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‘Pokemon Go’ more than doubles Nintendo’s stock price

TOKYO (AP) - For Nintendo, "Pokemon Go" just keeps on giving.Shares in the Japanese game maker closed up 14 percent at 31,700 yen ($300) on the Tokyo Stock exchange Tuesday and have more than doubled in value since the wildly popular augmented-reality game was launched on July 6.Nintendo ...

Ex-wrestlers, including Snuka, sue WWE over head injuries

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 50 former professional wrestlers sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., saying the company is responsible for repeated head trauma including concussions they suffered in the ring that led to long-term neurological damage.Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Joseph "Road Warrior ...

Bill Maher challenges conventions with ‘Real Time’ specials

NEW YORK - When did Bill Maher hatch the idea for special "Real Time" broadcasts during the political conventions?"Maybe when Donald Trump began talking about riots," Maher replied with a puckish grin.That was way back in March, when the now-presumptive GOP presidential nominee warned of riots ...

Leslie Jones, under hateful barrage on Twitter, fights back

NEW YORK (AP) - Under a barrage of hateful posts on Twitter, "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones said she was "in a personal hell" and urged the social networking service to do more to eradicate abuse.In a series of posts Monday night, Jones said she had been pummeled with racist tweets. She ...

Punk pioneer Alan Vega dies at 78

Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins said punk pioneer Alan Vega has died.Rollins announced the death on his website and has released what he describes as a family-approved statement. It said Vega died in his sleep Saturday night at age 78.The statement doesn't list a cause or say where ...

Rapper’s gang summit draws unlikely assembly in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An unlikely assembly of gang members, Los Angeles leaders and hip-hop luminaries gathered for a summit amid a tense national mood after several incidents of high-profile violence.An overflow crowd of several hundred gathered Sunday at a community center in South Los Angeles ...

Taylor Swift defends herself in latest salvo in Kanye battle

NEW YORK - It's Taylor vs. Kanye, part 242, with a dash of Kim Kardashian.West's famous wife stirred the pot of beef between Taylor Swift and Kanye West on Sunday, when on Snapchat, she posted video of a phone call between the rapper and pop superstar about his song "Famous," in which he ...

Judge tosses parts of Cosby’s lawsuit over secrecy promises

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge has pared back a lawsuit in which Bill Cosby claims a woman accusing him of sexual assault, her mother, two lawyers and the publisher of the National Enquirer violated a confidential settlement agreement.U.S. Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled Friday that the ...

Film academy diversifies leadership with new governors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The film academy is taking more steps to diversify, with three women and two black filmmakers newly elected to leadership positions.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its newly elected board of governors on Monday. The list includes six first-time ...

Nothing was off-limits for Robin Williams’ photographer

LOS ANGELES - Photographer Arthur Grace was on assignment for Newsweek when he met Robin Williams in 1986 at a Pittsburgh comedy club. As he traveled with Williams to various stand-up gigs, the two became friends.In between assignments covering the Ronald Reagan White House and other news ...

New JFK Jr. documentary looks back at ‘America’s prince’

BOSTON - "America's prince" is getting a new documentary."I Am JFK Jr. - A Tribute to a Good Man," which hits select theaters on July 22, captures the fascination with John F. Kennedy Jr., from his early days toddling around the White House to his death in a plane crash in 1999.Network ...

Broadway star Barbara Cook recounts highs, lows in memoir

NEW YORK - Barbara Cook has won a Tony Award, a Grammy and she's a Kennedy Center honoree. But the thing she seems most pleased about these days is her latest title - author.The 88-year-old singer, whose buttery soprano enlivened Broadway originals such as "The Music Man," ''She Loves Me" and ...

Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon!

LOS ANGELES - As throngs of "Pokemon Go" players traipse around to real-world landmarks in pursuit of digital monsters, some ticked-off property owners are asking to have their locations in the fictional Poke-verse removed.For Valerie Janovic, a 19-year-old psychology major at Brandeis ...

Harry Belafonte launches social justice music festival

NEW YORK (AP) - Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common.Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org , his social ...

‘Saturday Night Live’ Leslie Jones thanks Whoopi Goldberg

NEW YORK (AP) - "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones gets emotional around Whoopi Goldberg.Jones thanked the co-host of "The View" on Thursday's show and said she "cried so hard" when she saw Goldberg on TV for the first time.Jones said seeing a black woman gave her the ...

Orchestra members each get $5K after philanthropist’s death

DETROIT (AP) - Marjorie S. Fisher, a late philanthropist known for supporting cultural institutions, left $5,000 to each of the current full-time musicians in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.The Detroit Free Press reported that when Fisher's son, Phillip Fisher told the orchestra Thursday at ...

‘Game of Thrones’ tops Emmy nods, but streaming makes gains

LOS ANGELES - The Emmy Awards nominations told us what is already evident - the power and reputation of streaming services Netflix and Amazon are on the rise, and broadcast networks and even longtime premium cable star HBO are paying the price.In Thursday's announcement of prime-time Emmy ...

2 ‘Pokemon Go’ players plunge off cliff in Calif.

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say two men who were playing "Pokemon Go" fell off an ocean bluff in Southern California.Encinitas firefighters say the men climbed through a fence Wednesday afternoon while playing the digital-monster cellphone game.One man fell about 50 feet down the side ...

Sotheby’s to exhibit Bowie’s art collection ahead of sale

LONDON (AP) - More than 200 pieces from David Bowie's extensive art collection, including works by Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat, are to go on public display before being sold at Sotheby's in November.Bowie, a musical and sartorial chameleon, died in January aged 69. He was an avid ...

Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger expecting his 8th child

Mick Jagger's representatives say the rock legend is expecting his eighth child.The representatives confirmed a report by People magazine and other media outlets that Jagger's girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, 29, is pregnant.Jagger, the 72-year-old frontman of the Rolling Stones, already has seven ...