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Eva Longoria gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Eva Longoria said the unveiling of her star Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was the culmination of a dream that began 20 years ago.

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"I feel like I'm still a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas who had a big dream -- and big hair," Longoria told KABC. "And I want to say as a woman and as a Latina I represent a lot of communities, and I want to tell all those communities that this isn't my star, this is our star."

Longoria, who is pregnant, was joined by several friends at the unveiling of the star, including “Desperate Housewives” co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross. Huffman called Longoria “extraordinary.”

“Not because she's raised over $40 million for charity, not because she's an actress, a director, a producer, a philanthropist, a restaurateur, a filmmaker, a documentarian,” Huffman told KABC. “No. But because she is kind and because she is hopeful. She is kind to everyone and she is hopeful for the world.

Publishing heir Peter Pulitzer dies in Palm Beach at 88

Palm Beach publishing heir Peter Pulitzer, scion of two prominent American families, died Saturday at home, surrounded by his children. He was 88 and had been in excellent health until recently.

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“We always thought he would be eaten by a shark or killed by a bear in the woods or fall out of a seaplane,” said his daughter, Liza Calhoun, of the sportsman and adventurer. “We were all together on Easter Sunday when he suddenly got very tired. A few days later, hospice was called in.”

A college dropout who turned $500,000 in family money into a wide-ranging business fortune, Pulitzer was perhaps best-known for his acrimonious divorce from his second wife, Roxanne Pulitzer. Lilly Pulitzer, his first wife, launched what would become a fashion empire of bright cotton dresses during their marriage.

Born Herbert Peter Pulitzer on March 22, 1930, he was the son of Herbert Pulitzer, known as Tony, and Gladys Munn. His maternal grandparents were Charles and Carrie Louise Gurnee Munn. His paternal grandparents were newspaperman Joseph and Katherine Davidson Pulitzer.

Like most children of wealthy Palm Beachers, he was raised primarily by nannies until he went off to St. Mark’s in Southborough, Massachusetts, a feeder school for the Ivy League.

He went to college but soon became bored, using a half-million dollars of his family’s money to seed a career that began with a liquor store and bowling alley and grew to include citrus groves, cattle ranches, a popular Palm Beach restaurant, wide real estate holdings, and hotels.

Along the way, he gained a reputation as a ladies man.

Laura Clark, a friend of the woman who would become his first wife, described Peter Pulitzer to Vanity Fair as “very beautiful to look at” with “great personal charm, the kind of charm that you knew he was waiting all his life just to talk to you.”

Society bandleader Peter Duchin said of Pulitzer: “He was racy -- I mean in the sense of just jumping into his plane and flying off. He eschewed the normal social crap.”

In 1950, he met his sister Patsy’s friend, a prim Miss Porter’s alumna — from a Northeastern family as prominent, and certainly as rich, as his own — named Lillian McKim, known as Lilly.

The two eloped, surprising everybody.

“Peter was drop-dead gorgeous and very charming and a real turn-on,” Susannah Cutts, a friend of Lilly’s, said at the time. “She was raised in a very proper way, a very proper background, and I think he was the forbidden, the exciting someone who was encouraging her to take a romantic leap of faith, to run away from it all.”

He helped her build her wildly successful fashion business as he continued building his own empire.

In the late 1960s, with his friend, war hero Joseph Dryer, Pulitzer founded an international hotel group with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. “They said they might consider participating in a new hotel (in Amsterdam) if a business study proved positive and if a well-known American hotel chain would manage it,” Dryer would later tell a newspaper reporter.

The pair had already built a Howard Johnson’s in Miami and were able to enlist the help of its founder. The new partnership purchased six old canal houses near Amsterdam’s Dam Square Royal Palace and, with architect Bart Van Kasteel, turned them into the Hotel Pulitzer.

“The six houses we started with eventually turned into 25 houses, a five-star hotel, and the largest national historic monument of the Netherlands,” Pulitzer would later say. “This was the beginning of the Pulitzer empire.”

It was also the end of the marriage. The couple divorced around the same time as the hotel opened. Lilly Pulitzer died in 2013.

Pulitzer would marry twice more — to Roxanne Dixon in 1976 and to Hilary King in 1986. His divorce from Roxanne in 1982 became tabloid fodder when their 21-day divorce trial even drew coverage from gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson of Rolling Stone, as each seemed to try to top the other in vicious accusations. Ultimately, he won custody of their twin sons.

His marriage to Hilary has been his longest, at 32 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, grandchildren, and a wide circle of friends and extended family.

Funeral services are pending.

Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died from Alzheimer’s disease at 84

Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NPR announced Tuesday.

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The unflappable Kasell with his reassuring baritone voice, delivered the news at the top of the hour for both for the network’s flagship news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” during his long career, before diving into a new role in the late 1990s as the comedic judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s satirical news quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!

Kasell started with NPR in 1975 as a part-time employee  and contributor for “Weekend All Things Considered,” and four years later announced the news for the first broadcast of “Morning Edition,” a new morning show at the time, according to the network. He went on to become one of NPR’s most recognizable voices.

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The prize for winning on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” was a custom-made voice recording of Kasell for answering machines or cellphone voice mails, and over the 16 years he was part of the show, he provided more than 2,200 recordings for contestants, according to NPR.

Quiz show co-host Peter Sagal called Kasell a “dear friend” in a Twitter post Tuesday.

“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Sagal said. 

Kassel retired from “Morning Edition” in 2009, but continued on “Wait Wait” for another five years.      

