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Palace announces Prince William, Kate expecting third child |Sep 4, 2017

LONDON >> Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. The announcement comes as a surprise, as there had been little indication that William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, was pregnant.

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67 |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died.

Ex-Lakers star Kobe Bryant returns to spotlight at Hollywood Bowl |Sep 2, 2017

Light saber-wielding fans showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Sept. 1, expecting to hear John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in, as he called it, “some music from ‘Star Wars.

Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him |Aug 31, 2017

PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature.

Possible star-studded telethon next month for Hurricane Harvey relief |Aug 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles might play host to part of a star-studded telethon next month to raise money for relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Texas. Houston rapper Bun B told the website TMZ.

Wife of Don Rickles involved in Malibu crash on PCH |Aug 27, 2017

MALIBU >> The wife of the late comedy icon Don Rickles escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash involving a large truck along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director, dies at 74 |Aug 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died.

Jay Thomas, TV actor and Power 106 radio host, dies at 69 |Aug 24, 2017

Comedian and actor Jay Thomas, best known for his Emmy Award-winning guest appearances on “Murphy Brown” and renowned in Los Angeles as host of the Power 106 “Morning Zoo” radio program, has died, his publicist said Thursday.

Jerry Lewis, Dick Gregory remembered on Hollywood Walk of Fame |Aug 22, 2017

HOLLYWOOD >> Legendary comedians Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis, who died over the weekend, were remembered Monday with tributes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lewis’ granddaughter Kimi Lewis joined fans as she kissed her hand before touching her grandfather’s star at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, where flowers were placed.

Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award |Aug 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman was today named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented with the SAG-AFTRA performers union’s highest tribute, which is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” on Jan.

Jerry Lewis, comedian and telethon host, dies at 91 |Aug 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died.

Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis and more pay tribute to Jerry Lewis |Aug 20, 2017

Late Sunday morning after news broke that actor, comedian and philanthropist Jerry Lewis died at the age of 91, celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the comedic legend.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies |Aug 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

There’s an O.J. Simpson museum in LA - catch it before it’s gone |Aug 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A pop-up museum dedicated to examining the legacy of former USC and NFL star O.J. Simpson will open in Chinatown today. Displays in The O.J. Museum include sports memorabilia, a 1994 Ford Bronco, board games, a collection of 60 bootleg trial T-shirts and interactive exhibits.

Diddy’s ex-chef suing for sexual harassment and more, but jury won’t hear the case |Aug 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The employment violation allegations filed against Diddy by his former personal chef, who says she was subjected to sexual harassment and forced to work long hours without being fully compensated for overtime, will be heard by an arbitrator rather than a jury, a judge ruled today.

LeBron James tweets that Donald Trump made hate ‘fashionable again’ following Charlottesville protests |Aug 15, 2017

Basketball star LeBron James took to Twitter to express his disdain for President Donald Trump’s remarks this afternoon about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you are reading this on a mobile device, click

‘My Favorite Year’ actor Joe Bologna dies at 82 |Aug 14, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Bologna, the actor, director and writer known for his role in the 1982 film comedy “My Favorite Year,” died Sunday. He was 82. Bologna died in the Los Angeles area after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager Matt Sherman told The Associated Press.

Elvis Presley’s friends feel love, pain, 40 years after his death |Aug 12, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> It isn’t just the legend of Elvis Presley that has unmatched staying power 40 years after his death. The guilt, pain and regret felt by those who knew and loved him lingers, too.

Prosecutors say Suge Knight tried to bribe witnesses in murder case, sell video of killing |Aug 10, 2017

Citing monitored telephone conversations between Marion “Suge” Knight and his defense attorney, prosecutors alleged in court documents released today that the one-time rap mogul tried to pay off potential witnesses in his pending murder case with the lawyer’s assistance.

Glen Campbell, superstar entertainer of 1960s and ’70s, dies |Aug 8, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said.

