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WOMAN THOUGHT SHE HAD KIDNEY STONES, GIVES BIRTH TO TRIPLETS

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NEW YORK - A reported book deal for Mark Halperin, the "Game Change" co-author and political commentator who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is being greeted with widespread outrage. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson called the deal "a slap in the face to all women."

LONDON - Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old.

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LOS ANGELES - Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.

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NEW YORK - Julianne Moore is accustomed to working with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, on set, but it was a real family affair when their daughter joined them for their latest collaboration.

NEW YORK - CNN's Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject of a 15-minute propaganda video denigrating her work.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi.

NEW YORK - When Brian Banks' home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn't commit, he never imagined his life would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned with clearing his name and regaining his freedom.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was gripped by one small crisis after another and demanding too much of his attention until the headmaster he initially championed was cut loose, the writer said Thursday.

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BERLIN - A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom.

Acclaimed Vancouver director Christopher Weddell will present MadFox Theatre’s inaugural production, Little One in a three-night run in Kelowna next week.

Olivia Smith, who graduated from Rutland Secondary School in 2017, has returned home for some summer holidays and to sing opera Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Charles Garnier Church.

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KENAI, Alaska - Country musician Zac Brown has lost a bid to limit snoopers on his private property in Alaska, the latest case where the desires of the wealthy or celebrity for privacy have been at odds with public access.

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NEW YORK — It was the weekend that shaped the image of a "Woodstock Generation.” And that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come.

NASHVILLE - Christian recording artist Lauren Daigle, who has had major crossover success with her single, "You Say," received six nominations Wednesday from the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Novelist Nicholas Sparks says there were plenty of grounds to fire the former headmaster at the private Christian school the author founded, but Sparks says the educator was allowed to resign with a severance of more than $150,000.

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MILAN - While two U.S. opera houses immediately cancelled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see.

NEW YORK - A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes.

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NASHVILLE - Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Being part of the Okanagan’s creative family is such a blessing to me. Although I wish I could attend all the events I write about, I also need to rest in between my own gigs, which forces me to spend time with myself to think of what I want to create/accomplish next.

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STOCKHOLM - American rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault Wednesday by a Swedish court, six weeks after a street brawl in Stockholm that had attracted the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump.