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Nilo Alcala wins American Prize 2019 music competition

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The Philippine-born composer bags the American Prize in Composition 2019 for his work, 'Manga Pakalagian'

American Airlines says Boeing 737 MAX grounding hit Q2 profits by $185M

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:21 PM

American Airlines, which has 24 of the MAX planes in its portfolio, have previously estimated that the grounding will hit 2019 earnings by $350 million

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi concert over women's rights concerns

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:53 AM

'It would break me if even one of my fans were arrested, or BEATEN for expressing themselves,' Nicki Minaj tweeted

U.S. auto industry legend Lee Iacocca dies age 94

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Iacocca is credited with creating the iconic Ford Mustang and saving Chrysler from bankruptcy

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 17, 2005 Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca attends the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S at Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills on October 18, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. Lee Iacocca, the automobile industry executive who helped launch the Mustang at Ford and save Chrysler from bankruptcy, and a successful salesmen, died July 2 at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, said his daughter Lia Iacocca Assad. He was 94. Matthew Simmons / Getty Images North America / AFP

LGBTQ+ representation on TV ticking up, but barriers remain

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'More positive representations of LGBTQ+ lives on television give us the false, but self-affirming, sense that we've obtained a cultural acceptance that is, in fact, fictional'

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION. We've come a long way – but have so much more to do. Still courtesy of 'Orange is the New Black'

Cardi B charged over strip club brawl

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The grand jury's new charges against Cardi B include two felony counts of 'attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury'

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:27 AM

The two men have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec last June

NEIGHBORS. US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Korean pop titans BTS conquers the West

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Worldwide success BTS is the first ever K-pop group to top music charts in America and Britain

Mexico blocks new caravan of Central American migrants

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Mexico's National Migration Institute says about 420 migrants – mostly from Honduras – were stopped and taken to a detention center by bus

Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. - US officials closed the San Ysidro crossing point in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from Tijuana, authorities announced. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

R. Kelly hit with 11 new sex crime charges

May 31, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Three of the charges are for the sexual abuse of a minor

Trump backers launch construction on private border wall

May 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Sporting a red 'Make America Great Again' hat, New Mexico resident Jeff Allen proudly oversees the erection of a towering fence of steel slats on land he co-owns

Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26, 2019.  HERIKA MARTÍNEZ / AFP

LIST: 5 fantasy series to watch post-'Game of Thrones'

May 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Looking to fill that hole left by 'Game of Thrones'?

AMERICAN GODS. The fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman's novel may just fill that 'Game of Thrones' void in fans' hearts. Screenshot from

Billionaire to grads at U.S. black college: I'll pay off your student loans

May 20, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Robert F. Smith, an African-American businessman tells the new graduating class of historically black Morehouse College that he plans to pay off the entirety of their student debt: an estimated $40 million

PAY IT FORWARD. File photo of Robert F. Smith. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images  North America/AFP

Pitbull takes on 'UglyDolls', bullying and self-acceptance

May 05, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The American rapper talks about lending his voice to the animated film, plus how music saved him from the tough times

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 27, 2019 Pitbull attends STX Films World Premiere of "UglyDolls" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. - An animated film about misfit toys seems an unlikely fit for a smooth reggaeton rapper, but Pitbull is front and center in "UglyDolls" and he loves the message it sends. (Photo by Rich Fury / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,' says Peru's current President Martin Vizcarra

ALAN GARCIA. Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on April 17, 2019 after shooting himself at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation. File photo by CrisBouroncle/AFP

American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

American Airlines' fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is grounded until August 19

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 a Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines passes by the Lockheed Martin building as it takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. - American Airlines announced April 14, 2019, it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19. America's leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months.The global fleet of 737 MAX planes has been barred from flying since mid-March. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

A$AP Rocky pissed off as fan interrupts Manila show

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:55 PM

A video shows that a member of the audience tries to steal the rapper's shoe while he's performing at the XYLO Nightclub

A$AP ROCKY. The rapper's show is interrupted when an audience member grabs his shoe. Screenshot from

Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The suspected shooter remains at large according to the police

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 07, 2019 Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles. - Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot in the US city of Los Angeles on Sunday March 31, 2019, NBC News reported, citing law enforcement sources. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Cardi B points to past 'limited options' to explain drugging, robbing men

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not,' says the rapper

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

'Captain Marvel' still a powerful force at the box office

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The female-led superhero flick takes in an additional $68 million on its second weekend, making its foreign grand total $494 million so far

'American Gods' returns for season 3

Mar 16, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The fantasy drama series based on Neil Gaiman's novel lives on for another season, this time with a new showrunner

R. Kelly speaks up to deny sex abuse charges

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:10 PM

R. Kelly dismisses the sexual abuse allegations made against him, saying that they're all 'rumors' and 'not true'

LOOK BACK: Luke Perry's most memorable roles

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Here's a look at some of the actor's roles on television and movies

