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Michael Jackson Perfume Launch Causes Stink

The botched launch of a perfume in memory of pop icon Michael Jackson caused a stink this week, as his father distanced himself from a Frenchman behind the deal, and a lawsuit disputed their rights.

Joe Jackson signed a contract with French fragrance entrepreneur Franck Rouas earlier this year to launch eau de parfums "Jackson's Tribute" for men and "Jackson's Legend" for women.

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Lady Gaga in Rome for EuroPride Gay Rights March

Lady Gaga arrived in Rome on Saturday for a gay rights parade at which hundreds of thousands are set to voice their defiance against the Vatican and Silvio Berlusconi's "backward" government.

Organizers of the EuroPride event say they want to stress that Italy is a laggard in terms of gay rights in Europe, with no specific laws against homophobic violence and no provision for gay civil unions.

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Newly Published Beatles Photos Revealed in London

Fifty unpublished photos of The Beatles at their first U.S. concert in 1964 went on show in London on Friday ahead of an auction in New York, offering an intimate glimpse of the band just as they hit the big time.

The black and white shots were taken by photographer Mike Mitchell, who was just 18 years old when the Fab Four, themselves little older, came to his home town of Washington, and presented him with the opportunity of a lifetime.

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U.S. Museum Opens 'Made in America' Gift Shop

Forget the "Made in China" snow globes packed with a miniature White House or cheap T-shirts, mugs and dog tags: a new museum gift shop is intent on selling only items that are made in the USA.

After Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders complained that Washington's many publicly-funded museums all sold souvenirs of American history made outside the United States -- most often in made in China -- the National Museum of American History rose to the challenge.

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William and Catherine Dazzle at Charity Gala

Prince William and his new wife Catherine laughed and smiled as they mingled with celebrity guests at their first official engagement in the gardens of Kensington Palace Thursday.

Wearing a shimmering, dusty-pink cap-sleeve gown by Jenny Packham, the new Duchess of Cambridge and her husband were guests of honor at a lavish gala dinner hosted by financier Arpad Busson for his children's charity ARK.

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Google doodle pays tribute to Les Paul

Google paid tribute to U.S. guitar legend Les Paul on Thursday by transforming the celebrated logo on its homepage into a guitar which plays when strummed with a computer mouse.

The six strings on the guitar, which is shaped to spell out the name of the Internet search giant, each play a different note when touched with the cursor and light up in the Google colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

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Meat is No More As Belgian Music Festival Bags Morrissey

A Belgian music festival that has snared Sister Bliss, Primal Scream and Roger Daltrey reprising The Who's rock opera "Tommy", has taken prized horse-meat sausage off the menu to honor vegetarian Morrissey's first appearance.

Jan Cools, who heads the volunteer organizers behind the 10-day Lokerse Feesten in Flemish northern Belgium, told Agence France Presse on Thursday they tried for years to land former The Smiths front man Morrissey and "when we got the booking, we decided to offer that day meat-free."

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Arab Spring Hits NY Jewish Theater

The seemingly absurd struggles of the Middle East and the revolutions of the Arab Spring mingle on stage as the background to a new play by New York Jews about a love affair between a young Muslim woman and an Israeli secret agent.

"SAIDA: A Tunisian Love Story," is the unlikely sounding title for what members at the Jewish Theater of New York see as a unique take on the turmoil in the region.

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Rapper Ja Rule Due in Prison for NYC Gun Case

Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he's leaving fans with an album on the way.

The rapper-actor — whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in the early 2000s — is set to be sentenced Wednesday to two years in a New York prison.

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'Lonely Boy' Singer Andrew Gold Dies

U.S. singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, famous for 1970s hits "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend," which was used as the theme music for the hit U.S. TV show "The Golden Girls," has died aged 59, his family said.

Gold, whose other songs included "Never Let Her Slip Away," was also a music producer, a respected session musician as well as a member of Linda Ronstadt's band.

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