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Smithsonian receives $2.5M to expand jazz programs at museum

An artist's foundation is donating $2.5 million as an endowment to expand jazz programming at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Read more

Melissa Etheridge joins NY State Fair lineup

Melissa Etheridge has joined the lineup at the New York State Fair this summer, with a performance at Chevy Court on Aug. 28. Read more

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11

April 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," "Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry ... Read more

Selena's hometown marks 20th anniversary of her death

It's been an annual fixture in the hometown of "The Queen of Tejano." This year is special, though, as the annual Selena Tribute marks the 20th anniversary of the budding superstar performer's murder. Read more

South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart

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The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show" advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men. Read more

Irvine Welsh, Joseph O'Neill up for comic-writing prize

Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Irish-American author Joseph O'Neill are among the finalists for a comic-writing award whose prize includes a bottle of champagne and a pig. Read more

Indiana may face more liability in fair stage collapse

The state may be legally liable for responsible for some legal damages faced by a company that provided the rigging for a stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in 2011, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday. Read more

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Officials: Iran nuke talks to end with agreement to continue negotiations Read more

Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

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Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. Read more

Shirley Temple memorabilia goes on tour before July auction

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Costumes, toys, photos and autographs from Shirley Temple's 1930s film career are coming to a city near you. Read more

'Home' tops 'Get Hard' at box office with $52.1M debut

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The animated alien adventure "Home" landed in first place at the weekend box office. Read more

NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing 'The Wiz' to TV, Broadway

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"The Wiz" is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil. Read more

5 things to know about new 'Daily Show' anchor Trevor Noah

You hadn't heard of Trevor Noah before? Or maybe you recognized him as that handsome, funny guy who's made a few appearances as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"? Read more

No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

Selfie Stick Ban

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You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Read more

Ex-Titans LB Gerald McRath resigns at UNC after DWI arrest

A former Tennessee Titans linebacker recently hired as a graduate assistant at North Carolina has resigned after his arrest on a charge of driving while impaired. Read more

2 decades after crash, Willis family gets new TV show

A new TV show is set to focus on the grandchildren of a couple who lost six kids in a 1994 van crash that was linked to the investigation and conviction of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan. Read more

Aidan Gillen of 'Game of Thrones' narrating 'The Art of War'

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A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" will soon be available with the perfect narrator — the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones." Read more

NCAA Tournament ratings score with Duke-Gonzaga game

The Duke-Gonzaga game on CBS drew the best overnight rating in 10 years for a Sunday NCAA Tournament regional final. Read more

Indians laughing their way through training camp

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The Indians are pitching, hitting, bunting and doing everything else they need to work on for the upcoming season at spring training. Read more

Selena's dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking star's death

Twenty years after Selena was killed in Texas by her fan club president, the "Queen of Tejano" will be remembered with concerts, lookalike contests and a massive festival in April. Read more

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