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Maine resident Jesus Christ sends letter to Oprah Winfrey

A letter from Jesus Christ might be the affirmation Oprah Winfrey needs to run for the presidency.

WGME-TV reports an 83-year-old Maine woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace. Christ says she sent the letter to Winfrey because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention.

Gayle King, one of the hosts of "CBS This Morning," posted about the letter to Winfrey on Instagram on Wednesday, asking if it was the sign her best friend was looking for.

Winfrey said on "60 Minutes" that if God wanted her to run for president "wouldn't God kinda tell me?"

Christ says she didn't know there was speculation about Winfrey, but she'd vote for her.


Information from: WGME-TV,

Indian singer convicted of trafficking jobseekers to America

A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America.

Daler Mehndi said he is innocent. The court in the northern city of Patiala sentenced him to two years in prison but freed him on bail while he challenges his conviction in an appeals court.

Prosecutors said Mehndi and his brother took "passage money" from Indians they offered to disguise as performers in his troupe. The jobseekers could then stay in the United States and Canada to find work.

The cheating conviction alleges the brothers took money from some Indians and never took them abroad. They filed police complaints in 2003.

Mehndi told reporters on Friday that his brother was the main accused in the case and he died last year.

The Press Trust of India reported that the Mehndi brothers took two dance troupes to the United States in 1998 and 1999 and allegedly dropped off 13 members illegally.

Mehndi shot into fame in the 1990s with Punjabi-language songs and energetic dancing and has lent his voice for Bollywood film songs.

He has a large fan following among Indian migrants in the United States, Canada and Britain.

'Willie Wonka' actor appears on 'Jeopardy!'

Mike Teevee won another Golden Ticket, but you had to be a big chocolate fan to recognize him.

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Paris Themmen, who played the TV-obsessed kid in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” finally made it to television on Tuesday when he appeared in an episode of “Jeopardy!” ET Online reported.

However, Themmen did not mention that he had been in the classic that starred Gene Wilder. When host Alex Trebek asked Themmen about an interesting fact, the former child star said he was an “avid backpacker” who had hiked on six continents, ET Online reported.

Themmen’s fans recognized him, however, and mentioned that fact on Twitter. He wound up finishing second during Tuesday’s episode, ET Online reported. The last acting role Themmen had was a small part in the 2000 television series, “Star Trek: Voyager.”

Joan Silber, Frances FitzGerald win Critics Circle awards

"Improvement," Joan Silber's novel about interconnected lives spanning from Turkey to New York's Harlem, won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.

On a night when winners in all six competitive categories were women, Frances FitzGerald's "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America" was honored Thursday for nonfiction and Caroline Fraser's book on Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Prairie Fires," won for biography.

Silber has long been praised as a master of narrative, timing and capturing her characters' inner lives. Her previous works include her acclaimed debut novel, "Household Words," and the story collection "Ideas of Heaven." FitzGerald, a celebrated journalist and author, is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the Vietnam War, "Fire in the Lake," and for "Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War," a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her latest work was a National Book Award finalist last fall.

Others cited Thursday night included Layli Long Soldier in poetry for "Whereas," Xiaolu Guo's "Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China" for autobiography and Carina Chocano's "You Play The Girl" for criticism.

National Book Critics Circle award finalists included two of last year's most-talked about novels, Jesmyn Ward's "Sing, Unburied, Sing" and Mohsin Hamid's best-selling "Exit West."

The NBCC also presented a lifetime achievement award to prize-winning author-journalist John McPhee and cited author-critic Charles Finch for "excellence in reviewing." Silber is among the authors Finch has praised. In a review last year in The Washington Post, he likened her to Alice Munro and Grace Paley and lamented that she was "too little loved, too little mentioned, beyond a small readership that seems to be composed mostly of other writers." Carmen Maria Machado, author of the story collection "Her Body and Other Parties: Stories," was given the John Leonard Prize for best debut book. Leonard, who died in 2008, was a founder of the National Book Critics Circle and had a long history of championing emerging writers.