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 21, 2018 Actor Luke Perry arrives for the press line of "Riverdale" at Comic Con in San Diego. - Actor Luke Perry died on March 4, 2019 after suffering a massive stroke last week, US media said. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / AFP)

'Train Your Dragon 3' stays soaring atop North American box office

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Hiccup and Toothless top the North American box office for a second straight weekend

Investigation into alleged attack on US actor Jussie Smollett has 'shifted' - police

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says they've reached out to the 'Empire' actor's lawyer for a follow-up interview

21 Savage released from immigration detention

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The rapper was granted release on bond from US immigration detention 9 days after his arrest

'Lego' sequel disappoints at North American box office

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' performed below estimates from the studio and industry predictions

LEGO 2. The animated sequel stars the voices of Hollywood stars like Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks. Photo from Lego Movie's Instagram account

U.S. Muslim lawmaker sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:32 AM

'We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity,' Ilhan Omar says

ILHAN OMAR. In this file photo taken on February 7, 2019 US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Okurrr! Meet Cardi B, sassy queen of American hip-hop

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Congrats to the first ever female artist to win the Grammy's Best Rap Album award!

Dogs have their day at revived New York museum

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog in midtown Manhattan, contains a smorgasbord of works of varying aesthetic ambition, along with interactive displays

CANINE MUSEUM. This picture taken on February 1, 2019 in New York City shows a display with dog figures at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Ariana Grande drops new album amid Grammys spat

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:30 AM

What do you think of the pop superstar's latest album, 'Thank, U, Next'?

Jay-Z's lawyer takes on immigration case of rapper 21 Savage

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:45 PM

New York lawyer Alex Spiro, who has represented many other entertainment figures, takes on 21 Savage's case at rapper Jay-Z's request

Officials arrest rapper 21 Savage saying he is in US illegally

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

US immigration officers says the rapper is actually a British national

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 20, 2018 US rapper 21 Savage attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. - Rapper 21 Savage, who has long said he is from the US state of Georgia, was detained on Sunday by US immigration officers who say he is actually British and overstayed his visa. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Tiu on Mighty’s big win vs AUD: ’Not the real competition’

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Team Mighty Sports-Philippines thinks it’s best to tone down the hype even after a huge opening-day win

Odom-led Mighty Sports wrecks AUD to open Dubai campaign

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:54 AM

Justin Brownlee leads the way as former Lakers star Lamar Odom plays his first official game in 5 years

COMEBACK. Lamar Odom returns to basketball years after a life-threatening drug addiction that once put him in a coma. Photo from Charles Tiu's Instagram

Cardi B appears in Queens court over strip club brawl

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, rapper Offset

U.S. bishops release names of 300 Texas clergy accused of abuse

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Bishops of Texas release the names of about 300 Catholic clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse dating back 70 years

US CLERGY. The Archdiocese of Chicago is seen following a press conference by advocates for clergy abuse victims. Photo by  Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Odom, Mighty Sports kick off bid vs unfamiliar foe

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Led by former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom, Mighty Sports-Philippines opens its Dubai campaign versus American University

BIG BOOST. With former NBA stalwart Lamar Odom at the helm, Mighty Sports looks to redeem itself from a forgettable debut two years ago. Photo from Might Sports Instagram

LOOK BACK: James Ingram's memorable hits

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:51 AM

The singer's hits include duets with Patty Austin and Linda Ronstadt

Singer James Ingram dies at 66

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:02 AM

'I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,' says his friend Debbie Allen

Baseball to commemorate Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The league will launch a series of initiatives in tribute to Robinson during February's Black History Month activities

LEGENDARY. Jackie Robinson is the first black Major League Baseball player in history. Photo from Wikicommons

Alec Baldwin to attend anger management after pleading guilty to harassment

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:22 AM

The American actor is released on conditional discharge after being found guilty of harassment during a parking spot scuffle

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

New caravan crosses Guatemala, first migrants enter Mexico

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and crime in Central America's 'Northern Triangle' – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NEW CARAVAN. Honduran migrants heading to the United States with a second caravan travel aboard a truck in Rio Bravo, Suchitepequez 130 km south of Guatemala City, on January 17, 2019. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'We're talking to middle and low-ranking military: break away from the fear,' says parliamentary president Juan Guaido, who last week branded President Nicolas Maduro a 'usurper'

MADURO. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. extends troop deployment at Mexico border

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The unusual deployment was supposed to end in mid-December, but the Department of Homeland Security asked that it be extended until January, a date which is now further prolonged

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S. teen found alive 3 months after parents shot dead

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:08 PM

Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old missing since October 2018 after her parents were shot dead, was found alive

FOUND. This file photo shows missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Closs, missing since October 15, 2018, now found alive. HO/Barron County Sheriff's Department/AFP

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is re-elected in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union, and Organization of American States

NEW TERM. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. fashion group calls for more diversity in model size

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Council of Fashion Designers of America hopes more designers and companies start embracing body positivity in 2019