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“Cosby Show” actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

1/2“Cosby Show” actor Earle Hyman dies at 91 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2“Cosby Show” actor Earle Hyman dies at 91 Show Caption Hide Caption LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has died.Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says that…

‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor John Hillerman dies at 84

1/1Actor John Hillerman dies at 84 Show Caption Hide Caption LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84.Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew…

Attorney: O.J. Simpson banned from Las Vegas hotel-casino

1/1OJ Simpson Show Caption Hide Caption LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson’s attorney says the former football star has been banned from The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne on Thursday told The Associated Press that Simpson received a trespass notice from the hotel Wednesday. He denied that Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent while at the Las Vegas…

5 women accuse Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct

1/1Comedian Louis C.K. Show Caption Hide Caption NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women, including masturbating in front of them to their horror and embarrassment, according to a report in The New York Times. Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry allege the Emmy-winning star of FX’s “Louie”…

Elton John celebrates 25 years of AIDS foundation

1/1Elton John Show Caption Hide Caption NEW YORK (AP) — A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. John’s efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were lauded by…

Twitter doubles character limit to 280 for (nearly) everyone

1/1Twitter Show Caption Hide Caption NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it’s ending its iconic 140-character limit — and giving nearly everyone 280 characters. Users tweeting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean will still have the original limit. That’s because writing in those languages uses fewer characters. The company says 9 percent of tweets written in English hit the 140-character limit….

Harvard honors Elton John for efforts to fight HIV, AIDS

1/1Elton John Show Caption Hide Caption CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Elton John has been honored at Harvard University for his philanthropic efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.The 70-year-old singer was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Monday. Previous winners include former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretaries General of the United Nations…

Judge ignores recommendation, sends Meek Mill to prison

1/1Rapper Meek Mill Show Caption Hide Caption PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison on probation violations Monday by a Philadelphia judge who said the musician had wasted several chances to clean up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case. The sentence rounded out a roughly decade-long back and forth…

Pre-orders for new Swift album reach more than 400,000 units

1/1Taylor Swift Show Caption Hide Caption NEW YORK (AP) — Pre-orders for Taylor Swift’s “reputation” have reached more than 400,000 units and the album has become Target’s biggest music pre-sale of all-time. Big Machine Records told The Associated Press on Friday that pre-orders for “reputation,” to be released Nov. 10, are double the number of pre-orders for Swift’s “1989” album…

Ex-prosecutor: Cosby paid accuser millions of dollars

1/1Bill Cosby Show Caption Hide Caption PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former prosecutor claims his decision in 2005 not to charge Bill Cosby with drugging and molesting a woman led to the comedian paying his accuser a settlement “well into the millions of dollars.” Bruce Castor’s assertion in a lawsuit Thursday against the accuser, Andrea Constand, and her lawyers is the…