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4 US missionaries detained and released in Venezuela expected home in North Dakota on Tuesday


By Blake Nicholson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BISMARCK, N.D. _ Four North Dakota missionaries caught up in escalating political tension between the U.S. and Venezuela are expected home on Tuesday after…

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Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba wins $5 million African leadership prize


By Tom Odula THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NAIROBI, Kenya _ Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the…

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SHOTS FIRED AT CONCERT FEATURING T.I., YOUNG JEEZY


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Two people were injured from gunshot wounds suffered during a concert featuring T.I., Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and Sean “Diddy” Combs in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday….

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BIG SEAN AND ARIANA GRANDE MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER


ATLANTA (AP) _ Big Sean says it wasn’t weird at all working with Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day), even though they’re a couple. They recorded a song called “Research” that’s a bonus…

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DRAKE TIES BEATLES CHART RECORD


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Toronto rapper Drake has tied a record with The Beatles for the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time. Drake has…

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Report: 4 resort employees killed in northern Jamaica after sedan collides with truck


KINGSTON, Jamaica _ Jamaican police say four men have died in a two-vehicle crash in a northern section of the Caribbean country. The Jamaica Constabulary Force did not immediately release…

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A place of memory: African American Museum where thousands of slaves landed slowly taking form


By Bruce Smith THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLESTON, S.C. _ For almost 15 years, organizers have been working to create a $75 million African American Museum in Charleston. Now that museum…

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The custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room this week may have been recovered. The L-A sheriff’s office says a dress found yesterday in a bathroom at the London…

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Black Madam at murder trial: Amber Rose hired me because ‘I was the best’ in plumping buttocks


By Maryclaire Dale THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA _ A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday,…

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Comedian Bill Cosby wants a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by 3 accusers


By Philip Marcelo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON _ Bill Cosby‘s lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian…

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Rapper Big Sean builds momentum of new album with help of single ‘IDFWU’ and mentor Kanye West


By Jonathan Landrum Jr. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA _ Big Sean didn’t think his single “I Don’t F— With You” would become a hit. But Kanye West, the rapper’s mentor,…

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Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for disruption during Grammy Awards earlier this month


LOS ANGELES _ Kanye West is saying he’s sorry to Beck on Twitter. The incendiary 37-year-old hip-hop artist took to the social media site Thursday to publicly apologize to the…

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$150K custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars reported stolen; detectives investigating


By Anthony McCartney THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES _ A $150,000 gown adorned with thousands of pearls and worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards has been reported stolen,…

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President Obama celebrates African American History Month at White House, ahead of Selma visit


By Stacy A. Anderson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls “the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American…

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Canadian border bars singer Chris Brown, will miss shows in Toronto, Montreal


TORONTO _ R&B singer Chris Brown says he’s been barred from entering Canada. The “Forever” singer tweeted Tuesday that the “good people of the Canadian government” wouldn’t let him into…

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Will Smith learns to ‘quiet the warrior’ as he enters a new act in his career with ‘Focus’


By Lindsey Bahr THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES _ Things started to come into focus for Will Smith when “After Earth” bombed. Once the biggest movie star in the world,…

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‘Glory’ wins Oscar for best original song


By Kimberly Pierceall THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES _ The Edmund Pettus Bridge stood centre stage in both the performance and acceptance speeches by John Legend and Common for their…

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Kabaka Pyramid releases new song produced by Damian Marley


With Damian Marley being someone he has always looked up to, Kabaka Pyramid is more than pleased with the success of his Marley-produced song, ‘Well Done’. “I grow up listen…

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Spice getting ready to drop album


TOP-TIER dancehall deejay Spice said she intends to release her debut album later this year as the timing is “perfect”. “I am at the highest peak in my career. My…

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Andrew ‘Anju Blaxxx’ Myrie detained pending trial


EIGHT days after being ordered released in a Florida court, Jamaican music producer Andrew ‘Anju Blaxxx’ Myrie had that decision overturned by a North Dakota judge, on Wednesday. Blaxxx has…

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Fashion from Kanye West's Yeezy Boost shoe line for Adidas is modeled on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Kanye, Kendall and cold: Weird and wonderful Fashion Week moments


By Jocelyn Noveck THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK _ Here’s the thing about holding Fashion Week in February: No one really talks about the clothes _ they’re too busy talking…

FILE - In this file photo of March 5, 1964, Malcolm X is seen during an interview in New York. A never-published introduction to his best-selling autobiography was read publicly for the first time on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," written with co-author Alex Haley, was released shortly after the civil rights leader was assassinated.  The existence of the introduction, and three other unpublished chapters were known of since attorney Gregory J. Reed bought them at a 1992 auction of Haley's estate.  (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)

E-book of Malcolm X autobiography expected by May


NEW YORK _ One of the last major digital holdouts, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” should soon be available as an e-book, the attorney for the late activist’s estate told…

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OAS rights commission asks Bahamas to respond to claims of mistreatment of migrants


NASSAU, Bahamas _ An organization that monitors human rights in the Western Hemisphere has asked the Bahamas to respond to allegations that migrants have been mistreated at its main detention…

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US Coast Guard reports seizing $1.6 million worth of marijuana near the Dominican Republic


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico _ The U.S. Coast Guard says it has seized more than 1,700 pounds (770 kilograms) of marijuana and detained a Russian man aboard a boat south…

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US legislators meet with Dominican officials to talk about human rights


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic _ U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of fellow Democrats are meeting with authorities in the Dominican Republic to talk about migrants’ human…

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Tifa’s ready to release new album next month


FEMALE dancehall deejay Tifa said she is in the final phase of production work on her debut album slated for release next month. According to the deejay, the yet-to-be titled,…

Weather creates contrasting situations at Cricket World Cup as New Zealand thrashes England


By Dennis Passa THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRISBANE, Australia _ A bit of weather role reversal was creating opposite vibes for the co-hosts of the Cricket World Cup on Friday. In…

AP Interview: WADA president heads to Jamaica ‘to make sure the errors will not be repeated’


By Stephen Wilson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON _ The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is travelling to Jamaica to check whether the Caribbean island has finally set up an…