's writer who gave generations of youngsters a sense of the past with dozens of books about American history, died Friday at a hospital in Farmington, Conn. She was 84. The cause was complications from dementia, said her husband, David St. George. St. George enlarged the genre of children's literature that reveals to young people the lives that came before theirs. Many of her books, some 40 in all, were works of history or historical fiction.

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