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Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

Houston Rep: Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, has died
Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press

DULUTH, Ga. - The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.

Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation, shattered by the loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was.

Her demise was the most awful inheritance of all.

Meek Mill: Drake's track dissing him is 'soft'

Rapper Meek Mill says Drake's new song dissing him is 'soft like baby lotion'
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The war of the words continues between rappers Meek Mill and Drake.

Mill said Sunday night that that a song Drake wrote dissing him is soft — like baby lotion.

Mill made the comments at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he was opening on tour for his girlfriend, Nicki Minaj.

Drake released the song "Charged Up" dissing Mill over the weekend after the Philadelphia-based rapper claimed Drake didn't write the lyrics for a song they collaborated on this year.

Newport Folk Festival wraps up with celebration of Dylan

Newport Folk Festival closes with celebration of moment Bob Dylan went electric
The Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. - Gillian Welch, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock and others closed out the Newport Folk Festival with a celebration of Bob Dylan and the moment he went electric there 50 years ago.

The lineup was secret until the musicians took the stage Sunday.

Al Kooper, who performed on July 25, 1965, with Dylan, was among those who played. Others included David Rawlings, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Hozier.

Pedro Martinez inducted into baseball Hall of Fame

Pedro Martinez inducted into Hall of Fame; joins Juan Marichal as only Dominicans in shrine
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Pedro Martinez has been inducted into the Hall of Fame after a career in which he helped the Boston Red Sox end their World Series jinx.

The hard-throwing right-hander joins former Giants ace Juan Marichal as the only natives of the Dominican Republican in the Hall.

Swedish police question Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use

Police in Sweden question and test Snoop Dogg for suspected drug use after concert
The Associated Press

HELSINKI - Swedish police say they briefly held U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg on suspicion of drug use after he performed a concert near Stockholm.

National police spokesman Fredrik Wallen says a police patrol in the city of Uppsala, north of the capital, stopped a car in which Snoop Dog was a passenger on Saturday evening after the concert. Police questioned him at a local police station and tested him for suspected drug use.

Craig Biggio inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Craig Biggio becomes first Houston Astro to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Craig Biggio has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York on Long Island was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Houston Astro to make the Hall of Fame.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Biggio earned All-Star honours as both a catcher and second baseman in 20 years with the Astros. He is the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.

'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first-place spot

'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first place; 'Southpaw' bests 'Paper Towns'
Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "Ant-Man" crept past new opener "Pixels" to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

Paper: App tracking Prince William flights poses terror risk

UK paper says Prince William's air rescue helicopter can easily be tracked, posing terror risk
Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

LONDON - A British newspaper said it has uncovered a major royal security breach by using an inexpensive app to track Prince William's air rescue ambulance while it is in the air.

The Mail on Sunday said the 2.99 pound ($4.65) app allowed it to keep close track of William as he flew in his capacity as a private pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance in eastern England.

It said the app allowed its journalists to pinpoint where William was planning to land the air ambulance helicopter.

WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

WWE severs ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs on sex tape
The Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.

The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with him.

NY jury: Rapper 50 Cent must pay $2M in sex-tape lawsuit

NYC jury: Rapper 50 Cent, already ordered to pay $5M in sex-tape lawsuit, must pay $2M more
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A New York City jury has found that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman featured in a sex tape posted to the Internet.

The jurors' decision Friday came two weeks after they ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston.

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