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July 15, 2013 |
Putting a dollar amount to Michael Jackson's death for the first time, an accountant testified Monday that the singer stood to make as much as $1.5 billion if he had pulled off his comeback concerts in London and then taken his show around the globe. Despite the controversies in Jackson's life, his earning potential remained staggering, said Arthur L. Erk, a certified public accounting from New York. He said Jackson, who died in 2009, would have easily blown past the money earned by the top-grossing tours that year by U2, Madonna and Paul McCartney.
May 29, 2013 |
It may come as a surprise to listeners familiar with the band's staunchly middle-of-the-road pop-rock, but Hootie & the Blowfish -- the South Carolina outfit responsible for such mid-'90s radio hits as "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You" -- was evidently known to walk on the wild side. "Doing drugs and drinking every night -- I've done that," Darius Rucker, the band's big-voiced frontman, said with a laugh. "Trust me, I've done enough for everybody. And it's just not how I want to live anymore.
January 17, 2013 |
A new U2 album is rattling (and humming) to life. In an interview with England's Sun newspaper, frontman Bono said the legendary Irish band is at work on the follow-up to 2009's "No Line on the Horizon. " "U2 have been back and they're really in fine fettle," he said, pushing the rock star's royal "we" to a curious extreme. "They're mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don't care if it takes 10 years -- they don't care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right.
November 22, 2012 |
The Air Force is in the midst of swapping out the fleet of high-speed sport cars that chase down its sinister-looking black spy planes at breakneck speeds. For more than 50 years, the chase cars have been critical to the high-flying U-2's mission. The jets have such long wingspans -- 105 feet -- that it's difficult for pilots to take off or land without people on the ground telling them about wing angles and clearance. So a pilot in the chase car radios to the pilot in the cockpit and lets him or her know how things look.
October 19, 2012 |
Gay rights advocates won another victory Thursday in their fight for equal treatment under law, when the U.S appeals court in New York struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and held for the first time that gays and lesbians are a minority group deserving of special protection from discrimination under the Constitution. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Man- hattan joined a growing number of federal judges in New England and California who have ruled that the U.S. government may not deny equal federal benefits to legally married gay couples.
July 6, 2012 |
U2 may have asked how to dismantle an atomic bomb on a recent album, but from 2004 to 2008 Carol Hawkins dismantled U2 bassist Adam Clayton's finances. Hawkins, a domestic aide Clayton hired to attend to his south Dublin mansion, was sentenced Friday for embezzling $3.6 million from Clayton's bank accounts to fund pricey purchases such as first-class flights, a car, university educations for her children and nearly two dozen thoroughbred horses. Hawkins had been found guilty last week on 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton's bank account for personal purchases, and Friday an Irish jury unanimously sentenced her to a seven-year sentence.
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June 16, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The California Coastal Commission rejected a controversial proposal last year by U2 guitarist the Edge to build five mansions on a scenic bluff above Malibu, saying that it would scar a rugged ridgeline and harm sensitive habitat. Now, some of the same powerful lobbyists and lawyers behind the musician's quashed development are working the halls of the Capitol to push a bill that could give the rock star another chance at his dream compound. Environmentalists and state agencies say that if the legislation becomes law, it will undermine the commission's position on his project and also extend to the character and development of the entire California coast and to state public lands.
June 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Fifty-two years after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, famed Cold War pilot Francis Gary Powers will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The medal will be presented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz to Powers' grandson and granddaughter at a Pentagon ceremony attended by other family members next Friday. Powers, who died in 1977 at age 47 in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, will be recognized for his "indomitable spirit, exceptional loyalty" and "sustained courage in an exceptionally hostile environment," according to the citation.
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April 14, 2012 |
Trumpeter Wayne Jackson was the personification of mixed emotions in February when he and his longtime musical partner, saxophonist Andrew Love, were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for their work over half a century together as the Memphis Horns. Jackson tearfully acknowledged the music industry accolade for the hundreds of recordings that he and Love made in Memphis and elsewhere. They had backed such R&B and soul music greats as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett, and rock, pop and country luminaries that included Elvis Presley, U2, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray and James Taylor.