Musician R. Kelly leaves his Chicago studio Friday night, Feb. 22, 2019, on his way to surrender to police.

R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity.

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R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

R. Kelly's European concerts in doubt after new charges

R. Kelly's hopes of doing a tour of Europe in April have been all but dashed now that he is facing new criminal charges.

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This Feb. 21, 2019 photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jussie Smollett.

Police: 'Empire' actor staged attack to 'promote his career'

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago's police superintendent said Thursday.

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Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack

Chicago detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago late last month, a police official said Wednesday.

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Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

Justice Thomas calls for re-examining landmark libel case

Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should consider overturning a 55-year-old landmark ruling that makes it hard for public figures to win libel suits, writing in a case involving a woman who says Bill Cosby raped her.

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Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.

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Designer Ruth E. Carter, nominated for an Oscar for best costume designs for

'Black Panther' costume designer blazes trail to inspire

Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. 

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Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police arrest 2 black suspects in attack on Smollett

The investigation into black actor Jussie Smollett's account of being beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack took a sharp turn Friday when police announced the arrest of two black men they believe assaulted the "Empire" cast member.

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Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the TV series

Police questioning 'persons of interest' in Smollett case

Detectives are interviewing two "persons of interest" who surveillance photos show were in the area of downtown Chicago where "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked last month, police said Thursday.

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Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Michelle Obama's Grammy appearance did not impress mom

It appears Michelle Obama received a reality check from her mom following her appearance at the Grammys.

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American actor Harrison Ford speaks about ocean conservation at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Harrison Ford knocks Trump, others who 'denigrate science'

Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday for protecting the world's oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who "deny or denigrate science."

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George Clooney participates in the

George Clooney compares Markle coverage to Princess Di

George Clooney is frustrated by the way the media is treating Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, comparing it to how the media covered Princess Diana.

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Cardi B, left, accepts the award for best rap album for

Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.

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Chloe Bailey, from left, Halle Bailey, and Brandi Carlile perform at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala

The audience at Clive Davis' white-hot gala included Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who got the most requests to take a selfie.

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Britain's Prince Philip waits for the bridal procession following the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England.

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's license after crash

Prince Philip has decided to stop driving at the age of 97, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1970 file photo, British actor Albert Finney waves his cane while playing the title role in

From 'Tom Jones' to 'Skyfall': star Albert Finney dies at 82

Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as "Tom Jones" and "Skyfall," has died. He was 82.

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Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event in New York.

Grammys producer on why Ariana Grande isn't performing

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said the show had multiple conversations with Ariana Grande about possibly performing Sunday but the singer "felt it was too late for her to pull something together."

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R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

R. Kelly says he'd tour internationally, then deletes post

R. Kelly said Tuesday he is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there if the concert plan goes forward.

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 Alice Marie Johnson, left, and her daughter Katina Marie Scales.

Inmate freed with help by Kim Kardashian West gets book deal

An inmate whose life sentence was commuted thanks in part to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West has a book deal, along with deals for film and television rights.

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21 Savage arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

21 Savage's English origins stun fans of the Atlanta rapper

It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken into custody by U.S. immigration agents in Georgia. It was an even bigger shock to learn he had been an immigrant in the first place.

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Movies

Lav Diaz, director of 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' addresses the audience after receiving the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives.

Migrant island documentary "Fire at Sea" wins at Berlin fest

BERLIN (AP) — "Fire at Sea," a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa — many migrants' first destination on risky journeys toward safety and a better life in Europe

TV

Bill Cosby enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa.

Cosby loses appeal; case appears headed to evidence hearing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's criminal sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a judge denied his latest effort to throw the charges out.

Music

Ex-ABBA members make rare joint appearance at grand opening

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the "Mamma Mia!" musical.

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