Kasell, who was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, started in radio when he was 16 at a local radio station hosting a music program and continued his career in college at the school radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio.

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He was married for 37 years to Clara de Zorzi, who died in 1997, according to The Washington Post, and married Mary Ann Foster in 2003.

He leaves behind a son from his first marriage and a stepson.

Kasell is also survived by a sister and four grandchildren.

Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar top nomination list

The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

Texas police investigating claim that R. Kelly ‘knowingly and intentionally’ gave 19-year-old STD

Police in Dallas, Texas, are investigating a now-20-year-old woman’s allegations that controversial R & B star R. Kelly “knowingly and intentionally” gave her a sexually transmitted disease without telling her.

The Dallas Morning News reports the woman, who was 19 at the time she dated Kelly, was allegedly infected with herpes after an 11-month relationship with the singer. The accuser, who has not been identified publicly, filed a formal complaint with the Dallas Police Department against the 51-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner last week. She intends to file a lawsuit later this week, according to her lawyer Lee Merritt.

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"When somebody brings something to our attention, we have a responsibility to look into it and to do our due diligence -- that's with any kind of case," Dallas police Dept. Chief Thomas Castro, who oversees investigations, told the Morning News Monday. 

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In the April 9 criminal complaint, the woman said she experienced “serious bodily injury” during a relationship in which Kelly also allegedly gave her illegal drugs and alcohol, Merritt told the Huffington Post. The relationship ended in February.

“Our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection),” Merritt wrote in a press release. “These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult.”

Over the last several years, Kelly has been on the accused end of various sexual misconduct claims. In 2008, the entertainer was acquitted of child pornography charges, which came after accusations he videotaped himself having sex with underage girls.

 » RELATED: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running 'cult' in Johns Creek

Last year, BuzzFeed broke the story that several women alleged Kelly abused and imprisoned them as part of a “cult” at his estate in Johns Creek, Georgia. Last month, his former girlfriend accused Kelly of sexually abusing her from the age of 14.

Kelly has not responded to several requests for comment, but through his representative he told the Washington Post he "categorically denies all claims and allegations" the Dallas criminal complaint.

Despite his legal battles, Kelly has maintained a successful touring and recording career, selling more than 60 million albums.

Actor comedian Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame dead at 65

Actor and comedian Harry Anderson, of “Night Court” fame, has died at the age of 65 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, police confirmed.

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"This morning at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson, where he was found deceased," the police department’s public affairs officer Christina Hallingse told THR.

"No foul play is suspected."

Anderson, who was also a magician, was probably best known as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom "Night Court."

He also appeared on “Cheers,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” among other shows.

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Anderson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1952 and leaves behind two children.

WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.

Beyoncé donates $100,000 to historically black colleges in four states

After headlining Coachella music festival over the weekend, Beyoncé announced a major donation to four historically black colleges in four states.

The internationally-recognized superstar is giving $25,000 each to Tuskegee University in Alabama, Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University in Ohio.

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“The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender,” a news release on the program said. “The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.” 

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Beyoncé made the donations to the Homecoming Scholars Award program at the schools for the 2018-2019 academic year through her BeyGOOD initiative.

“We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

The scholarship follows last year’s Formation Scholars Awards Program, which was established to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade.”

Each university will select the winners, which will be announced this summer.

John Cena, Nikki Bella call off engagement

John Cena and Nikki Bella have called it quits. The two decided to end their 9-month engagement and called off the wedding.

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“After much contemplation and six years of being together, Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,” the couple said in a statement.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

Cena proposed to Bella in April 2017 during WrestleMania 33. They started dating in 2012.

Longtime paranormal radio host Art Bell dead at 72

Longtime radio host Art Bell, whose paranormal-themed show “Coast to Coast AM” was nationally syndicated, died Friday at his Nevada home, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He was 72.

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The Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced Bell’s death.

Bell’s show was broadcast on approximately 500 North American radio stations during its peak in the 1990s. Bell’s program aired from his hometown of Pahrump before he left the late-night show in 2002. He had a brief stint on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013, the Review-Journal reported.

Bell was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on June 17, 1945. He was a medic during the Vietnam War.

According to the Coast to Coast AM website, Bell was an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. The website also said that Bell set a Guinness World Record for a solo broadcast marathon, at more than 116 hours, while working as a DJ on KSBK in Okinawa, Japan. That record has since been broken; the current mark of 205 hours, 2 minutes, 54 seconds was set in 2016 by Stefano Venneri on Radio BBSI in Alessandria, Italy, Guinness said on its website

"Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Amadeus' director Milos Forman dead at 86

Director Milos Forman, who won Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” died Friday in the United States after a short illness, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

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Forman, a native of Czechoslovakia, won an Oscar for “Cuckoo’s Nest,” the 1975 film that was adapted from the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey and starred Jack Nicholson. The film won five Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor, best actress, director and adapted screenplay.

Forman picked up another Oscar for the 1984 film “Amadeus,” which won eight awards, including best picture and director.

Forman earned his final Oscar nomination for the 1996 film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” a drama about Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt. In 1999, he directed “Man on the Moon,” a film about comedian Andy Kaufman.

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He was born Jan Tomas Forman on Feb. 18, 1932, in Caslav, a town outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. His parents were killed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, and he spent much of his youth in a boarding school for war orphans.

Forman became an American citizen in 1975, continued his success in 1979 with “Hair” and in 1981 with “Ragtime,” which was nominated for eight Oscars.

He married Martina Zborilova, his third wife, in 1999. 

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