The NBCC was founded in 1974 and is comprised of more than 700 critics and editors.



Ava DuVernay to direct DC superhero film 'The New Gods'

Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" may have disappointed at the box office, but she's already booked another big-budget project.

Warner Bros. said Thursday that DuVernay will direct "The New Gods," a DC Comics property created by the famed comic book artist Jack Kirby. It's an elaborate science fiction work, part of Kirby's "Fourth World Saga," about two warring alien planets. It debuted in 1971.

DuVernay became the first African-American woman to direct a live-action movie with a budget of $100 million or more with "A Wrinkle in Time." The Disney release debuted last weekend with $33 million in ticket sales.

Warner Bros. recently reshuffled its DC film division after critical duds like "Justice League" and "Suicide Squad." A "Wonder Woman" sequel is in development and an "Aquaman" spinoff is due out in December.

'Slap Rihanna' ad on Snapchat brings outrage, apologies

An ad on Snapchat asking users if they'd rather "Slap Rihanna" or "Punch Chris Brown" has spawned widespread outrage, including from the singer herself, and brought profuse apologies from the company behind the visual-messaging app.

Snapchat said it is investigating how the ad for a mobile video game called "Would You Rather" made it to the app.

Rihanna, who Brown was convicted of assaulting when she was his girlfriend in 2009, posted an angry statement on her Snapchat and Instagram accounts.

"I'm just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!" Rihanna, 30, wrote. "I'd love to call it ignorance but I know you ain't that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!"

"Shame on you" she goes on to say, "Throw the whole app-oligy away."

"This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service," a Snap, Inc. spokesman said in a statement. "We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process."

Snapchat said most of its advertising is bought through a self-service platform but is subject to review that should have stopped the ad. "Would You Rather" is now blocked from advertising there.

Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault for his attack on Rihanna in 2009 just hours before the Grammy Awards.

The ad and Rihanna's response lit up Twitter, with many vowing to delete their Snapchat accounts.

Snapchat's stocks were down 4 percent Thursday. The company's stock is always volatile, and investors worry that the fickle teens and young millennials who are its primary users will drop it.

Last month a tweet from Kylie Jenner saying she rarely uses Snapchat anymore sent the company's stocks plunging even more than they did Thursday.

After Shkreli conviction, what will happen to Wu-Tang album?

Two unreleased, collectible rap albums may go up for auction following the criminal conviction of the albums' owner, pharmaceutical company investor Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud on Friday. He owns an unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album and claims to own an unreleased Lil Wayne album. Both could be auctioned by the government since Shkreli has to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur known as "Pharma Bro" boasted that he paid $2 million in 2015 for "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," the 31-track double album the Wu-Tang Clan spent six years creating. Shkreli won an auction for the sole copy of the album in 2015. Group member RZA said he wanted the album — which was packaged in a hand-crafted silver and nickel case and includes a 174-page book wrapped in leather— to be viewed as a piece of contemporary art

Prosecutors said the forfeiture order requires Shkreli to say if he's still in possession of the album — or has proceeds from a sale of it — by Thursday. Until then, he "shall not, directly or indirectly, transfer, assign, license, waste, pledge, encumber, hypothecate, distribute, dissipate, dilute or remove" it from the court's jurisdiction, reads the order, which is still subject to appeal.

Along with the Wu-Tang Clan album, the government has listed a Picasso painting and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" as substitute assets for Shkreli. In September 2017, Shkreli put the Wu-Tang Clan album up for sale on eBay. It's unknown if he sold it.

Jeff Gold, a longtime record executive and owner of Recordmecca, a music collectibles and memorabilia store, said the value of the albums have decreased since being in Shkreli's hands.

"Martin is not viewed by the general public in a necessarily positive way, so his association with (the albums) I don't think is a positive," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Gold called the rollout of Wu-Tang's album "brilliant" and said "there's never been anything like this." But he added, "These (albums) are problematic to sell."

