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The Los Angeles Police Department has ended its investigation into Anne Heche’s car accident, when the actor crashed into a Los Angeles home on Aug. 5. She is brain dead and on life support, pending evaluation for organ donation. The department announced Friday that there would be no further investigation. Detectives looking into the crash had said narcotics were found in a blood sample taken from Heche, 53. She has been hospitalized at a Los Angeles burn center.

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R. Kelly’s federal trial that starts Monday in Chicago is in many ways a do-over of his child pornography trial in 2008 in state court. At that trial 14 years ago, jurors acquitted the singer on charges that he produced a video of himself having sex with a girl no older than 14. But a big difference between that trial and the one starting in a federal courthouse in Chicago is that prosecutors say the female in the video will testify this time. Among the charges Kelly faces is that he rigged the 2008 trial by paying off and threatening the girl to ensure she didn't testify. The woman is now in her 30s. Four other accusers are also slated to testify.

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Spanish authorities say one person has been killed and dozens more injured at an outdoor music festival in eastern Spain when part of a temporary concert stage collapsed in strong wind. The emergency services agency for the Valencia region said a “strong gust of wind” knocked off parts of the Medusa Festival stage structure at around 4 a.m. Saturday. The agency says about 40 people needed to be taken to the hospital, including three with serious injuries. Organizers of the music festival said in a statement that they had ordered the concert grounds cleared when the wind intensified.

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Salman Rushdie's agent says the writer is on a ventilator after being stabbed in the neck and abdomen on a western New York stage where he was about to give a lecture. The 75-year-old Rushdie was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery after Friday's stabbing at the Chautauqua Institution. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer had a damaged liver, severed nerves in an arm and an eye he was likely to lose. Rushdie's novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, Police arrested the man who attacked the writer and identified him as 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey. Matar's lawyer declined to comment.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Known today as a community staple for authentic Creole cuisine and historically as a meeting place for Civil Rights movement leaders, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant is now the set of a new series honoring its matriarch, the late Leah Chase, also known as “The Queen of Creole Cuisine.”

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TikTok superstar Bella Poarch has released her first EP, “Dolls” as she looks to parlay her massive social media following into a music fan base. In theory, Poarch should have a sizeable built-in following. In his review of Poarch’s EP, the Associated Press’ Ron Harris says the album falls largely in line with the TikTok star’s existing persona: fun, accessible, not too edgy and with a slick sheen of production. The Warner Records release is available on streaming services Friday.

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he's leaving the network, nearly two years after the Zoom incident that derailed his career. Toobin had stepped away from CNN after exposing himself in a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker magazine, which fired him. CNN kept him off the air for eight months, but he returned in 2021 to provide commentary on trials and court decisions. In a tweet on Friday, Toobin said he had decided to leave. He said he was glad to make his final appearance on the network with colleagues Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

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A man once briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and battery at the pop star's June wedding. Forty-year-old Jason Alexander pleaded no contest to the two misdemeanor counts in a California court. He was sentenced to the 64 days he has already served in jail. Prosecutors dropped a felony stalking charge. Alexander was married to Spears for less than three days in 2004. When she married longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari at her home on June 9, Alexander appeared uninvited and got inside the house. Prosecutors say he refused to leave and battered a security guard who tried to remove him.

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By chance, Associated Press reporter Joshua Goodman was at the venue in western New York when author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday. The Latin America correspondent based in Miami was vacationing with his family at the Chautauqua Institution, a renowned location for spiritual reflection and education. Equipped only with his mobile phone, he quickly went to work after Rushdie was stabbed. Goodman took pictures, video and told the story of an author who has been the subject of threats since the 1980s. Goodman has covered violent protests in Latin America for the AP, but said this was one of the worst things he's ever seen.

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Jeffrey Toobin, a longtime legal analyst at CNN who became engulfed in scandal for exposing himself to his colleagues at the New Yorker in a Zoom meeting, announced Friday that he is leaving the network.

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Anne Heche remains on life support and under evaluation for organ donation. A representative for the actor says injuries suffered in a car crash a week ago led to her brain death. Under California law, a person who has lost all brain function can be ruled dead. Spokeswoman Holly Baird said Friday that the actor's heart is still beating while a nonprofit organization determines if she is a match as a donor. Heche was driving when her car crashed into a Los Angeles area home Aug. 5. Heche, who is 53, first came to prominence with her Emmy-winning role on “Another World."

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Amazon-owned companies Ring and Hollywood studio MGM are partnering to create a TV show in the mold of “America’s Funniest Home Videos." MGM says the half-hour “Ring Nation” program will showcase viral footage from Ring’s doorbell and smart-home cameras. The series is the latest example of Amazon’s fusion of its various business arms. It also presents a branding and marketing opportunity for Amazon, which bought Ring in 2018. Since then, the company has dealt with rounds of privacy concerns around Ring and its relationship with police departments across the country. The show will be hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and premier in syndication on September 26.

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Reaching the age of 25 is usually a sign of hitting adulthood, a signal to put away all childish things. Not for “South Park.” The Comedy Central staple about four bratty, perpetually bundled-up youngsters in an unhinged Colorado cartoon town keeps trundling along, fueled by poo jokes and razor-sharp social satire. To celebrate the series’ 25th birthday, Parker and Stone have returned to Colorado with a concert filmed at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre near Denver, headlined by Primus and alternative rockers Ween. Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson also stopped by to play.