Paula Deen said she identifies with Michael Sam

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Deen says she relates to football player Michael Sam and his desire to avoid being labeled.

Reality actress Gia Allemand dies in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gia Allemand, who was the girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and appeared on ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad," has died, her publicist said Wednesday. She was 29.

'Real Housewives of NJ' stars plead not guilty

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two stars of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" have pleaded not guilty to a number of federal fraud charges.

ABC: Sandra Oh leaving 'Grey's Anatomy'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC says "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh is leaving the medical drama after the coming season.

Fewer Grant Park repairs needed after Lollapalooza

CHICAGO (AP) — The company that runs Lollapalooza says restoration of Chicago's Grant Park after this year's festival will be "minimal and swift."

Usher's son released from hospital after accident

ATLANTA (AP) — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool, a lawyer for the boy's mother said Tuesday.

Lifetime renews 'Devious Maids' for 2nd season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lifetime channel says it's renewing "Devious Maids" for a second season.

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke to perform at MTV VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will perform their summer anthems at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month.

Katy Perry to perform new single on MTV's VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry is returning to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Another Skywalker: Lucas, wife have baby daughter

NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have had a baby daughter.

Last season opener of AMC's 'Breaking Bad' big hit

NEW YORK (AP) — The return of "Breaking Bad" for the start of its final eight episodes on Sunday reached nearly double the biggest audience the show had ever had for an episode.

Guns N' Roses proposal prompts police probe

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N' Roses execute a grand romantic gesture.

Oprah 'sorry' for Switzerland's flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

Race-based claims thrown out in Paula Deen lawsuit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge Monday threw out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen has already cost the celebrity cook a valuable chunk of her culinary empire.

'Five Easy Pieces' star Karen Black dead at 74

Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as "Easy Rider," ''Five Easy Pieces" and "Nashville," has died in Los Angeles.

Usher's child custody battle back in court

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a child custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife.

Jimmy Fallon: We had baby via surrogate

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon says he and his wife had their baby daughter with the help of a surrogate.

Joy Behar making her exit from 'The View'

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar (BAY'-hahr) makes her exit from "The View" on daytime television Friday.

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dies

PHOENIX (AP) — Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 89.

Usher's ex-wife granted emergency custody hearing

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has scheduled an emergency custody hearing requested by Usher's ex-wife a day after one of the pair's sons nearly drowned in a pool at the singer's Atlanta home.

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