"If there are cars or boats or brokerage accounts, all of that stuff is going to be a lot simpler to quantify. There are a lot of questions around these albums and what you can and can't do with them," he said.

Shkreli's attorney, Ben Brafman, said he had no comment on the albums.

Shkreli grew up in Brooklyn and said rock music was his preference as a kid, not rap.

"I told RZA to his face, 'I'm not your biggest fan,'" he told the popular New York radio show "The Breakfast Club" in 2016. "I can't name every track on every affiliated Wu album. That's not me."

He said he was introduced to Wu-Tang's music while in summer school, and he became a fan. He said when he learned about the rare Wu-Tang album, he had to have it.

"There's a lot of things rich dudes buy just ... to show off," he told "The Breakfast Club."

"The point is I wanted to show respect for art," he added, saying he didn't purchase the album as an investment. "Music means more to me than anything."

Shkreli became the face of pharmaceutical industry evil in 2015 when he increased by 5,000 percent the price of Daraprim, a previously cheap drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be fatal to people with the AIDS virus or other immune system disorders.

He also claims he owns Lil Wayne's highly anticipated "Tha Carter V." The rapper's "Tha Carter III" sold more than 1 million copies in its debut week in 2008, and helped launch Lil Wayne to superstar status. It featured multiple rap and pop hits, from "A Milli" to "Lollipop," made the rapper the most nominated act at the 2009 Grammys (he won four awards) and helped solidify his stance as one of hip-hop's elite performers.

"Tha Carter IV" sold 964,000 albums in its first week, adding anticipation to "Tha Carter V," an album Lil Wayne had been recording for years.

In 2015, Lil Wayne sued Cash Money Records for $51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $8 million for creating "Tha Carter V."

The album has not been released and it's unknown whether or how Shkreli got it.

Gold, who is also the author behind several music books, said whoever purchases Wu-Tang and Lil Wayne's albums may not be the only person to have the albums.

"(Shkreli) bought something digital and there's nothing to prevent him from having kept a copy. ...We live in a digital world where almost everything eventually gets bootlegged," Gold said. "When the first person bought it, they knew they were getting the only copy besides maybe whatever the Wu-Tang Clan had. But whoever buys it now has no assurance of that.

Gold added that "it's possible that there are copies of this floating around" and if it leaks, "the world's most exclusive album becomes something that everyone has instantly."


AP Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

Conductor Levine, ousted after sex abuse inquiry, sues Met

Conductor James Levine sued the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday after a sexual misconduct investigation sank his storied career, saying the renowned company exploited baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him without so much as a phone call.

"Cynically hijacking the good will of the #MeToo movement," the Met and its general manager, Peter Gelb, "brazenly seized on these allegations as a pretext to end a longstanding personal campaign to force Levine out of the Met," said Levine's suit, filed in a Manhattan state court.

But a lawyer for the Met said Levine wasn't the victim of a vendetta but a man fired because of "credible and corroborated evidence of sexual misconduct."

"It is shocking that Mr. Levine has refused to accept responsibility for his actions and has today instead decided to lash out at the Met with a suit riddled with untruths," attorney Bettina (Betsy) Plevan said in a statement.

The suit accuses the Met and Gelb of defamation and breach of contract. It seeks at least $5.8 million in damages — and "to restore Levine's name, reputation and career."

Unleashed three days after his ouster, the suit represents Levine's most extensive public effort to date to combat allegations of sexual abuse and harassment that go back decades.

Levine's suit says one of his accusers sent him friendly letters for decades after their alleged encounter that never accused him of wrongdoing, and even talked of visiting. The suit says the Met wouldn't tell Levine who some accusers were but acknowledged no one who worked at the opera company made a complaint about him during his 46 years there.

The opera company suspended Levine and began an investigation in December, after the New York Post and The New York Times aired allegations of sexual misconduct from three men who said it took place decades ago when they were teenage music students or aspiring conductors. A fourth man later came forward to say Levine had sexually abused him when he was a 20-year-old music student.

