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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Turns out that it wasn't just Madonna who ended up paying homage to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards. She enlisted the help of Stevie Wonder to perform "Purple Rain." Madonna sat on a purple throne as she performed "Nothing Compares 2 U," written by Prince and recorded by Sinead O'Connor. After she finished, she said: "most of all, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for all that you've given us." Prince died on April 21 at age 57.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Angry Birds Movie" is the top movie at the box office, knocking "Captain America" off its perch as number one. The animated movie established a nest egg of $39 million in its first weekend in theaters. "Captain America: Civil War" captures second place with $33.1 million, followed by "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," "The Nice Guys" and "The Jungle Book."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tamar Braxton is no longer keeping it "real." The TV personality and singer has left the syndicated talk show "The Real" after being a co-host for the past two seasons. A statement from the show's producers says the decision is mutual -- and that Braxton intends to focus on her solo career. It was not specified whether or not Braxton will be replaced for "The Real's" third season.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's shaping up to be an interesting week for Bill Cosby. Tomorrow he's to face a preliminary hearing to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial. Prosecutors had declined to charge Cosby over Andrea Constand's complaint in 2005. But he was arrested in December after his deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the deposition, Cosby acknowledges giving drugs and alcohol to women he had sexual interest in, and making secret payments to ex-lovers.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hugh Hefner has been brought into the legal web surrounding Bill Cosby. The attorney for a woman suing the comedian says the founder of the Playboy empire has given sworn testimony in a case in which Cosby is accused of sexual battery. A week ago, Hefner and Cosby were sued by another woman who claims the comedian abused her. Both alleged incidents took place at Hefner's Playboy Mansion -- and the woman suing them claims Hefner was an enabler to Cosby.

BOSTON (AP) -- Many questions were asked -- but not as many answers were received. That's the upshot of the session Camille Cosby had with lawyers for seven women who say Bill Cosby defamed them after they came forward with their accounts of sexual abuse. A transcript of the deposition shows Camille Cosby was under intense questioning about the case. But she and her attorney declined to answer many of the questions, citing husband-wife confidentiality.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two years after Michael Jace shot his wife to death in their Los Angeles home, the actor is to go on trial. Jace, who played a police officer on the FX series "The Shield," turned himself in to police after the shooting and has been behind bars ever since. The actor's attorneys have said his state of mind on the day of the killing will be a key element of his defense. If convicted, he faces 50 years to life in prison.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The governor of North Carolina is snapping back at the latest big-name entertainer to decide to skip gigs in the state over its new laws regarding the handling of LGBT issues. After Maroon 5 announced that it was canceling two performances in the state, a spokesman for the governor put out an email response saying the group was "hypocritically targeting North Carolina for selective outrage" -- noting that the group hasn't canceled a concert in Russia.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It seems that Whitney Houston hologram thing wasn't quite ready for prime time. The Houston estate has pulled the plug on the idea of the virtual Houston performing a duet with Christina Aguilera on "The Voice" this week. Estate executor Pat Houston says the image needs more tweaking before it can be used.

Rewind Time

March 05, 2016 08:16 GMT

Today in History

Today is Saturday, March 5, the 65th day of 2016. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in which he said: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an `iron curtain' has descended across the continent, allowing police governments to rule Eastern Europe."

On this date:

In 1766, Antonio de Ulloa arrived in New Orleans to assume his duties as the first Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory, where he encountered resistance from the French residents.

In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.

In 1868, the U.S. Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.

In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.

In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager).

In 1966, BOAC Flight 911, a Boeing 707, crashed into Japan's Mount Fuji after breaking up in severe turbulence; all 124 people on board were killed. (Most of the passengers were executives and dealers of the Thermo King Corp. of Bloomington, Minnesota, as well as some of their spouses.)

In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

In 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

In 1986, in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had "executed" French hostage Michel Seurat, who had been abducted almost a year earlier. (Other hostages who were later freed said Seurat had died of either hepatitis or cancer.)

In 1994, a jury in Pensacola, Florida, convicted anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn; Griffin was immediately sentenced to life in prison.

Ten years ago: AT&T announced it was buying BellSouth Corp., a big step toward resurrecting the old Ma Bell telephone system. "Crash" won the Best Picture Academy Award in an upset over "Brokeback Mountain"; Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for "Capote" and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress for "Walk the Line."

Five years ago: Egyptians turned their anger toward ousted President Hosni Mubarak's internal security apparatus, storming the agency's main headquarters and other offices. Alberto Granado, 88, who'd accompanied Ernesto "Che" Guevara on a journey of discovery across Latin America described in "The Motorcycle Diaries," died in Havana.

One year ago: The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed in the face and arm by an assailant in Seoul (sohl). Actor Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane on a golf course in Los Angeles after reporting engine failure shortly after takeoff. Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was spared the death penalty as a jury in Phoenix voted 11-1 in favor of execution -- not enough to send Arias to death row for the slaying of her lover, Travis Alexander. Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they controlled in northern Iraq, bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud. Cardinal Edward Egan, 82, the former Archbishop of New York, died.

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 94. Actor Paul Sand is 84. Actor James B. Sikking is 82. Actor Dean Stockwell is 80. Actor Fred Williamson is 78. Actress Samantha Eggar is 77. Actor Michael Warren is 70. Actor Eddie Hodges is 69. Singer Eddy Grant is 68. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 64. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 62. Magician Penn Jillette is 61. Actress Adriana Barraza is 60. Rock singers Charlie and Craig Reid (The Proclaimers) are 54. Rock musician John Frusciante (froo-SHAN'-tee) is 46. Singer Rome is 46. Actor Kevin Connolly is 42. Actress Jill Ritchie is 42. Actress Jolene Blalock is 41. Actress Eva Mendes is 41. Model Niki Taylor is 41. Actress Kimberly McCullough is 38. Actress Dominique McElligott is 30. Actor Sterling Knight is 27. Actor Jake Lloyd is 27.

Thought for Today: "Tomorrow is a thief of pleasure." -- Sir Rex Harrison, British actor (1908-1990).