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'Smallville' actress pleads not guilty in sex trafficking 'guru to stars' case

NEW YORK -- A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.
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Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.
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'Scandal' cast participates in live reading of final episode

LOS ANGELES -- Kerry Washington hopes that when people look back on "Scandal," they remember the show as courageous and bold.
The woman who made the character Olivia Pope a household name spoke about the ABC series' impact as it aired its final episode after seven seasons on Thursday.
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Loreena McKennitt is deleting Facebook

TORONTO -- Singer Loreena McKennitt says she's shutting down her Facebook profile over concerns for her fans' privacy.
The Manitoba-born performer, known for her 1997 hit "The Mummers' Dance," told her 547,000 Facebook followers that she will close the fan page on June 1.
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Springsteen 'Born to Run' manuscript heads to summer auction

NEW YORK -- Bruce Springsteen's songwriting scrawl is born to make bucks.
Sotheby's said Friday that it will auction a handwritten working manuscript of "Born to Run" in June.
The presale estimate for the single sheet of notebook paper with 30 lines of writing is $200,000 to $300,000.
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Toronto's transit agency says it has issued warnings to a pair of accordion players who have been performing the summer hit "Despacito" while appearing on subway trains throughout the city.
The two men have been spotted by commuters on various stretches of the subway system and videos of their performances have been circulating on social media.
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Producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead

NEW YORK -- The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.
Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.
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Sarah Jessica Parker calls Cynthia Nixon's run 'exciting'

In this March 18, 2010 file photo, actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, center, Cynthia Nixon, left, and Kristin Davis, from the upcoming film "Sex and the City 2," pose for photographers at the Warner Bros. Pictures photo call during ShoWest 2010 in Las Vegas.
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Avicii, DJ and EDM producer, found dead at 28

NEW YORK -- The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.
Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.
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Natalie Portman withdraws from Genesis Prize ceremony in Israel

U.S. actress Natalie Portman, this year's recipient of a prize dubbed the "Jewish Nobel," has pulled out of the June awards ceremony in Israel because of extreme distress over recent events in the country, the Genesis Prize Foundation said.
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Avicii, EDM producer and DJ, dead at 28

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.
Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old, who was born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.
"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time," the statement said.
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Bono gets new George W. Bush Medal for leadership

DALLAS - Rock star Bono, frontman for the band U2, has been presented with the first of what the George W. Bush Presidential Center intends to be an annual medal for individuals who change the world in some way.
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