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Monday, 19 August 2013 15:49

Chris Brown concerts cancelled in Canada

TORONTO (AP) - The promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled this summer says the events have been canceled. Stephen Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, said Monday that the decision was made after consulting with Brown and in light of his recent personal and health-related issues. The R&B star had his probation reinstated Friday after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. The hit-and-run charge was dismissed earlier. Brown also suffered a seizure earlier this month. Brown's publicist, Nicole Perna, said the Grammy-winning performer regrets that he won't be able to perform. Brown has been dealing with legal problems since 2009, when he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna and was first placed on probation.

LONDON (AP) - His newborn son is "a little bit of a rascal" and car seats can daunt any dad, Britain's Prince William says.
     The second in line to the British throne has described his joy at introducing his son to the world on the steps of a London hospital last month - and about his nerves over fitting the car seat securely into the Land Rover before driving off.
     William told CNN in his first interview since Prince George's birth on July 22 that both he and the Duchess of Cambridge couldn't wait to show off their son when they emerged from St. Mary's Hospital to meet the world's media a day later.
     "I'm just glad he wasn't screaming his head off the whole way through," he said in an interview broadcast Monday.
     William was quizzed on a range of child-rearing topics - from baby toys to diapers and sleep deprivation - and acknowledged that his expert performance sliding his child's car seat into the back of the royal four-wheel drive was a well-drilled exercise.
     "Believe me, it wasn't my first time. And I know there's been speculation about that.  I had to practice, I really did," he said.
     William and his wife's assured, do-it-yourself performance in front of the hospital helped cement the couple's image as the modern face of Britain's monarchy. But William said the decision to take his own baby in hand and drive home in the glare of the international press was a way of establishing his independence.
     "I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself," he said. "And there are times where you can't do it yourself and the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently.  But, I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me."
     As for the nearly 1-month-old baby, William referred to him as "a little bit of a rascal" who he said reminded him of his younger brother, Prince Harry.
     Striking a slightly exasperated tone familiar to many new fathers, he said he wished Prince George would settle down a little.
     "At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy so many times."
     The interview is part of a one-hour CNN documentary, "Prince William's Passion:  New Hope, New Father," due to air on Sept. 15.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43. Manager Craig Wyckoff says Kelly died Wednesday at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had entered early this week. No official cause of death was disclosed. Kelly portrayed Laurie Forman, sister of Topher Grace's lead character Eric, on the Fox series. It concluded in 2006. Unlike some of her co-stars - Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon - Kelly fell out of the spotlight after appearing on the sitcom until she started making headlines for personal troubles. She was arrested in November along with husband Robert Joseph Gilliam in connection with a disturbance at their home in Mooresville, N.C. In June, she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after her car stalled in Burbank, California.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Rocker John Mellencamp's two teenage sons are facing battery charges for allegedly punching and kicking a man during a fight that left the victim with serious facial injuries. Monroe County prosecutors on Thursday charged 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp of Nashville, Ind., and 18-year-old Speck Mellencamp of Bloomington with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Nineteen-year-old Ty A. Smith of Bloomington faces the same charge in the July 29 attack. Court documents say Speck Mellencamp punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy's Bloomington home because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening. Hud Mellencamp and Smith joined in and the trio allegedly "punched, kicked and stomped" on Bucy, who suffered facial fractures and stitches. The three haven't yet surrendered.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's ex-wife has acknowledged her concerns that some of the entertainer's frequent medical visits were motivated more by a desire for drugs than by the treatment he received. Debbie Rowe testified on Thursday that she expressed the concerns to Jackson when he would go to his longtime dermatologist more than once a week in the 1980s and early 1990s. Rowe is Jackson's ex-wife and worked in the office of dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. Rowe, a former medical assistant for Klein, previously told jurors that all of Jackson's medical procedures were tied to treatments for skin conditions or scars he sustained after being injured during a commercial shoot. She acknowledged her concerns about drugs under questioning by a lawyer for AEG Live LLC, which is being sued by Jackson's mother in a negligence case. AEG denies it is liable for Jackson's June 2009 death.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian has made her first public appearance with her baby since North was born, but still, no one's seen the kid's face. A photo posted on TMZ.com shows North bundled up in a car seat being carried by a nanny into a medical facility where Kardashian had an appointment. Kardashian also hid her figure, wearing a baggy shirt and another shirt tied around her waist. Kanye West was with her.

NEW YORK (AP) - You won't see Mariah Carey or Jason Alexander showing off their new bodies in commercials for Jenny Craig anymore. Ad Age magazine says the new ads will be animated. They start airing Monday. The company's new CMO says they're moving away from celebrity endorsements partly because viewers mixed up which celebrities were plugging which weight loss program. She says people kept complimenting her on the Jennifer Hudson commercials, but Hudson is a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. However, Jenny Craig is keeping longtime spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli on contract.

NEW YORK (AP) - A&E says nearly 12 million birds of a feather caught Wednesday's season premiere of its hit unscripted series "Duck Dynasty." The network said the episode took its place as the No. 1 non-fiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups. The fourth-season premiere grew by more than one-third in total viewers over last season's debut. Set in Louisiana bayou country, "Duck Dynasty" follows a brood of brothers who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird hunting. New episodes air every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:54

McCartney added to iHeartRadio festival lineup

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will perform at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas next month. Clear Channel said Wednesday that the former Beatle will perform on the second night of the two-day festival, which kicks off Sept. 20. He joins a list of top performers, including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Drake. Ryan Seacrest will host the event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Miguel, J. Cole and fun. will also perform. The event will include a festival dubbed iHeartRadio Music Festival Village. It will feature performances on two stages from Miley Cyrus, The Wanted and Avril Lavigne. Muse, Tiesto, Phoenix, Zedd, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, and Queen with Adam Lambert will also perform during the main show.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia judge has set an Oct. 4 trial date for country singer Billy Currington. He is charged with threatening a 70-year-old tour boat captain who cruised past the dock of a waterfront home where the singer was staying. Currington's attorney, Alex Zipperer, entered a not guilty plea for the singer Wednesday. Currington was not in the Savannah courtroom. Prosecutors in April charged Currington with making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person, both felonies. Tour boat captain Charles Harvey Ferrelle and his two passengers told police they were cruising along a coastal creek near Tybee Island along Georgia's east coast, when an angry Currington jumped in a boat to chase them. Police say Currington followed Ferrelle's boat to a dock and told Ferrelle he would "finish him off."

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