Turkish pop star jailed for mocking religious schools

Ankara, Turkey – Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested for “inciting hatred and enmity” by joking about Turkish religious schools, the country’s state-run news agency reported. The 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen Kolakoglu, was taken from her home in Istanbul for questioning and formally arrested late Thursday. He was then … Read more

Medical investigator rules Baldwin set shooting an accident

Albuquerque, NM – Last year a cinematographer’s fatal film-set shooting by actor Alec Baldwin was an accident, according to a determination made by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s Office after the completion of an autopsy and review of law enforcement reports. The medical investigator’s report was made public Monday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s … Read more

Russian shells in eastern Ukraine, 3 killed

Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials said on Monday that at least three Ukrainian civilians have been killed and about 20 others wounded in the Russian military’s latest artillery barrage. The eastern region of Donetsk, one of the two provinces that make up the country’s industrial heartland Donbass, which has been the center of the Russian … Read more

Oklahoma’s Gandy Out After Saying ‘Racially Accused’ Words

A day after Oklahoma assistant head coach Kale Gundy’s resignation was announced, the school said Monday that Gundy made racial allegations several times during a filming session last week. Gundy, who had been with the program as an assistant since 1999, announced his resignation in a social media post late Sunday, and the school confirmed … Read more

Rapper Mystical again accused of rape; held without bond

Rapper Mystical was jailed in Louisiana on Monday for more than a year on rape charges after prosecutors dropped charges that had jailed him for 18 months in another part of the state. Michael “Mystical” Tyler was arrested on charges including rape and domestic abuse battery, outside Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webere said … Read more

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, 67, dies at 94

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, whose dulcet tone provided the summer soundtrack for 67 years while entertaining and informing Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died Tuesday night, the team said. angel — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, whose dulcet tone provided the soundtrack of the summer while entertaining and informing Dodgers … Read more

Nickel Nichols on ‘Star Trek’, Lt. Uhura’s 89. has died on

Nichol Nichols, who broke down barriers for black women in Hollywood who played communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89. Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico, his son Kyle Johnson said. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, died of natural causes and … Read more

Life of Ivana Trump to be Celebrated at Funeral Mass in NYC

FILE – Ivana Trump arrives at the AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS Benefit Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock, Cap d’Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 20, 2010. Ivana Trump, who formed one half of a publicity power couple as former President Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of their eldest children in the 1980s, has died in New York … Read more

Blackface angered US soprano withdraws from Italian opera

Rome — Soprano Angel Blue says she will not perform at an opera in Italy this month because blackface was used in a different work staging the same stage this summer. The American singer posted a note on her AngelJoyBlue Instagram page saying that she will be kicked out of “La Travita” at the Arena … Read more

American basketball star Griner due on Russian court

Moscow — More than four months later he was arrested at Moscow airport for cannabis possession, US Basketball Star Brittany Griner is due to appear in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. The Phoenix Mercury star, considered by some polls to be the United States’ most talented female athlete, could … Read more