Writer sues Tupac filmmakers, alleges copyright infringement

NEW YORK (AP) -- A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper. Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that "All Eyez On Me" borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur in the 1990s for Vibe magazine. The lawsuit says, for instance, the film's fictional character Nigel is based on a character Powell Read more [...]

NJ college: Professor fired for racially insensitive remarks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor after officials say she made racially insensitive comments on Fox News. Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." College officials said they received complaints about Durden's interview with Carlson. Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Read more [...]

Gaga on gay pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. "This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another," the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. The pride parade in New York City, Gaga's hometown, kicks off Sunday. The Grammy-winning performer, like Madonna, Cher Read more [...]

Founder of Russian messaging app defies official ultimatum

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MOSCOW (AP) -- The founder of a Russian encrypted messaging app is defying the government's request to provide information about his company. The head of the Russian communications regulator on Friday in an open letter to Telegram founder Pavel Durov threatened to block Telegram unless Durov hands over details about the app. The move would require Telegram, which prides itself on privacy, to keep and share users' chat histories and encryption keys with the government. Durov said in Read more [...]

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

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LONDON (AP) -- British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution, remote email access for members has been disabled in order to protect the network from hackers. "As a result, some Members of Parliament (lawmakers) and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster," it said, adding that Read more [...]

Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

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BOSTON (AP) -- Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction. The watch fetched the most - $84,375 - according to Boston-based RR Auction. The winning bidder of the Read more [...]

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world’s ugliest dog

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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. The Read more [...]

California father buries wrong man after coroner’s mistake

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. "Your son is alive," he said. "Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone," Kerrigan said. "He said 'Hi Dad.' " Orange County coroner's officials had misidentified the body, the Orange County Register reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2tZSyZj). The mix-up began on May 6 when a man was found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley. Kerrigan, 82, of Wildomar, said he called Read more [...]

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. The 54-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star then added: "I want to clarify, Read more [...]

Freshman series ‘Downward Dog’ canceled by ABC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- ABC's freshman sitcom "Downward Dog" has been canceled by ABC, the show's executive producer said. The last two of the show's eight episodes will air Tuesday, executive producer Jimmy Miller said Friday. ABC "loved it creatively and wanted to do more, but could not figure out a way to get it done financially," Miller said in a statement. The network didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Miller thanked critics and viewers who have expressed their Read more [...]
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