Entertainment  May 30, 2015
Michael Jackson's Neverland on sale for $100 million
US pop star Michael Jackson built his Neverland Ranch on 2,700 acres outside Santa BarbaraNeverland, the sprawling California ranch that was once the location of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson's mind-boggling amusement park, is up for sale for $100 million, realtors said Friday.But an expert said the price tag is "optimistic," given the unproven charges of child molestation which tainted Jackson's final years before his death in 2009.The...  Full Story
US spelling bee ends in a tie -- again
Speller Vanya Shivashankar (L) of Olathe, Kansas, and speller Gokul Venkatachalam (R) of St. Louis, Missouri, hold up the trophy after winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28, 2015 in National Harbor, MarylandThe world's premier spelling bee ended in a tie in the US for a second year in a row after an intense 10-round showdown between two young contestants who tackled some of the English language's most obscure words.Vanya Shivashankar, 13, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, together hoisted the gold trophy amid a flurry of confetti after they clinched the 88...  Full Story
Prophet cartoon won't appear on Washington public transport
US anti-Islam activists Pamela Geller (L) and Robert Spencer chat ahead of an anti-Islam demonstration in Stockholm on August 4, 2012The winning entry from a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest will not be allowed on ads on Washington's public transportation system, officials have said, angering competition organizers.The cartoon was part of a contest that came under attack in Texas last month, when two suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on event participants with assault rifles...  Full Story
Rihanna dances to local beats on surprise Cuba visit
Rihanna, seen here on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, California, danced to Cuban music and sampled local cuisine on an impromptu visit to HavanaPop star Rihanna danced to Cuban music and sampled local cuisine on an impromptu visit to Havana, the latest big name from the US music scene to visit the island.Rihanna, who hails from Barbados, arrived "on the fly, as we Cubans say," for an unscheduled visit, said Ernesto Blanco, the owner of the Restaurante-Paladar La Fontana, where she dined an...  Full Story
Can quake thriller 'San Andreas' shake box office?
Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives on a Los Angeles Fire Department fire truck for the premiere of Warner Bros PicturesCalifornia's long-feared mega quake hits movie screens this week with "San Andreas," but the big-budget movie has thrown up a fault line between critics and filmgoers even before its release.The movie, which stars Dwayne Johnson, has only a 41 percent critics' rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film review website -- although 96 percent of cinema-goers ...  Full Story
Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee
Bettie Closs of North Carolina, spells her word, "osteomalacia," during the 3rd round of the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland, May 27, 2015Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee.For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage.Chances are as good as ever that another one will follow suit at this ...  Full Story
Lohan avoids jail with 125 hours of community service
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, pictured on February 6, 2013 in New York, avoided jail as prosecutors said she has completed more than 100 hours of community service that were required following a reckless driving convictionTroubled actress Lindsay Lohan avoided jail Wednesday as prosecutors said she has completed more than 100 hours of community service that were required following a reckless driving conviction.Earlier this month a judge warned her she could face prison time if she failed to complete the sentence within three weeks. She had only completed about nine ...  Full Story
U2 tour manager dies in LA hotel
Bono (L) and Adam Clayton (R) of U2 perfom on at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, on May 11, 2011U2's longtime tour manager died Wednesday in Los Angeles, where the Irish rockers are playing a series of concerts, the band said.Dennis Sheehan, who was in his late 60s, was pronounced dead in his hotel in West Hollywood, where paramedics were called around 5:30 am to treat a person for a reported cardiac arrest, TMZ said."We've lost a family memb...  Full Story