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Stingray Digital piles into streaming music business with upcoming mobile app

TORONTO - While music fans have been walloped with an endless array of streaming options that deliver instant access to their favourite Justin Bieber and Elton John tracks, Stingray Digital says all of those services fall short of expectations.

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Sunday 07/05/2015
Live-action, high-tech Marvel theme park suspends summer tour after big debut in Philadelphia
Posted: July 05, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The indoor high-tech travelling theme park "The Marvel Experience" has stumbled and will cut short its summer tour.

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'Terminator Genisys,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office, 'Jurassic World' tops again
Posted: July 05, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

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Jane Fonda, David Suzuki, Naomi Klein join climate rally in Toronto
Updated: July 05, 2015 - 3:01 pm

TORONTO - Jane Fonda joined hundreds gathered outside Ontario's legislative buildings on Sunday to rally and march for action on climate change and a greener economy ahead of two international summits this week.

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Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip in July 4th ceremony; marriage is 3rd for singer-actress
Posted: July 05, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July.

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Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer, Sara Evans headline Fourth of July festival at Intrepid Museum
Posted: July 05, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Queen Latifah started with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered Sam Smith.

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Saturday 07/04/2015
Billy Joel weds girlfriend Alexis Roderick in surprise ceremony at annual Fourth of July party
Posted: July 04, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.

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Diana Douglas, first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael, dies at 92
Posted: July 04, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died in Los Angeles. She was 92.

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Diana Douglas, first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael, dies at 92
Posted: July 04, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

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Panama joins list of countries dropping out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant
Updated: July 04, 2015 - 6:01 pm

PANAMA CITY - Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants.

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Sitcom writing contest gives beginners chance to break into TV; deadline extended to July 31
Posted: July 04, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS - A television comedy veteran who lives in Minnesota is giving aspiring writers a chance to break into the business.

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Friday 07/03/2015
Illinois city weighs historic value after condemning childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 4:00 pm

DANVILLE, Ill. - The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building.

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Dr. Dre announces new radio show, 'The Pharmacy, ' on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio
Posted: July 03, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Dr. Dre will be busting through your speakers with a new radio show on Apple Music.

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Police identify intruder fatally shot by former CNN reporter at Albuquerque motel
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 2:00 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said.

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Douglas Coupland to use 3D images of Canadians in customized artwork for Simons
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 2:00 pm

TORONTO - Canadians will be the stars of Douglas Coupland's new art project set to be showcased at fashion retailer Simons.

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A generation that came of age with soccer and women's sports now tuning in to World Cup
Posted: July 03, 2015

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet.

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Leonard Nimoy's son creates Spock documentary to honour his father's life onscreen and off
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 1:01 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He's creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on "Star Trek."

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'The Raccoons' creator eyes possible reboot for rambunctious animated hit
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 3:00 pm

TORONTO - Thirty years after becoming one of Canada's biggest animated TV hits, "The Raccoons" is plotting a return.

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After a five-year absence, Frankie Beverly and Maze returns to Essence Festival
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 1:01 pm

NEW ORLEANS - For 15 years, thousands of fans dressed all in white entered the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Festival anticipating the soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, who also dressed in his signature white pants, shirt and baseball cap, would sing into the wee hours of the next day.

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Francesco Yates, Sheepdogs, W. Darling make Spotify's list of breakout Canadians
Posted: July 03, 2015

TORONTO - Toronto pop singer Francesco Yates, Montreal electro-pop duo Milk & Bone and Saskatoon rockers the Sheepdogs are among the Canadian artists singled out by Spotify on a list of artists "poised to hit it big."

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CAS ruling explains why celebrity musician Vanessa-Mae was cleared of Olympic ski race fix
Posted: July 03, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court.

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
Posted: July 03, 2015

WASHINGTON - Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

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Pop singer Meghan Trainor postpones 2 shows due to hemorrhage on vocal chords
Posted: July 03, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Meghan Trainor is postponing two shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cords.

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That's it for the other ones: Last Grateful Dead shows draw fans young, mostly old to Chicago
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 8:00 am

CHICAGO - The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur.

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British police close investigation into who supplied Peaches Geldof with fatal heroin
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 6:01 am

LONDON - British police say they have closed an investigation into who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her.

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Smithsonian features Hiram Powers' famous sculpture the 'Greek Slave' in new exhibit
Posted: July 03, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring one of the 19th century's most famous sculptures with a new exhibition about artist Hiram Powers' "Greek Slave."

