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Should Candidates Release Taxes?
3/22/2019 1:09:25 PM

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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to Lying About Attack
3/22/2019 11:47:07 AM

CHICAGO (AP)—“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago. Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to oversee the case, including the trial. Watkins granted Smollett's request to be allowed to meet with lawyers in New York and California, but said the actor must give the court at least 48...

A rough journey to new music for Jenny Lewis
3/22/2019 11:43:55 AM

By David Bauder   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Life hasn't been easy for singer Jenny Lewis since the sunnier days when she performed in support of a 2014 album while wearing a rainbow-hued pantsuit and carrying a guitar with similar bright colors. Her mother died, and a 12-year relationship ended, sending Lewis on a cross-country journey in search of herself. Finally, with a new album finished and awaiting a Friday release, she's had to deal with the uncomfortable story of occasional collaborator Ryan Adams' alleged mistreatment of women. Spending much of the upcoming...

Deportation looms for convicted 'Real Housewives' husband
3/22/2019 11:41:31 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—The husband of one of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality TV stars has been released from federal prison and is waiting to see if he'll be deported back to Italy. Joe Giudice was moved this week to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in McElhattan, in central Pennsylvania, according to attorney Jerard Gonzalez. Last October, a judge in York, Pennsylvania, ruled Giudice would be deported to his native country upon completion of his sentence for financial fraud and failing to pay income taxes. Giudice has appealed the...

Newer Heart Valves May Let More People Avoid Surgery
3/22/2019 11:34:44 AM

By Marilyn Marchione   Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. New studies suggest it's OK and often better to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results are expected to quickly transform treatment of a problem that affects millions of people—a stiff or narrowed aortic valve that doesn't let blood pass as it should. Until recently, fixing severe cases required a major operation using a heart-lung machine while surgeons cut out the old valve and sewed in a new one. A decade ago, expandable aortic...

Compton City Council Election
3/20/2019 5:20:42 PM

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Franklin, Basie Among New Inductees to Blues Hall of Fame
3/6/2019 4:15:06 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Booker T. & the MGs are among the performers named as inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame. The Blues Foundation announced this year’s honorees last week. An induction ceremony is scheduled May 8 in Memphis, Tennessee. Known as the Queen of Soul, Franklin also performed blues and gospel songs. Many of Count Basie’s songs were rooted in Kansas City blues. Booker T. and the MGs’ blues-soul-rock sound was created at Stax Records in Memphis and has influenced countless musicians. Classic recordings also are...

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Brings 'Day of Action' to Flint, Michigan
3/6/2019 4:13:41 PM

FLINT, Mich. (AP)—Yo-Yo Ma brought both music and a call for social change to Flint, Michigan. The famed cellist performed for more than 100 fans inside a gymnasium at Berston Field House during his visit Thursday to the city that's still feeling the effects of a lead-contaminated water crisis. But Ma says he found a community that is about much more than “water problems.” The Grammy-winning artist was in Vehicle City as part of a “Day of Action” themed “Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience” that included a tour of spots...

Nathaniel Taylor, Who Played Rollo on 'Sanford and Son' Dies
3/6/2019 4:12:40 PM

By Martha Irvine   Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known as Rollo Lawson, the street-smart best friend of the son on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” has died. Taylor died last week at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a heart attack, his son Kaedi Taylor told The Associated Press Saturday. The elder Taylor was 80. Taylor's character, Rollo, was the sidekick to Lamont Sanford, played by actor Demond Wilson, and often drew the skepticism of TV patriarch Fred Sanford, who thought Rollo was a bad influence on Lamont because he'd...

Pianist, Composer Ramsey Lewis Honored in Chicago
3/6/2019 4:10:52 PM

CHICAGO (AP)—Chicago-bass jazz musician Ramsey Lewis was honored with a lifetime achievement award by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. Lewis received his award last Thursday during a ceremony to close out Black History Month. Lewis told the crowd at the Thompson Center in Chicago that he will “continue to strive and make you proud.” The 83-year-old Lewis formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio early in his career and won several Grammy awards. He has recorded more than 80 albums and written pieces for string ensemble and orchestra. He received the National Endowment...