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Whitney Houston funeral to be broadcast live

NEW YORK — The funeral on Saturday for pop superstar Whitney Houston will be broadcast live from the New Jersey Baptist church where she grew up singing in a gospel choir, the funeral home owner said Wednesday. “Her publicist has chosen one person who will be allowed into the sanctuary…

Westboro Baptist Church to picket Whitney Houston’s funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church said Wednesday that it would picket the funeral of Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston because she engaged “in sorceries.” 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,…

Televangelist Pat Robertson joins ‘Obama dictatorship’ conspiracy

Even though the claim is wildly inaccurate, President Barack Obama’s critics have for years been calling him a “dictator,” and on Wednesday morning televangelist Pat Robertson joined the conspiracy parade by insisting that Obama secretly “wants to take control of every aspect of this nation by the federal government.” “If…

Private funeral Saturday for Whitney Houston

NEW YORK — Pop diva Whitney Houston will be laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service at the New Jersey Baptist church where she grew up singing in a gospel choir. Fans of Houston, who died Saturday aged just 48, will be denied the chance to say…

Vermont man denies theft of Robert Frost writings

(Reuters) – A Vermont thrift store employee pleaded not guilty on Monday to stealing letters and holiday cards written by the poet Robert Frost and selling them for $20,000, police said. Timothy Bernaby was arraigned on grand larceny charges in White River Junction, Vt., about 100 miles north of Frost’s…

iTunes more than doubles Whitney Houston album price

Apple and Sony Music are being criticized after the price of one Whitney Houston album more than doubled following the singer’s tragic death. Digital Spy first reported that the price of Houston’s 2007 Ultimate Collection skyrocketed from £3 ($4.70) to £7.99 ($12.60) within 30 minutes of her death on Saturday.…

Murdoch’s Sun attacks police ‘witch-hunt’

Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun on Monday condemned police raids against its journalists as a “witch-hunt” worthy of former communist states, and won rare support from rival newspapers. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, both non-Murdoch papers, also questioned the scale of the police operation after another fiveSun staff were arrested at the…

Bob Marley documentary electrifies Berlin

A hotly awaited documentary on Bob Marley has premiered to cheers at the Berlin film festival, tracking his journey from bullied biracial Jamaican boy to reggae superstar. “Marley” by Oscar-winning Scottish film-maker Kevin Macdonald is a two-and-half-hour-long tribute to a child of the Kingston ghettos who made reggae a global…

First national blues museum planned for St. Louis riverfront

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A few blocks from the Mississippi River levee where a homeless W.C. Handy composed “St. Louis Blues” more than 100 years ago, the first national blues museum in the United States is taking shape. While several regional blues museums have popped up around the country —…

Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ wins best song at the Grammy’s

British soul diva Adele won the best song of the year Grammy for “Rolling in the Deep”, her fourth prize at the music industry’s annual awards show in Los Angeles. Adele, nominated in six categories at the Grammys, took to the stage with producer Paul Epworth, who she called “the…

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