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Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Florida, authorities say. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the 20-year-old rising star was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital. He was shot earlier in the day outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory, the sheriff’s office said. ...

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'There's a void I didn't know how to fill': Alessia Cara on rise to fame

Alessia Cara insists she doesn’t want to sound ungrateful, but coming to terms with stardom hasn’t been easy. The 21-year-old Canadian singer didn’t anticipate her precipitous rise to success three years ago before it started — not the Grammy Award for best new artist, nor the two Juno Awards. Not even the breakout radio popularity of Scars to Your Beautiful, Here and ...

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Natalie Portman calls Harvard pal Jared Kushner 'a super-villain'

Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a “super-villain.” The Academy Award-winning actress said on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday that there’s not much funny to say about “someone you were friends with becoming a super-villain.” Portman and Kushner, who is a White House senior adviser, both graduated from Harvard in 2003. Portman noted that Kushner has compared ...

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Trina McQueen inducted into CBC News Hall of Fame

Journalist and broadcast executive Trina McQueen — a trailblazer who was one of the most powerful women in Canadian TV — has been inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame. McQueen attended the inductee ceremony with friends and colleagues on Friday afternoon at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The National’s Adrienne Arsenault hosted the event. Speakers included CTV News president ...

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Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee

Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Stan Lee that come amid a struggle over the life and fortune of the 95-year-old Marvel Comics mogul, court documents showed Wednesday. The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, who in recent months has been acting as Lee’s business manager and personal adviser. Morgan has ...

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Author and bank robber Stephen Reid dead at age 68

He was a literary outlaw in every sense of the term. Author and bank robber Stephen Reid has died at the age of 68. His death was confirmed by the Facebook page of his literary agent, Denise Bukowski. The turbulent but fascinating arc of Reid’s life gave Canada both one of its most intriguing crime stories and celebrated literary careers. Shelagh Rogers, host ...

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U2 dedicates song to Anthony Bourdain at Apollo show

U2 frontman Bono honoured the late Anthony Bourdain toward the end of the band’s special performance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Bono spoke of losing a “lot of inspiring, useful people” over the past few years “who gave up on their own life” alluding to the apparent suicides of musicians Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, as well as fashion ...

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Calgary to host 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards

Calgary star Paul Brandt unveiled his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame plaque at a special ceremony Monday at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, where he also announced the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards will be held in his home city. Brandt was announced as an inductee in 2017, along with CCMA executive Harvey Gold.  Following Monday’s ...

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