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'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online. | Video

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Radio star Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada: agent

- The body of radio personality Casey Kasem, who even before his June death was at the center of a tug-of-war between his wife and his children from a prior marriage, has been flown to Canada from a Washington state funeral home, his longtime former agent said on Wednesday.

People 23 Jul 2014

Beckett link brings 'Happy Days' back to Northern Irish town

ENNISKILLEN Northern Ireland - The man who brought an opera to Britain's biggest rock festival is using the enigmatic plays of Samuel Beckett to lure tourists back to a town better known for one of Northern Ireland's worst 'Troubles'.

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'Shakespeare in Love' bows on London stage - with the dog

LONDON - The 1998 hit movie "Shakespeare in Love" wove the Bard's famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy. Now it's back in a stage version that retains the sly humor of Tom Stoppard's script while making it all seem a bit more Shakespearean.

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A Minute With: Jon Voight on his second act, on smaller screen

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. - When Jon Voight joined the growing list of top-flight film actors on television last year as a small-time Boston gangster on drama "Ray Donovan," he felt the role of the aging family patriarch take him back to his early days as a character actor.

People, Television 23 Jul 2014

Four Americans on Man Booker long list as prize widens its reach

LONDON - American writers hold four of the 13 slots on the Man Booker Prize 2014 long list announced on Wednesday, the first year the prestigious literary award has been open to all authors writing in English and published in the United Kingdom.

Arts, 23 Jul 2014
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In superhero gender bend, Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

- Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on the Norse hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics said on Tuesday. | Video

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