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Black Keys guitarist accused of abuse by wife

The estranged wife of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach accuses him of abuse in divorce filings dealing with the custody of their child.

Stephanie Ann Gonis Auerbach alleges that the unspecified abuse culminated in an incident in which she “superficially” cut herself on her legs and ankles. But Dan Auerbach said she has made two suicide attempts and that one was made in the presence of their child. His wife denies it.

Stephanie Auerbach said in the records that she sought treatment at a residential treatment facility.

Dan Auerbach has primary custody of their child. A judge gave his estranged wife supervised visitation rights with the child, until she can show “that she is not a potential danger to the child.”

A publicist for Dan Auerbach declined to comment Tuesday.

Police: Usher's son nearly drowns in Atlanta pool

Authorities say the son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher nearly drowned in an Atlanta pool.

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a report Tuesday that the 5-year-old boy fell to the bottom of pool and became stuck in the drain. Campos says it happened Monday afternoon behind a home in downtown Atlanta.

Campos says the housekeeper tried to get to the boy but was unable to pull him from the drain. The boy was eventually pulled from the pool, and given CPR by a man who was working at the home as an audio-visual subcontractor.

Campos says the boy was “conscious, breathing, and alert” when firefighters arrived before 4 p.m. He is at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

Jazz keyboardist George Duke dies at 67

George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B, and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67.

A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Duke’s son, Rashid, thanked his father’s fans in a statement Tuesday.

“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” he said. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

Duke was born in San Rafael, Calif. He appeared on a number of Frank Zappa albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley’s band, and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. Duke also played keyboard on Michael Jackson’s multiplatinum 1979 album, Off the Wall.
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Elton John recovering after having appendix out

Elton John is recovering after an operation to remove his appendix.

The musician’s publicist says John had the surgery last week at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, near his home in the south of France.

Last month the musician canceled a series of shows as he was treated for an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.

He said at the time that his infected appendix had been “a ticking time bomb.”

He was treated with antibiotics and his publicist said Monday the appendix has been removed.
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50 Cent due in court on domestic violence charge

Rapper and actor 50 Cent faces arraignment on charges that he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo.

The hearing for the singer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was scheduled for Monday.

If convicted, the “In Da Club” singer faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines. READ FULL STORY

Restraining order filed against Jack White

The estranged wife of rocker Jack White has filed a restraining order against him after she said in their divorce filings he was threatening her and she fears for her safety and her children’s.

British model and singer Karen Elson married White in 2005 in Nashville and they have two children. They separated in 2011 and Elson filed for divorce last year.

Elson filed for a temporary restraining order July 17. It was approved by a judge pending a court hearing on Aug. 29. The order was first reported by the Nashville City Paper.

Elson said in the filing that White has a violent temper, sends her emails laced with profanity and calls her derogatory names.

A publicist for White said there was no immediate comment.

Nelly brings Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry onstage at Cleveland concert

One of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade appeared at a public event for the first time since her rescue, a day after her abductor pleaded guilty in the case.

Amanda Berry made a surprise appearance at the daylong concert RoverFest in Cleveland on Saturday night, walking onstage with her family and waving at the cheering crowd. Wearing sunglasses and dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt, Berry smiled broadly while acknowledging the applause, but she didn’t address the crowd. The rapper Nelly called Berry back to the stage after his music set.

The appearance came a day after Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver, pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal that will send him to prison for life without parole, plus 1,000 years.

Berry, now 27, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight disappeared between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16, and 20 years old. They escaped in May when Berry kicked out part of a door and called to neighbors for help.

Berry told a police dispatcher in a dramatic 911 call: “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years, and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.”
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JJ Cale, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter of rock classics, dies at 74

Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale, who was best known for writing timeless hits for Eric Clapton, died on Friday at age 74, according to his website. Cale suffered a heart attack and passed away at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Cale may not have been a household name on par with the many famous musicians he performed with, and wrote for, over the years, but his blues-drenched influence on the classic rock of the 1970s is as undeniable as it is indelible. Early in his career, Cale toured with the Grand Ole Opry road company before heading west to Los Angeles, where he recorded his song “After Midnight.” It was merely a B-side at the time, but years later Eric Clapton would turn the song into his first solo hit. Clapton also later covered Cale’s doom-soaked ode to — or cautionary tale about — the ’70s drug of choice, “Cocaine”. Decades later, in 2007, the Cale and Clapton team would win a Grammy for their collaboration on The Road to Escondido.

Artists as varied as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, and Johnny Cash all covered Cale’s songs over the years — the ultimate tribute to a musician who preferred to stay in the background and let his songs speak for him.

Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik marries

Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik married his girlfriend of roughly eight years, Melina Gallo, Friday night in Malibu, People reports. Rzeznik revealed their wedding song was Adele’s version of the Bob Dylan-penned “Make You Feel My Love,” and that the couple hopes to start a family. This is the second marriage for Rzeznik.

Chris Brown pleads not guilty in hit-and-run

Chris Brown’s lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for him to a hit-and-run charge that led to his parole being revoked.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office says charges of driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance were dismissed Tuesday after Brown’s attorney presented proof he was licensed in Virginia.

Brown was charged after a May 12 traffic accident in which he is suspected of rear-ending a car stopped at a red light and refusing to give the other driver his license or insurance information.

The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna. A judge revoked his probation last week and ordered a hearing. His trial in the hit-and-run case is set for Aug. 15.

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