Obama weighs in on all-white Oscars controversy
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has weighed in on the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards.
Obama said the Oscar debate is an expression of a broader issue: "Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?"
He said the film industry should do what others should do as well: "Look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody." — AP
Rihanna releases new album, 'ANTI,' on Jay Z's Tidal service
NEW YORK — Rihanna has released her much anticipated new album through Jay Z's Tidal streaming service, which she co-owns.
Rihanna released "ANTI" on Thursday on the streaming service. The album was teased Wednesday with the single "Work," featuring Drake.
The standard version of her eighth album includes 13 tracks. It wasn't clear when, or if, the album would be available on iTunes, Spotify or in stores. — AP
Wrongful death suit against Caitlyn Jenner dismissed
LOS ANGELES — The stepchildren of a woman killed in a car crash caused by Caitlyn Jenner have dismissed their civil lawsuit against the transgender Olympic gold medalist.
Jenner's attorney, Philip Boesch Jr., confirmed Thursday that the wrongful death suit has been dismissed. — AP
Carrie Underwood to honor military families during tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country star Carrie Underwood is working with Carnival Cruise Line and Operation Home front to honor military families throughout her upcoming "Storyteller" tour.
Underwood will meet with selected military families in 10 cities, and she'll perform a free concert for hundreds of military families onboard the Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4.
Her tour begins Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. — AP
Black Keys among guests at Rock Hall induction ceremony
NEW YORK — Special guests at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will include The Black Keys, Rob Thomas and Metallica's Lars Ulrich.
N.W.A., Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller will be inducted April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. — AP