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Baker promises 'ethereal' taste for royal wedding cake

The wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an "ethereal" taste and an unusual display.

Master baker Claire Ptak said Friday that the three-part layered lemon and elderflower cake would be presented in a non-traditional way. She said she's not ready to reveal the design ahead of time and that the style was approved by Harry and Markle, who will wed Saturday at Windsor Castle.

Ptak has been working with her team of six bakers for the last five days in the oversize kitchens of Buckingham Palace.

She is not skimping on ingredients: some 200 Amalfi lemons will be used, as will 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial, which is made with elderflower from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Margot Kidder's daughter shaken by Mother's Day death

The family of Margot Kidder says they were shaken by the "Superman" actress' death on Mother's Day.

Chad Franscoviak, who is married to Kidder's only child, Maggie McGuane, gave the family's first public statement Thursday since Kidder's death at her home in Livingston, Montana.

"On Mother's Day, my wife, Maggie McGuane, was brought by the Park County Coroner and Livingston Police Department into her mother Margot Kidder's home following her death," the statement said. "The experience has been difficult for her and she is choosing not to make public comment until after the findings of the Park County Coroner's office have been released. We ask that you respect our family's privacy during this sad time."

Kidder's manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said she died at home peacefully in her sleep at age 69. Police said they were called to the home, where they found her dead. They would not comment on the cause, saying only that foul play was not suspected.

The 41-year-old McGuane is the daughter of Kidder and her first husband, novelist Thomas McGuane. She and Franscoviak also live in Livingston, where Kidder spent most of her later years.

Kidder, a native of Canada, played Lois Lane to the late Christopher Reeve's "Superman" in four movies in the 1970s and 1980s.

Reeve's foundation was among many paying tribute to Kidder on Twitter this week with a photo of Reeve and Kidder soaring together and a tweet that read "Fly high, our friend, shine bright."

Markle's dad too ill for wedding but mom has tea with royals

Ending days of speculation, Meghan Markle said Thursday that her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Prince Harry due to health problems. The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala procession through Windsor that will follow Saturday's ceremony, which will be televised live around the world.

"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," Markle said in a statement. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

Markle also thanked "everyone who has offered generous messages of support" and said she and Harry are looking forward to "sharing our special day with you on Saturday."

Kensington Palace has not revealed any details about Thomas Markle's health issues, but the celebrity website TMZ says the 73-year-old retired Hollywood cinematographer is hospitalized in California after undergoing a procedure to clear blocked coronary arteries. He reportedly told the website he was OK after three stents had been inserted, but needed to rest.

Thomas Markle had been scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle when she weds her prince Saturday in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

No replacement for him as been officially named but it's possible that Doria Ragland, the bride's mother, could fill that role instead. The bride may also choose to walk down the aisle by herself.

Ragland has had a series of whirlwind visits with senior royals since her arrival from California.

She met Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate and their two oldest children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, at Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon. Palace officials said Harry and Meghan Markle were also present, and that the meeting was followed by a rehearsal dinner.

Ragland also had tea with Harry's father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla the day before. She will meet Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for tea Friday at Windsor Castle, the palace said.

Officials did not say if Prince Philip, the queen's husband, will be present at the tea. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Harry and Markle, who have remained out of the public eye in recent days, were spotted being driven onto the grounds of Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon.

On the streets of Windsor, military personnel rehearsed their procession through the town, watched by thousands of enthusiastic royal fans.

The wedding day festivities will include a 25-minute carriage ride outside the grounds of Windsor Castle by the newlyweds after the ceremony. More than 2,600 members of the public have been invited onto the castle grounds to watch the procession.

Thursday's practice session aimed to work out the precise timings of Saturday's procession. The British pride themselves on carrying off complex parades with aplomb, and it would not do for the couple to arrive at their wedding reception even a few minutes late.

"It's very important to have a dress rehearsal, for everyone involved. It gives the guys a sense of timings for the day, how fast they need to move, how slow they need to move. It also helps the horses themselves, showing them the environment," said Adam Blackmore-Heale, a member of the Household Cavalry.

A large military contingent is taking part in the procession, reflecting Harry's years of military service, including tours in Afghanistan.

The church service will be conducted by the Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor. He said Thursday that Harry and Markle are deeply committed to each other.

"They're very serious about their relationship and that's why I think they particularly want to see it grounded in a religious ceremony, in a Christian ceremony," he said.

Doubts about whether Markle's father would come to the wedding surfaced earlier in the week when TMZ reported he would not come because he was embarrassed by reports that he had staged photos showing him being measured for his wedding suit. That story also included a report that he had suffered a recent heart attack.

The drama surrounding Thomas Markle, and harsh comments about the bride made by estranged members of her extended family who were not invited to the wedding, have dominated British tabloid coverage of the royal wedding.

Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine on Thursday castigated Harry's Kensington Palace press operation for not doing more to prevent Markle's relatives from sniping at her.

"Could they not have taken at least a few steps to get them on-side?" she said.


Katz reported from London. Danica Kirka in London also contributed.


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Rapper Mac Miller arrested on charges related to DUI crash, reports say

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said rapper Mac Miller was  arrested on DUI charges Thursday morning.

Us Weekly reported that, according to Los Angeles Police Department officer Rosario Herrera, the 26-year-old rapper allegedly drove his 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon over a curb, hitting a pole, around 1 a.m. He and two passengers reportedly got out the car and left on foot.

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A Los Angeles Police Department public information officer told People that Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, was tracked to his home when officers matched the vehicle’s license plates to Miller’s address.

Miller was arrested at home, where officers said he confessed to drunk driving and fleeing the scene, according to Us Weekly. KCBS reported Miller was booked in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His bail was set at $15,000. He was released around 9:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A representative for Miller has not commented on the incident.

Who was Dee Dee Warwick? Singer accused of sexually assaulting Whitney Houston

An upcoming documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is revealing new details about her upbringing. The star was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and the abuser was her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, another notable singer, according to filmmakers. 

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The movie entitled “Whitney,” which hits theaters in July, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, and in a recent IndieWire interview, the director Kevin Macdonald talked about the sexual abuse allegations. 

“Gary the brother told me he was abused by Dee Dee,” he said. “So it’s not allegations. He’s saying I was abused by this person and told me, ‘I think she abused Whitney.’”

Want to know more Dee Dee Warwick? Here are five things you should know. 

She was born into a family of singers.

Born Delia Juanita Warrick, the singer was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She is the younger sister of Grammy-award winning singer Dionne Warwick, whose hits include “Walk On By” and “Say A Little Prayer.” 

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In her teens, she began singing with her sister and their aunt Cissy, Whitney Houston’s mother, in church. They eventually became a gospel trio called Gospelaires and were recruited by a record producer after a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York. 

Warwick sang backup for Aretha Franklin and others.

As a teen, she sang for stars including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and even her sister Dionne. She also sang solo. After leaving the gospel group, she recorded a version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” which was later covered by Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. 

>> Related: Rare footage shows Whitney Houston rehearsing 'I'm Your Baby Tonight'

She launched a solo career in her late teens. 

By the 1960s, she officially began to pursue solo endeavors. Her first recordings included songs such as “You’re No Good” and “I (Who Have Nothing).” In 1965, she signed a deal with Mercury Records and found success with the tunes “We’re Doing Fine,” “Foolish Fool” and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking).”

She also made some TV appearances. The starlet sang alongside her sister on NBC’s Hullabaloo and as a solo act on the TV show Shivaree. 

She was reportedly one of the first openly gay women in the music industry.

The Telegraph reported she was open about her sexuality. 

“Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry,” one anonymous source close to the Warwick family told the publication. “Not necessarily in public, but I don’t think that was a secret within the music industry. And that was a detriment to her development also, because she didn’t hide it within the music industry. She didn’t.”

>> Related: Watch the teaser trailer for estate-approved Whitney Houston documentary ‘Whitney’

The singer battled with substance abuse. 

She battled drug addiction for much of her life, and in 2008, she died in a New Jersey nursing home at the age of 63. Her sister was reportedly by her side. 

Detroit to name street after King of Pop, honor Jackson 5

The late King of Pop is getting his own street name in Motown, which first launched him into superstardom.

A section of Randolph in downtown Detroit will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue during a June 15 ceremony. The announcement came Tuesday, ahead of next month's Detroit Music Weekend.

Four of Jackson's brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — are scheduled to perform during the festival. They also will receive a key to the city.

The Gary, Indiana, brothers signed in 1968 with Detroit's Motown and had hits that included "I Want You Back" and "ABC."

Michael later would leave Motown and in 1984 recorded "Thriller" which became the best-selling album of all time. He was 50 when he died in 2009 in Los Angeles from a prescription drug overdose.

In film, McCain says Americans deserve more from Washington

Sen. John McCain ends a documentary about his life by sending the message that Washington is not giving the American people the government they deserve.

The Arizona Republican also makes clear he is doing everything he can to fight the brain cancer that has stricken him. He says he loves life and wants to stick around forever but also believes "there is a great honor that you can die with."

McCain's comments come in the HBO documentary "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls." The title stems from McCain's favorite book and his current condition. The 81-year-old was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December and has yet to return, though he continues to weigh in on an array of issues.

Earlier this month, he urged his fellow senators to reject President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. A White House aide subsequently dismissed his opposition, saying it "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," setting off a firestorm of criticism and calls for a public apology.

