Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.
The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Chicago police say they have released two Nigerian brothers who had been arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, saying that detectives have additional investigative work to complete.
Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars
NEW YORK (AP) — Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast.
21 Savage 'wasn't hiding' being British, feared deportation
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage said in an interview aired Friday that he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported.
Fashion world descends on London for fashion week shows
LONDON (AP) — London is taking its turn in the style spotlight with the opening of London Fashion Week, an extravaganza that will feature up-and-coming young designers along with big names like Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry.
Ex-FBI official recounts discussion about 25th Amendment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview posted Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein broached the idea of using the Constitution to oust President Donald Trump, saying the Justice Department official "discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort."
APNewsBreak: Allred contacted authorities about R Kelly tape
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Gloria Allred told The Associated Press Friday she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R.
Review: Whimsy and boundary-pushing from Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey, "There Is Another World" (Righteous Babe) Midway through Peter Mulvey's new album, he sings about the ravages of time on the tune "Nickel and Dime."
Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band's 'Signs' is inspirational
Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Signs" (Fantasy Records/Concord) You can't avoid being mesmerized by Susan Tedeschi's singing on "Signs." The Tedeschi Trucks Band has a dozen members, including three other vocalists, a pair of drummers, a horn section, keyboards, bass and guitarist Derek Trucks — Tedeschi's husband — and their fourth studio album makes full and flavorful use of the whole talented lineup.
Review: Carsie Blanton makes disillusionment fun
Carsie Blanton, "Buck Up" (So Ferocious Records) Songwriters of all political persuasions have labored to define the odd moment we've been living through since the U.S.
Review: Robert Ellis switches to keys on 'Texas Piano Man'
Robert Ellis, "Texas Piano Man" (New West) Texans play guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan? Willie Nelson? Buddy Holly? Johnny "Guitar" Watson? Guitarists.
Tichina Arnold finds a new sitcom home in 'The Neighborhood'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tichina Arnold knew as a tot she was meant to perform. "I told my mom at the age of 3, 'I want to sing.' And of course my mom being a mother, she said, 'Well, my baby wants to sing.' So they put me up on a chair," Arnold recalled.
Outtakes: Regina King on white lies, directing and '227'
NEW YORK (AP) — Regina King — who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in "If Beale Street Could Talk" — discusses sitting in the director's chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press.
Regina is already a King, but what about president?
NEW YORK (AP) — So, Regina King walked into a 99-cent store. And what'd she get? A prophecy on her life. No joke. King was shopping around — "sometimes people will say, 'You at the 99-cent store?' I like a bargain too" — when a woman walked up to her with something of a prediction.
Key moments in actor Jussie Smollett's Chicago attack
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs.
A few feel-good moments to remember from NY Fashion Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion Week has ended in New York, leaving a trail of sequins and feathers, worn-out stilettos and blisters and traffic jams.
'Small Island' author Andrea Levy dies of cancer aged 62
LONDON (AP) — Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican immigrants in Britain, has died.
Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma
BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life.
Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday that he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
Chicago police, Fox dispute reports about Smollett attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Thursday night that local media reports that the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.
Feds tell Alfonso Ribeiro he can't copyright 'Carlton' moves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro has been denied a copyright for the "Carlton" dance, which he's suing two videogame makers over.
Louisiana Rapper Mystikal free on $3M bond in rape case
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Mystikal, a Louisiana rapper who had been in custody for nearly 1½ years on a rape charge, has been released on a $3 million bond.
Sales for Jill Abramson book sluggish during first week
NEW YORK (AP) — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's "Merchants of Truth."
Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway, skips Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020.
Prominent art dealer sentenced to prison for tax fraud
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent New York City art dealer once accused by Alec Baldwin of fraud was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday for evading over $3 million in federal taxes, a crime that left her rejected in some art circles and saying she feels like a pariah.