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New York theater creates digital archive dating to Civil War

More than 70,000 playbills, posters and theatrical materials for a Brooklyn, New York theater dating as far back as the Civil War era are now available on a digital archive for the viewing public.

The archive for the Brooklyn Academy of Music made available Tuesday has been in development for several years and was funded by a $1 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. The New York Times reports ( ) materials from the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive include press clippings and posters from the Brooklyn Academy's opening days in the 1860s.

Roughly 40,000 artists are featured in the archive, and every one of the 70,000 items on display is linked to artists and people involved with the item.

The collection is available at


Information from: The New York Times,

Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen

When he was just 12 years old, Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident, and participating in her highly publicized funeral is something the now 32-year-old royal will never forget.

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“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he recalled the emotionally difficult moment to Newsweek. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

Harry went on to live several years in “total chaos” as he tried to deal with his grief, acting out and ignoring his emotions. But finally one day, he realized he needed professional help and decided he wanted to “to fix the mistakes” he felt he was making. Now, he sees his position as royal as a “force for good” and enjoys getting to help other people going through tough situations.

>> Pippa Middleton ties the knot with James Matthews in ‘almost royal’ wedding

"My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said. “I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh. I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better. I still have a naughty streak, too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.”

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As he and brother Prince William prepare to take on more royal responsibilities, they want to make sure to “carry on the positive atmosphere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years” by continuing Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy of charity work.

>> PHOTOS: Charming Princess Charlotte, Prince George at Trooping the Color parade

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy,” Harry said. “We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people […] Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

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Prince Philip leaves London hospital after treatment

Prince Philip was discharged Thursday from a London hospital after he was treated for an infection, Buckingham Palace said.

Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday as a precautionary measure after he fell ill with an infection related to an existing health condition that wasn't made public.

Philip, who turned 96 earlier this month, was driven from the hospital Thursday. Officials said he was in good spirits during his two nights' stay there.

His brief admission to the hospital meant he missed out on two major events in the queen's calendar — the state opening of Parliament on Wednesday and the Royal Ascot horse races.

In May, Philip announced he was stepping down from public life and wouldn't take on new charity roles after more than six decades of service.

The royal has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including for treatment of a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012, but he has been in generally good health.

The queen, 91, maintains her regular schedule of public appearances.

Juror: 2 holdouts in Bill Cosby's trial refused to convict

After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News.

The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the first and third felony counts. And only one of the jurors thought he was guilty on the second count.

The two holdouts were "not moving, no matter what," the juror told the network.

Jurors initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror said.

Andrea Constand testified that Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter with the former director of women's basketball operations at his alma mater, Temple University, was consensual.

ABC published the interview with the juror Wednesday after Judge Steven O'Neill ordered the public release of the jurors' names, granting a request by a dozen media organizations, including The Associated Press and the major TV networks.

O'Neill warned jurors not to divulge what fellow jurors said during deliberations.

The Associated Press tried contacting jurors for comment Wednesday but was not immediately able to reach any of them.

The juror who spoke to ABC said emotions were high as deliberations wore on in a cramped back room.

"People would just start crying out of nowhere, we wouldn't even be talking about (the case) — and people would just start crying," the juror said, adding that one fellow juror punched a concrete wall in the jury room.

The jury was selected from the Pittsburgh area and spent two weeks sequestered 300 miles (482 kilometers) from home.

According to the juror who spoke to ABC, the majority of jurors wanted to convict Cosby on counts alleging he lacked consent when he penetrated Constand's genitals with his fingers and that he gave her an intoxicant that substantially impaired her and stopped her from resisting.

The juror said all but one juror wanted to acquit Cosby on the other count, alleging Constand was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent.

The jury reported a deadlock after about 30 hours of deliberations over four days, but kept trying after O'Neill read what's known as a "dynamite" charge. The juror who spoke to ABC News said the extra time did not change anyone's mind.

O'Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday.

District Attorney Kevin Steele already has said that he will retry Cosby, and O'Neill said he wants that to happen within four months.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


For more on Cosby, including stories about the trial, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit

Atlanta anchors pay tribute to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy

Atlanta anchors Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship have time and again proven that they are the unequivocal kings of the hip-hop traffic reporting niche.

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The two have already paid tribute to Phife Dawg, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac by smoothly dropping rap lyrics into their early morning traffic reports on WSB-TV. 

Now they are at it again in a tribute to the late to Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy, who died Tuesday at age 42.

Related: Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

This tribute might be the most jam-packed and brilliant one yet.

The duo managed to get at least 10 lyrics over the course of three morning shows -- and the slick inserts are everything from subtle to outright hilarious.

Related: Atlanta news anchors honor Tupac on what would've been his 46th birthday

Blankenship gets into the action by setting the whole thing up, first calling Arum a “traffic prodigy” and then saying the traffic is “mob deep.”

Some viewers may not have caught what Arum was up to when he said a delay was “six blocks and you might not make it through.” It’s a line from Mobb Deep’s 1995 record, “Right Back at You.”

Related: Channel 2's Mark Arum and Fred Blankenship pay tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

Arum manages to work in this gem: “There are a lot of folks pushing Lexuses, wearing fat diamond rings,” referencing 1995’s “Drink Away the Pain (Situations).”

Watch the anchors’ tribute below.

WSB-TV is part of the Cox Media Group family. 

Threats to wife of Trump-like 'Caesar' play director probed

Police are investigating threats made to the wife of the director of a New York production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that depicted a Donald Trump lookalike character being assassinated.

Police said Wednesday director Oskar Eustis' wife filed a complaint June 9 saying she received threatening phone messages she believes were related to the play.

She says one caller wanted her to die after saying her husband wants the Republican president to die.

