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Monday, 31 December 2012 10:28

Oak Ridge Boys sing for George H. W. Bush

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush's condition may be improving, thanks to the Oak Ridge Boys. Bush's wife, Barbara, asked that the group sing for him over the telephone Friday. Singer Joe Bonsall says within 45 minutes they gathered in the group's office and made the call. Bush requested they sing "Elvira," and they obliged. They followed it up with "Amazing Grace." Singer Duane Allen says he's really proud to be an Oak Ridge Boy after being able to sing for a president they consider a friend. Bush was hospitalized November 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He's been moved out of intensive care into a regular hospital room.

Monday, 31 December 2012 10:28

Marilyn Monroe: New Documents, Old Stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - FBI files on Marilyn Monroe have now turned up. But while the documents are new, they haven't turned up any real light on how the Hollywood starlet died. The documents - which had been missing before - revealed the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends. But the records don't contain any new information about Monroe's death 50 years ago. Letters and news clippings in the files show the bureau was at least aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was made to investigate those claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe's death was a probable suicide.

Monday, 31 December 2012 10:27

Kim Kardashian: She's Preggers

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) - If you're keeping up with the Kardashians - you'll soon have one more of them to track. Kim Kardashian is pregnant. Kanye West - her latest man - shared the news with members of his audience at a show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. West sang of his girlfriend: "Now you having my baby." It's their first child as a couple. West asked the audience to congratulate his "baby mom" and that their impending news is "the most amazing thing." Reps for the rapper and Kardashian didn't immediately respond to emails about the pregnancy - though Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner both tweeted about baby news. The couple went public with their relationship in March. Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 - their divorce is not finalized.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:44

Artists complete concert for Sandy relief

NEW YORK (AP) - Musicians were so anxious to help out residents of the New York region hit by Superstorm Sandy, they almost didn't let their concert at Madison Square Garden end. The final notes of Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" brought the star-filled show to an end at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, nearly six hours after Bruce Springsteen opened it. Paul McCartney's set found him playing the role of Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana reunion, performing a new song with that band's former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Through television, live streams, the radio and theater simulcasts, an estimated 2 billion people around the world were given the chance to experience it live. Heavy on classic rock royalty, it also featured the Rolling Stones, the Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.

NEW YORK (AP) - It may be 2012, but it's a repeat of 2011 for Adele: Once again, she has the year's top-selling album on iTunes. Her "21," which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, topped the list even though it was released at the top of 2011. It remained popular this year, particularly after she nabbed six Grammys in February. In the world of apps, "Angry Birds Space" was king of the top-paid iPhone and iPad apps, while those looking for freebies made YouTube the top iPhone app and Skype the most popular iPad app. Elsewhere, the top-selling movie was "The Hunger Games"; the best-selling TV show was an episode of "The Walking Dead" from season three; and the top TV series purchased for a season and a season's pass was "Downton Abbey," season two.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:42

Golden Globe Nominations

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Lincoln is known for believing that all men are created equal, but that doesn't apply to movies. "Lincoln" leads all films with seven Golden Globe nominations, including best drama. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Spielberg are also nominated. "Argo" and "Django Unchained" have five nominations apiece. They're also up for best drama, along with "Life of Pi" and "Zero Dark Thirty." "Les Miz" is up for best musical or comedy and Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackson are nominated for their acting. Other acting nominees are Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Denzel Washington, Bill Murray and Jack Black. Nicole Kidman has two nominations, one for the movie "The Paperboy" and the other for the miniseries "Hemingway and Gellhorn." Taylor Swift was nominated on her 23rd birthday for co-writing a song for "The Hunger Games." Winners will be announced January 13th.

NEW YORK (AP) - Britney Spears is number one on the Forbes list of the top-earning women in music. Forbes estimates that Spears made $58 million in a 12-month period. She was $1 million ahead of Taylor Swift and $5 million in front of Rihanna. Lady Gaga is in fourth place with $52 million, more than double Katy Perry's $25 million take. The rest of the top ten are Beyonce, Adele, Sade (SHAR'-day), Madonna and Shakira.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:45

Duchess of Cambridge cancels premiere visit

LONDON (AP) - The former Kate Middleton has cancelled a planned appearance at the U.K. premiere of "The Hobbit" due to acute morning sickness. Palace officials said Tuesday Prince William's wife, now known as the Duchess of Cambridge, will continue to rest rather than go to the show. William still plans to go to the premiere. Middleton has cancelled all public engagements since her brief hospitalization last week for severe nausea and dehydration. She is suffering from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum that causes sustained nausea and discomfort. Her pregnancy is still in early stages.

LONDON (AP) - Prince William is visiting his pregnant wife Kate in a London hospital, where she is spending a second day being treated for acute morning sickness. William arrived at the King Edward VII private hospital just before noon. Royal officials announced Monday that Kate is pregnant and suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that can lead to dehydration or worse if left untreated. She is expected to remain hospitalized for several days. The pregnancy comes after a 2011 decision by the leaders of Britain and 15 Commonwealth nations endorsing new rules that give girls equal status with boys in the order of succession. Experts caution that laws to enact the change have not yet been passed, which could cause uncertainty if the baby is a girl.