Spike Lee denies organizing Colin Kaepernick support rally |Aug 8, 2017

It wasn’t me. That’s the message from Spike Lee, who says he didn’t put together the support rally for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest.

Usher accusers sue claiming they were exposed to herpes after sex with the singer |Aug 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Three people sued Usher Monday in Los Angeles, alleging the singer failed to disclose that he has genital herpes before having sex with them. The lawsuit brought in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Quantasia Sharpton and two other plaintiffs, identified only as John and Jane Doe, alleges sexual battery, fraud, neligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Old friends hold memorial marking 55th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death |Aug 5, 2017

More than half a century after actor-dancer George Chakiris worked with Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” the iconic star remains a vivid presence in his mind. “She had the most beautiful personality,” he recalled in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News on Saturday, the 55th anniversary of Monroe’s untimely death at age 36.

Suge Knight pleads not guilty to threatening ‘Straight Outta Compton’ director |Aug 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded not guilty today to a charge of threatening the director of the film “Straight Outta Compton.” Knight, who was ordered to return to court Aug.

In Dr. Phil staffer’s false-imprisonment lawsuit, attorneys get some cash |Aug 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A judge levied $3,600 in fines today to compensate the attorneys for a former CBS Studios employee, who is suing television psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw on false imprisonment allegations, for having to draft a motion and return to court on a matter that was previously heard.

LA artist’s Chester Bennington mural brings Linkin Park fans to Sherman Oaks |Aug 2, 2017

Alex Diaz was not going to let a 30-mile trek — with three young children — from Carson to Sherman Oaks stop him from seeing a massive mural honoring late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

Sam Shepard dies at 73: Fans and friends react |Jul 31, 2017

Sam Shepard, actor, playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner died Monday at age 73. His fans and friends took to social media to share their sadness over his passing and their favorite moments of his film career and plays.

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73 |Jul 31, 2017

NEW YORK — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died.

Chris Brown tears into President Trump’s speech on police roughing up ‘thugs’ |Jul 31, 2017

Chris Brown has some choice words for President Donald Trump. The R&B singer tore into Trump this weekend on Instagram calling him “crazzy [sic],” after the president delivered a speech urging rougher treatment of suspects in police custody.

Comedian Stan Laurel’s daughter dies at 88 in Granada Hills |Jul 29, 2017

GRANADA HILLS >> Lois Laurel Hawes, the only surviving child of comedy legend Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy fame, has died at Holy Cross Hospital in Granada Hills following a lengthy illness, her family announced Saturday.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow opens up about his death |Jul 28, 2017

NEW YORK — The widow of late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington says she’s feeling the love from the rocker’s fans but she’s also feeling the loss. Talinda Bennington said in a statement late Thursday she wants “to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love.

Jason Bateman receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star |Jul 27, 2017

HOLLYWOOD >> A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Emmy- nominated actor Jason Bateman was unveiled today on Hollywood Boulevard, five days after his latest project, “Ozark,” began streaming on Netflix.

Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million |Jul 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from “Billie Jean,” ‘’Thriller” and more of the superstar’s biggest hits.

Photographer recovering after Justin Bieber accidentally hit him with truck |Jul 27, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — A paparazzo who was struck by a truck driven by singer Justin Bieber in Beverly Hills was recovering today from injuries that police said were not life-threatening. The crash was reported at 9:24 p.

Valley neighbors remember ‘Cartoon Queen’ June Foray, voice of Rocky, Disney and Looney Tunes characters |Jul 27, 2017

The sounds on a Woodland Hills street will never be the same, now that June Foray is gone. The legendary voice actress died Wednesday at her home in Woodland Hills. She was 99. If you’ve ever watched the animated “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” or heard Granny in a Warner Bros.

O.J Simpson not welcome at USC football functions |Jul 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Fifteen years ago, O.J. Simpson dropped by a USC football practice in Miami, where the team was preparing to play Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Simpson, a running back who became the school’s second Heisman Trophy winner in 1968, later met with players.

