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Two holdouts prevented Cosby guilty verdict, juror tells ABC

June 22, 2017 (Reuters) – Two holdout jurors prevented comedian Bill Cosby from being found guilty on two of three counts in his sexual assault trial and deliberations were so tense that jurors burst into tears, a jury member told ABC News in a report on Wednesday. Only one juror thought the 79-year-old entertainer was guilty on the third charge, the jury member said in describing the 52 hours of deliberations that ended in a mistrial on Saturday. Cosby is facing a second trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting…

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Kim Kardashian said to have hired surrogate for third baby

June 22, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s family may be growing, according to reports on Wednesday that the celebrity couple have hired a surrogate to carry their third child after a doctor advised the reality star against another high-risk pregnancy. People Magazine and E! News, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had hired a surrogate, and TMZ.com said they had agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child. It was not clear whether the surrogate was already pregnant. Kardashian’s representative did…

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Cross-cultural romance under political microscope in ‘The Big Sick’

June 22, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Pakistani actor Kumail Nanjiani and his American wife Emily Gordon wrote a film about the surreal circumstances that brought them together, little did they expect that their love story would be put under a political spotlight. “The Big Sick” explores Nanjiani’s cultural conflict as a Pakistani Muslim comedian in a post-9/11 America. His life is further complicated when he falls in love with Gordon, played by Zoe Kazan, and goes against his family’s wishes that he marry a Pakistani…

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Pop stars release song to raise funds for London fire victims

June 21, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Some of the biggest names in British music, including Stormzy, Robbie Williams and The Who, released a charity single on Wednesday to raise funds for people affected by the fire at a tower block in west London. The song, a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, also features performances from Leona Lewis, James Blunt and a large choir made up of local people, some of whom survived the blaze. A total of 79 people died in the fire, which swept through…

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Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

June 21, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their 2015 blockbuster movie, “Inside Out.” In a complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles federal court, Denise Daniels said the animated film, featuring color-coded characters representing individual human emotions, mirrors a children’s program called “The Moodsters” that she conceived and pitched to Disney every year from 2005 to 2009. Daniels, who lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area…

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Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

June 20, 2017 By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in “Lincoln” and “Gangs of New York.” Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private. “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over…

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Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

June 20, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday days after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, his publicist said. He was 42. Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital “a few days ago” after a Mobb Deep performance in the city, his publicist Roberta Magrini told Reuters in a statement. The rapper had suffered from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder, since birth, and the exact cause of his death…

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Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

June 19, 2017 By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Now that Bill Cosby’s first sex assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer’s retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his…

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Lynyrd Skynyrd sues ex-drummer over movie about 1977 plane crash

June 19, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against the Southern rock band’s former drummer to halt the production of a movie depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Lead guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie’s brother and current lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and others contend that “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” based on recollections of former drummer Artimus Pyle, violated a 1988 consent order governing the use of…

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Actress Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin in system, autopsy shows

June 19, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner could not ascertain what effect the cocaine and other drugs may have had on her system. Coroner’s officials ruled on Friday that the death of the “Star Wars” actress was due to sleep apnea and other causes….

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