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American Ballet Theatre names Misty Copeland first black principal dancer

NEW YORK - Misty Copeland, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will become its first African-American female principal ballerina, the dance company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, said on Tuesday.

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NBC fires Trump, drops pageants over candidate's insults to Mexicans

- NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. | Video

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London 'William Tell' gets chorus of boos for nude scene

LONDON - Gioachino Rossini's opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) about the Swiss patriot who shoots an arrow that splits an apple atop his son's head is famed for its overture with the galloping horse theme used in "The Lone Ranger" television series.

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Larry Kramer 'still has work to do' as film celebrates his life

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Larry Kramer's confrontational style has mellowed. Now 80, the playwright, novelist and AIDS activist, speaks softly and looks almost frail in a big leather armchair in his New York apartment overlooking Washington Square Park.

Film 29 Jun 2015

Men bring the moves, but ladies take charge in 'Magic Mike XXL'

LOS ANGELES - Mike may have the magic, but it's the ladies that have the control in "Magic Mike XXL," as five buff men cater to the female gaze in the supercharged raunchy male stripper movie sequel.

Film 29 Jun 2015

Justin Bieber heads Down Under for Hillsong Church worship

SYDNEY - Justin Bieber arrived in Sydney on Monday to attend a week-long gathering at a Hillsong pentecostal church, after the pop star this year vowed to discard his hard-partying image.

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New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' book sells 1.1 million copies in four days

NEW YORK - E.L. James' new book "Grey," the latest novel in the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" series, has sold more than 1.1 million copies in trade, paperback, ebook and audio editions in just four days, its publisher said on Monday.

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