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Darlene Cates, the mother in 'Gilbert Grape,' dies at 69

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Michael Ainsworth

  Darlene Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," has died. Read more

Not so fast: Phelps participating in Shark Week this summer

TV-Shark Week-Phelps

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Olympic champ Michael Phelps is participating in Discovery network's Shark Week this summer, although he won't be asked to outswim one. Read more

Florida coach sorry after shoving Auburn player after game

Florida softball coach Tim Walton apologized Tuesday for a shoving match with Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan during postgame handshakes. Read more

Reputed mobster gets prison for plotting to kill crime rival

A Nevada man who authorities say is a member of the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for HBO's "The Sopranos" is headed to prison for plotting the death of an organized crime rival. Read more

Syrian poet Adonis wins $50,000 lifetime achievement prize

Syrian poet and translator Adonis has won a $50,000 prize from PEN America for lifetime achievement. The literary and human rights organization also has handed out prizes for best book of 2016 and best debut fiction. Read more

Romania: ex-minister sentenced to 6 years for bribes

A court has handed a former Romanian tourism minister a six-year sentence for bribery and abuse of office connected to a boxing gala that she organized. Read more

Family files lawsuit in Canadian filmmaker's Keys dive death

The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion off the Florida Keys filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday. Read more

Toby Keith video presses for wildfire relief donations

Relief efforts on behalf of Kansas and Oklahoma property owners affected by recent wildfires are getting a lift from country music star and Oklahoma native Toby Keith. Read more

Alec Baldwin 'stunned' at popularity of Trump impression

People Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin says he's "stunned" at the popularity of his impression of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Read more

World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

Video Game Hall of Fame


The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents. Read more

Millennials, hoping to find real connections, ban the booze

Sober Social Scene

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It's not really about the meal at the monthly Conscious Family Dinner, although there is plenty of vegan Indian food. You can spend time in a cuddling sanctuary, sit down with a tarot reader, chat career goals with a life coach or sit in on an acro-yoga sex psychotherapy presentation. And there's... Read more

Abby Lee Miller quits 'Dance Moms' before fraud sentencing

Dance Moms Bankruptcy Fraud

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"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller says she has quit the Lifetime reality series ahead of her scheduled May sentencing on federal bankruptcy fraud charges. Read more

FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

Argentina Soccer FIFA Messi Charged

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Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Read more

Review: Heston bio returns star of 'Ben-Hur' to epic stature

"Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon" (Dey Street), by Marc Eliot Read more

Portugal airport to be named after Ronaldo near his hometown

Portugal Soccer

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Welcome to Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. Read more

Trump spilled beans on grandchild-to-be's gender

President Donald Trump spilled the beans on the gender of his next grandchild before the parents were ready. Read more

Expanded audiobook of 'The Handmaid's Tale' coming next week

Books-Handmaid’s Tale

Darren Calabrese

Margaret Atwood hasn't quite finished telling "The Handmaid's Tale." Read more

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

Israel-No Smurfette

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Israel's pious ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long chafed at public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women. Read more

Will Smith, 'Fresh Prince' cast enjoy brief reunion

Fresh Prince Cast Reunion

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Will Smith has reunited with his "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" cast mates. Read more

Actress Eva Longoria to give Knox College graduation address

Award-winning actress Eva Longoria will deliver Knox College's 2017 commencement address. Read more

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