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Taylor Swift receives honorary degree from NYU and gives commencement address at 2022 ceremony
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Taylor Swift receives honorary degree from NYU and gives commencement address at 2022 ceremony

Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University on Wednesday and delivered the commencement address at the 2022 graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium.In her speech, the 11-time Grammy winner joked, "I'm 90% sure that the reason I'm here is because I have a song called '22,'" and shared that she "never got to have a normal college experience," citing the fact that she only went to public high school until 10th grade so she could pursue her music career.Swift also poked fun at herself, saying, "I'd like to thank NYU for making me technically, on paper at least, a doctor. Not the type of doctor you would want around in the case of an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy hook and an inte...
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Political News
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Political News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, saying she will isolate and work remotely this week.“Thankfully, I'm vaccinated and boosted, and I'm asymptomatic,” Hochul, 63, tweeted. “A reminder to all New Yorkers: get vaccinated and boosted, get tested, and stay home if you don’t feel well.”A day earlier, the Democratic governor had tweeted a photo from the Olana State Historic Site outside Hudson, New York, which she visited to thank park volunteers.Hochul is at least the 18th U.S. governor to test positive for COVID-19, according to an Associated Press tally. Several U.S. governors have tested positive in recent months, with Connecticut's Ned Lamont and Maine's Janet Mills testing positive in April. New York City Mayor Eric Adams tested positive on A...
Trump Lawyers Detail Document Hunt in Contempt Ruling Fight | Political News
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Trump Lawyers Detail Document Hunt in Contempt Ruling Fight | Political News

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's legal team wants to void a contempt ruling and $10,000-per-day fine against the former president over a subpoena for documents related to a New York civil investigation into his business dealings, saying they’ve conducted a detailed search for the relevant files.A new, 66-page court filing dated Friday describes Trump's lawyers' efforts to produce documents sought by New York Attorney General Letitia James's office, which is probing whether Trump may have misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses on financial statements for over a decade.Trump has called the investigation a political witch hunt and recently called James, who is Black, “racist" and said the courts were “biased, unyielding, and totally unfair."Last week, a New York appella...
Scorsese Presents a Buried Gem and a Pitch for Cinema’s Past | Entertainment News
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Scorsese Presents a Buried Gem and a Pitch for Cinema’s Past | Entertainment News

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film WriterNEW YORK (AP) — While Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker were holed up in an apartment cutting “Raging Bull” — an intense process that would have consumed the thoughts of most filmmakers — Scorsese told his editor to take a break. He had a movie he needed to show her.“He said, ‘You have to see this one,’” recalls Schoonmaker.Scorsese was by then already a passionate fan of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the British filmmaking duo known as the Archers. He considered Technicolor films like “The Red Shoes,” “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “A Matter of Life and Death” to be masterpieces. But he had held off watching their 1945 black-and-white Scottish romance, “I Know Where I'm Going!” fearing it might be “a lighter picture.” Some...
Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed Nicki Minaj’s Dad | Entertainment News
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Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed Nicki Minaj’s Dad | Entertainment News

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A hit-and-run driver pleaded guilty Friday in a suburban New York a suburban New York crash that killed the father of Nicki Minaj and was promised a year or less in jail, disappointing prosecutors and the hip hop star's mother.In state court in Long Island's Nassau County, businessman Charles Polevich admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 accident that fatally injured Robert Maraj as he walked along a road in Mineola.Polevich initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, didn't call 911, garaged his car and covered it with a tarp, authorities said. Polevich pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence by concealing the car.Maraj, 64, died at a hospital the next day.Political CartoonsJu...
Judge dismisses defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin from family of fallen U.S. Marine
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Judge dismisses defamation lawsuit against Alec Baldwin from family of fallen U.S. Marine

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a fallen U.S. Marine who claimed actor Alec Baldwin defamed them on social media. The U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, where the lawsuit was filed, found that it does not have ruling power over Baldwin, as he was born and raised in New York and resides in New York.The court also said the actor did not purposefully direct his activities at Wyoming, nor did his actions injure any residents of the state. The case was dismissed without prejudice, which means it can be refiled and brought back to court. Marine Lance Corporal Rylee J. McCollum's widow and two of his sisters filed the defamation lawsuit in Wyoming in January.McCollum was killed in 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to the suit, Baldwin sent ...
Kim Kardashian attends Met Gala wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress
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Kim Kardashian attends Met Gala wearing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress

When Kim Kardashian was envisioning how she would embody this year's Met Gala theme in her wardrobe, she had one question in mind: "What's the most American thing you can think of?" And when she stepped onto the red carpet on Monday night with platinum blonde hair and a dazzling 60-year-old crystal-covered dress, she revealed her answer: Marilyn Monroe. In embracing this year's theme of "In America: An Anthology of Fashion," Kardashian wore the exact dress that Monroe did when she sang "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday in 1962. Monroe's iconic dress, originally bought for an estimated $1,440, was sold for $4.8. million at an auction in 2016 and is currently maintained by Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, according to Vogue. The gown is now valued at more th...