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Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over ‘Black Widow’ release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over its streaming release of "Black Widow," which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings. The "Black Widow" star and executive producer filed a lawsuit Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court that said her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. Johansson's potential earnings were tied […]

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Lollapalooza to require vaccination card or negative test

CHICAGO (AP) — The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival this week will be required to show proof that they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days. The four-day festival starts today and is expected to be back at full capacity, with roughly 100,000 daily attendees. After missing last summer because of the […]

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson tests positive for COVID-19

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19 and missed Baltimore's first practice of training camp. Coach John Harbaugh announced Jackson's positive test after practice Wednesday and said running back Gus Edwards also tested positive. He would not go into much more detail about either case. Jackson, who won league MVP honors in 2019, is entering his fourth season with Baltimore. He threw for 2,757 yards […]

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Music Review: Prince’s ‘America’ vault release stunning

Prince's "Welcome 2 America," the first complete, previously unreleased record to come out since Prince died in 2016, offers a stunning glimpse at the depth, and quality, of what he left behind. In a review, The Associated Press' Scott Bauer says "Welcome 2 America" manages to be as relevant, or maybe even more, relevant today than when it was recorded in 2010. From the first song and title track, which […]

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Bette Midler, Berry Gordy among new Kennedy Center honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center Honors is returning in December. The honorees will be Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels, opera singer Justino Diaz, folk music legend Joni Mitchell and actress-singer Bette Midler. All will be honored on Dec. 5 with a program that includes personalized tributes and performances that are kept secret from the honorees until the event. Organizers expect to operate at […]

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Let the fashion policing begin on opening day of Tokyo Games

NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively social media fodder, starting with the hours-long Parade of Nations. The year-long wait due to the pandemic has given enthusiasts extra time to ponder what they […]

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Her story: 1st time all-female broadcast crew calls MLB game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — There was history in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field. It was her story, too. Because for the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing crew called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Baltimore Orioles. The YouTube broadcast featured Melanie Newman on play-by-play with Sarah Langs as the analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and […]

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Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic "Just a Friend," has died. He was 57. Markie's representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released. Markie, who real name is Marcel Theo Hall, became known within the rap genre realm as the […]

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Eiffel Tower reopens; COVID passes required as of next week

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower is reopening for the first time in nine months even though France is under new rules aimed at taming the coronavirus' fast-spreading delta variant. The "Iron Lady" of Paris was ordered shut in October as France battled its second virus surge of the pandemic. The tower stayed shut for renovations even after most of the country's major tourist draws reopened last month. This week, […]

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