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NEW YORK (AP) — It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers.

Singer Katy Perry performs her song "Roar" at an event for the Special Olympics hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics.


A view of the Banksy mural which targets the issue of Government surveillance with silver and red paint sprayed over it, Cheltenham, England, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced. "Spy Booth" shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ. A local group formed to save the work after the building's owner attempted to have it removed and sold. Campaigner Angela De Souza said a local businessman had agreed to buy and preserve the work. But on Friday it was covered in scrawled graffiti letters. De Souza said conservators were in “a race against time” to save it. Banksy works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction, and several of his outdoor pieces have recently been stripped from walls and sold. (AP Photo/Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.


Actor and music artist L.L. Cool J, left, talks with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons on a visit to speak with youth at the juvenile detention center of Rikers Island, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in New York. Simmons, founder of the RushCard Keep the Peace initiative, was accompanied by L.L. Cool J to the detention center to offer advice to the inmates on reducing violence in their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — A group of young people at a jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J.


In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from, "The Exorcist." Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning make-up artist who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist," died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in California of natural causes. He was 92. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.


Pamela AndersonCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor.
NEW YORK (AP) — Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof "Sharknado" snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

In this Saturday, July 12, 2014 photo, Helen Mirren and Lasse Hallstrom embrace during press day for "The Hundred-Foot Journey" at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles. In the film directed by Hallstrom, Mirren plays Madame Mallory, a prickly and particular restaurateur who takes overcooked asparagus as a personal affront. Her Michelin-starred restaurant, set in a quaint village that looks like a postcard, is among the most celebrated in France, and Mallory presides unforgivingly over its staff and cuisine. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/APLOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on "The Hundred-Foot Journey," she fears: "Oh my God, is it going to suck?"


R&B singer Usher attends the 15th anniversary celebration of his New Look Foundation, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Atlanta. Usher felt overwhelmed by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th year anniversary luncheon. Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among the 450-plus attendees at foundation's President's Circle Awards luncheon in downtown Atlanta on Thursday. The nonprofit organization founded by the Grammy-winning singer also celebrated raising $1 million. "This is a passion fuel for me," Usher said Thursday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Rhythm and blues singer Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon.


FILE - This June 26, 2014 file photo shows Ne-Yo at the 27th Annual Rhythm And Soul Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Daily News reports that Ne-Yo has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo’s finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo’s money without permission. It also alleges that Foster faked Ne-Yo’s name on loan documents and invested Ne-Yo’s money in a water company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. It seeks $4.5 million plus $3.5 million in fees that the singer says he paid Foster. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager.


FILE- In this April 27, 2014 file photo, singer Dionne Warwick performs at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 1968, Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn’t think much of the song. But after the iconic singer recorded “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” and the song became a huge hit, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she “cried all the way to the bank.” This week Warwick is heading back to San Jose to be dubbed the city’s “global ambassador of goodwill.” She’ll sing that song, as part of an international Sister Cities conference on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song.


FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at the 2014 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto. Grande is having a breakthrough in music with the multiplatinum hit “Problem,” which is spending its 13th week in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song features rapper Iggy Azalea and is from Grande’s sophomore album, “My Everything,” to be released Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande is the new princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single "Problem," impressing critics with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image that her young Nickelodeon fans can vibe with, signature ponytail and all.


This photo released by Sony Pictures Television shows Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller)NEW YORK (AP) — There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life.


FILE - This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Memphis-based guitarist Robert Johnson standing by a display of guitars that belonged to Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash that he donated to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D. Johnson also donated the guitar played by Elvis Presley during his final tour. Johnson says the deal to donate the Presley guitar to the museum was legitimate. A federal judge has been asked to determine if Johnson rightfully owned the broken instrument when he donated it last year. The museum insists in a lawsuit that it is the legal owner of the guitar “The King” played during his 1977 tour. Collector Larry Moss says Johnson sold him the guitar earlier. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had the right to give it away because he owned it.


This undated image released by Alicia Keys shows the musician-actress posing with Swizz Beatz. Keys announced Thursday, July 31, 2014 that she is pregnant with her second child. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz. Keys wrote that their anniversary was sweeter because they’ve “been blessed with another angel on the way.” (AP Photo/Root Capture)NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Ariana Grande speaks at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. Grande is having a breakthrough in music with the multiplatinum hit “Problem,” which is spending its 13th week in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song features rapper Iggy Azalea and is from Grande’s sophomore album, “My Everything,” to be released Aug. 25, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande's "Problem" was an insta-smash, but the singer acknowledges that she wasn't sure how people would receive the song, which has become one of the year's biggest hits.


FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, Actor Jude Law pauses, during the press conference for the film Side Effects at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin. Law feels his work options are widening as he gets older and there’s “less emphasis on playing romantic leads”. The 41-year-old British actor _ best known for his roles in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’, ‘Cold Mountain’ and more recently ‘Sherlock Holmes’ _ adds, “You get over certain age, and you’re more complicated anyway. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)LONDON (AP) — Jude Law feels his work options are widening as he gets older, and he revels in the complications.


FILE - This April 24, 2012 file photo shows actress Mia Farrow and son Isaiah Farrow attend the TIME 100 gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. Farrow will star Brian Dennehy in “Love Letters” a two-person work, comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between friends who grew up together Dennehy and Farrow will star from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10. Then the cast will change to Carol Burnett and Dennehy from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7, then Alan Alda and Candice Bergen from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5, then Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg from Dec. 6 to Jan. 9 and finally Anjelica Huston andf Martin Sheen from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1. The show will run at the Nederlander Theatre under the direction of Gregory Mosher. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A.R. Gurney's romantic play "Love Letters" is about to hit Broadway again with some big movie stars.


FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, Luke Hemmings, from left, Michael Clifford, Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood of the band 5 Seconds of Summer visit the Q102 Performance Theater in Philadelphia. 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled album debuted at no. 1 on this week’s Billboard's 200 albums chart, selling 259,000 copies. On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, they announced their Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour, kicking off July 17, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, file)INGLEWOOD, California (AP) — 5 Seconds of Summer fit the boy band mold: a quartet of young men with a feverish female fan base touring with British megastars One Direction. But the Australian pop-rock group identifies more with Pete Wentz than Harry Styles.


former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. BushNEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.


HONOLULU (AP) — A court hearing in Honolulu has been scheduled for lawyers who want out of a case accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse.

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford greets supporters at a party called "Ford Fest" organized by his family in Toronto. Famed DJ deadmau5 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 asked Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese, File)TORONTO (AP) — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup.


FILE - This Sept. 7, 2000 file photo shows author Oscar Hijuelos at a VIP reception at the Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington. A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death will be published in the fall of 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death last year will be published in the fall of 2015.


FILE - Executive producer Robert Halmi, Sr., of "Tin Man," is seen during the NBC Press Tour in this July 17, 2007 file photo taken in Beverly Hills, Calif. Halmi died Wednesday July 30, 2014 in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.


This publicity image released by CBS shows, from left, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed. The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.


FILE - This Aug. 4, 2013 file photo shows a Lollapalooza balloon at the Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Lollapalooza became the basis for the modern festival culture and circuit that has evolved since, including events like Bonnaroo, Coachella and a legion of smaller multi-day parties. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson says a more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy."
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers.

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