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Tyler Hubbard of country duo Florida Georgia Line marries in Idaho
Posted: July 02, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tyler Hubbard of the country duo Florida Georgia Line has tied the knot.

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Los Angeles district attorney won't file charges against Diddy, gives case to city attorney
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 8:02 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Thursday to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football.

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Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for disparaging migrants, but won't give up crown
Posted: July 02, 2015

BOGOTA - The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown.

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Sascha's Game of the Month for June 2015
Posted: July 02, 2015

Lego Jurassic World

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ both too much and too little
Posted: July 02, 2015

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.

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Miss USA pageant dropped by NBC goes to Reelz; no money for Donald Trump, CEO says
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 6:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.

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California television reporters robbed, cameraman pistol whipped during live broadcasts
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 4:02 pm

SAN FRANCISCO - News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday.

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Alleged victim in assault by actor Emile Hirsch calls incident 'terrifying'
Posted: July 02, 2015

PARK CITY, Utah - A studio executive who authorities say who was assaulted by actor Emile Hirsch during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year described the incident as being "insanely painful and absolutely terrifying," according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.

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Movie crews filming on WWII-era seaplane stranded on Gulf Coast on Alabama-Florida line
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:01 pm

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - Film crews are making the most of a World War II-era seaplane that's stranded in Gulf Coast waters at the Alabama-Florida state line.

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'Magic Mike XXL' narrowly outstripping 'Terminator Genisys' at holiday box office
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:01 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Magic Mike XXL" is narrowly outstripping "Terminator Genisys" at the holiday weekend box office.

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'Saved by the Bell' actor won't serve jail time for 2 misdemeanours during his appeal
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 1:00 pm

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. - Jail time is on hold for former "Saved by the Bell" actor Dustin Diamond while he appeals his sentence for an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin.

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'Shark Week' looks to strike a balance between science, entertainment; first Cuba visit
Posted: July 02, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sharks are serious business this summer, with "Sharknado"-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts.

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Mark Ruffalo portrays writer-director's bipolar dad in 'Infinitely Polar Bear'
Posted: July 02, 2015

TORONTO - As a break from portraying the Hulk in the infinite "Avengers" franchise, Mark Ruffalo took on another character with fearsomely mercurial moods.

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Sonia Manzano, who played beloved Maria on 'Sesame Street' for decades, is retiring
Posted: July 02, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.

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William Hurt of AMC's 'Humans,' about sentient androids, says robots with feelings are coming
Posted: July 02, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For William Hurt it isn't a question of whether someone will invent a robot with feelings, it's a matter of when.

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CFL great Neil Lumsden the oldest competitor on next 'Amazing Race Canada' season
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 2:00 pm

When the teams line up for the start of season 3 on "The Amazing Race Canada," keep your eye on the old guy.

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Robin Thicke says he was 'careless' during 'Blurred Lines' deposition due to failing marriage
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 8:00 am

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Robin Thicke says the deposition for the "Blurred Lines" case took a backseat to his crumbling marriage, in his first interview since he and Pharrell lost the lawsuit in March.

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Amy Winehouse documentary reclaims singer's musical legacy, but angers her family
Posted: July 02, 2015

LONDON - In "Amy," performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess.

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East Meets West: Bruce Springsteen joins Beach Boy Brian Wilson for encore
Posted: July 02, 2015

HOLMDEL, N.J. - East met West as Jersey shore music icon Bruce Springsteen joined California music legend Beach Boy Brian Wilson on stage in New Jersey.

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'Rectify' creator and stars discuss Season 3 of a 'domestic epic' in a murder's aftermath
Posted: July 02, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season's "Rectify." It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played by Spencer.

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Monsters mix with the Great Wall in US-China fantasy movie starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 5:00 am

BEIJING, China - Matt Damon, one of China's favourite Hollywood stars, said Thursday he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China — not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who also appears in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie.

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Stephen Colbert guest-hosts Michigan public-access TV show, interviews rapper Eminem
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 7:01 am

MONROE, Mich. - Stephen Colbert has temporarily taken over a public-access TV show in southeastern Michigan in an episode that featured rapper Eminem.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Deadheads get a new way to add Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia to their social media
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:02 am

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Deadheads looking to add a little more Jerry Garcia to their lives can now incorporate the late Grateful Dead guitarist into their social media with the video storytelling platform Magisto. And Trixie Garcia hopes that will turn more people on to her father's music.

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Billy Joel bests Elton John, sets new record at Madison Square Garden with 65 performances
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:02 am

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John.

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