There was no mention of that episode as dozens of McCain's Senate colleagues took nearly two hours out of their day to watch the documentary Thursday afternoon. Some of them spoke about McCain before the movie aired.

"The movie is excellent. It tells the story, warts and all," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of McCain's closest friends.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she will always remember McCain interrupting a supporter in her home state to stick up for Barack Obama, his Democratic opponent in the 2008 presidential race. The supporter had said she couldn't trust Obama and called him an "Arab."

McCain replied: "No, ma'am, no, ma'am. He's a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what this campaign is all about."

That scene made it into the movie, which was followed by praise from Obama, who said he admired McCain's civility in an uphill battle. "For John, in the middle of that to say, 'Hold on a second. We don't demonize each other. We're all Americans. We're all on the same team,' I thought was an indication of who John fundamentally was," Obama said.

Indeed, praise from Democrats was featured prominently in the film, including from former Vice President Joe Biden, previously a colleague of McCain's in the Senate, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman. In the film, McCain expresses regret for not picking Lieberman as his running mate in place of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He said advisers talked him out of it.

"That was another mistake that I made," McCain said.

Fewer appearances were made by Republican lawmakers. Trump, with whom he has feuded, is not interviewed, though Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was.

The film's closing moments include McCain's deciding vote against the GOP's health care bill and his Senate speech before departing for Arizona. As bells begin to toll, McCain gives a quick take on Washington: "We need to make sure we give the American people what they deserve, and right now they're not getting it."

And on his current circumstances: "I'm confident, I'm happy and I'm very grateful for the life I've been able to lead and I greet the future with great joy."

The final scene includes McCain's October address after receiving the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal. In the speech, he blasted a "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in the United States "cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems."

Sting and Shaggy announce ‘44/876’ joint tour across North America

The unlikely duo of Sting and Shaggy are taking their collaboration on the road this fall.

The pair announced the “44/876 Joint Tour” Thursday. The 19-date tour will start Sept. 15 in Miami and finish Oct. 15 in Los Angeles.

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According to a news release, Sting and Shaggy plan to play selections from their new album, as well as collaborate on each other’s hits, such as “Every Breath You Take,” “Englishman in New York,” “Mr. Boombastic” and “It Wasn’t Me.”

On May 25, a new version of the album, “44/876: The Remixes,” will be released. Chris Baio, of Vampire Weekend, the Brazilian duo Tropkillaz and Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Aude are among the artists who did remixes for the record.

Tour tickets will go on sale May 24 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com. Members of Sting’s fan club can purchase tickets starting May 21. More information is at Sting.com.

Every online purchase will include a digital or physical copy of Sting and Shaggy’s “44/876” album, which the tour is supporting.

Dates for the “44/876 Joint Tour” are below.

‪Sept. 15: Miami at Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

‪Sept. 17: Atlanta at Tabernacle

‪Sept. 19: Washington at The Theater at MGM National Harbor

‪Sept. 20: Philadelphia at The Fillmore

‪Sept. 21: Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

‪Sept. 25: Boston at House of Blues

‪Sept. 26: New York at The Rooftop at Pier 17

Sept. 28: Toronto at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

‪Sept. 30: Minneapolis at The Armory

‪Oct. 1: St. Louis at The Pageant

‪Oct. 2: Chicago at The Aragon Ballroom

‪Oct. 4: Kansas City, Missouri, at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

‪Oct. 5: Denver at Fillmore Auditorium

‪Oct. 8: San Francisco at The Masonic

‪Oct. 9: Santa Barbara, California, at Santa Barbara Bowl

‪Oct. 10: Phoenix at The Van Buren

‪Oct. 12: Rancho Mirage, California, at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

‪Oct. 13: Las Vegas at Park Theater

‪Oct. 15: Los Angeles at The Wiltern

Pregnant actress loses baby after car kills her 4-year-old

A Tony-winning Broadway actress who was pregnant when a car killed her 4-year-old daughter has lost the baby.

An attorney for Ruthie Ann Miles and her husband says they are suffering pain that is "nearly impossible to fathom."

Miles' daughter, Abigail, and a friend's 1-year-old son were killed as they crossed a Brooklyn street on March 5. Miles was severely injured.

The driver was arrested on manslaughter charges.

According to the Daily News , attorney Ben Rubinowitz says the baby, who had been due this month, was named Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein.

He says Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, are grateful for the support of family and friends but request privacy.

Rubinowitz says they "continue to seek God's presence, mercy and peace."


Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

Archaeologists find street of balconies in Italy's Pompeii

Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Some of the balconies even had amphorae — the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil in ancient Roman times.

The culture ministry's Pompeii authority announced the discovery Thursday. It said the balconies were a "complete novelty" for this part of the buried city, which hasn't yet been fully excavated. A statement said the balconies will be restored and the area included in a tour open to the public.

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