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Music world stunned at death of Whitney Houston

Pop legend Whitney Houston died Saturday aged 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammys, triggering shock and a wave of tributes as music stars gathered for the annual awards show. Houston, whose hits include “I will Always Love You,” was found dead in her room…

Singer Whitney Houston dead at 48

Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston has died, says a report on ABCNews.com. The 48-year-old singer, daughter of gospel legend Cissy Houston, had struggled in recent years to repair a once squeaky-clean image sullied by public battles with drugs and alcohol, erratic behavior, and botched performances, as well as by a rocky…

Eight arrested in bribery probe at Murdoch’s Sun

Britain’s biggest selling newspaper The Sun was in crisis Saturday after police arrested five of its journalists over bribery allegations, but owner Rupert Murdoch vowed to keep publishing the tabloid. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) official, a member of the armed forces and a policeman were also arrested over allegations that journalists paid…

Madonna slams M.I.A’s Super Bowl finger gesture

(Reuters) – Madonna has slammed British rapper M.I.A.’s offensive finger gesture during her Super Bowl show as juvenile, negative and out of place. Speaking on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM on Friday, Madonna said she had no idea M.I.A. made the gesture after joining the pop superstar on stage during…

Awkward: Fox News contributor debuts rap video at CPAC

Bright and early Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., a small group of Republicans were treated to perhaps the most bizarre attempt at rap music since “M.C. Rove” took the stage in front of the whole D.C. press corps in 2007. As part of…

Detained China artist unaware of New York success

Dark, bare photos of modern Chinese society by Liu Xia, detained wife of China’s best known dissident, went on show in New York without her knowledge after they were spirited out of her country. The photos were brought out of China under the noses of the authorities by French academic,…

‘Violent’ Madonna stalker escapes from hospital

A man convicted of stalking Madonna and who has “very violent tendencies” has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Thursday. Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, who was convicted in 1996 of stalking Madonna — he once scaled a wall of the star’s Hollywood home and…

Ex-Beatle McCartney gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES — A small reminder of Beatlemania came to Hollywood when Paul McCartney was honored with a star on Tinseltown’s storied Walk of Fame, watched by hundreds of screaming and jostling fans. Police blocked off Vine Street near the intersection with Hollywood Boulevard, as the crowds swelled across the…

Fox News analyst: Maddow is the best argument for birth control

Columnist and Fox News contributor Cal Thomas said Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow should have never been born. A clip of Maddow saying that Republicans were “waging a war on contraception” was played during a political discussion at conservative gathering. “I’m glad that…

Celebrities settle phone hacking claims

LONDON — Former footballer Paul Gascoigne and comic actor Steve Coogan were among high-profile British figures paid damages Wednesday by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group over phone hacking. Coogan settled his claim for £40,000 ($63,000, 48,000 euros), while Ex-England star Gascoigne received £68,000, judge Geoffrey Vos was told at a High…

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