Levine, 74, has called the claims unfounded.

"I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor," he said in a December statement. "My fervent hope is that in time, people will come to understand the truth."

He hasn't been charged with any crime. Prosecutors in Lake County, Illinois, said in December they had investigated a 1980s sexual abuse allegation but concluded that they could not bring charges, citing factors including the age of consent — 16 — at the time.

But the Met said Monday that its investigation, by an outside lawyer, found credible evidence of "sexually abusive and harassing conduct" both before and during Levine's tenure there.

His suit calls the investigation "nothing more than a kangaroo court" that capped years of efforts by Gelb to get rid of him.

"Gelb pursued this agenda for his personal gain to advance his own career and step out of the long shadow cast by Levine's incredible talent," says the complaint from Gelb's lawyers, Elkan Abramowitz and Edward J.M. Little.

The events have brought scrutiny upon the Met, as well as Levine.

One of the world's most prominent opera companies, the Met has faced questions about why it didn't act sooner, particularly since a Lake Forest detective contacted the company in October 2016.

Gelb has said he briefed Met board leaders about the police investigation and spoke to Levine. But at the time, the opera company decided to leave the matter to police, a Met spokeswoman said in December.

The Met said its own inquiry found any claims of a Met "cover-up of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated."

After Leonard Bernstein's 1990 death, Levine was regarded as the top American conductor, so widely known he was given a starring role in the film "Fantasia 2000."

He made his Met debut in 1971, became chief conductor in 1973, then music or artistic director from 1976 until he stepped down two years ago because of Parkinson's disease. Levine then became music director emeritus and headed the Met's young artists program until his suspension.

He has conducted from a wheelchair since a 2011 spinal injury.

The Met paid Levine's company, Phramus LLC, over $1.8 million for his services as music director in the year ending July 31, 2016, according to the Met's last-released tax return. The lawsuit says his pay as music director emeritus dropped to $400,000, plus additional pay for performances.


Associated Press writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

‘American Idol’ contestant says Katy Perry kiss wasn’t harassment

“American Idol” contestant Benjamin Glaze was unexpectedly kissed by judge Katy Perry during his audition.

On Sunday night’s episode, the 19-year-old confessed that he had never been kissed.

“Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” Luke Bryan asked, referencing Perry’s popular song, “I Kissed A Girl”.

“I’ve never been in a relationship,” he said. “I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”

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Perry decided to swoop in and give him a good luck kiss. “Come here, Benjamin. Come here right now!” she said.

Glaze walked to the judge’s panel and went in for a kiss on the cheek that just wasn’t up to Perry’s standards. When Glaze went in for another kiss, the “Roar” singer turned her head and planted one on his lips.

After composing himself, Glaze began his audition singing Nick Jonas’s hit “Levels.” Unfortunately, he didn’t get sent Hollywood to continue in the competition.

Bryan suggested he “hone his craft a little more” and “get better at singing” before trying again soon.

Fellow judge Lionel Richie also said he had high hopes for Glaze’s career, even though it was a no from him.

“I really enjoyed meeting you today,” Perry said. “You gave my heart a flutter. I think you’re really sweet, but truthfully, there are just some people that are outsinging you right now, and so I don’t think it’d be fair to put you in that kind of competition. Next time just take your time. I think you were a bit rushed, and I think that’s because I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat.”

Glaze spoke about the media coverage of the kiss on his Instagram page. Contrary to reports, Glaze said he wasn’t uncomfortable with the kiss, but the fact that he wasn’t expecting the kiss and hadn’t been kissed before was what caused discomfort.

“The way certain articles are worded is not done by me, and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation,” Glaze said on Instagram. “I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol. The main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist. I do wish I would have performed better in the moment. I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss.”

“I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and I am thankful for the judges comments and critiques. I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it.”

Glaze emphasized that he wants to reach people through music and not cause tension among anyone. 

“American Idol” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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