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Cynthia Weil, Grammy-Winning Lyricist Who Had Hits With Husband Barry Mann, Dies at 82

Cynthia Weil, a Grammy-winning lyricist of notable range and endurance who enjoyed a decades-long partnership with husband Barry Mann and helped write “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” “Walking in the Rain” and dozens of other hits, has died at age 82. Weil’s daughter, Dr. Jenn Mann, said that the songwriter died Thursday at […]

Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Should Be Paroled, California Appeals Court Rules

A California appeals court said Tuesday that Leslie Van Houten, who participated in two killings at the direction of cult leader Charles Manson in 1969, should be let out of prison on parole. The appellate court’s ruling reverses an earlier decision by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who rejected parole for Van Houten in 2020. She has […]

Roger Waters Investigated in Berlin on Suspicion of Incitement Over Concert Costume

Police in Berlin said Friday that they have opened an investigation of Roger Waters on suspicion of incitement over a costume the Pink Floyd co-founder wore when he performed in the German capital last week. Images on social media showed Waters firing an imitation machine gun while dressed in a long black coat with a […]

Hugh Grant Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Snooping by Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Can Go to Trial, Court Says

A London court on Friday rejected an attempt by the publisher of The Sun tabloid to throw out a lawsuit by actor Hugh Grant alleging that journalists and investigators it hired illegally snooped on him. Justice Timothy Fancourt said a trial will have to determine whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers carried out unlawful information […]

Bill Lee, Composer and Father of Spike Lee, Dies at 94

Bill Lee, a well-regarded jazz musician who accompanied such artists as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Harry Belafonte as well as scoring four of his son Spike’s early films, including the hit Do the Right Thing and two songs for Jungle Fever, has died. He was 94. Lee died Wednesday at his home in […]

Fetty Wap Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Drug-Trafficking Scheme

As friends and family looked on, rapper Fetty Wap on Wednesday apologized for his actions and said he was “exactly where I’m supposed to be,” before a judge sentenced him to six years in federal prison for his role in a New York-based drug-trafficking scheme. The “Trap Queen” rapper, whose legal name is Willie Maxwell, […]

The Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Dies at 59

Andy Rourke, bass guitarist of The Smiths, one of the most influential British bands of the 1980s, has died after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer, his former bandmate Johnny Marr said Friday. He was 59. In a lengthy post on Instagram, guitarist and songwriter Marr paid tribute to Rourke, who he first met when […]

Donald Trump Found Liable for Sexual Abuse, Ordered to Pay E. Jean Carroll $5M

A jury found Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House. The verdict was announced in a federal courtroom in New York City on the first day of […]

Newton Minow, Public TV Advocate and Former FCC Chief, Dies at 97

Newton N. Minow, who as Federal Communications Commission chief in the early 1960s famously proclaimed that network television was a “vast wasteland,” died Saturday. He was 97. Minow, who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, died Saturday at home, surrounded by loved ones, said his daughter, Nell Minow. “He wanted to be at […]

Ed Sheeran Found Not Liable of Copyright Infringement Over Marvin Gaye Classic

British singer Ed Sheeran didn’t steal key components of Marvin Gaye’s classic 1970s tune “Let’s Get It On” to create his hit song “Thinking Out Loud,” a jury said with a trial verdict Thursday, prompting Sheeran to joke later that he won’t have to follow through on his threat to quit music. The emotions of […]

Joe Biden Calls for Release of Wrongfully Detained Americans Abroad at White House Correspondents’ Dinner: “Journalism Is Not a Crime”

The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — known for its fun albeit ferocious jabs at Washington — took a more solemn tone this year as President Joe Biden acknowledged the several American journalists under siege in authoritarian countries around the world. “We are here to send a message to the country and, quite frankly, to […]

Ed Sheeran Sings, Plays Guitar in Court As Part Of Marvin Gaye Plagiarism Case

In a packed New York courtroom, Ed Sheeran picked up his guitar Thursday and launched into a tune that has him locked in a copyright dispute over Marvin Gaye’s soul classic “Let’s Get it On” as the only audience that mattered — a jury — looked on. Sheeran was an hour into testimony in Manhattan […]