Thursday, May 5, 2016
Rapper uses flag and noose to protest Confederate month

A rapper draped herself in a Confederate battle flag and hung a noose around her neck during a performance to protest Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's declaration of April as Confederate Heritage Month.

Genesis Be grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi, and she says her performance was April 26 in New York.

Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28

A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorized by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.

The performance in the same ancient amphitheater where IS militants carried out widely publicized killings — and called "A Prayer for Palmyra" — was intended to send a message that Russia's presence in Syria would bring hope and stability.

Trump's Cinco de Mayo post draws ire from some Latinos

Donald Trump's social media post on Thursday to mark Cinco de Mayo immediately went viral, spawning criticism from some Latino groups that found it offensive and pandering.

Trump took to Twitter and Facebook with a picture of himself eating a taco bowl and the caption: "Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"

Arsenio Hall sues Sinead O'Connor for libel over Prince post

Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over a Facebook post in which the singer accused him of furnishing Prince with drugs.

The comedian's libel lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court calls O'Connor's accusations fabricated lies. The lawsuit states O'Connor, who scored a hit in 1990 with her rendition of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," barely knew the superstar and despised him.

3rd suspect arrested in Vegas liquor store robbery-killing

A 22-year-old Las Vegas man who had been sought for more than two weeks in the shooting death of a Las Vegas liquor store clerk surrendered to detectives shortly after officials held a news conference to describe the arrests of his younger brother and the alleged gunman, police said Thursday.

Lee Murry Sykes turned himself in to Las Vegas police on Wednesday, shortly after his photo was distributed to media reporting the arrests of Ray Charles Brown, 22, and Lee Dominic Sykes, 20.

NFL prospect charged with tampering after bar shooting

A former Arizona State linebacker who was set to join the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent has been charged with tampering with evidence after a fatal shooting outside a suburban Cleveland bar.

Antonio Longino was freed Thursday in Cleveland Heights after posting a $100,000 bond. Dejon Forbes, 24, was killed and another man wounded early Tuesday after shots were fired into a car outside a Cleveland Heights bar.

Kate Beckinsale dishes on her Sarah Silverman girl crush

Friendly exes are nothing new among Hollywood's consciously uncoupled, but Kate Beckinsale says her feelings run deep for ex-boyfriend, Michael Sheen, and his girlfriend, Sarah Silverman.

"Michael and I have obviously not been together for a very long time, what 16 years or 15 years, something like that? And we've always got on really well. So I'm always surprised when people find that surprising because it's quite well-established. It's just that I'm quite deeply in love with his girlfriend. So that's new," she joked in an interview Thursday in Los Angeles.

Music Review: Energetic interplay from Bianca De Leon

Bianca De Leon, "Love, Guns & Money" (Lonesome Highway)

With recorded music, perfect is the enemy of good. Bianca De Leon doesn't strive for perfect on "Love, Guns & Money," which is why it's good.

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