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French rap songs investigated for allegedly racist content

PARIS — The Paris public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation Thursday into video clips and songs by popular French rapper Freeze Corleone for alleged racist content and hate speech.
New box set has trove of rare, unreleased Elton John songs

New box set has trove of rare, unreleased Elton John songs

LOS ANGELES — Elton John is opening up his vault and releasing an expansive collection of rarely heard and unreleased tracks. John announced Thursday that the eight-CD collection, “Elton: Jewel Box," will be released on Nov. 13.
Popular UK author Victoria Hislop granted Greek citizenship

Popular UK author Victoria Hislop granted Greek citizenship

ATHENS, Greece — British author Victoria Hislop was granted honorary Greek citizenship Thursday and met with the prime minister of Greece. Hislop has used Greece as the setting for several of her novels.
First volume of Barack Obama's memoir coming Nov. 17

First volume of Barack Obama's memoir coming Nov. 17

NEW YORK — The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.
'Melrose Place' actress headed back to prison for 2010 crash

'Melrose Place' actress headed back to prison for 2010 crash

A former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal 2010 drunken driving crash in New Jersey is headed back behind bars after a judge agreed with prosecutors Thursday that her initial sentence was too lenient.
Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don't use our song

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don't use our song

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group's hit “We're Not Gonna Take It" while ripping off their masks.
NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

New York City’s ambitious attempt to be among the first big cities to bring students back into classrooms closed by the coronavirus suffered another setback Thursday, as the mayor announced he was delaying the start of in-person instruction for most

Navalny team alleges Novichok found in hotel water bottle

MOSCOW — Colleagues of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that a water bottle with a trace of the Novichok nerve agent was found in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk after he fell ill on a flight from there to Moscow la
Fed Cup changes name to honour tennis great Billie Jean King

Fed Cup changes name to honour tennis great Billie Jean King

The Fed Cup is changing its name to honour tennis great Billie Jean King, the woman whose lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed.
Greek minister: 5,000 move into new refugee camp on Lesbos

Greek minister: 5,000 move into new refugee camp on Lesbos

KARA TEPE, Greece — More than 5,000 asylum seekers left homeless after Greece's notoriously overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesbos burnt down have now been housed in a new facility, the country's migration minister said Thursday afternoon.