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Kanye West charged with battery, could face 1 year in jail

Prosecutors have charged Kanye West with misdemeanor battery over a July scuffle with a celebrity photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.

City attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says West was also charged Friday with one count of attempted grand theft. The rapper’s arraignment has been set for Oct. 10 but he is not required to appear if he has an attorney.

Photographer Daniel Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during an incident at the airport on July 19.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but city prosecutors decided to pursue misdemeanor charges. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

An email sent to West’s record label for comment was not immediately returned.

A$AP Rocky charged with slapping fan

Hip-hop star A$AP Rocky is facing an allegation of assault during the Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

The district attorney’s office says a concertgoer claimed the rapper, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, slapped her as he tried to wave away fans while walking through the crowd during Saturday’s show.

The private criminal complaint alleges the 24-year-old Harlem-bred rapper landed an open-palm slap square on the woman’s face, giving her whiplash. The name of the woman who filed the complaint wasn’t released.

A message left at the artist’s publicity agency was not immediately returned Thursday.

U2 bassist Adam Clayton marries

Adam Clayton, the bassist for U2, married his girlfriend, Brazilian model Mariana Teixeira, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, the BBC reports.

The ceremony was held at an Irish registry office. A three-day wedding reception for 150 guests in France will follow, beginning on Friday.

Clayton, 53, and Teixeira have been together for four years. The musician was previously engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1994.

Oklahoma City police found weapons on 2 Chainz tour bus

Police in Oklahoma City discovered two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump shotgun along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana residue on a tour bus occupied by rapper 2 Chainz and 10 other men, according to documents filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

The men were arrested Aug. 22 after refusing to get off the bus following a traffic stop. The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, had performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City the night before.

2 Chainz and the others were charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. All were released after paying $2,000 bail.

The Oklahoman reports police who searched the bus found two .40-caliber semi-automatic pistols and a partial box of ammunition for them, according to the documents. Twenty shells for the 12-gauge shotgun also were seized.

Police found the prescription medications hydrocodone and Flexeril but without prescriptions, according to the search warrant return. Officers also reported discovering marijuana residue along with metal grinders and smoking papers with marijuana residue.
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Jazz legend Marian McPartland dead at age 95

Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show Piano Jazz, has died, NPR said Wednesday. She was 95.

McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said Anna Christopher Bross, an NPR spokeswoman.

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality.

In an interview with The Associated Press in 2007, the 89-year-old said she saw no reason to retire.

“Retire? Why retire? I’ve got a job, I’m making money, and I like what I do. Why retire?” she asked. “I think I’ll jump out of a cake, or something.”

Born Margaret Marian Turner in England, she began playing classical piano at the age of 3. At 17, she was accepted to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music. She left in her third year to play piano with a touring vaudeville act — to the chagrin of her parents, who she said were “horrified,” and a professor who called popular music “rubbish.”
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The Calling's singer says he was attacked in Michigan

The lead singer of rock group The Calling was abducted, beaten, and robbed after performing at a Michigan festival, the band said Monday.

Alex Band was attacked outside a store in Lapeer, Michigan, early Sunday, the group told The Associated Press. The Calling had performed Saturday night at a festival in the city of 8,800, about 45 miles north of Detroit.

Band had a spinal fracture, three broken teeth and needed 15 stiches in his chin, The Calling said in a statement.

Police asked the public for help in investigating.

Detective Sgt. Craig Gormley said in a statement — which doesn’t name Band by name — that the victim reported that two males forced him into a minivan, then assaulted and robbed him before dropping him off at a railroad crossing.
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No charge for Kanye West in LAX paparazzi scuffle

Kanye West won’t face felony charges after being accused of attacking a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. But he’s not completely off the hook.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Friday it is declining to prosecute the rapper, but his case will go to the city attorney for possible misdemeanor charges.

In the July 19 incident, West scuffled with a member of the paparazzi who staked out the airport to snap celebrity photos. Videos showed West lunging at a photographer’s camera and trying to wrestle it away.

West has had similar run-ins with paparazzi at LAX in the past.

Prosecutors say the photographer did not have a significant injury and it’s unknown if his camera was damaged. They also say no weapon was used and West doesn’t have a felony record.

Michael Jackson's ex-wife testifies about his fear of pain

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife broke into tears Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer’s fear of pain and trust of physicians.

Debbie Rowe said the pop star trusted doctors to prescribe pain medication to him, but they sometimes tried to outdo each other while losing sight of Jackson’s care.

“Michael had a very low pain tolerance and his fear of pain was incredible,” Rowe said. “I think the doctors took advantage of him that way.”

She said she was with Jackson when he received treatments from his longtime dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein and from plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin. The two doctors would try to out-do each other in the pain medications they gave the singer, she said.

The doctors “were going back and forth the whole time, not caring about him,” Rowe told jurors.

Rowe is the mother of the singer’s two oldest children, Prince and Paris Jackson. She and the pop star were married from 1996 to 1999. Rowe also worked with Klein.
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Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies

Tompall Glaser, a country music singer, publisher, and studio owner best known for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser’s nephew, said the singer died in Nashville, Tenn., after a long illness.

Thomas Paul Glaser, a Spalding, Neb., native, began performing with his brothers, Jim and Chuck, as The Glaser Brothers in the 1950s and eventually moved to Nashville after meeting Marty Robbins, who tapped them to sing backup.

Glaser and his brothers immediately chafed under the label system in place in the 1960s and ’70s — just like contemporaries Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Though he would never achieve the success of those friends, he was nonetheless a key player in the rebellion they started against Music Row in the early 1970s that would come to be known as the outlaw movement. He circumvented the label system by opening with his brothers their own music publishing company and recording studio — soon known as “Hillbilly Central.”
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Usher's son released from hospital

Usher’s son, Usher Raymond V, has been released from the hospital after a stint in the ICU, reports People.

The 5-year-old was hospitalized after almost drowning in the singer’s pool on Aug. 5. The child’s arm became stuck in a pool drain after attempting to reclaim a toy.

Usher Raymond V is the singer’s eldest son with ex-wife Tameka Foster. The couple have another son together, 4-year-old Naviyd. Usher has full custody of his children after an acrimonious legal battle with Foster. Though Foster requested an emergency custody hearing following the pool incident, the case was dismissed.

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