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Kurt Cobain working on solo album before suicide: report

WASHINGTON — Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on a solo album when he committed suicide in 1994, a former guitarist for the band of Cobain’s widow said in an interview with music TV channel Fuse. “That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different…

Washington Post journalist resigns after ‘significant ethical lapse’ reported in her work

WASHINGTON — A Washington Post writer whose blog posts triggered editor’s notes for “serious factual errors” and what was described as a “significant ethical lapse” has resigned from the newspaper. Elizabeth Flock, 26, told AFP that she resigned on Friday before the Post published a second editor’s note about her…

AFP, Huffington Post, Politico win Pulitzers

NEW YORK — Agence France-Presse and the online news sites Huffington Post and Politico each won their first Pulitzer Prizes, as the recipients of the prestigious journalism and arts awards were announced Monday. The New York Times took away two Pulitzers, and the committee notably did not make awards for…

Mike Tyson trades punches for punchlines in stage show

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Fighting legend Mike Tyson hit the red carpet on Saturday as he swapped the boxing ring for the cabaret stage, in a revealing one-man show about his rollercoaster life. The 45-year-old pulls few punches in recounting his highs — the fame and fortune he earned as…

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb in coma

Robin Gibb, singer with the legendary British band the Bee Gees, is in a coma in hospital after contracting pneumonia in his battle against cancer, his official website confirmed Saturday. “Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma. We are all hoping and praying…

U.S. apologizes after Bollywood superstar detained at New York airport

The United States on Friday apologized and denied charges of racial profiling after Indian film superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he was held by authorities after jetting in on a private plane. India lodged a diplomatic complaint after Khan said he was detained for more than 90 minutes on Thursday…

Hartmann confronts anti-gay leader: Do closeted gays run your movement?

On Russia Today TV’s The Big Picture Thursday, progressive radio host Thom Hartmann confronted Family Research Institute chairman Dr. Paul Cameron and asked him an unusually pointed question: “Does it concern you that many of your colleagues in the anti-gay movement may actually be closeted gays?” “Um, no,” Cameron replied.…

Cult cartoonist Crumb gets museum honors

His LSD-inspired heroes, rampant sex and frontal assaults on political correctness made comic artist Robert Crumb an icon of US counter-culture, but why on earth, he wonders, put his work on show in a museum? Crumb’s cult universe, from hippy-era characters like “Fritz the Cat” to his cartoon take on the Bible,…

William Boyd to pen new Bond adventure

Author William Boyd is to follow in the footsteps of fellow novelists Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks by penning a new adventure for 007 superspy James Bond, it was revealed on Thursday. Bond-creator Ian Fleming died in 1964 after writing 14 novels in the series, but other authors have since…

Axl Rose snubs rockers’ Hall of Fame honor

Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose will not attend a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend to be inducted into the prestigious music pantheon, he said in an open letter to The Los Angeles Times’ music blog. Rose wrote explaining why he is refusing the honor from…

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