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Billy Joel coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in November

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Billy Joel is coming to Indianapolis! Read more

The Statehouse goes to the dogs — and cats

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After a long day of making tough decisions, researching legislation and working with constituents, there’s always one creature happy to see a lawmaker — their pet.Read more

Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school's senior class

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres has handed out college scholarships to the entire senior class of a New York City charter school. DeGeneres surprised the 41 students from Brooklyn's Summit Academy this week at her California studio during the taping of Thursday's episode of her chat show . The four-year scholarships paid for by Wal-Mart will cover tuition for any state university in New York. DeGeneres says the entire gift is worth $1.6 million.Read more


Charles Barkley drops curse word on 'Inside the NBA'

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ATLANTA (AP) — Charles Barkley accidentally used a curse word on-air when describing the New York Knicks' play on TNT's "Inside the NBA." During highlights of the Cavaliers' 119-104 win over New York in Cleveland on Thursday, Barkley used a synonym for excrement in reference to the Knicks. Host Ernie Johnson immediately chided Barkley, who repeatedly apologized. Fellow analyst Shaquille O'Neal joked that he'd pay any fine from the Federal Communications Commission.Read more

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision 'a disaster'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. Jenner addresses Trump in a video posted Thursday night on Twitter. She says, "From one Republican to another, this is a disaster." The Trump White House has ended a directive issued during Barack Obama's presidency that told public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.Read more

China's Recon buys $100M majority stake in Millennium Films

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HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese wire and cable maker is buying independent studio Millennium Films, which produced "Rambo" and "The Expendables." It's the latest acquisition in China's overseas shopping spree for entertainment companies. Recon Holding said Thursday it is taking a 51 percent stake in Millennium for $100 million. The company, based in Yixing near Shanghai, is controlled by Tony Xia.Read more

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision 'a disaster'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.Jenner addresses Trump in a video posted Thursday night on Twitter. She says, "From one Republican to another, this is a disaster."Read more

Oprah Winfrey slated to address graduates at 2 colleges

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has agreed to give commencement speeches at colleges in Massachusetts and New York. Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, both say Winfrey will address students at their spring graduation ceremonies. One of Smith's graduating students and another from Skidmore previously attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.Read more

Matt Reeves steps in to direct 'The Batman'

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film. Reeves, also known for directing "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," said he's loved the Batman story since he was a child and is honored and excited to "bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen."Read more


APNewsBreak: Beyonce out of Coachella; will perform in 2018

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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop star had to pull out of the famed festival under doctor's orders.Read more

Italian fashion contrasts: Audacious Pucci, modest Max Mara

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MILAN (AP) — Red accents are lighting up the Milan runway, from blood red ensembles to red contrasts in footwear or a simple stripe of color. But not on the lips. Milan Fashion Week previews for next fall and winter entered their second day on Thursday, with runway shows by Max Mara, Fendi, Pucci, Prada and Moschino.Read more