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MINNESOTA: No Criminal Charges In Death Of Prince

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reports: Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the investigation into the death of musician Prince Rogers Nelson without issuing any criminal charges. Metz said county, state and federal investigators undertook an “extensive, painstaking and thorough” investigation but were unable to determine who provided Prince the fentanyl painkillers, disguised as counterfeit Percocet tablets, ...

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Morrissey: The Loony Left Forgets Hitler Was A Leftist

The Guardian reports: Morrissey has made an extraordinary – even by his standards – series of pronouncements in a new interview published on his website, attacking halal meat producers, Theresa May, Diane Abbott and Sadiq Khan, among others. Accusations of racism have long dogged Morrissey, who once referred to Chinese people as a “sub-species” and said that British identity was ...

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Conchita Wurst Reveals HIV+ Status After Threat

The BBC reports: Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for “several years”. The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had “threatened to go public”. “I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “Coming ...

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Bob Dylan Sings About Gay Love [AUDIO]

The New York Times reports: Shortly after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Justice Antonin Scalia attended a party where he signaled his displeasure by singing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” “He sang with great verve,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told The Washington Post at the time. Now Mr. Dylan himself is crooning about same-sex love. ...

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Prince Died Of “Exceedingly High” Fentanyl Amount

The Associated Press reports: A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six ...

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IRELAND: Eurovision Entry May Spawn Broadcast Ban By Russia Because Clip Features Gay Couple [VIDEO]

The Irish Independent reports: Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision entry could face a broadcast ban in Russia as the video for the song features a gay couple. Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland in Lisbon with self-penned track Together. The video features a male couple dancing in Dublin’s Temple Bar. However there has been speculation that the video violates Russia’s strict anti-gay “propaganda” ...

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Cher Apologizes For Selfie With Australian PM

Australia’s News Corp affiliate reports: If only Cher could turn back time. The international pop star has issued a stunning online apology for appearing in a controversial photo with the Prime Minister at Mardi Gras on Saturday. Malcolm Turnbull can be seen widely grinning in a picture with the American singer, who dazzled thousands of spectators by walking out into ...

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Cher Rocks Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras [VIDEO}

The Guardian reports: International pop star Cher brought Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to a standstill, dazzling thousands of spectators by walking out into Taylor Square in the middle of the festivities. Cher, who was the headline act for the Mardi Gras after-party, had been rumoured to make an appearance during the parade and on Saturday night, the gay ...

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Dolly Parton Donates Her 100 Millionth Kids Book

The Washington Post reports: Country music legend Dolly Parton has been called a lot of things over the course of her five-decade career: singer, songwriter, actress and cartoon character (her words). But none of those titles has meant more to the 72-year-old than the one she celebrated at the Library of Congress: “book lady.” Parton is the founder of Imagination ...

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Kylie Minogue To Headline New York City Pride

Via press release from New York City Pride: In 2017, NYC Pride evolved Dance on the Pier, a 30+ year institution, into a new multi-day LGBTQ cultural experience named Pride Island. With much excitement, we’re proud to announce the event is back this year featuring live performances by Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia from Saturday, June 23 ...

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Elton John Announces Farewell Tour [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: At an emotional New York press conference Wednesday, Elton John announced that he will retire from the road after a lengthy farewell tour. “I’m not going to be touring anymore,” he told moderator Anderson Cooper at New York’s Gotham Hall. “I’m not going to be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed. I have young ...

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ORLANDO: Police Increase Security After Racist And Anti-Gay Terror Threat Against Jackson Browne Concert

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Orlando police said they will have an increased presence for Tuesday night’s Jackson Browne concert at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after a possible threat. Police in West Lafayette, Ind., began investigating Sunday after a banner was left at a Unitarian Universalist Church that hosted a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of ...

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Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis

The Today Show reports: Neil Diamond has announced he will stop touring due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The legendary singer and songwriter announced on his website Monday that the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform. He cancelled upcoming dates in Australia and New Zealand from his 50th anniversary tour. “It is with great reluctance and ...

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Tom Petty’s Death Ruled An Accidental Overdose

Rolling Stone reports: After months of speculation, a medical examiner has ruled that Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. The Hall of Fame musician had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl (including acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl), oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic Restoril (a ...

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Dolores O’Riordan’s Death Ruled “Not Suspicious”

ABC News reports: The death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police say. O’Riordan was found dead at a London hotel on Monday morning (local time) and officers initially described the death as “unexplained” but now say nothing suspicious had been found. The case is being passed to a coroner to determine ...

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Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At 46

The BBC reports: The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died in London at the age of 46, her publicist says. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A statement from her publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London ...

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2017 In Memoriam: Television, Movies, Music [VIDEO]

Variety reports: The world of TV had a rough year in 2017, with the death of the beloved Mary Tyler Moore hitting hard. TV’s Batman, Adam West, Jim Nabors of “Gomer Pyle,” Della Reese of “Touched by an Angel” and “The Partridge Family’s” David Cassidy were among other TV notables who died this year. It was a sad year for ...

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AUSTRALIA: Cher Set To Headline Sydney Mardi Gras

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: You better Believe it – it’s looking like superstar singer and actress Cher will headline Sydney’s 40th gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in March. While it is understood a contract is yet to be signed, sources close to the event have told Fairfax Media the 71-year-old gay icon is almost locked in to perform at ...

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Kid Rock Sued By Circus In Trademark Beef

Billboard Magazine reports: Kid Rock is in legal hot water for using the phrase “The Greatest Show on Earth” without permission from its trademark owners. The phrase belongs to Feld Entertainment, longtime owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which took the touring extravaganza off the road earlier this year, but retained all intellectual property for the ...

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Donna Summer Musical Set For Broadway Bow

From the Hollywood Reporter: Broadway’s gotta have some “Hot Stuff” next spring. Producers Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday that Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will begin previews March 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre ahead of an April 23 opening. The bio-musical tracing the life and career of the singer, who teamed with music producer Giorgio Moroder and Casablanca ...

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