The Public Theater's production in Central Park has garnered intense criticism since it opened.

Delta and Bank of America pulled their sponsorships of the Public Theater. Several people were arrested for storming the stage in protest. The last show was performed Sunday.

The theater said last week it stood behind the production. The director has said violence is not a solution to political problems.

Appeals court reinstates Terrence Howard's divorce judgment

A California appeals court on Wednesday reinstated Terrence Howard's divorce judgment involving his second wife after finding the actor was not coerced into signing it.

The ruling could allow Michelle Ghent to claim some of Howard's lucrative earnings from the hit Fox television series "Empire."

The three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled unanimously to reinstate the judgment that was tossed out by a lower court in 2015.

That ruling found the "Empire" star was under duress when he agreed to pay Ghent generous spousal support because he feared she would leak embarrassing information about him.

Howard claimed Ghent made the threat in a 2011 phone call. A year later, the couple agreed to a divorce settlement that paid her significant spousal support.

Wednesday's ruling says the passage of time negates Howard's claim that he was forced to sign the agreement. The ruling also noted Howard's repeated attempts to reconcile with his ex-wife as showing he was not coerced into the agreement.

A phone message left for Howard's attorney Thomas Dunlap was not immediately returned.

The 2012 agreement called for Howard to pay Ghent monthly support of $5,800 and as much as $4 million a year, depending on his earnings, including potential income from his role as Lucious Lyon on the Fox series "Empire," which had not yet premiered.

In a deposition, Ghent denied extorting the actor and argued that he didn't prove she had made threats in 2011 to force him to sign the agreement, her lawyers said.

She was not allowed to testify during the 2015 hearing for procedural reasons.

The hearing exposed the couple's tumultuous relationship and led Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis to say Howard had "met his match" with Ghent and their relationship showed he was a bully and could be bullied.

"Mutual bullying does not describe a relationship in which one party's will is subsumed by the other's, and does not warrant setting aside a judgment as a matter of law," the ruling Wednesday said.

The ruling also calls for Howard to pay the costs of the appeal filed by his ex-wife.


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This story has been corrected to show Michelle Ghent was Terrence Howard's second wife, not his third

Diageo to buy Clooney's tequila brand in $1 billion deal

Global liquor behemoth Diageo said Wednesday it will pay up to $1 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney.

Clooney founded the Casamigos brand four years ago with partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldma.

Diageo said it will pay $700 million for Casamigos at first, and then pay another $300 million over 10 years if the brand reaches certain performance milestones.

London-based Diageo's other brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Captain Morgan.

Clooney and Gerber, an entrepreneur who is married to model Cindy Crawford, have appeared in ads for the brand. Diageo says the founders will continue to promote Casamigos and have a say in its future.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.

"If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don't think we would have said yes. This reflects Diageo's belief in our company and our belief in Diageo," Clooney wrote in a statement. "We'll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two."

Women are getting plastic surgery to look like Melania Trump

Women in Texas with aspirations to look like the first lady apparently are willing to spend thousands to go under the knife to get it done. 

A Houston plastic surgeon said he’s encountered so many people interested, he now offers a “Melania Makeover.”

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Dr. Franklin Rose, who was featured on national TV for offering his “Ivanka Trump Makeovers,” said more people are now wanting to look like Slovenian-born former model. Daily Beast reported that one of his makeovers will be documented on a fall episode of “Inside Edition.”

Related: Ivanka Trump fans spending up to $60K on plastic surgery to look like her

“I want to feel like the First Lady that I know I am inside,” Claudia Sierra , one of Rose’s patients said, according to a news release on Rose’s website. “Melania for me illustrates power and strength; she is our First Lady and I am looking forward to more closely resembling her and becoming a better version of ME and for it to show on the outside.”

Sierra, who is from Cypress, Texas, is a cancer survivor and plans to have eight surgeries done to make her look like the 47-year-old Melania, according to a statement from the doctor. The treatments include a tummy tuck, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, eyelid lift, Botox and fillers, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

Read more at Houston Chronicle and Daily Beast

Reports: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West hire surrogate for third child

TV personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are hiring a surrogate to carry their third child, according to reports.

People, citing an unamed source, reported that West, 40, and Kardashian, 36, have hired a surrogate to carry their third child because of the risk posed to Kardashian for another pregnancy.

BuzzFeed News reported that the two are already expecting a third child via a surrogate, citing “a source with knowledge of the situation.”

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Kardashian’s struggles with conceiving and pregnancy have been documented on her long-running E! reality TV series, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” BuzzFeed News reported that she recently wrote a blog post about her complications when carrying daughter North West, 4, and son Saint West, 18 months.

Related: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: A relationship timeline

“We induced my labor and I had North soon after. Right after delivery, the placenta usually then comes out. Mine did not,” she wrote. “My placenta stayed attached inside my uterus, which is a condition called placenta accreta. This is a high-risk condition that happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall.“My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!! ... My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that -- it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal.”

Related: Photos: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West through the years

The season 13 finale of Kardashian’s reality show with her family illustrated her interest in surrogacy. She reached out to younger sister Khloe Kardashian, 32, about surrogacy, but Khloe Kardashian ultimately decided against it.  

“I’d just love nothing more than to expand my family and just know that I have this world at home that’s safe,” she said in the fourth episode of the 13th season. “And if, for some reason, I left this earth sooner than I really wanted to, then my kids would have a support system at home so that I know that they would be OK if I wasn’t here.”

According to TMZ, the couple found a surrogate through an agency. The surrogate will reportedly be paid $45,000 in 10 monthly installments of $4,500 and will be paid $5,000 for each additional child if there are multiples. 

Kardashian and West’s reps have not confirmed these reports.

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