How Russell Simmons and Shakespeare are giving inner-city teens a voice |Jul 26, 2017

Russell Simmons, who co-founded 1980s hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam Recordings, is known as a trailblazer in music, fashion and digital media. Now the entertainment mogul is using his influence to put a spotlight on inner-city violence in California and the impact the arts can have in the lives of at-risk teens.

Paparazzo struck by car outside Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills |Jul 26, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS >> A paparazzo was struck by a truck driven by singer Justin Bieber tonight outside the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, according to police and reports from the scene. The crash was reported at 9:24 p.

Barbara Sinatra dies in Rancho Mirage at age 90 |Jul 25, 2017

RANCHO MIRAGE >> Barbara Sinatra, a longtime Coachella Valley resident and philanthropist, died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage at the age of 90. The fourth and final wife of entertainer Frank Sinatra died of natural causes, surrounded by family and friends, according to family spokesman John E.

Housekeeper sobbed as driver called 911 to report Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s death |Jul 24, 2017

A housekeeper sobbed and shrieked in the background as a driver called 911 last week to report that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had hanged himself at his Palos Verdes Estates house, an audio recording released Monday showed.

Justin Bieber abruptly cancels Purpose World Tour, scheduled for Rose Bowl next week |Jul 24, 2017

Justin Bieber was slated to perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, Aug. 5. However that show has been canceled, along with the other remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour. The jaunt was in support of his fourth album, “Purpose,” which dropped in 2015.

Hilary Duff’s Beverly Hills home burglarized |Jul 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A representative for Hilary Duff calls a burglary at the star’s Beverly Hills home “a scary and upsetting situation.” Publicist Erica Gerard says Duff is thankful her family and staff weren’t hurt in the burglary last week, which was reported by TMZ on Sunday.

John Heard, best known as dad in ‘Home Alone,’ dies at 71 |Jul 22, 2017

PALO ALTO >> He was best known as the on-screen father who left his son to fend for himself just a few days before Christmas in the iconic childhood favorite “Home Alone.” But in real life, veteran TV and film actor John Heard, who was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel Friday, was remembered as a true artist — a man with immeasurable talent.

After Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s suicide, friends and fans urge help for those with depression |Jul 20, 2017

After news broke that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide at a home in Palos Verdes Estates, many fans and musicians took to twitter to share their grievances. A number of people also shared ways for suicidal individuals to seek help.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington commits suicide in Palos Verdes Estates |Jul 20, 2017

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, a two-time Grammy Award winner whose screaming lyrics propelled the Southern California-based Nu-Metal band to more than 70 million record sales, was found dead Thursday in his Palos Verdes Estates home.

Where and when to watch O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing |Jul 19, 2017

Is O.J. Simpson’s time behind bars about to come to an end? The Nevada parole hearing that will decide his fate will be broadcast live beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern) Thursday, and it’s very likely that millions of people will be tuning in to see what happens.

‘It’s chaos’: Lovelock, Nevada braces for O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing Thursday |Jul 19, 2017

Its six motels are packed. Its local prison is surrounded with news vans. And its community center has been taken over by national TV networks. The small desert town of Lovelock, Nevada, is besieged on account of its most notorious resident: prison inmate O.

11 key players in OJ Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada |Jul 19, 2017

LOVELOCK, Nev. >> The Nevada parole board members who will decide if O.J. Simpson gets released from prison have experience in law enforcement, prisons, probation and social work. Others involved in Thursday’s hearing have varying ties to the former football, TV and movie star who was acquitted of murder in 1995 in Los Angeles but convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas in 2008.

Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star |Jul 19, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> O.J. Simpson’s story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture. A beloved football hero in the 1960s and ‘70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

OJ Simpson to face Nevada parole board with freedom in sight |Jul 19, 2017

LOVELOCK, Nev. >> O.J. Simpson once thrilled crowds as he ran for touchdowns and hurdled airport seats in car rental ads to achieve Hollywood celebrity before he was acquitted of murder in the 1995 “trial of the century” in Los Angeles.