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    'The Governess' Anne Hegerty, star of 'The Chase', admits: 'I'm a terrible giggler'

    'The Governess' Anne Hegerty, star of 'The Chase', admits: 'I'm a terrible giggler'


    On hit British TV show The Chase she's known as brutal mastermind The Governess but Anne Hegerty has revealed it's all an act.In New Zealand for a few days, the 60-year-old quiz maestro said the signature grey suit she wears...

    On hit British TV show The Chase she's known as brutal mastermind The Governess but Anne Hegerty has revealed it's all an act.In New Zealand for a few days, the 60-year-old quiz maestro said the signature grey suit she wears on...

    Afghan rock band struggles to hit right note in Iran


    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran's capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier.A drummer...

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The band gathers in a small carpentry shop on the outskirts of Iran's capital, with sawdust still in the air but the buzzing of the jigsaws now exchanged for the soft feedback of an amplifier.A drummer strikes...

    Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances


    NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one...

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule."You...
    The Chase UK star Anne Hegerty, The Governess, in New Zealand

    The Chase UK star Anne Hegerty, The Governess, in New Zealand


    Anne Hegerty is peering out of the window of her Melbourne dressing room."I see a Corymbia tree," the 60-year-old quiz maestro says, describing the outdoor environment as naturally as if she was a local expert in the flora...

    Anne Hegerty is peering out of the window of her Melbourne dressing room."I see a Corymbia tree," the 60-year-old quiz maestro says, describing the outdoor environment as naturally as if she was a local expert in the flora 17,000...

    Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes


    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global,...

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC.,...

    In Franklin's anthems, women heard an empowering message


    NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and...
    Watch the new trailer for Jemaine Clement's An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

    Watch the new trailer for Jemaine Clement's An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn


    The trailer has arrived for Jemaine Clement's next film, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn .The film, which recently screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, stars Aubrey Plaza as an unhappy wife who becomes...

    The trailer has arrived for Jemaine Clement's next film, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn .The film, which recently screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, stars Aubrey Plaza as an unhappy wife who becomes fixated...
    The 'King of Rock and Roll' and the 'Queen of Soul' died on same day - four decades apart

    The 'King of Rock and Roll' and the 'Queen of Soul' died on same day - four decades apart


    It was a Tuesday in 1977 when the world heard the tragic news about Elvis Presley.And it was the same day - exactly 41 years after the nation lost its "King of Rock and Roll" - that it is mourning its "Queen of Soul," Aretha...

    It was a Tuesday in 1977 when the world heard the tragic news about Elvis Presley.And it was the same day - exactly 41 years after the nation lost its "King of Rock and Roll" - that it is mourning its "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin....
    Britney Spears ordered to pay Kevin Federline $110,000 in child support

    Britney Spears ordered to pay Kevin Federline $110,000 in child support


    Britney Spears has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Kevin Federline $110,000.The Toxic singer has been in dispute with the dancer for several months as he wants the amount of child support she pays for their two sons, Sean...

    Britney Spears has been ordered to pay her ex-husband Kevin Federline $110,000.The Toxic singer has been in dispute with the dancer for several months as he wants the amount of child support she pays for their two sons, Sean Preston,...
    'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

    'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death


    Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday (US time):"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all...

    Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday (US time):"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of...
    Fox News apologise after the network mistakenly uses a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to Aretha Franklin

    Fox News apologise after the network mistakenly uses a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to Aretha Franklin


    Fox News has apologised for mistakenly including a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to Aretha Franklin.Hours after the legendary artist's death Thursday morning, the news outlet ran an obituary that had an image featuring...

    Fox News has apologised for mistakenly including a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to Aretha Franklin.Hours after the legendary artist's death Thursday morning, the news outlet ran an obituary that had an image featuring Franklin...

    Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festival


    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional...

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound...
    Scarlett Johansson tops Angelina Jolie to become the highest-paid actress of the year

    Scarlett Johansson tops Angelina Jolie to become the highest-paid actress of the year


    Scarlett Johansson has been followed by controversy in recent months, but that clearly hasn't affected her bank account. The Avengers star, who recently dropped out of a transgender role following intense backlash, has topped...

    Scarlett Johansson has been followed by controversy in recent months, but that clearly hasn't affected her bank account. The Avengers star, who recently dropped out of a transgender role following intense backlash, has topped the...
    The powerful moment Aretha Franklin reduced Barack Obama to tears

    The powerful moment Aretha Franklin reduced Barack Obama to tears


    Clad in an oversized mink and full-length gown, Aretha Franklin drew frenzied applause from those sitting in Washington's Kennedy Centre as she strolled out on stage and took her familiar place at the piano.One of the night's...

    Clad in an oversized mink and full-length gown, Aretha Franklin drew frenzied applause from those sitting in Washington's Kennedy Centre as she strolled out on stage and took her familiar place at the piano.One of the night's honorees,...
    Angelina Jolie ordered to give Brad Pitt more visitation rights

    Angelina Jolie ordered to give Brad Pitt more visitation rights


    Angelina Jolie and ex Brad Pitt's tense divorce battle is hitting a fever pitch.But things looked like business as usual on Thursday when the actress, twins Vivienne and Knox, and older brother Pax were seen at the 60out...

    Angelina Jolie and ex Brad Pitt's tense divorce battle is hitting a fever pitch.But things looked like business as usual on Thursday when the actress, twins Vivienne and Knox, and older brother Pax were seen at the 60out Escape...
    Disgusting America's Got Talent act finally eliminated

    Disgusting America's Got Talent act finally eliminated


    You know an act on America's Got Talent is bad when even Simon Cowell recoils in horror.Throughout this summer, one group on NBC's popular competition series has simultaneously fascinated and disgusted the judges -...

    You know an act on America's Got Talent is bad when even Simon Cowell recoils in horror.Throughout this summer, one group on NBC's popular competition series has simultaneously fascinated and disgusted the judges - particularly...
    My reading with Sensing Murder psychic Kerry-Marie Callendar

    My reading with Sensing Murder psychic Kerry-Marie Callendar


    COMMENT: My great-grandmother was a woman named Christina. I never knew her, she died before I was born. I didn't even know her name until very recently, when I drove out to Hobsonville Point and met with Kerry-Marie...

    COMMENT: My great-grandmother was a woman named Christina. I never knew her, she died before I was born. I didn't even know her name until very recently, when I drove out to Hobsonville Point and met with Kerry-Marie Callendar,...
    Queen Aretha's troubled soul: How Franklin overcame a broken home to become one of the greatest singers ever

    Queen Aretha's troubled soul: How Franklin overcame a broken home to become one of the greatest singers ever


    Aretha Franklin has died aged 76 at her home in Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer.Here, Tom Leonard tells the Queen of Soul's incredible story - from a broken home and a philandering priest father to global...

    Aretha Franklin has died aged 76 at her home in Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer.Here, Tom Leonard tells the Queen of Soul's incredible story - from a broken home and a philandering priest father to global super-stardom:...
    Donald Trump claims Aretha Franklin 'worked' for him

    Donald Trump claims Aretha Franklin 'worked' for him


    Donald Trump has remembered the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as someone he "knew well" and "who worked for me"."I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well," he began — so far,...

    Donald Trump has remembered the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as someone he "knew well" and "who worked for me"."I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well," he began — so far, so...

    'Respect' indeed: Aretha flipped man's song into epic anthem


    NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her.She transformed Otis Redding's song into a classic worldwide...

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her.She transformed Otis Redding's song into a classic worldwide anthem...