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Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt ranked top three U.S. presidents

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Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt were ranked as the top three U.S. presidents in history respectively while Barack Obama entered the rankings in the 12th spot, based on a survey of historians released on Friday.

Ex-teen idol David Cassidy says he has dementia

LOS ANGELES Former teen idol David Cassidy said on Monday he was suffering from dementia, a day after weekend performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared to fall off stage raised concern about his health.

Music, 1:06am GMT

Federal judge dismisses Massachusetts defamation lawsuit against Cosby

BOSTON A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who claimed he raped her, ruling that the comedian acted within his rights when he proclaimed himself innocent of the crime. | Video

17 Feb 2017

Dick Bruna, creator of children's favorite Miffy, dies

AMSTERDAM The Dutch artist and children's author Dick Bruna, whose much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy has sold more than 80 million books since its creation in 1955, has died aged 89, his publisher said in a statement on Friday.

17 Feb 2017

Durst of 'The Jinx' HBO series faces more testimony in murder case

LOS ANGELES An old friend of Robert Durst, a real estate icon tied to slayings explored in HBO's series "The Jinx," acknowledged on the witness stand on Friday in Los Angeles that he has been inconsistent in describing what he called Durst's private confession to murder.

17 Feb 2017

Robert Michel, champion of Washington civility in senior House post, dies at 93

WASHINGTON Robert Michel, a gentlemanly Midwesterner who championed civility in Washington as House Republican leader but left Congress dismayed by the rise of conservative firebrands in his own party, died on Friday at age 93, a former aide said.

17 Feb 2017

Roman Polanski in new bid to resolve 1977 rape case

LOS ANGELES Roman Polanski's legal team has launched a new bid to resolve the movie director's 1977 rape case and allow him to return to the United States without serving any more jail time.

16 Feb 2017

Dr. Luke email shows criticism of Kesha's weight in legal case

Music producer Dr. Luke said in 2012 that musicians were unwilling to give pop singer Kesha their songs to perform because of her weight, according to court documents filed this week amid the singer's case to get out of her recording contract. | Video

Music, 16 Feb 2017

Rock singer Debbie Harry crowned Style Icon at Elle Style Awards

LONDON Debbie Harry, frontwoman of rock band Blondie, was crowned a fashion icon at London's Elle Style Awards, and she thanked her punk influences for defining her style. | Video

Music, Life 14 Feb 2017

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

LOS ANGELES Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits included "We're in This Love Together" and "Moonlighting," died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 76, just days after announcing he was retiring from touring because of poor health. | Video

Music 12 Feb 2017